August 2013

Ned Yost media session: August 21, 2013

The Royals have 106 stolen bases on the season, which is most in the American League. Today at Ned Yost’s afternoon press conference the manager was asked how important stealing bases and baserunning in general is for this team. “It’s important. The more scoring opportunities we have, hopefully, the more runs we are going to score. It hasn’t worked out like that lately but you still have to put yourself in the best positions to score runs and take advantage of a big hit.”

Since returning from the disabled list on August 12th, Chris Getz has been hitting the ball well, to the tune of .364 batting average. The skipper explained this afternoon why he has inserted Getz in tonight’s leadoff role. “The reason you are seeing Getz at the top of the lineup today is because he has been swinging the bat very well. He has been working the count extremely well since he has been back. He is seeing pitches and doing everything you want a leadoff guy to do,” said Yost.

Mike Moustakas is returning to the lineup for only the second time since leaving the August 12 game with a tight left calf. Yost said his third baseman is probably still at 80-85% but thinks he should be able to play through the tightness.

By Kent Klooster

Royals Game Preview: August 21 vs. Chicago

Pitching matchup:  RHP Jeremy Guthrie (12-9) vs. RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0)

Lineups:  White Sox:  De Aza – CF, Beckham – 2B, Ramirez – SS, Dunn – 1B, Konerko – DH, Garcia – RF, Gillaspie – 3B, Viciedo – LF, Phegley – C, Rienzo – RHP

Royals:  Getz – 2B, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Gordon – LF, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Lough – RF, Escobar – SS, Dyson – CF, Guthrie – RHP

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_125_vs._CWS

Royals Trivia Fact:   Billy Butler needs two hits to tie Joe Randa for seventh on KC’s all-time list.  Randa had 1,084 hits as a Royal.

Ned Yost media session: August 20, 2013

The Royals have been dealing with key injuries over the past few weeks.  Two of those injuries have been to Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain.  Ned Yost was asked about the outfielder and third baseman at this afternoon’s press conference.  “Moustakas will play tomorrow. We will give him some days off against tough lefties to get healed up. Then we can use him late in the game or pinch-hit with him. He is a valuable part of our team and he has been swinging the bat really well. This leg injury effects his speed a little bit.  It doesn’t really affect him at third base but we want to get it healed. We are going to try to take every opportunity to get him a break when we possibly can.” The skipper went on to talk about the progress of Lorenzo Cain. “He is getting better but still isn’t doing any baseball activities. He is doing strength and conditioning but no swinging the bat or throwing. He is a bit of a ways away.”

With 39 games left on the schedule the Royals know that every game is important. The next five series are against teams currently under .500 (not counting the makeup game vs. Tampa Bay).  Yost was asked if his club has to show what they are made of in those contests more so than the others. “No. This team over here (White Sox) has won nine of last 14 games and three in a row. We have zero easy games left. You can claim they are under .500 all you want. On any given day that doesn’t make any difference. You have to come out and play good baseball every day. You have to stay focused and you can’t let your guard drop until the last pitch is thrown. If you do, you are going to be in trouble,” said the manager.

By Kent Klooster

Royals Game Preview: August 20 vs. Chicago

Pitching matchup:  RHP Ervin Santana (8-6) vs. LHP John Danks (2-10)

Lineups:  White Sox:  De Aza – CF, Beckham – 2B, Ramirez – SS, Dunn – DH, Konerko – 1B, Garcia – RF, Keppinger – 3B, Viciedo – LF, Phegley – C, Danks – LHP

Royals:  Carroll – 3B, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Gordon – LF, Perez – C, Maxwell – RF, Bonifacio – CF, Escobar – SS, Getz – 2B, Santana – RHP

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game #124 vs CWS 

Royals Trivia Fact:   Ervin Santana recorded his first Major League shutout with the Angels on May 23, 2005 vs. the White Sox.

Royals on FSKC: Dish Channel numbers, August 17-25

Here’s a look at the Dish Network channel numbers for the week ahead:

Saturday, August 17: Dish 441
Sunday, August 18: Dish 440
Tuesday, August 20: Dish 445
Wednesday, August 21: Dish 443
Thursday, August 22: Dish 440
Friday, August 23: Dish 443
Saturday, August 24: Dish 441
Sunday, August 25: Dish 442

Royals Game Preview: August 15 at Detroit

Pitching matchup:  RHP Jeremy Guthrie (12-8) vs. RHP Anibal Sanchez (10-7)

Lineups:  Royals – Getz – 2B, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Gordon – LF, Perez – C, Maxwell – RF, Bonifacio – 3B, Escobar – SS, Dyson – CF, Guthrie – RHP

Tigers:  Dirks – LF, Hunter – RF, Cabrera – 3B, Fielder – 1B, Martinez – DH, Kelly – CF, Infante – 2B, Pena – C, Iglesias – SS, Sanchez – RHP

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_119_Detroit

Royals Trivia Fact:  Happy birthday to Jarrod Dyson!  The speedy outfielder stole 30 bases last year while shortstop Alcides Escobar swiped 35.  They became the first pair of Royals with 30+ steals since 1985 (Willie Wilson, 43 and Lonnie Smith, 40). 

