Ned Yost media session: August 5, 2013

Kansas City manager Ned Yost met with the media prior to this evening’s series opener against the Minnesota Twins.  Yost first addressed the team’s recent 8-1 road trip, which set a franchise record.  “It was a lot of work, we had great pitching, great defense, and some really good timely hitting.  Now we’re back home and we’ve got a tough series against Minnesota and we’re looking forward to that.”

Yost then discussed the accomplishments of closer Greg Holland, and how he has the opportunity to pick up save number 30 tonight if called upon.  “Means he’s getting a lot of save opportunities and he’s taking advantage of them.  You know he’s a kid that we’ve got a lot of confidence in, our whole focus every night is how do we get the ball to him in the ninth inning, it’s a good feeling.”

Yost was asked about the club’s philosophy of taking the season one-game at a time, and whether their recent success helps to validate that to the players.

“I think it’s more a message for the fans, the guys understand that we’re going to have ups and downs.  When we were having the rough May, we felt all along and had confidence all along that we could get it righted and get it turned around.  It’s a long season, it’s a marathon season and we always tell our guys, and they know, that you can’t get too high when we’re doing good and you can’t get too low when we’re not doing good because the team’s going to scuffle, but it’s always the good teams that can bounce back from that (scuffle) and press forward.”

Yost concluded by discussing the club’s dominance against the Twins this season, and what has made them so successful against the club.  “It boils around our pitching and our defense, and our timely hitting.  This series here has nothing to do with the series we just played.  We know they’re a very good offensive team over there and that they can jump up and get you at any time.  So our focus is to keep doing what we do, pitch good, catch the ball and get some hits when we need them.”

The Royals kickoff a three-game set with the Twins this evening, and also begin a ten-game homestand that also includes series with the Red Sox and Marlins.


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