Darrell Kevin May . . . wife Heather (Gartshore) . . . daughters Grace (7/3/03) and Brynley (8/10/05) make their offseason home in Austin, Texas...1990 graduate of Rogue River (OR) High School, where he lettered in baseball... played college baseball at Sacramento (CA) City College.
Led league relievers in strikeouts per-9-innings (12.00) and was fifth in ERA.
Began season at Macon . . . named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week, April 25-May 1 . . . promoted to
Durham, July 19 . . . was fifth among South Atlantic League starters in batting-average-against.
Began season at Durham . . . promoted to Greenville, April 6 . . . disabled with left shoulder tendinitis, April 7-30
. . . transferred to Durham, April 30 . . . promoted to Greenville, May 9 . . . transferred to Durham, May 26 . . . promoted
to Greenville, July 23 . . . named to Carolina League All-Star team.
Began season with San Diego . . . did not allow a run in 5 appearances
(6.1), April 9-22 . . . was 1-0, 2.51 (14.1 ip, 4 er) in 4 appearances,
June 8-19 . . . season-high 4.0 innings and tied season-high 4 strikeouts,
June 19 at Minnesota . . . traded to New York along with pitcher Tim Redding
in exchange for pitcher Paul Quantrill, July 2 . . . contract selected, July
8 . . . outrighted July 19 . . . had 3-game win-streak, going 3-0, 0.95 (19.0
ip, 2 er), July 4-28 . . . tossed 4-hit complete game shutout, August 24 vs.
Indianapolis . . . has career batting-average-against of .260 (179-688) with
22 homers vs. lefthanders.
Went 9-19 with a 5.61 ERA (116 ER/186.0 IP) with the Kansas City Royals... led the Majors and tied a club record with 19 losses... matched the franchise record set by Paul Splittorff in 1974... led the team in wins (tied), starts (31) innings pitched and strikeouts (120)... was one of just three Royals to spend the entire season at the Majors and not spend time on the DL... ranked third in the AL in home runs allowed (38) which eclipsed the club record of 37 set by Tim Belcher in 1998... became the first pitcher to lose to every American League team in a single season since Seattle's Erik Hanson in 1992... earned his first win of the season at Boston on May 9 after allowing two runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings... went 5-1 with a 3.83 ERA (20 ER/47.0 IP) during a seven start span from June 11-July 16... had a no-hitter through 5.2 innings on August 11 at Chicago (AL)... went on to receive the win after the Royals earned a 4-2 victory.
FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED: Tough luck loser on May 15 vs. Oakland... pitched a complete game but came up on the losing end of a 3-1 defeat... allowed three earned runs on five hits while striking out six... it was the fifth complete game of his career and the first by a Royal in 2004... tallied the third complete game shutout of his career and his second career nine inning shutout in a 7-0 win at Baltimore on July 9 (5 H, 1 BB, 5 K)... snapped the club's eight-game losing streak and a streak of three straight shutout losses... suffered a 4-2 complete game loss at Detroit on July 21... allowed four runs on eight his over 8.0 innings.
THREE OF A KIND: Won a season-high three straight starts from June 11-23... defeated the New York Mets (7-5), Atlanta Braves (10-4) and Detroit Tigers (7-3)... had a 4.00 ERA (8 ER/18.0 IP) during the stretch.
AND THE AWARD GOES TO... Named Royals Pitcher of the Month for July after going 2-2 with a 3.50 ERA (14 ER/36.0 IP) with two complete games.
Made the Opening Day roster for the 1st time with the Royals...did not make his 1st start of the
season until April 13 vs. Cleveland...was charged with the 6-1 loss after allowing 3 runs on 7 hits in 4.0
innings...the loss ended the Royals franchise record 9-game winning streak to begin the 2003 season.
Posted a 10-8 record, leading the team in wins...ranked 8th among American League pitchers with a .246
opponent batting average.
Set career highs in wins (10), games (35), starts (32), innings pitched (210.0), strikeouts (115) and
His 10 wins and 115 strikeouts were the most by a Royals left-handed pitcher since Jose Rosado won 10
in 1999...his 210.0 innings were the most by a Royals lefty since Chris Haney threw 228.0 in 1996.
Was the team's most consistent pitcher, making 12 starts of 7.0 innings or more...failed to throw at
least 6.0 innings in just 7 of his 32 starts.
Had 14 no decisions during his career-best campaign, despite leaving 7 of those games in position to
earn the win.
Was moved to the bullpen with the addition of RHP Kyle Snyder to the rotation...made his 1st relief
appearance of the season at Minnesota on May 15 and was charged with a blown save, despite one of the team's
best relief efforts of the year...struck out 5 straight batters and retire 8 straight as KC rallied for a 9-5
win in 14 innings.
Returned to the starting rotation on May 20 at Seattle after 2 relief appearances...did not figure in
KC's 4-3 loss...allowed 3 earned runs on 6 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
Pitched a season-high 7.1 innings on May 5 vs. Boston...did not figure into the decision as KC beat
the Red Sox, 7-6 (7 H, 4 ER, 2 SO).
