The Royals are looking for payback after being shut out by the Athletics on Saturday Night. After giving up five runs, Yordano Ventura was ejected for hitting Brett Lawrie in the elbow with a fastball. “I haven’t heard anything from MLB as far as a suspension,” said Ned Yost, “It’s out of my hands. We’ll see what they decide.”
Paulo Orlando will once again be holding down right field for the Royals and is starting to play more frequently. Yost said he doesn’t like to make decisions far ahead of time, because it can cause problems. “I go day-to-day when it comes to playing guys. Right now I like what Paulo is doing out there, he’s handling the position well, and swinging the bat OK.”
Alex Gordon has gotten off to a slow start at the plate but has been showing signs of improvement in the last few games. Yost said that it all has to do with the strength of his wrist and isn’t worried about him until he gets back to 100%.
Lastly, Yost made it clear that all the controversy that has occurred between his team and the Athletics ended yesterday. “It’s over. Ventura is a young guy and is going to learn from his mistakes. There’s no need to try to start something again.”
By Eric Paulson
The Royals announced today that they have placed two-time All-Star closer Greg Holland on the 15-day disabled list with a right pectoral strain. In a corresponding move, the Royals recalled right-handed pitcher Yohan Pino from Triple-A Omaha.
Pino, 31, tossed 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit with no walks and six strikeouts last Sunday in a 4-0 win at New Orleans, his only outing with the Storm Chasers. He signed a Major League contract with the Royals on December 15, 2014, after pitching last season in the Minnesota Twins’ organization.
Media members met with former Royal Billy Butler today, prior to Ned Yost’s regular media session.
There was no doubt that Butler was very nostalgic about returning to his former stadium. “I’m sure that it’s going to be an emotional moment when I get up to bat,” Butler said, “This city has been great to me and my family.”
In terms of the game tonight, Ned Yost was firm in his decision that Lorenzo Cain was not moving from center field. “He’s the best center fielder in baseball. We’re going to leave him there.”
The Royals recalled Reymond Fuentes today from Omaha, optioning Terrance Gore back to Northwest Arkansas. The speedy outfielder was 8-for-18 in his first six games with the Triple-A club. “After Alex (Rios) got hurt I thought we could use a pinch runner,” Yost said, “it would add to our versatility. He gives us more options. It was the right time for Fuentes to come up.”
When asked about Butler, Yost said he was one of the few players he has followed after they left his team. “I follow Billy just about every day. It’s funny because generally I don’t pay much attention to what other teams/players are doing. It’s good to see that he’s doing well.”
Three Royals players; Gordon, Hosmer, and Perez, will be receiving their Gold Gloves before tonight’s game. Yost said that he wouldn’t be surprised if five or six of his guys could win gold gloves this year. “It’s crazy that you could have so many players on the same team who are Gold Glove Candidates. But it’s definitely possible.
The Royals announced today that they have placed outfielder Alex Rios on the 15-day disabled list with a left hand fracture. Rios sustained the injury when he was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning of yesterday’s 12-3 win in Minnesota. The club will make a corresponding roster move prior to tomorrow night’s 7:10 p.m. game against the Minnesota Twins.
Your Royals are off to a 6-0 start! Here’s where you can watch them on Dish Network this week:
Monday, April 13: Dish 442 or 412-30
Wednesday, April 15: Dish 447 or 412-35 (Note: Dish will not show the HD feed of the postgame)
Thursday, April 16: Dish 440 or 412-28
Friday, April 17: Dish 445 or 412-33
Saturday, April 18: Dish 447 or 412-35
Sunday, April 19: Dish 441 or 412-29
Paulo Orlando signed his first pro contract over 10 years ago (January 21, 2005) and today, he made his Major League debut against his first organization, the White Sox. Paulo walked in his first plate appearance, then tripled for his first hit. He’s the fifth player in team history to triple in his first Major League game (the others are Irving Falu in 2012, Johnny Damon and Edgar Caceres in 1995 and Brian McRae in 1990). The Royals won 4-1, completing a three-game sweep of Chicago.
