The Braves visit KC for the first time tonight in a 7:10 start. Once the game is official, all 29 current MLB opponents will have played at Kauffman Stadium. Ervin Santana is on the mound against Kris Medlen. Let’s take a look at the lineups:
Braves lineup: Schafer – LF, Heyward – RF, Justin Upton – DH, Freeman – 1B, McCann – C, B.J. Upton – CF, Uggla – 2B, Johnson – 3B, Simmons – SS, Medlen – RHP
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Lough – RF, Johnson – 2B, Dyson – CF, Santana – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game #74 vs Atlanta
Royals Trivia Fact: Tonight’s starter, Ervin Santana, last faced Atlanta on May 20, 2011. He threw a complete-game shutout in a 9-0 Angels win.
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Royals skipper Ned Yost met with the media prior to today’s series finale with the Chicago White Sox. Yost first addressed the progress of first baseman Eric Hosmer. “His swing is freed up; George and Pedro have done a good job with getting the bat head out and freeing his swing up and he’s seeing the ball really well. He’s using all of the field right now.”
Yost then discussed the recent struggles of the offense during their current four-game skid. Yost mentioned that often players are trying to do too much, instead of letting the game come to them. “You learn by going through that experience, and have to be able to slow it down, slower is faster and slower is better because these guys have a great ability. It’s the natural inclination to want to get it down now. The guys that are really good are the guys that are patient and wait for their pitch. You just have to continue to work and learn in these situations.”
Yost was then asked if he believed if there was increased pressure on the 3-4-5 hitters in lineup because of the current losing streak. “No I don’t think so. We’ve got to produce at all of our spots so we don’t put more pressure on the 3-4-5 guys. The offense doesn’t hinge on two or three guys it hinges on nine guys doing their job.”
Yost concluded by commenting on the influence of hitting coaches George Brett and Pedro Grifol on the Royals’ hitters. “George and Pedro have both been doing a great job. They’re tireless workers, they’re on top of everything, I think we’re making great progress.”
Big Game James goes to the mound today in a 1:10 start vs. Chicago. The game will air on FOX Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network.
White Sox lineup: De Aza – CF, Ramirez – SS, Rios – RF, Konerko – 1B, Dunn – DH, Viciedo – LF, Gillaspie – 3B, Beckham – 2B, Gimenez – C, Axelrod – RHP
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Moustakas – 3B, Lough – RF, Johnson – 2B, Kottaras – C, Dyson – CF, Shields – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game #73 vs Chicago
Royals Trivia Fact: Today’s game is a battle of the 33′s – both Dylan Axelrod and James Shields wear the number. We look back at the original 33, Bob Oliver, who wore the number from 1969-72. He became the first Royal to record six hits in a game on May 4, 1969. His best year was 1970, when he posted 27 homers and 99 RBI.
Royals skipper Ned Yost met with the media this morning before the team’s tussle with the White Sox. A hot topic of discussion was today’s roster move, which optioned Chris Getz to Triple-A Omaha and recalled Jarrod Dyson from the 15-day disabled list. The manager was asked why Getz was the player sent down. “We have looked at it for two or three weeks now. We had a few different scenarios and this is how it played out. We wanted to keep the extra right handed bat in the outfield with all the left handed hitters we have. Getz still has options and we feel like Moustakas is starting swing the bat better. So that is why we made the decision to send Getz down,” said Yost.
With Chris Getz getting sent down that opens up playing time at second base. Yost said that Elliot Johnson would get most of the starts at the position. He also noted it is nice to have a guy like Johnson because he can play anywhere on the field.
Royals manager Ned Yost addressed the media prior to tonight’s contest with the Chicago White Sox. Yost first discussed the adversity the team faced in May and how they have responded. “I think we’ve always felt that we can get on a roll, we’d get right back in to it. It’s a very long season and you have to handle the ups and downs.”