Saw one of his best outings of the year spoiled at Oakland on May 25 (9.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6
SO)...held the A.L. West Champions to just 1 run and 4 hits through 8.2 innings before giving up a double and
a game-tying 2-run homer to Erubiel Durazo...did not figure in the decision as KC lost to the A's, 4-3, in 10
Watched the Royals suffer another 1-run loss to Oakland on May 31...marked his 10th straight game (8th
start) without a decision (6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 3 SO).
Was charged with a 5-2 loss at at Los Angeles on June 5...surrendered 4 runs (3 earned), 6 hits and 1
walk in 7.1 innings.
Suffered a 4-3 loss vs. Arizona on June 11 after allowing 4 earned runs on 9 hits and 2 walks in 6.2
May was the victim of another blown save from the KC bullpen as KC suffered a 9-8 loss to Minnesota on
June 16...left with an 8-2 lead after allowing just 2 earned runs in 6.1 innings, but was saddled with a no
Was charged with an 8-1 loss to St. Louis on June 21 at Kauffman Stadium...scattered 9 hits and 4 ER
in 6.0 innings of work...it was his 19th straight appearance without a win.
Earned his 1st win of the season on June 27 vs. St. Louis in a 6-3 Royals victory (7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER,
1 BB, 2 SO)...it snapped a string of 16 consecutive starts without a win, the 2nd-longest in club history
(Sept. 16, 2002-June 21, 2003), shy of only Vida Blue's 18-start stretch from Sept 18, 1982-July 31, 1983.
Tossed his 1st complete game of the year on July 2 vs. Cleveland, an 8-2 victory, scattering 6 hits
and 2 ER.
Won his 3rd straight game on July 8 at Anaheim in the Royals 4-0 shutout victory over the defending
World Champions (7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 SO).
Earned his 4th straight victory at Texas on July 13 at Texas after giving up just 1 ER, 7 hits and 1
walk in 5.0 innings...also struck out 6 batters in the game.
Won a career-best 5th straight start on July 19 vs. Seattle...held the Mariners to just 1 earned run,
3 hits and 4 walks in 8.0 innings of work.
Pitched 6.0 scoreless innings at Tampa Bay on Aug. 7, allowing just 4 hits and striking out 6 Devil
Ray batters...left the game with a 2-0 lead, but watched the D-Rays rally for 3 runs (2 ER) in the 9th inning
off closer Mike MacDougal.
Was charged with KC's 6-0 loss on Aug. 12 vs. New York by allowing 5 earned runs, a season-high 12
hits and 1 walk in 7.1 innings.
Grabbed a 5-4 win against the Twins on Aug. 17, giving the Royals a 3.0 game lead in the
division...allowed 3 ER, 6 hits and struck out 3 in 6.1 innings.
Posted his 1st career 9-inning shutout victory on Aug. 27 vs. Texas (9-0 Royals win)...allowed a
career-low 5 hits and faced just 2 over the minimum after the 2nd inning.
Ended a 3-game winning streak by taking the Royals 7-3 loss on Sept. 1 at Texas...allowed 4 runs (3
earned) on 4 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts in 6.0 innings...all 3 earned runs were home runs...it was the
Royals 1st loss to the Rangers this season.
Opened the season on the Disabled List with a left groin strain (retro to March 27)...was activated on April 13 and made his 1st start since Sept. 8, 1997 at Toronto...pitched 4.1 innings, allowing 2 hits (both home runs) at Cleveland, before leaving the game with a reaggravation of the injury to his left groin.
Was placed on the D.L. on April 14...was activated again on May 18 and started that night in Cleveland.
Other than his 3 rehab starts in Wichita (AA) and Omaha (AAA), it marked the 1st complete season at the Major League level for May, who completed his 11th season of professional baseball.
Earned his 1st win of the season at Chicago on June 6 in a 4-3 decision (5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 SO)...it was his 1st Major League win since Aug. 31, 1997 with Anaheim at San Francisco.
Was credited with a complete game victory after defeating Florida in a 5-inning, rain-shortened game at Kauffman Stadium on June 11.
Threw a career-best 9 innings in a 1-0 loss to Anaheim on July 11 (9.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 5 SO)...it was his 2nd career complete game, his 1st in a 9-inning game.
Struck out a career-high 9 batters at Oakland on July 6, 2002...was not involved in the decision of KC's 4-3, 10-inning win, the Royals only win of the season over the Athletics.
Compiled a 3-2 record and a 4.85 ERA (59.1 IP, 32 ER) at home, while going 1-8 with a 5.75 ERA (72.0 IP, 46 ER) on the road.
Had a 3.63 ERA (17.1 IP 7 ER) in 3 starts against N.L. teams.
Was 3-8 with a 4.99 ERA (115.1 IP, 64 ER) as a starter, while going 1-2 with a 7.88 ERA (16.0 IP, 14 ER) in his 9 relief appearances.
Was named the Royals Pitcher of the Month in September after throwing 3 straight quality starts and posting a 1-1 record with a 4.97 ERA.
Finished the season strong, compiling a 3.75 ERA in his final 4 starts after allowing just 10 earned runs in 24.0 innings.