Please check @Royals on Twitter for lineups on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Royals acquire Emilio Bonifacio from Toronto

The Royals announced today that they have acquired veteran infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations or a Player to be Named.  In a corresponding roster move, the Royals have transferred infielder Miguel Tejada to the 60-day Disabled List.
Bonifacio, 28, was traded to the Blue Jays from the Miami Marlins this offseason.  He’s hitting .218 this year with 16 doubles, 3 homers and 12 stolen bases.   The sixth-year utility man has 122 stolen bases in his career in 156 attempts (78%), including a career-best 40 thefts in 2011.  He set career highs in nearly every offensive category in 2011 with the Marlins, batting .296 with 26 doubles, 7 triples, 5 homers and 78 runs scored.  A switch-hitter, Bonifacio has shown his versatility this season, playing all three outfield positions as well as second base and shortstop.
Emilio’s younger brother, Jorge, is an outfield prospect in the Royals’ organization, currently at Double-A with Northwest Arkansas.
Tejada, 39, was hitting .288 for KC this season with 16 doubles, 3 homers and 26 RBI.

Ned Yost media session: August 14, 2013

The Royals’ skipper, Ned Yost, met with the media this morning prior to today’s series finale with the Miami Marlins.  Yost first addressed the many questions surrounding the health of several injured players.  He talked first of Mike Moustakas, who was spotted wearing a walking boot in the clubhouse.

“Everything’s possible, but not probable.  The boot is to take pressure off of his calf while he’s healing on it.  He’s feeling better, and we’re going to reevaluate probably tomorrow.  We’ll see where we’re at, but I don’t expect to see him on the DL.”

As the injuries begin to mount in the clubhouse towards a crucial point in the season, Yost was asked whether the team has began to get down or question why this was happening to them.   Yost firmly replied, “I’ve been through this many many times.  You have to be able to deal with really; you can’t sit back and complain about it or worry about.  We feel like we’ve got enough depth to cover it, and none of these injuries are long-term, knock on wood, there just little knick and dings that are going to keep guys out.”

With the absences of the gloves of injured third baseman Mike Moustakas and center fielder Lorenzo Cain many may expect a drop off in defense from the club, but Yost feels otherwise.  The skipper firmly believes that this club will not lose a beat defensively, especially with the recent addition of veteran infielder Jamey Carroll.

“When we built this club we built it around pitching and defense.  People that we brought in, getting (Chris) Getz back, getting Jamey Carroll back very solid, very heady defensive players.”

After last night’s 10 inning one-run ball game, Yost was asked what the depth of the Royals’ bullpen has meant to the club this season.  “I’ve got confidence in everybody we have down there.  From Crow, Hoch(evar), Kelvin Herrera, Timmy Collins, even Louie Coleman has done a great job for us.  I feel that everyone of those guys down there are capable of pitching in meaningful games in the 8th inning.”  The Royals’ bullpen has been one of the best in the league since the All-Star break, and during the current 17-4 stretch Royals’ relievers have only surrendered nine earned runs in 65.1 innings for just a 1.24 ERA.

The club is looking for their eighth straight series victory with a win today.  They head to Detroit tonight and begin a five-game set with the division-leading Tigers on Thursday.

Ned Yost media session: August 13, 2013

During last night’s victory the Royals had a scare when Mike Moustakas left the game in the fifth inning.  His calf tightened up on him while rounding second base on Justin Maxwell’s RBI triple. Today at Ned Yost’s daily press conference he was asked about the status of his young third baseman. “He has a grade one strain. He feels a little better. It is going to be a day-to-day thing. He looked better walking in here today than he looked walking out of here last night. He had a pretty pronounced limp when he left last night, which made me worry a bit but came in today just barely limping. We will evaluate it day-to-day,” said Yost.

Without Salvador Perez in the lineup, who is just getting a day off, and with Moustakas out nursing a sore calf the skipper inserted David Lough in the five hole. The manager was asked about the decision.  Ned had this to say, “We are just looking for some balance. We are always looking for balance. If we batted Lough in the leadoff position we didn’t really have anyone who could fill the number five spot.”

With the Royals winning 18 of 23 since the All-Star break, the fans are getting excited about this team and potential playoff possibilities. Ned was asked if he has noticed a change in the energy around the stands and in the city. “The excitement level is great. The fans have great anticipation when they walk through the gates every day. I think we all sense the fans are excited about the way we were playing.” Yost went on to joke, “I don’t have near as many fans scream at me back behind the dugout since we have been playing well, which is a nice thing.”

By Kent Klooster

Royals Game Preview: August 13 vs. Miami

Pitching matchup:  RHP Jose Fernandez (8-5) vs. LHP Bruce Chen (5-0)

Lineups:  Marlins:  Yelich – LF, Lucas – 1B, Stanton – RF, Morrison, DH, Polanco – 3B, Solano – 2B, Hechavarria – SS, Marisnick – CF, Mathis – C, Fernandez – RHP

Royals – Getz – 2B, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Gordon – LF, Lough – RF, Escobar – SS, Kottaras – C, Carroll – 3B, Dyson – CF, Chen – LHP

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_117_vs._Miami

Royals Trivia Fact:  Alex Gordon is batting .400 (10-for-25) in his career vs. the Marlins.  Alex is back in the lineup tonight after his wife, Jamie, gave birth to the couple’s second son, Sam Patrick Gordon.  Congrats!

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