Ned Yost media session: July 10

Before wrapping a four-game series with today’s 1:10 finale vs. the Detroit Tigers, Royals manager Ned Yost spoke with the media about today’s match up with Detroit Tigers ace right-hander Justin Verlander against the squad’s young players. Yost commented that he wants his rookies to experience one of the baseball’s best pitchers to gain understanding of what to expect throughout their career.

“It’s all apart of their education, it’s all apart of their experience,” Yost said. “It’s important in terms of their development that they face these guys…these are kids [Royals] we’re counting on to be big run producers in the future.”

The skipper explained not only the importance of the squad’s hitting development but his strategy to beat a good pitcher such as Verlander and his confidence in today’s left-handed starter Jeff Francis.

“I think the best way to beat a good pitcher is through your starting pitcher,” Yost said. “Jeff Francis is going to have to go out and matchup ‘til we get him (Verlander) out of the game and hopefully get into the bullpen.”

With the 2011 MLB All-Star Game this Tuesday July 12, the squad will be looking forward to three days off before heading out on the road to face the Minnesota Twins for a four-game matchup. Yost comments that the All-Star break comes at a good time for everyone to rest and gear up for the next series and the second half of the season.

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