Ned Yost media session: April 18

Royals’ manager Ned Yost met with members of the media discussing today’s lineup. He talked about how he liked Yuniesky Betancourt in the number two spot because between him and Chris Getz, he decided to go with the right-hander (Betancourt) even though they have both been swinging the bat well because right-handers have been hitting well off Tigers starter Max Scherzer. The Royals are also trying to find out ways to break up their left-handed batters. The number two spot is not as important when everyone is swinging the bat well, stated Yost, also mentioning that having a prototypical number two hitter doesn’t mean as much when you don’t have a prototypical leadoff man.

Betancourt’s ankle has come along since he originally hurt it during spring training. Hitting and defense was not affecting him as much as running the bases and making those turns. They recently injected it and it’s feeling much better.

Yesterday after the game, a large portion of the team crowded around Jeff Francoeur’s locker for an informal get together. “It is music to my ears to hear those guys sitting in the corner laughing and talking after the game,” says Yost. The team is playing hard, but they just need to take a deep breath and relax, states Yost. They are a family and can relax and take pressure off of each other together.

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