Ned Yost media session: June 9, 2013

Royals skipper Ned Yost addressed the media prior to today’s series finale with the Houston Astros.  Yost first discussed the today’s lineup that gave both Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain a day off.  “We plan a couple days in advance.  We try to pick a good day for them to have off, Escobar has played almost every game and we try to give Cain a day off every seven to ten games to let him get his legs under him.  Detroit’s coming in tomorrow and that is a big series and with the day-game turnaround today we made the decision a couple days ago.”

Yost then commented on the recent improved performance of first baseman Eric Hosmer.  “He’s improving tremendously…you know when he gets up over .300…over the rest of the season it will be because he can pull the ball more efficiently.  That’s the key he has tremendous power to the pull side, he’s got very very good power to the opposite field, but he hasn’t utilized his pull power.  He’s starting to get his swing freed up and starting to get the bat head back out, and when he’s able to pull the pull the ball with a little more frequency that’s when he’s going to be back to being the player I think he can be.”

Yost concluded the conference by discussing the play of closer Greg Holland.  “He’s throwing the ball great, I feel every time we get to the ninth inning I feel really really good about it.  You know that’s your focus once the game starts is how do I get a lead to Greg Holland.  We’ve got a lot of confidence in Greg and he’s throwing the ball really well right now.”

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