Ned Yost media session: May 16

Before Monday’s 7:10 series opener vs. the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium, Royals manager Ned Yost raved about the improvements his squad has made since he took over just over a year ago and explained that now it’s about playing good baseball.

“When I came in here last year we had areas that we had to address. We had to address defense, we had to address baserunning. Those were things that we worked on every single day. But we’ve pretty much addressed all those things, now it’s down to competition… every day we have to be better than the opposing team,” Yost comments.

The Royals skipper touched on the 2-3 mark on the road that started at Yankees Stadium last Tuesday by winning two of three and ended by dropping two against the Detroit Tigers with a rainout on Sunday at Comerica Park. Yost remarked about the Tigers’ starting pitchers and the Royals squad during the series.

 “If we’re facing mediocre pitching and we’re not scoring runs, then yeah we need to do something but when you’re facing really good pitching and not scoring runs you take your hat off to them and you come back and get them the next game,” Yost said.

Kyle Davies will take the mound tonight for his third start of the year against the Cleveland Indians. Yost said despite Davies’ few rough games this season, more often than not Davies does a great job of keeping his squad in the game and giving them a chance to win. The starting right-hander will face Cleveland Indians RHP Josh Tomlin who has a 4-1 record and 2.70 ERA thus far in the season.

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