September 2011

Sunday lineup vs. Cleveland

Today’s game starts at 1:10.  It’s shaping up to be a beautiful day at The K!  Let’s take a look at the lineup:

Gordon – LF

Cabrera – CF

Butler – DH

Hosmer – 1B

Giavotella – 2B

Moustakas – 3B

Pena – C

Maier – RF

Getz – SS

Francis – P

Ned Yost media session: September 3

With Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar forced to leave last night’s game with a slight left ankle sprain, Kansas City decided to take advantage of the expanded September rosters and call up infielder Yamaico Navarro to provide depth on the infield.  With Escobar unavailable, the Royals backup infielder in case of an injury would be back-up catcher Brayan Pena.  Pena’s lone Major League infield experience came way back in 2006 when he played three innings at third base for the Atlanta Braves.

“[Alcides] Escobar, we think, is day-to-day,” Royals Manager Ned Yost said.  “We don’t think it’s going to be a ten-day ordeal, but we brought Navarro up for coverage.”

Yost will try to use Escobar’s injury as an opportunity for the Royals to evaluate infielder Chris Getz at shortstop.  Getz has played sparingly since rookie second baseman Johnny Giavotella was called up on August 5, so adding to Getz’ versatility is a positive for him and the club.

Tonight, the Royals will send right-hander Luke Hochevar to the hill for the second game of the three-game set againstCleveland.  Hochevar comes into the contest with a record of 9-10 and an ERA of 4.97.  Despite only one win in his last five starts, Luke has turned it around since the All-Star break, going 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA in nine starts.  Yost has noticed the difference, and points to a number of factors.

“Since the All-Star break, he [Hochevar] has been very, very good.  He’s controlled the big inning, which was something that he fell trap to early in the first half,” Yost said.  “He’d roll along, and then get into trouble and it’d be a four or five-run inning.  He’s done a really good job of controlling that.”

“He’s kept the ball down, focused pitch-to-pitch more consistently, changed speeds, and pitched inside a little more effectively.  All the things pitchers do to be more successful.”

Saturday lineup vs. Cleveland

Gordon – LF

Cabrera – CF

Butler – DH

Hosmer – 1B

Francoeur – RF

Giavotella – 2B

Moustakas – 3B

Perez – C

Getz – SS

Hochevar – P

Ned Yost media session: September 2

Prior to opening up a three game series vs. the Cleveland Indians with tonight’s 7:10 contest, Royals manager Ned Yost gave an update on right-handed starting pitcher Felipe Paulino. Paulino was scheduled to start Wednesday at Detroit but was scratched prior to the game due to back spasms. Paulino’s last appearance was on the road last Friday facing Cleveland, pitching 6.2 innings and taking a 2-1 loss to the Tribe. Yost confirmed that Paulino received an MRI today for further research into the issue.

“Nothing serious,” Yost said. “We will just see if it continues to get better and we’ll make a judgment tomorrow if he [Paulino] will make his next start (Monday in Oakland) or not.”

Tonight’s game is the Royals first back at home since finishing up a 10-game road trip against Toronto, Cleveland and Detroit, where the squad split the 10 contests. Yost commented on the outcome of the road trip praising his bullpen for their diligence throughout the season as well as pointing out improvements the Royals pen has made after encountering a few rough spots on the trip.

“Louey [Louis Coleman] got away from pitching with his fastball, he got back to pitching off his fastball yesterday and had success,” Yost said. “Soria [Joakim Soria] is right back to being the Jack that we know his last two times out and has been phenomenal.”

Yost went onto say that Soria and pitching coach Bob McClure have been working on some mechanical issues with the Royals manager reporting that Soria has improved getting down over his front foot allowing him to finish his pitches and get the pitches in the lower part of the strikezone.

“It gives him [Soria] the ability to use that good control,” Yost said.

After suffering a sprained finger from a home-plate collision on Wednesday’s contest at Detroit, catcher Salvador Perez is back in tonight’s lineup. The Royals skipper raved about Salvador’s knack for understanding and developing a good pitcher and catcher relationship since his call up with the Royals in early August.

Fun with numbers: Gordon’s 26 runs in August

 Alex Gordon scored 26 times in August, second in the Majors to New York’s Curtis Granderson, who recorded 29 runs.

Where does Gordon’s total rank in franchise history?  It was the 14th time in franchise history that a player scored 26 or more runs in a calendar month and the first since August, 2001.  The warm August weather seems to bring out the biggest totals for KC…eight of the 14 instances have been in the eighth month!  Gordon’s 26 runs would be the top mark if it had occurred in April, June or September.

Here’s the list of players who have scored 26+ runs, starting with Willie Wilson’s record of 34 from August, 1979:

34

Willie Wilson                                        August, 1979

 32

Willie Wilson                                        July, 1980

30

Johnny Damon                                    August, 2000

 29

George Brett                                        May, 1979

Willie Wilson                                        May, 1980

28

Kevin Seitzer                                        August, 1987   

27

George Brett                                        July, 1990       

26

George Brett                                        August, 1980   

Willie Wilson                                        August, 1982   

George Brett                                        August, 1985   

Wally Joyner                                        July, 1993       

Mike Sweeney                                     July, 1999       

Carlos Beltran                                      August, 2001   

Alex Gordon                                        August, 2011

Friday lineup vs. Cleveland

The Royals are back in town for a short three game set vs. Cleveland.

Let’s take a look at the lineup:

Gordon – LF

Cabrera – CF

Butler – DH

Hosmer – 1B

Francoeur – RF

Moustakas – 3B

Giavotella – 2B

Perez – C

Escobar – SS

Chen – LHP

Royals and Padres to play exhibitions next year on April 3 and 4

 The Kansas City Royals and the San Diego Padres announced today that the clubs will play a pair of exhibition games next year on Tuesday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 4 immediately before the start of the 2012 regular season. 

The April 3 contest will be held in San Diego’s PETCO Park at 7:05 p.m. PT.  The game on April 4 will be hosted by the Padres’ California League Affiliate, the Lake Elsinore Storm, at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore (Calif.) at 2:00 PT.  The contest between the two Major League clubs will be the first of its kind at The Diamond.  Lake Elsinore is 75 miles north of San Diego.

 

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