Ned Yost media session: June 10, 2013

Kansas City manager Ned Yost addressed the media this afternoon prior to the first of a three-game set with the Detroit Tigers.  Yost first answered questions on the importance of the upcoming series and its relation to the season.  “Every division series is important,” Yost stated.  “Every time you play within your division it is important, but you don’t assign greater levels of importance to these games.  Our goal is to win every single game, and we’re going to try and continue that.”  Yost then discussed the upcoming matchups with the Tigers’ starting pitchers, “Scherzer has been great all year, Verlander is as good as there is, and Fister is always good.”

Yost then went on to address if there was any increased confidence from the club’s recent five-game win streak. “Absolutely you always feel better when you’re producing and when you’re winning baseball games.  You see more confidence in their at bats, more confidence during the game that they’re going to find a way to make it happen.”

Yost then discussed how tonight’s starter, Jeremy Guthrie, goes about limiting damage to the powerful Tigers lineup.  “Same way he’s done it all year long, by continuing to make quality pitches in tough situations.  You don’t ever give in, this is an offense that can put runs up in a hurry, you have to focus on continuing to make quality pitches.”

Yost concluded by talking about the deserved All-Star consideration that catcher Salvador Perez is beginning to garner. “I think he absolutely should be, of course my opinion is always going to be prejudiced, I think he’s the best defensive catcher in the A.L.  He’s hitting .320 right now and he’s always been an offensive producer since he’s got here, and he’s a team leader.  I think his performance this year is very much warranting All-Star consideration.”

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