August 2013

Royals on FSKC: Dish channel numbers for August 12 to 18

Monday: 442

Tuesday: 442

Wednesday: no TV

Thursday: 441

Friday Game 1: no TV

Friday Game 2: 441

Saturday: 441

Sunday: 440

Ned Yost media session: August 12, 2013

There are not too many days during the season when Alex Gordon’s name is not in the lineup but today is one of those days. Ned Yost told reporters at his afternoon press conference that Gordon is out because Alex’s wife Jamie just gave birth to a baby boy, who joins big brother Max. He noted he thought Gordon would be back in the lineup tomorrow. Congratulations to the Gordon family!

The skipper was also asked how he will use new addition, Jamey Carroll, along with Chris Getz, who was activated from the disabled list today. “We will kind of use a platoon situation but there will be days Jamey will play against certain right-handers. We will just go day-to-day. They are both solid players. They are not flashy but they do a lot of things that go unnoticed. They will move a runner or have a sacrifice. At the end of the day they will have done two or three things that you really need to do,” said Yost.

Carroll and Justin Maxwell both came from struggling teams to a team that is 18-5 since the All-Star break and is in playoff contention. Ned was asked how those guys feel about joining a winning team. “One. They were tremendously excited about the situation. Two. They were excited because they see how much fun we have. They see the style we play with and the energy and athleticism we have on the field. They are excited to be a part of it.”

Royals Game Preview: August 12 vs. Marlins

The Marlins are in town for the first time since they became the Miami Marlins.  Let’s take a look at the 7:10 start:

Pitching matchup:  RHP Tom Koehler (3-7) vs. RHP Wade Davis (5-9)

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

Royals - Lough – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Maxwell – RF, Getz – 2B, Escobar – SS, Dyson – CF, Davis – RHP

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_116_vs._Miami

Royals Trivia Fact:  Marlins third baseman Ed Lucas was drafted by the Royals in 2004.  He played in the KC system from 2004 to 2010 and is a rookie this year at age 31.

Jamey Carroll meets with the media

New Royal Jamey Carroll met with the press in the Royals clubhouse today.

When asked about being a veteran player at age 39, Carroll joked, “When I was 38, no one said anything. I turned 39 and it’s an age issue.” He went on to say that he shaved today so he would not show his age.

Carroll has never been traded during a season, so this is all new to him. He said that his family is pumped up and he looks forward to having them here in Kansas City. He’s looking forward to getting out on the field, having success and just being who he is as a ballplayer.

Royals acquire Jamey Carroll from Minnesota

The Royals announced today that they have acquired veteran infielder Jamey Carroll from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for cash considerations or a Player to be Named later. He will be placed on the Royals’ 40-man roster and the team will announce a corresponding roster move tomorrow.

Carroll, 39, has been with the Twins the last two years. He’s batting .230 this season with six doubles, 20 runs scored and a pair of stolen bases in 58 games this season. A right-handed hitter, Carroll is batting .325 with a .372 on-base percentage against left-handed pitching this year, and batting .295 against southpaws in his career. He’s a lifetime .274 hitter with 145 doubles, 27 triples and a .351 on-base percentage in 11 Major League seasons with the Expos/Nationals, Rockies, Indians, Dodgers and Twins.

Ned Yost media session: August 11, 2013

Kansas City manager Ned Yost met with the media prior to today’s series finale with Red Sox.  Yost first commented on what it meant to have catcher Salvador Perez return to the lineup.  “In my opinion he’s a Gold Glove defender back there, a middle of the order hitter, he’s a leader on that field.”

Yost went on to discuss the mentality and attitude of the club as it has progressed from their 5-20 May record to their current winning ways.  “There was no change in attitude, we were grinding harder in May, things are going good for us right now, but there’s been no change in attitude, there’s been no change in work ethic there’s been no change in anything.  We were just kind of grinding and things weren’t working out for us, we were inconsistent offensively.  Now we’re a little more consistent offensively and we’re a lot more confident now…when you get enough talent on a big league side and then combine it with experience, you’re going to be in pretty good shape.”

Yost concluded talking of the passion that each individual player brings to the club on a daily basis.   “That’s thing that’s so great about our team is that guys like Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar, Hosmer, Moustakas, Alex Gordon, these guys love to play baseball, they love it, they love playing the game and they bring that passion every single game.

 The Royals finish the season series with the BoSox today and open up a three-game set with the Marlins tomorrow.  The Royals have already won the season series with Boston going 4-2 in six games.

Royals Game Preview: August 11 vs. Boston

KC wraps up the season series with Boston today, entering at 4-2, including 2-1 in this series.

