Ned Yost media session: May 1, 2013

The skipper, Ned Yost, met with the media today in the dugout for his daily pregame presser.

One of the first topics of discussion was team chemistry and what Miguel Tejada brings to that aspect of this team. It was brought to the attention of the media present that Tejada has been influential amongst the players. “He brings a huge presence. It started in spring training with the Latin players. He would gather them all and they would eat breakfast together every day. You know the players gravitate to him because of his experience, energy and passion every day. His work ethic is tremendous so he is a great example and the players really look up to him too,” said Yost.

Last night’s 8-2 victory over the Rays snapped a two-game skid by the Royals. The topic of this team’s ability to stop these skids was brought to the manager’s attention. He was asked what the biggest difference is between this year and years past. Ned said that the biggest difference he sees is the team’s pitching. “I’m not saying we’re never going to have a three or four game losing streak but starting pitching stops all of that and it minimizes that. With the starting staff we have we don’t anticipate any long losing streaks because we have someone who is going to step out on the mound and put an end to that.”

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