Ned Yost media session: September 6, 2013

Royals manager Ned Yost met with the media prior today’s series opener with the first place Detroit Tigers.  Yost first addressed any question regarding the injuries to catcher Salvador Perez and outfielder Lorenzo Cain.  Perez passed the required impact tests yesterday, and will return to the lineup today, wearing a new mask that aims to reduce the impact of foul-tips.  Yost was impressed by the progress Cain has been making, “(he) came in and did extensive hitting drills, he did light BP in the cage.  He’s cleared to swing now, so we’ll slowly, but surely work him back in there.”

Yost then discussed the importance of starting pitcher James Shields to the club this season, and what a pitcher of his skill brings to the club in every start.  “What makes him different is that when he goes out and has his good stuff, he can dominate.  When he goes out and doesn’t have his good stuff, he can still find a way to get you through six innings, and keep you in the game, which is extremely important.  That’s what inning eaters do, they can battle through it and keep it in the game.”  Shields has not lost in five straight starts, and aims to continue that streak tonight.

Yost concluded talking of how the Royals speed and athleticism have played in to their success this season.  “That’s what we like about our team so much is that we are athletic and we do have a lot of speed.  We can create run-scoring opportunities, we just have to take advantage of it when we do.  We can manufacture runs, we can get ourselves in scoring position, and we have a lot of action and athletic guys in the bottom of the order that hopefully can get on base for our run producers at the top.”

The Royals lead the season series vs. Detroit by a 7-6 count entering tonight.


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