Pitching matchup:  RHP John Lackey (7-9) vs. RHP James Shields (6-8)

Lineups:  Red Sox – Ellsbury – CF, Victorino – RF, Pedroia – 2B, Oritz – DH, Nava – LF, Napoli – 1B, Drew – SS, Lavarnway – C, Middlebrooks – 3B, Lackey – RHP

Royals – Lough – RF, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Gordon – LF, Perez – C, Moustakas – #B, Escobar – SS, Dyson – CF, Johnson – 2B, Shields – RHP

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_115_vs._Boston

Royals Trivia Fact:  Eric Hosmer has five multi-hit games on the homestand!

Ned Yost media session: August 10, 2013

Royals manager Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon prior to game three of a four-game set with the Red Sox.  Yost first stated the probable return of pitcher Wade Davis and catcher Salvador Perez as they both figure to rejoin the team for tomorrow’s day game.  Davis is scheduled to start on Monday against the Marlins.

Yost then discussed the importance of the trade deadline acquisition of outfielder Justin Maxwell, especially with Lorenzo Cain’s recent trip to the DL.  “It’s been huge to get another right-handed batter in there, and we knew there was a possibility of this happening and so we wanted to protect ourselves with another power right-handed bat on this team and it turned out to be a pretty good deal for us.”

Yost then went on to talk of the recent surge at the plate for shortstop Alcides Escobar.  “He’s been working on some mechanical issues, he’s staying more upright and his bat is staying for level through the zone.  He’s able to hit the ball harder on the line up the middle and to hit to right field which is his strength.  He’s been much more consistent in his mechanics right now.”

Yost concluded by giving praise to the fan support in last night’s come from behind victory.  “It was amazing last night, the atmosphere and the excitement of all the fans especially in the sixth inning.  You know generally you’re so focused on what’s happening in the game, you don’t hear what’s going on, but it was so loud and vibrant in the sixth inning that you stop and look around and everyone is standing, that’s a fun feeling.”

The Royals and the Red Sox meet for the sixth time this evening with Kansas City leading the season series 4-1.  With a win tonight the Royals would also claim their seventh straight series victory.

By Henry Wear

Royals Game Preview: August 10, 2013

We are expecting a big crowd at tonight’s game – hopefully you are joining us or tuning in on radio or TV.

Pitching matchup:  LHP Felix Doubront (8-5) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (12-7)

Lineups:  Boston:  Ellsbury – CF, Victorino – RF, Pedroia – 2B, Ortiz – DH, Carp – LF, Napoli – 1B, Saltalamacchia – C, Drew – SS, Middlebrooks – 3B, Doubront – LHP

Kansas City:  Escobar – SS, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Gordon – LF, Maxwell – RF, Tejada – 2B, Moustakas – 3B, Hayes – C, Dyson – CF, Guthrie – RHP

Radio:  Royals Radio Network

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City and MLB Network (MLB Network outside of FSKC territory)

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_114_vs._Boston

Royals Trivia Fact:  Justin Maxwell recorded two hits in KC’s big sixth inning last night.  He’s the third Royal to have two hits in an inning this year.

 

Ned Yost media session: August 9, 2013

Kansas City skipper Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon prior to the club’s matchup with the Red Sox.  Yost first discussed the transition of Lorenzo Cain into the leadoff spot of the order.  “He’s got the right attitude, you leadoff one time and that’s what it means, but you also get the most at-bats of the game.  The way that he’s been swinging the bat lately it just makes sense.”  Cain is not in the lineup tonight – David Lough is batting leadoff.

Yost then commented on the club’s ability to continue to be successful defensively and offensively without injured catcher Salvador Perez.  “They’ve done a great job they really have, and that’s always your fear because he’s a big part of our club.   They’ve done a great job of holding it down since Salvy went out.”

Yost concluded by talking of the team’s transition to success throughout the year.

“It makes me feel really good to watch them have fun, to be relaxed and go out and play with the energy that they’re playing and confidence that they’re playing with right now.  It just always felt that they were going to get it together.  There would come a point this season where everything would click for them.  We did so well pitching wise and defensively in the first part of the year, and were really inconsistent offensively, but you knew with the group of hitters that as soon as Hos got confidence and as soon as Moose got his confidence that would change the dynamic of our club offensively.  Bringing up David Lough with the offense that he’s produced has been key, Lorenzo Cain swinging the bat better, Escobar swinging the bat better, it was just a matter of time, at least in my mind, that they would come together as an offensive unit and then things would really start clicking.”

Injured catcher Salvador Perez continues to make progress in his recovery from a concussion, and will begin more extensive running and exercise work today.  Yost commented that if all goes well it would not be an impossibility to see Perez make his return to the lineup on Sunday’s series finale with Boston.

The Royals and Sox meet for the fifth time this season with Kansas City holding the season series lead 3-1.

By Henry Wear

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