Short and Sweet
On a day when it’s actually nice to be outside for more than five minutes, the media did not have many questions to ask during Ned Yost’s pregame interview. He did discuss Gil Meche’s potential return to the mound, saying the former starter could fit into the bullpen, which would help limit his shoulder problems. Yost also said Meche is getting closer to a rehab assignment after a 30-pitch session this morning, if the club chooses to go that route. When asked about the 2011 season for Meche, Yost said that as of today, he’d be leaning toward having the right-hander pitch as a reliever.
The manager also briefly discussed Kila Ka’aihue’s performance, saying he can’t make a judgment about Ka’aihue because the rookie is still settling in and adjusting to new pitchers and a new overall experience.
This might ‘be’ a Royals alphabetical record…KC has six players starting today with ‘B’ as the first letter of their last name! Add Brayan Pena’s first name and it is seven…let’s take a look at the lineup for today’s 1:10 game:
(Blanco – CF), (Bloomquist – 3B), (Butler – 1B), (Betemit – DH), (Gordon – LF), (Aviles – 2B), (Maier – RF), (Pena – C), (Betancourt – SS), (Bullington – P)
Bryan for Brian
Yost said Bryan Bullington looked good in his start against the Angels last Tuesday and he’s going to give the pitcher another shot tomorrow against the Yankees. He explained how the next six weeks are about opportunities anyway, so letting Bullington fill in for Brian Bannister is consistent with the plan. Yost added that he liked how Bullington kept the team in the game against Anaheim and gave the Royals a chance to win, as well as how the right-hander kept the ball down and attacked hitters.
A work in progress
Yost also discussed similarities and differences between Gregor Blanco and Scott Podsednik, saying the two are comparable hitters, though Blanco bunts better. When it comes to batting leadoff, however, Yost believes Podsednik is as pure as they come while Blanco still needs to be molded a bit. Yost is looking forward to Blanco’s development in this position because he thinks it is fun to take guys with Blanco’s type of ability and help turn them into good leadoff hitters.
What a relief!
Last night’s one-run game was made even closer due to a pair of Royals errors and some other mistakes that could have resulted in errors. Yost expressed his disapproval, saying teams can’t give four or five outs to anyone and expect to survive, though the Royals somehow managed to do so last night. He added that errors are part of the game–it’s how you cover them that’s important, and he was very satisfied with how Blake Wood and Joakim Soria did just that.
What a game last night! KC prevailed 4-3 in a game that went well past midnight. Joakim Soria set a franchise mark with his 25th consecutive save conversion. Kansas City hosts New York at 6:10 this evening. The first 20,000 fans will receive a set of coasters that salute the 1980 A.L. Championship over New York. Members of the 1980 club will take part in a pregame presentation.
Here’s a look at the lineup: (Blanco – CF), (Kendall – C), (Butler – 1B), (Betemit – 3B), (Ka’aihue – DH), (Gordon – LF), (Betancourt – SS), (Maier – RF), (Getz – 2B), (O’Sullivan – P)
With temperatures peaking in the 100s today, the heat was an unavoidable subject. Like he’s done in the past, however, Yost simply shrugged it off by saying the players will need to disregard the weather and do the best they can.
Congrats to Kendall
Catcher Jason Kendall will be recognized before tonight’s game for reaching the 2,000 games caught milestone in late July. Yost sang the catcher’s praises by describing what a hard worker and mentally tough player he is. According to Yost, Kendall comes to the stadium early every day to watch video and develop a game plan for the starting pitcher.
Yost also commented on the recent announcement of Jose Guillen’s trade to the Giants. The manager said Guillen was a part of the Royals, and he set a good example of what it took to be prepared and play the game the right way.
Kansas City hosts New York at 7:10 tonight. The Royals Wives are hosting the sixth annual Back to School Drive to benefit T.A. Edison Elementary School. Stacy Meche and Katie Davies serve as co-chairs for this year’s drive. Royals Wives and community volunteers will collect school supplies and also sell mystery bags and autographed player photo cards outside of the Diamond Club and in the Outfield Experience from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
It’s also 50/50 Friday. Volunteers will sell $1 raffle tickets from the time gates open until the end of the fifth inning. One winning ticket will be selected with the winner taking home half of the evening’s net proceeds. The other half will be divided between Royals Charities and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City.
Here’s the lineup: (Blanco – CF), (Kendall – C), (Butler – 1B), (Betemit – 3B), (Ka’aihue – DH), (Gordon – 3B), (Aviles – 2B), (Maier - RF), (Betancourt – SS), (Davies - P)
The Royals announced today that the club has traded outfielder Jose Guillen to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for a player to be named. The Royals also sent cash considerations to the Giants to complete the deal.
The 34-year old Guillen was hitting .255 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI in 106 games for the Royals prior to being designated for assignment on August 5.
Luke Hochevar, Robinson Tejeda, and Gil Meche are all chomping at the bit to get back on the field. Yost said Meche threw very well today and has looked good in his last couple outings.
The Young Guns
According to Yost, the Royals lost veterans on purpose in order to take a look at younger players. Yost said it takes time for new guys to get in a groove, but you just have to let them play and go through it. He added that they are all in the big leagues for a reason–because they have all had success.
Yost also discussed Kila Ka’aihue’s numbers at the plate. Ka’aihue enters tonight’s contest hitting .103, but Yost says he looks for good at-bats and execution, not at averages.