Here’s the lineup:
(Blanco – CF), (Aviles – 2B), (Butler – DH), (Betemit – 3B), (Ka’aihue – 1B), (Pena – C), (Gordon – LF), (Betancourt – SS), (Maier – RF), (Hochevar – P)
When asked what he thought about tonight’s starter, Sean O’Sullivan, making progress this season, Yost said it’s hard to judge the progress of a kid like O’Sullivan because he’s trying to make his mark in the big leagues. Yost also said the pitcher needs to continue working on keeping the ball down consistently, which is a struggle due to his mechanics. He added that while O’Sullivan is working on his mechanical issues, it’s still hard for him to make adjustments because he can’t think about them on the mound while he’s trying to win ballgames.
Battle at the bottom
Yost said he definitely doesn’t want to finish in last place in the division, but he finds the “battle” for fourth place between Kansas City and Cleveland a little odd because finishing second-to-last isn’t where he’d like to be either.
According to Yost, Luke Hochevar has been throwing alright, though his command has been off a bit and the pitcher still isn’t where he was before his injury. Yost’s focus, however, is on keeping Hochevar healthy, so he is strong and ready for next year.
Tonight is Girls Night Out…the first 10,000 ladies for the 6:10 start will receive this knit cap!
Here’s the lineup: (Dyson – CF), (Aviles – 2B), (Butler – 1B), (Betemit – DH), (Fields – 3B), (Gordon – LF), (May – C), (Betancourt – SS), (Miller – RF), (O’Sullivan – P)
Chris Getz is still feeling the effects of a concussion he received last Sunday at Chicago. Yost said that while the infielder is making progress, he is not ready to take the field just yet. Getz has been undergoing a battery of tests, which include trials on cardio equipment. According to Yost, Getz was doing fine until his head became foggy once again after being tested on the elliptical.
Yost also discussed how he develops defensive strategies, specifically shifts. The manager said it’s all about doing homework and studying for hours in order to put players in the right position for certain hitters. He firmly believes a person can’t make these decisions based on gut feelings, so preparation is very important. Yost and his staff rely a great deal on the newest technology, which allows them to look at charts and videos of a plethora of players.
In conjunction with MetroPet Magazine, the Royals are hosting the second annual Bark at The K event at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday, October 3 when the Royals close out the 2010 season with a 1:10 p.m. matinee against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Greater Kansas City Humane Society, Half Way Home Pet Adoptions and Wayside Waifs. All three charities will offer adoptions during the event.
A limited number of ticket packages for Bark at The K are available for purchase at www.royals.com/bark. A Bark at The K ticket package includes two tickets (one human ticket and one canine ticket), a Royals dog bowl (pictured above), and a donation to the designated charities. Fans may purchase a ticket package for $25 as well as additional human tickets for $15 each (maximum six additional tickets). Additional ticket purchases also include a donation to the designated charities. Seats will be located in Field Box sections 107-109 and Field Plaza sections 206-209.
Bark at The K begins when the gates open at 11:30 a.m., and all Bark at The K tickets must be purchased in advance by Friday, October 1. Tickets may be picked up on the day of the event only at a special “Bark at The K” will call table located outside of Gate A at Kauffman Stadium beginning at 11:00 a.m. No tickets will be mailed or available for pickup in advance.
Discounted group tickets of 20 or more may be purchased by calling (816) 504-4390. Season Ticket Holders that already have game tickets may contact the club’s Ticket Service staff at (816) 504-4040 – option 3 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on purchasing package items.
A dog park will be set up outside Gate A for the event. Each dog in attendance must have a canine ticket and be accompanied by an “owner.” Fans with two or more dogs must have an additional “owner” accompanying the additional canine. Fans purchasing a Bark at The K package must agree to terms of a waiver on www.royals.com/bark and will also be asked to sign a waiver prior to entering the event.
Fans wanting to learn more about Bark at The K and to read suggestions regarding bringing a dog to the event are encouraged to visit www.royals.com/bark.
The grounds crew pulled the tarp a few minutes ago. We’re looking at an estimated start time of 8:10 Central at Kauffman Stadium.
Kuntz to work with Instructional League squad
Rusty Kuntz will travel to Arizona tomorrow to mentor young outfielders and work with players on Kansas City’s Instructional League team. Kuntz will return to his role as a Special Assistant to the General Manager for Player Development officially following the 2010 season. Omaha manager Mike Jirschele, who has been with the club since Friday as an additional coach, will assume first base coaching duties for the remainder of the season.
Yost wants to see players arrive in Kansas City as a polished product and with less need for development once they get here. He believes that Kuntz can help that process as Yost mentioned that Rusty is one of the best outfielder and baserunning coaches he’s ever seen.
Naturals battle for Texas League crown
The NW Arkansas Naturals are facing Midland in a best-of-five series for the Texas League Championship. Game one is tonight in Springdale. Yost is pleased for the squad and believes that the core belief in winning can transition to any level. He talked about his son, Ned IV, who is currently coaching with the Helena Brewers, a Pioneer League playoff entrant. The elder Yost believes that a team should feel the same level of accomplishment in winning their minor league title as they would in winning a World Series. The goal is to be the best in that respective league.
Kyle Davies is having another strong September. He’s 2-0 this month and 9-1 in his last 10 September starts. Yost was asked about Davies’ success and whether he can continue it, no matter what month the calendar says. Yost has seen progress since the All-Star Break, noting that the pitcher has been duplicating his mechanics since the mid-July break.
Here’s the lineup for Wednesday’s game vs. Oakland: (Dyson – CF), (Aviles – 2B), (Butler – DH), (Betemit – 3B), (Ka’aihue – 1B), (Pena – C), (Gordon – LF), (Betancourt – SS), (Maier – RF), (Chen – P)
The Kansas City Royals will host the seventh annual Royals Coat Drive on September 17-18 at Kauffman Stadium. The drive will benefit the Johnson County Christmas Bureau.
Royals Wives and community volunteers will collect new and gently used coats on Friday, September 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. outside of the Diamond Club and inside Hy-Vee Gate B. On Saturday, fans can drop off the donated items in the Outfield Experience or inside Hy-Vee Gate B from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The groups will be accepting both new and gently worn coats that are clean and in good condition. Coats of all sizes – adults, boys, girls, toddlers and infants – are welcome.
Items collected will be distributed to the Johnson County Christmas Bureau to help needy residents of the Kansas City area stay warm during the winter months. The Johnson County Christmas Bureau is a volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization and a United Way agency that provides necessary assistance to low-income families of Johnson County, Kansas.
In support of the Royals Coat Drive, Aramark – the official concessionaire of Kauffman Stadium – will provide every fan who donates a coat at Kauffman Stadium on September 17 or 18 with a Majestic Team Store discount coupon. The coupon, which will be distributed at the Coat Drive collection sites during the designated collection times, is limited to one per person for each game and may be redeemed for 20 percent off one regularly-priced item sold at the Majestic Team Store or any other Kauffman Stadium merchandise location. Coupons must be redeemed by September 18.