Wow! What a night (and morning)! The Royals beat St. Louis 4-2 behind a ninth-inning rally, with the game ending at 3:14 a.m. Central time.
KC’s road trip rolls into Texas tonight. Let’s take a look at the lineups:
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Cain – CF, Butler – DH, Hosmer – 1B, Tejada – 3B, Francoeur – RF, Moore – C, Getz – 2B, Davis – RHP
Rangers lineup: Andrus – SS, Murphy – LF, Berkman – DH, Beltre – 3B, Cruz – RF, Moreland – 1B, Pierzynski – C, Profar – 2B, Martin – CF, Holland – LHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_52_Texas
Royals Trivia Note: Current Rangers broadcaster Steve Busby threw two no-hitters for the Royals in 1973.
The I-70 Series concludes tonight with a 7:15 contest at Busch Stadium. Hall of Famer George Brett will be in the dugout as the interim hitting coach. Pedro Grifol has also joined KC’s staff as the special assignment coach. Jeremy Guthrie pitches for KC against Michael Wacha, who is making his Major League debut. Here’s a look at the lineups:
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Lough – RF, Hosmer – 1B, Cain – CF, Moustakas – 3B, Johnson – 2B, Kottaras, – C, Guthrie – RHP
Cardinals lineup: Carpenter – 2B, Beltran – RF, Holliday – LF, Craig – 1B, Molina – C, Freese – 3B, Jay – CF, Kozma – SS, Wacha – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file):
The Royals today announced that George Brett and Pedro Grifol will assume the interim hitting coach and special assignment coach roles, respectively, effective tonight when the Royals play in St. Louis at 7:15 p.m. In a corresponding move, the Royals have reassigned coaches Jack Maloof and Andre David to the minor league organization.
“Obviously things have not gone as we would have expected and in light of the downturn in offensive production and poor results we’ve decided to make a change,” said Dayton Moore, Royals’ Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. “First of all, I can’t thank Jack and Andre enough for accepting this challenge with the Major League club. They are both tremendously knowledgeable and hard working men who have already made our organization stronger by their work in the system. I’m thankful that this organization has one of the greatest hitters and more importantly one of the greatest competitors our game has ever seen in George Brett and he has accepted our offer to join the coaching staff on an interim basis. We’ve also added Pedro Grifol, who brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff and will work various aspects of the coaching staff.”
Brett, 60, is the Royals’ all-time hit leader with 3,154 during a playing career that spanned 1973-1993 and was capped with his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. His familiar #5 was retired by the organization on May 14, 1994. He is the only player in Major League history to win batting titles in three different decades, winning the American League crown in 1976, 1980 and 1990. His 1980 season will always be remembered for his run at the elusive .400 mark, finishing the campaign with a .390 average and winning the American League Most Valuable Player Award. A 13-time All-Star, Brett is the club’s all-time leader in every offensive category with the exception of stolen bases. He was also a Rawlings Gold Glove winner for his work at third base. Retired as a player following the ’93 season, this is Brett’s first-ever in-season coaching role in baseball. He has served as a Vice President of Baseball Operations since his retirement and has worked on the field during spring training for the organization.
Grifol, 43, is in his first year in the Royals’ organization, initially assigned as the hitting coach for the Surprise Royals. He joined Kansas City after 13 seasons in the Seattle chain, serving most recently as manager for High Desert (A) in 2012. Previous roles have included area scout, manager at Everett (2003-05), Coordinator of Instruction (2006-08) and Director of Minor League Operations (2008-11). Pedro was also on the Mariners’ major league staff for the second half of the 2010 season. He was also the Winter League manager this past year for the Venezuela squad where Alcides Escobar played. A Florida native, Grifol was the Florida State High School Player of the Year in 1988 out of Christopher Columbus High School and then helped Florida State University to the College World Series in 1989 and 1991, earning All-America honors in ’91.
The I-70 Series shifts to St. Louis tonight for a 7:15 start. Tune in on FOX Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network! Here’s a look at the lineups:
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Cain – CF, Butler – 1B, Moustakas – 3B, Lough – RF, Kottaras – C, Getz – 2B, Mendoza – RHP
Cardinals lineup: Carpenter – 2B, Beltran – RF, Holliday – LF, Craig – 1B, Molina – C, Freese – 3B, Jay – CF, Kozma – SS, Lynn – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game #50 @ StL
Royals Trivia Note: Mike Moustakas recorded his first multi-homer game on June 24, 2012 vs. St. Louis.
Manager Ned Yost met with the media before tonight’s homestand finale vs. St. Louis. Yost decided to put Alex Gordon back in the leadoff position after having him bat third in the order for a few weeks. He was asked why he decided to make the move. “Over the course of this year and last year we have had our best run production with Gordon batting first and having Billy Butler batting fourth. That is why we went back to that lineup. When Salvador Perez gets back we will move him up in the order too. We are going to make a few other changes too but we will wait for those until Sal (Perez) gets back. We are going to see if we can’t find a few more ways to score some runs,” said Yost.
With the current six-game skid, the manager was asked if his team has lost a little confidence. “I sense a little frustration, maybe some are pressing but their confidence level is still very, very high. These guys know what they are capable of and know it is just a matter of time before they break out of it. We are hoping that we break out today. With that said these guys have done a great job of coming here every day working and staying after it,” stated Yost.
The homestand wraps up at 7:10 with the first T-Shirt Tuesday of 2013! The first 10,000 fans will receive an I-70 Series shirt, courtesy of Teva.
Cardinals lineup: Carpenter – 2B, Beltran – RF, Holliday – DH, Craig – LF, Adams – 1B, Freese – 3B, Jay – CF, Cruz – C, Descalso – SS, Lyons – LHP
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Cain – CF, Butler – DH, Hosmer – 1B, Tejada – 3B, Francoeur – RF, Moore – C, Johnson – 2B, Santana – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_49_vs._StL
Royals Note: Two milestones could happen tonight…Ervin Santana seeks his 100th career win while Billy Butler needs one hit for 1,000.
Ned Yost met with the media this morning in his office. He was asked about today’s lineup, which is filled with veterans. “I wanted to get as many veterans as I could today. When you go through times like this, the veteran leadership in the clubhouse are the guys that keep everybody afloat when times are tough. I felt like I needed to get as many veterans as I could in there today. We will see if they can help us break through this thing.”
Another topic of discussion was the similarities and differences between Salvador Perez and Yadier Molina. “Molina came up and was such a huge force defensively but he hit .190. He has really learned how to hit and be very, very productive. Sal came into the big leagues as a productive hitter so that was probably the main difference. They are both great leaders behind the plate. They both probably throw the best in the respective leagues. They both just control the game extremely well.”
KC and St. Louis open a four-game home-and-home today, with the first of two at Kauffman Stadium.
WEATHER UPDATE: We will be in a delay. The expected start time is 2:10 p.m.
Cardinals lineup: Carpenter – RF, Molina – C, Beltran – DH, Craig – LF, Adams – 1B, Freese – 3B, Jay – CF, Kozma – SS, Descalso – 2B, Wainwright – RHP
Royals lineup: Lough – CF, Escobar – SS, Gordon – LF, Butler – DH, Hosmer – 1B, Tejada – 3B, Francoeur – RF, Kottaras – C, Johnson – 2B, Shields – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_48_vs._StL
Royals Trivia Fact: Today’s starter, James Shields, is facing his 26th different Major League team.