Manager Ned Yost addressed the media with updates for Alex Gordon and Paulo Orlando. In regards to Alex Gordon’s wrist, Ned Yost said that it is stiff on occasion and there is no need to rush his healing process this early in the season, especially against a tough left-hander in John Danks. This is one of the many reasons why the Royals put Orlando on the roster. Orlando also earned a spot on this year’s roster because of his overall improved and “more polished” game. After a good spring training showing quality at bats, athletic ability, consistency, and versatility in the outfield, Orlando proved that he deserved a chance to compete on the major league level.
When asked about Omar Infante’s at bats so far, Ned replied that he has hit the ball hard but just has nothing to show for it. Once Infante starts to get going, he can very easily jump his average up during the early parts of the season.
Around the league there have been struggles by multiple bullpens. Yost credits his bullpen’s great start so far to their attitude, focus, and intensity to get back to the postseason.
The Royals have been showing a lot of power already, four home runs in two games (they hit their fourth homer in the 13th game last year). Yost loves having power, yet he says it is overrated and is not the “key” for this clubs success. It is always nice to have, but there are many other ways the Royals can win.
Royals skipper Ned Yost did not seem worried about the rainy forecast for Wednesday night. “We’re used to waiting on rain, we have been doing it our whole career,” Yost replied, “You can’t control it so there is no use letting it effect you emotionally.”
Yost is also leaning on the cautious side with players such as Alex Rios and Alex Gordon. Both players are healthy able and to play but Yost wants to make sure they have ample rest time between games. “If you push it too much, it can take more time to recover than giving them a rest in the first place. We’ll have to play it by ear for tomorrow’s day game.”
Left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana is starting tonight and Yost isn’t taking him lightly. “He’s got over 200 innings the past couple years and every time we face him we have our hands full. He’s a tough competitor.” The lefty was 0-3 with one no-decision against the Royals last season.
By Eric Paulson
The Royals announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Yordano Ventura to a five-year contract, which runs through the 2019 season with club options for 2020 and 2021. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not announced.
Ventura, 23, is coming off one of the best rookie seasons in club history, going 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA (65 ER in 183.0 IP) in 30 starts. He became the fourth Royals rookie to make 30 starts or more, joining Steve Busby (37 in 1973), Dennis Leonard (30 in 1975) and Rich Gale (30 in 1978), while his 14 victories were fourth-most all-time by a KC first-year pitcher and the most since Tom Gordon’s 17 wins during his 1988 rookie campaign. Ventura led A.L. rookies in quality starts (22), innings (183.0) and opponents’ average (.240), while his ERA ranked 10th in the league overall.
The rookie right-hander also made five appearances and four starts during the postseason, going 1-0 with a 3.20 ERA (9 ER in 25.1 IP), with 14 strikeouts. He earned the victory in Game #6 of the World Series, tossing 7.0 shutout innings as KC forced a deciding game in the Fall Classic. In his two World Series starts, Ventura allowed just two runs in 12.1 frames (1.46 ERA). He was named the club’s starting pitcher for Monday’s opener against the Chicago White Sox, making him the second-youngest Opening Day starter (23 years, 307 days) in club history. Only Steve Busby (23 years, 189 days) was younger when he made his Opening Day start on April 6, 1973 against the California Angels.
Here are the channel numbers for Dish Network subscribers.
Monday, April 6: Dish 441 or 412-29
Wednesday, April 8: Dish 446 or 412-34
Thursday, April 9: Dish 442 or 412-30
Friday, April 10: Dish 440 or 412-28 (Note: At this time, Dish is not planning to show the pregame show due to bandwidth constraints.)
Saturday, April 11: on FOX Sports 1
Sunday, April 12: Dish 450 or 412-38