Revenge is a dish best served Royal Blue…
After being swept by the Texas Rangers less than three weeks ago in Arlington, the Royals are looking to turn the tables this time around. Royals manager Ned Yost said that the series in early May was tough to watch and his club should want to enact some revenge.
Getting the call…
Yost was asked about the Royals recent addition in utility man Wilson Betemit. Yost said that Betemit’s Major League experience and his ability to switch hit were key in the decision to bring him to the big leagues. Yost also mentioned the ability to use Betemit in a variety of different positions as a plus; citing specifically the need to give numerous starters time off or should the possibility of a double switch present itself in Interleague Play.
He’s beginning to mesh well…
Tonight’s starting pitcher Gil Meche looks like he has gotten past some early season struggles posting three consecutive quality starts. Yost attributes Meche’s recent success on his ability to command the strike zone and locate his pitches. Yost is looking for Meche to build on his success and put his club in a position to win tonight.
Turn and face the change…
Yost commented on Royals minor leaguer Alex Gordon’s recent position change. He said that Gordon has looked great in left field and he is swinging the bat well in Omaha. Yost also stated that they are trying to prepare to Gordon to play the corner outfield position at the Major League level and doesn’t see the position switch hampering Gordon’s swing.
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Players, alumni and broadcasters were among the participants in the third annual Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament, held on Monday at The National Golf Club of Kansas City. The team captained by alum Al Fitzmorris (third picture below) won the title. Squads captained by Gil Meche and Denny Matthews also tied for the top spot, but lost a tiebreaker to Fitzmorris’ team. Here are some photos of a great day on the course!
The Royals open a short series against Texas tonight (7:10 first pitch at The K). Kansas City made a roster move this afternoon, selecting the contract of infielder Wilson Betemit from Omaha. Pitcher Bryan Bullington was optioned to the O-Royals. Here’s your lineup for Tuesday:
(Podsednik – LF), (Aviles – 2B), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), Callaspo – 3B), (Maier – CF), (Betancourt – SS), (Bloomquist – RF), (Kendall – C), (Meche – P)
The first topic in Sunday’s interview with manager Ned Yost concerned base stealing and “small ball” in general. Yost believes there has been a trend toward “small ball” the last couple of years. He added that it’s important to maximize base stealers, which he does by being aggressive. In fact, Yost says there’s even times when a Billy Butler type player can steal, such as when the pitcher takes his focus off the runner. But he wants to make sure it is not counterproductive, meaning the runners should be successful at least three out of four times.
The manager then discussed the team’s bullpen ERA, which has dropped from over 5.00 to under 2.00 since he took over as manager. Despite the success during his short tenure, the skipper doesn’t take credit for the improvement. Yost simply said the pitchers are on a good roll and all he has done is give the guys confidence and put them in situations where they can be successful, which they then have taken advantage of.
Yost also had nothing but positive things to say about today’s starter Zack Greinke. He characterized Zack as extremely competitive, smart, bright, and truthful. Yost also described Greinke as the total package. Yost believes the Cy Young winner should just keep doing what he’s doing–attack, command, and be Zack.
Finally, Yost gave praise to third base coach Eddie Rodriguez. He said Rodriguez is doing a great job at third, which is the only coaching position that is actually more like a player. Like the players, Rodriguez’s decisions determine the outcome of the game. Yost said Rodriguez also plays a major role as the infield coach, where he makes sure everyone in the infield is in the right spot for every single pitch.
The Royals and Rockies wrap up their Interleague set with a 1:10 start today. Here’s your Kansas City lineup: (DeJesus – RF), (Kendall – C), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Callaspo – 3B), (Maier – CF), (Betancourt – SS), (Getz – 2B), (Bloomquist – LF), (Greinke – P)
Let the good times roll…
Ned Yost is excited about the positivity felt in the clubhouse since becoming the Royals manager. His goal is to get his players to play relaxed and stay on an even keel, stating it is necessary to temper the high points and reinforce confidence during the low points throughout the season.
On the mend…
Yost touched on two key pieces of the Royals’ roster currently on the disabled list; centerfielder Rick Ankiel and left-handed reliever John Parrish. Neither player has a firm date to return to the active roster, but Yost is encouraged by both players’ progress. Ankiel is continuing light work and Parrish threw off flat ground yesterday stretching his arm out to 105 ft.
What a relief!!!
Yost mentioned several of his bullpen hurlers this afternoon; including Robinson Tejeda, Blake Wood, and Joakim Soria. Yost has been extremely impressed by recent call up Blake Wood, specifically citing the efficiency of his pitches. Yost would like to get Tejeda in for a low pressure outing, but isn’t afraid use him immediately if the situation calls for it. Yost finished by saying that closer Joakim Soria will get an inning today after not seeing action in four straight games.
Today’s game starts at 3:10 p.m.. Come out early as the ’85 Cardinals and ’85 Royals will face off in a softball game at 1:00 p.m.
One note on Jose Guillen’s home runs from last night…he is the first player in franchise history to have two multi-homer games at home before Memorial Day. (Courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau).
Here’s the lineup: (Podsednik – LF), (Aviles – 2B), (DeJesus – RF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Callaspo – 3B), (Betancourt – SS), (Bloomquist – CF), (Kendall – C), (Davies – P)
…and manager Ned Yost (shown at left with last week’s honorary lineup) is feeling good. In Friday’s pre-game interview with the media, Yost began by saying he’s glad to be back, especially with such nice weather.
Free your mind and the rest will follow…
Yost feels that the biggest impact he’s had in his first week as Royals manager is getting the guys to relax. He believes the team was pressing too hard because they didn’t want former manager Trey Hillman to take the heat for their poor performance. As a result, Yost has been trying to get the team back to square one and playing in a relaxed atmosphere where they can get back to their natural ability.
I like it like that…
After going 5-2 over the past week, Yost found a lot to like about the boys in blue. He listed several positives, including how the team had quality at-bats, how the pitchers attacked, how the relievers limited damage in tight situations, and how the team scored runs.
Don’t look back…
According to the manager, baseball is a marathon, so you must maintain a day-to-day focus. Yost said it’s important to forget the day before and move on to the next one, but it’s also important to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each day.
Put me in coach…
Yost also provided brief injury updates before the game. Robinson Tejeda (strained left calf) was cleared yesterday and Yost wanted to ease him in against the Indians, but it just wasn’t necessary with the way Luke Hochevar was pitching. Tejeda also has the green light today. Additionally, Rick Ankiel (right quad strain) took batting practice today and is still making progress. John Parrish is also making progress, but still hasn’t thrown off a mound.
It’s a different kind of I-70 Series as the Royals host Colorado tonight at The K! The first pitch is at 7:10. Come on out for Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi.
Here’s your lineup:
(Podsednik – LF), (Aviles – 2B), (DeJesus – RF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Callaspo – 3B), (Maier – CF), (Betancourt – SS), (Kendall – C), (Bannister – P)