Yost then addressed the team’s recent struggles to hit home runs and draw walks. “We just have to score one more run than the opposition every night, that’s the bottom line. I think we’re a good offensive team that hasn’t got to the point where we’re producing like we can every night.”
Yost then talked of the contributions Miguel Tejada has made to the club this year and how much of a workload he can handle. “He can tow more of a workload, I think three or four days a week is about right, but right now we’re trying to get Moose going and he’s been swinging the bat better. It’s a luxury to have a guy that has that much experience and can still play the game at a high level.”
Yost concluded by discussing the recent lows of Alex Gordon and Billy Butler and what their success means to the Royals. “(They) just keep working every single day, it’s like turning on a light switch, all of a sudden get you hot. We need both those guys to flip that switch and get going offensively and you know that both Billy and Alex are capable of caring a club offensively for an extended period of time.”
The Royals are back in town! KC hosts the White Sox at 7:10 p.m. Let’s take a look at the lineups.
White Sox lineup: De Aza – CF, Ramirez – SS, Rios – RF, Dunn – 1B, Konerko – DH, Gillaspie – 3B, Viciedo – LF, Beckham – 2B, Flowers – C, Santiago – LHP
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Perez – C, Butler – DH, Cain – CF, Tejada – 3B, Francoeur – RF, Johnson – 2B, Escobar – SS, Guthrie – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_71_vs._Chicago
Royals Trivia Fact: Jeremy Guthrie has a 0.40 ERA vs. Chicago as a Royal (2 ER in 44.2 IP).
KC’s road trip wraps up tonight in Cleveland with a 6:05 Central start. This game WILL air on FOX Sports Kansas City as it was added to the TV schedule after an earlier rain out. Let’s take a look at the lineups:
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Perez – C, Butler – DH, Cain – CF, Lough – RF, Moustakas -3B, Johnson – 2B, Escobar – SS, Mendoza – RHP
Indians lineup: Bourn – CF, Aviles – SS, Kipnis – 2B, Santana – C, Brantley – LF, Reynolds – 1B, Giambi – DH, Chisenhall – 3B, Stubbs – RF, Masterson – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_70_Cleveland
Royals Trivia Fact: Miguel Tejada hit the first of his 11 career grand slams on April 19, 2000 at Progressive Field. Learn more about Miggy in the new Royals Baseball Insider, which will debut this Friday at Kauffman Stadium!
The Royals moved to 4-1 on the road trip with a 2-1 win last night. They look for a second straight win at Progressive Field in a 6:05 start tonight.
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Perez – C, Butler – DH, Cain – CF, Lough – RF, Moustakas – 3B, Getz – 2B, Escobar – SS, Santana – RHP
Indians lineup: Bourn – CF, Aviles – SS, Kipnis – 2B, Santana – C, Brantley – LF, Reynolds – 1B, Chisenhall – 3B, Raburn – DH, Stubbs – RF, Jimenez – RHP
Royals Game Notes: Game_69_Cleveland
Royals Trivia Fact: We wish Bruce Chen a happy early birthday as he turns 36 tomorrow! Bruce has 74 career wins, second-most among Panamanian-born pitchers. Mariano Rivera is first with 76.
The Royals are just a half-game behind second-place Cleveland as the clubs begin a key three-game set tonight at Progressive Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:05 Central on FOX Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network (REMINDER – Wednesday’s game WILL be televised – it was added after early season rain outs). Let’s take a look at the lineups:
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Perez – C, Butler – DH, Cain – CF, Lough – RF, Moustakas – 3B, Getz – 2B, Escobar – SS, Shields – RHP
Indians lineup: Bourn – CF, Aviles – SS, Kipnis – 2B, Santana – C, Brantley – LF, Reynolds – 1B, Giambi – DH, Raburn – RF, McDonald – 3B, Carrasc0 – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_68_Cleveland
Royals Trivia Fact: Hal McRae recorded a franchise-record five doubles in a doubleheader vs. Cleveland on August 27, 1974 (three in the first game, two in the second).