Thursday’s game at New York has been picked up by MLB Network. Matt Vasgersian and John Smoltz will be the commentators for the 6:05 Central start. Fans in the Kansas City market area will still see the game on Fox Sports Kansas City and those in the New York market will see the game on YES Network. For the rest of you, in say Idaho Falls or Burlington, N.C., check here to see if MLB Network is available in your area.
Monday is Royal Nite! Hy-Vee Level seats (except for Reserved Box) are just $5. Here’s your lineup for the 7:10 start vs. Toronto:
(Podsednik – LF), (Kendall – C), (DeJesus – CF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Callaspo – 3B), (Aviles – 2B), (Bloomquist – RF), (Betancourt – SS), (Davies – P)
The Team USA Collegiate Squad is working out at Kauffman Stadium today. This is one of their last stops before they head to Japan next week for the World University Baseball Championships. Team USA will watch tonight’s Royals/Blue Jays game, then travel to Omaha. They will play Japan at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Rust vs. Rest
Manager Yost doesn’t think that rust is a factor in KC’s slow start to the second half. He pointed out that every team has a layoff.
Not peeking at the standings
Yost is emphasizing a day-to-day approach and looking at what it takes to win each game. He doesn’t study the record or the standings. The focus is to move toward .500.
Getz in the lineup
Chris Getz will make a start at second today. He has also taken some ground balls at third base.
Media members were asking about Kyle Davies, who will make the start on Monday. Davies has had an up and down season. Yost acknowledges that Davies has had command issues but knows that his stuff has always been there.
Tonight fans will see David DeJesus in center field and Mitch Maier in right field, a decision Yost made simply because DeJesus is playing great at that position and he wants Maier to become acclimated with all three outfield positions.
Yost said the two errors in last night’s game were not due to a lack of focus nor were they related to the team having time off over the All-Star Break. Instead, he believes the errors were aggressive mistakes and the result of the players trying to do too much in an effort to get off on the right foot in the second half of the season. Yost expects the team to be less anxious tonight and to play a little more controlled.
Under further review
The manager also discussed Coco Crisp’s controversial leadoff double in last night’s game. Yost said the reversed call definitely set a dangerous precedent for the contest. While he understands that human error is a natural part of the game and that players and coaches have to live with mistakes, he also believes players and teams should get what they earn, but not to the point that the game is stopped for review after every play.
Pena playing time
Yost also announced that Brayan Pena will see a little more action in the remainder of the season. Yost knows, however, that playing time is not a major concern of Pena’s. The manager described Pena as a great team player who understands and accepts his backup role behind Jason Kendall. Additionally, Yost claimed that Pena is the perfect guy for the backup catcher position and is always working hard and getting in as many reps as possible.
Gil Meche bounced back really well today and has plans to play catch, play long toss, and throw a side tomorrow. Should things go as planned, Yost hopes to send the pitcher out on a rehab assignment, probably to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, on Wednesday. According to Yost, Meche is back to feeling good and healthy, though his command is still a bit shaky.
On Friday, the Royals partnered with TeamSmile to provide free dental health education, screening and treatment to children in need at a special dental clinic in the Hall of Fame suites at Kauffman Stadium. More than 250 children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City received dental care. Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson, a longtime supporter of TeamSmile, visited with the kids.
Eric Hosmer, KC’s first round pick in 2008 (third overall) was promoted from Wilmington to Northwest Arkansas after Wilmington’s game on Friday. Hosmer leaves Wilmington as the league-leader in average (.354), doubles (29), on-base percentage (.429) and OPS (.974). He went 4-for-5 in last week’s Futures game in Anaheim. The 20-year old is scheduled to play first base and bat fifth in the first game of a doubleheader tonight in Springdale. Check out the NW Arkansas schedule here.