Ned Yost media session: August 16, 2011

Prior to Tuesday night’s game against the New York Yankees, Royals manager Ned Yost talked about the tough task Danny Duffy is up against in facing a powerful Yankees lineup. 

“If you make mistakes, they are going to capitalize on them,” Yost said.  “You’ve got to be on top of your game when you face an offense like this because there are no holes.  There’s nobody you can pitch around.”

On the hill opposite Duffy will be Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova.  The Royals roughed up Nova for eight runs in three innings when they last faced him on May 12 in New York, but since then Nova has pitched extremely well.  He is undefeated in his last eight starts, going 7-0 with a 3.10 ERA.  Yost thinks Nova just happened to have an off-night last time the Royals faced him, and expects a more difficult match this time around.
“We know he’s got really, really good stuff, and we know it was probably just one of those nights last time,” Yost said.  “We’ve got our work cut out for us tonight.”

Off the field, the Royals had a great night last night when they signed their first round draft pick, Bubba Starling.  Starling was the fifth overall selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, and Yost was pleased with the addition of more talent to add to the Royals already-deep farm system.
“I know the importance of signing your top picks.  You have to do it to maintain your system.  It’s real important,” Yost said.  He [Starling] is a tremendous, athletic kid.  In a ballpark like this, athleticism is very, very important.  Everybody was happy at the end of the night that we got it done and he can start his career as a Royal.”

Yost also had praise for the one of the men behind the signing of Starling, Royals General Manager Dayton Moore.  Yost knows the work Moore has put in to stock the Royals organization full of talent.

“Dayton’s been doing this for a number of years.  The results have shown this year with a number one farm system.  When you start amassing that type of talent, your farm system is ranked number one for a reason,” Yost said.  “It’s through his [Moore’s] leadership and guidance of this organization that that’s been able to happen.”

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