Prior to Friday’s interleague opener against the St. Louis Cardinals, Royals manager Ned Yost said that his squad is looking forward to the intrastate series and understands the emphasis placed on these three games by fans of both clubs.
“We want to play well and put on a good show for our fans,” Yost said.
The skipper was complimentary of the Cardinals, who lead the Major Leagues with a .284 team batting average. Sluggers Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman lead the National League in average at .357 and .349, respectively. Berkman is sidelined tonight with a wrist injury.
Yost also pointed out St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina, who is hitting .323 and is known for being a standout defensive backstop.
“I think he’s the best catcher in baseball,” Yost said.
After receiving a lot of work recently, the KC bullpen benefitted from a stellar performance last night by starter Luke Hochevar, who worked 8.2 innings before giving way to Greg Holland, who threw the final 1.1 innings en route to earning his first big league victory.
Yost said that all his relievers were willing to pitch if called upon last night, but was quick to note the importance of keeping the bullpen fresh.
“A main concern of mine is making sure our bullpen stays healthy and refreshed, not overworked,” Yost said.
Following tonight’s contest, the teams will play consecutive 1:10 games on Saturday and Sunday. The Royals are expecting good crowds all weekend, but tickets remain for each of the games.
The Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City will make-up the rained out telecast of last Sunday in Detroit on Wednesday, June 1, when Kansas City hosts the Angels in a 3:10 start. FSKC is televising 140 regular season games, all in High Definition, and this additions means that next Thursday’s matinee in Baltimore is the only non-televised game between now and June 9.
The Royals welcome their I-70 neighbors to town for the first of three tonight. Game time is 7:10 at Kauffman Stadium. Let’s take a look at the lineup:
(Gordon – LF), (Cabrera – CF), (Hosmer – 1B), (Francoeur – RF), (Butler – DH), (Betemit – 3B), (Pena – C), (Getz – 2B), (Escobar – SS), (Francis – P)
A reminder for Saturday – the first pitch is slated for 1:10.
Before Thursday’s 7:10 series finale against the Texas Rangers, manager Ned Yost explained both roster moves that the Royals made on Thursday. He said the moves were necessary after using the bullpen for a combined 18.0 innings over the last three games.
Earlier in the day, the Royals announced that the club has recalled righthanded reliever Greg Holland and optioned reserve outfielder Jarrod Dyson to Triple-A Omaha. Holland, who will wear No. 56, made 13 relief appearances for the Storm Chasers, going 2-0 with 2 saves and a 2.08 ERA. Over 21.2 innings pitched, he registered 27 strikeouts and issued only 11 walks.
Holland appeared in 15 games for the Royals over the final two months last season, going 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 18.2 innings. He allowed 23 hits and 14 earned runs to go along with 23 strikeouts.
Dyson was used primarily as a pinch-runner and stole 9 bases although he only received 24 at-bats. Yost said that the move was necessary because of recent stress on the bullpen and the need for Dyson to receive regular playing time.
“We needed 13 pitchers,” Yost said. “We had an extra outfielder in Mitch Maier and we had options. [Dyson] needed to play a little bit. He needed to get down and get some at-bats.”
Also, Kansas City reinstated righthanded reliever Robinson Tejeda from the 15-day disabled list and optioned reliever Jeremy Jeffress to Omaha. The club will use Jeffress as a starter at the minor league level.
“We’re going to send him down to start,” Yost said. “That will give him an opportunity to get lengthened out and use all his pitches. This will give him an opportunity to get some innings under his belt.”
Following tonight’s contest, the Royals will host the St. Louis Cardinals in a 3-game interleague series beginning at 7:10 on Friday. Saturday and Sunday’s games will begin at 1:10.
The Royals host Texas tonight at 7:10. Kansas City made the following roster moves on Thursday:
- Right-handed pitcher Greg Holland was recalled from Triple-A Omaha. Holland was 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and two saves in 13 games for the Storm Chasers. He posted 27 K’s in 21.2 IP while limiting opponents to a .176 batting average.
- Right-handed pitcher Robinson Tejeda was activated from the 15-day D.L. (right shoulder inflammation). Tejeda made five rehab appearances with Omaha, allowing one unearned run in 6.0 innings.
- Outfielder Jarrod Dyson was optioned to Omaha. The speedy Dyson was used primarily as a pinch-runner, getting just 24 at bats, but stealing nine bases during his stint with KC.
- Pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was also optioned to Omaha. The right-handed reliever was 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 14 outings with Kansas City.
Here’s the lineup:
(Gordon – LF), (Cabrera – CF), (Hosmer – 1B), (Francoeur – RF), (Butler – DH), (Betemit – 3B), (Aviles – 2B), (Treanor – C), (Escobar – SS), (Hochevar – P)
Heading into Wednesday’s 7:10 contest against the Texas Rangers, Royals manager Ned Yost has approached the lineup a little differently for today’s game at Kauffman Stadium. With left-fielder Alex Gordon leading off, Yost comments that Gordon has excellent on-base percentage and placing the squad’s best hitters in front of designated hitter, Billy Butler, will create run-scoring opportunities for the Royals.
“Basically it’s just trying something a little different, get a different look, see if we can’t shake something up a little bit and score some runs,” Yost said.
Yost’s decision to move the lineup around was based off the Royals runs scored in the past two series vs. the Detroit Tigers, where they went 0-2 for the series, and the Cleveland Indians, where the squad went 0-3 for the series at Kauffman. The skipper raved about the starting left-hander tonight, Danny Duffy. Duffy has been called up from Triple-A Omaha and will be making his Major League debut tonight against the Texas Rangers. Yost remarks that the squad will have a slight edge over the opposition since the Rangers have yet to see Duffy take the mound.
“He’s [Duffy] got good stuff. He’s got three quality pitches… He’s got a real good breaking ball and a real good change-up. He’s got great make-up and those are the ingredients of being a good Major League pitcher,” Yost said.
When asked a question regarding starting pitchers Kyle Davies and Bruce Chen on the 15-day disabled list, Yost replied by saying Davies received a cortisone injection as of today and will rest for seven days. If Davies is pain free after the seven days then he will start a throwing program. The Royals manager is waiting for left-hander Chen to be pain free and start his throwing as well. With Davies on the disabled list, right-hander Nate Adcock will be expected to start this Saturday for the Royals’ 1:10 game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.
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Kansas City hosts the defending A.L. champion Texas Rangers at 7:10 tonight. 22-year old lefty Danny Duffy will make his Major League debut on an INK Student Night ($7 tickets for high school and college students with a valid ID, the Outfield Experience opens at 5:30 for a pregame concert.)
The lineup has a different look tonight with Alex Gordon leading off and Eric Hosmer batting third. Let’s take a look:
(Gordon – LF), (Cabrera – CF), (Hosmer – 1B), (Francoeur – RF), (Butler – DH), (Betemit – 3B), (Treanor – C), (Getz – 2B), (Escobar – SS), (Duffy – P)
Before concluding a short midweek series against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night, manager Ned Yost talked about the two latest additions to the Royals’ pitching staff.
Left-handers Everett Teaford and Danny Duffy join the Royals from Triple-A Omaha (Teaford officially tonight while Duffy will join the club tomorrow), where both players were putting up impressive numbers for the Storm Chasers. Teaford provides another left-handed arm out of the bullpen and Duffy is scheduled to make his first Major League start Wednesday against the Texas Rangers.
With Omaha, Teaford was 2-1 with a 3.01 ERA in 10 appearances (3 starts). He moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen at the end of April. Yost said that things are easier on the bullpen with two lefties, emphasizing that Teaford and fellow southpaw Tim Collins will be used in various situations.
“[Teaford] is not just a lefty specialist. He’s a little more than that,” Yost explained. “This gives us the ability to shut down an inning with lefty-dominant hitters.”
Duffy went 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 7 starts at Omaha, notching 43 strikeouts in 36.0 innings. The skipper noted that Duffy was slated to start on Wednesday in the minors so the team decided to keep him on his regular pitching schedule.
“Wednesday is Duffy’s regular day,” Yost said. “We’d like to give him every comfort we can in his first Major League start.”
Teaford will wear No. 61 and is available for tonight’s contest. Since Duffy is not on the 40-man roster, the club will have to make a corresponding roster move tomorrow to select his contract from Omaha.
Let’s take a look at the lineup:
(Aviles – 2B), (Cabrera – CF), (Gordon – LF), (Butler – DH), (Francoeur – RF), (Hosmer – 1B), (Betemit – 3B), (Treanor – C), (Escobar – SS), (O’Sullivan – P)