The decision to send infielder Mike Aviles to Triple-A Omaha was the big news today during Trey Hillman’s pregame media session. The move was made as a result of pitcher Gil Meche’s return from the 15-day disabled list (right shoulder bursitis). Hillman noted that Aviles was disappointed during their meeting but also expressed trust in what the club was doing. “Mike gets the big picture,” said Hillman. Aviles will play shortstop for the majority of his stint in Omaha and Hillman expects him to get plenty of at-bats.
Kansas City plays Boston for the final time at Kauffman Stadium this year – the teams will wrap up the season series at Fenway Park from May 27 to 30. Game time is 1:10. Come on out to The K! Here’s your Kansas City lineup: (Podsednik – LF), (Maier – RF), (Callaspo – 3B), (Butler – 1B), (Ankiel – CF), (Guillen – DH), (Kendall – C), (Betancourt – SS), (Getz – 2B), (Meche – P)
As last night’s success begins to resonate, Royals’ manager Trey Hillman looks for the bullpen to gain confidence. The Royals were able to hold down an extremely potent Red Sox offense; eventually finishing with one of the game’s top closers, Joakim Soria, securing the win in the ninth. Hillman was questioned on whether he feels his bullpen is beginning to settle into roles. He cited that last night’s effort by all but three backend arms will go a long way into establishing more permanent roles. However, Hillman does not expect anything to be cemented for several weeks.
One specific late-inning arm that Hillman touched on was reliever John Parrish, who has been effective in limited action this year. One reporter asked Hillman if he saw more innings in Parrish’s immediate future. Hillman stated that he could see Parrish being used multiple nights in a row as a situational pitcher used primarily against lefties. But with Parrish’s career being slowed by injuries, the coaching staff must keep a watchful eye on the southpaw.
Hillman was also asked about several hitters that have yet to see significant playing time. Hillman responded that while he would like to get players like Mitch Maier and Mike Aviles in the mix; starters like Getz, Kendall, and Podsednik have shown such promise early this season that he does not want to break their rhythm and playing time will be decided upon a day-to-day basis.
The Royals and Red Sox square off at 6:10 tonight. We have an All-Star pitching matchup with Zack Greinke facing Boston’s Josh Beckett. Plus, the first 20,000 fans receive this blue replica jersey courtesy of Fox Sports Kansas City!
Here’s your Kansas City lineup: (DeJesus – RF), (Podsednik – LF), (Callaspo – 3B), (Butler – 1B), (Ankiel – CF), (Guillen – DH), (Kendall – C), (Betancourt – SS), (Getz – 2B), (Greinke – P)
The Royals stormed back for a 4-3 win over Boston tonight. Let’s look at the photos!
Scott Podsednik is a gamer…he put down a great sac bunt to move DeJesus to third.
After a walk to Alberto Callaspo, Willie Bloomquist came in as a pinch runner for “Bert”. Bloomquist stole second base during Billy Butler’s at-bat. That set the table for Rick Ankiel, who was 3-for-3 at the time and a triple shy of the cycle. There’s no need for a cycle when you drive in a pair with a single! Bloomquist came around to score the go-ahead run.
Joakim Soria and Jason Kendall celebrated after Soria’s first save of 2010. Then, it was time for Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi!
Here’s what Royals manager Trey Hillman had to say before Friday’s game vs. Boston:
On Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke…
“Zack put us on the map,” said Hillman. “He got the organization lots of attention and makes everyone in the organization proud. It was a spectacular year for Zack.”
On second baseman Chris Getz’s speed and future…
“He’s a green light guy,” said Hillman. “He has a different gait. I was shocked at his running times because he just doesn’t look that fast. I knew when he came in that he was quick. Going 25-for-27 last year [in stolen bases] is pretty impressive. That was enough for me. I think eventually he’ll be a great leadoff or two-hole (hitter).”
On utilizing the bench…
“I like to get the regulars into a flow,” said Hillman. “I think mixing too early sends a bad message. It would be easier to do if we were 3-0, but I have every intention of using the bench. We’ll get there as soon as we can, but not at the expense of getting the offense in a flow. We’ll see how we roll and make adjustments for the road trip if we need to.”
On pitcher Gil Meche’s Sunday start…
“It’s official,” said Hillman. “There’ll have to be a roster move, but we’ll see. We still have a couple days to evaluate.”
(DeJesus – RF), (Podsednik – LF), (Callaspo – 3B), (Butler – 1B), (Ankiel – CF), (Guillen – DH), (Kendall – C), (Betancourt – SS), (Getz – 2B), (Davies – P)
With the final game in the series being an early start and last night’s 11-inning game, manager Trey Hillman faced questions about availability of several key pieces. After attempting a four-out save last night and throwing 32 pitches, Hillman said that closer Joakim Soria’s availability is in question and that no decision will be made until after the first pitch is thrown. Hillman’s preference is not to use Soria for more than three outs in future appearances, but cited that the most important factor is winning ball games.
Another question coming into today’s game is the condition of catcher Jason Kendall following last night’s extra-inning affair. Hillman said Kendall felt good this morning and that fans could expect to see the veteran catcher often in day games after night games.
The other question mark today was how Hillman’s lineup would look with the Royals’ hitters facing the first left-handed starting pitcher of the 2010 season in Dontrelle Willis. Hillman had entertained the idea of starting infielder Mike Aviles at second base in place of Chris Getz. However, Hillman penciled in Getz, saying he has shown excellent consistency in producing quality at bats early in the season. The final change affected by Willis’ start is the five and six slots in the batting order. Hillman said that the switch with outfielders Rick Ankiel and Jose Guillen will be commonplace when facing a left-handed starting pitcher.
The Royals look for the series win over Detroit in a 1:10 start today. Brian Bannister starts for the Royals while lefty Dontrelle Willis will take the mound for Detroit.
Here’s your Kansas City lineup:
(DeJesus – RF); (Podsednik – LF); (Callaspo – 3B); (Butler – 1B); (Guillen – DH); (Ankiel – CF); (Betancourt – SS); (Kendall – C); (Getz – 2B); (Bannister – P)