Posted a 2.00 ERA (18.0 IP, 4 ER) in his 4 victories, logging wins against Chicago (2), Florida and Tampa Bay.
Made 21 starts in 2002 after making just 4 previous Major League starts...threw 131.1 total innings after entering the season with just 67 innings of big league experience.
May spent 4 seasons pitching in the Japanese Central League prior to joining the Kansas City Royals. Has spent parts of 4 seasons at the Major League level.
Posted a 10-8 record with a 4.13 ERA in 26 starts for the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese Central League...led the team with a career-high 168 strikeouts.
Tied for 1st in the league with 24 home runs allowed in 159.0 innings pitched.
Helped Yomiuri to the Japanese Central League title by going 12-7 with a 2.95 ERA in his 1st season with the Giants...ranked 3rd in the league in ERA.
Finished 2nd on the club in strikeouts (165) and tied for 2nd in starts (24)...led the team with 3 complete-game shutouts.
Spent his 2nd season with the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese Central League, logging a 6-7 mark with a 4.25 ERA in 18 starts.
Struck out a team-best 113 batters in 112.1 innings pitched.
Finished his 1st season in Japan with Hanshin...posted a 4-9 record with a 3.47 ERA and ranked 2nd on the team in starts (21) and strikeouts (94).
Spent most of the season with Anaheim's Triple-A affiliate in Vancouver...posted a 7-5 record with 2 complete-game shutouts and a 3.26 ERA (80.0 IP, 29 ER) in 13 games (12 starts)...tied for 2nd in the Pacific Coast League in shutouts.
Also appeared in 29 games (2 starts) with the Angels, posting a 2-1 record with a 5.23 ERA (51.2 IP, 30 ER)...allowed 56 hits, walked 25 and struck out 42.
Recalled by the Angels on April 9 and optioned to Vancouver on May 16...recalled again on July 10.
Recorded 14 consecutive scoreless innings from April 30-July 28, equalling the longest by an Angels pitcher in 1997 (also Allen Watson).
As a reliever, allowed 8 of 22 inherited runners to score and retired 20 of 27 1st batters faced.
Earned his 1st Major League win by pitching 1.0 scoreless inning of relief in Anaheim's 8-7 win over Cleveland on Aug. 26.
Collected his 2nd win of the season in his 1st start of the year at San Francisco on Aug. 31...allowed 3 runs on 3 hits over 5.0 innings for the 7-4 victory.
Registered his 1st career no-hitter with Vancouver in a 4-0 victory over Salt Lake on June 27 (Game 2)...missed a perfect game due to 1 error (7.0 IP, 9 SO)...it marked Vancouverbs 1st no-hitter since Aug. 16, 1989 (Tom Drees).
Named the Pacific Coast League's Pitcher of the Week for June 22-28.
Other shutout came vs. Tacoma on July 6 (9.0 IP, 4 H)...finished 5-1 with 2 shutouts and a 1.24 ERA (50.2 IP, 7 ER) in 7 home starts.
Limited opposing Triple-A batters to a .165 average with runners on base (19-for-115) and a .148 average with runners in scoring position (8-for-54).
Designated for assignment by Atlanta on March 30...claimed by Pittsburgh on April 4.
Went 7-6 with 1 shutout and a 4.10 ERA in 23 games (22 starts) at Calgary (AAA).
Recalled by Pittsburgh on May 7...made his 1st Major League start on May 8 vs. San Diego, a 5-4 loss (5.0 IP, 5 ER).
Posted a 0-1 mark with a 9.35 ERA in 5 outings (2 starts) for the Pirates...was optioned to Calgary on May 12, recalled on July 24 and optioned again on July 30.
Designated for assignment on Sept. 4 and claimed off waivers by California on Sept. 6.
Made his Angels and A.L. debut at Cleveland on Sept. 9...finished with a 10.13 ERA in 5 appearances (2.2 IP, 3 ER).
Pitched at both Greenville (AA) and Richmond (AAA) in 1995...finished 2-8 with a 3.55 ERA at Greenville, the best ERA among the starters...went 4-2 with a 3.71 ERA for Richmond.
Recalled by the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 3...made his Major League debut at Florida on Sept. 10 (2.0 IP, 1 ER).
Minor League Notes
May was selected by Atlanta in the 46th round of the 1992 June Free Agent Draft.
Spent his 1st professional season with the Gulf Coast League Braves...went 4-3 in 12 games (7 starts) and ranked 5th in the league in ERA (1.36).
Pitched at Macon (A) and Durham (A) in 1993...walked 38 and struck out 158.
Went 10-4 with a 2.24 ERA with Macon and was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for April 25-May 1, 1993.
Promoted to Durham and went 5-2 with a 2.09 ERA and won each of his last 3 starts.
Began the 1994 season on the D.L. (April 7-30)...made 2 starts for Durham before being promoted to Greenville (AA)...posted a 5-3 record with a 3.11 ERA in 2 stops at Greenville.
Sent back to Durham on May 26...won 8 straight decisions for Durham and was selected to the Carolina League All-Star team.