September 2013

Holland joins 40 saves club!

Greg Holland recorded his 40th save of the year today.  It’s the sixth time that a Royals pitcher has reached the 40-save mark:

Dan Quisenberry – 45 in 1983 and 44 in 1984

Jeff Montgomery – 45 in 1993

Joakim Soria – 43 in 2010 and 42 in 2008Holland September 8

Ned Yost media session: September 8, 2013

Royals manager Ned Yost met with the media prior to today’s series finale with the Detroit Tigers.  Yost first discussed the return of outfielder Lorenzo Cain to the starting lineup, and what he means to the ball club.  “He really improves our defense when he’s out there.  With him and (Jarrod) Dyson and Alex Gordon in the outfield it’s as good of an outfield defense alignment that you could ask for in my opinion.   Once he gets hot he can really drive the ball.  I thought he had some good swings, we’ve got to start working him back in there sooner or later and we decided sooner.”

Yost then talked of the increased confidence that club has had this season, and how it has added to their on-field success.  “The difference between the Kansas City Royals that we have now and the teams that we’ve had in the past is number one, we’re much more talented, but now we’re much more talented.  I think every one of our guys walks through the clubhouse door every day expecting to win a baseball game.  That really started to take place after the All Star break.”

Yost concluded by commenting on the role the stellar pitching staff has had on generating greater confidence throughout the club.  “Part of the reason we have confidence is that we have (Ervin) Santana, we have James Shields, and we have Jeremy Guthrie.  Our pitching is so much improved that our team feels like we’re going to get a well-pitched game, we’re going to go out and play good defense and score enough runs to win.  It’s the trust that everyone has in our pitching that gives them confidence.”

The Royals and Tigers wrap up the series today, with the Royals holding an 8-7 advantage.  Kansas City begins a road trip tomorrow at Cleveland, with a weekend set in Detroit.

Photos: Sal’s clutch homer

Here’s a look back at the homer by Salvador Perez on Saturday night.  KC won 4-3!

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Royals Game Preview: September 8 vs. Detroit

Pitching matchup:  RHP Doug Fister (12-7) vs. LHP Bruce Chen (6-2)

Lineups:  Detroit:
Jackson – CF, Hunter – RF, Cabrera – 3B, Fielder – DH, Martinez – 1B, Dirks – LF, Infante – 2B, Avila – C, Iglesias – SS, Fister – RHP

Kansas City:  Gordon – LF, Bonifacio – 2B, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Moustakas – 3B, Cain – RF, Kottaras – C, Dyson – CF, Escobar – SS, Chen – LHP

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  No local TV – please check MLB.TV for availability

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game #143 vs Detroit

Trivia Fact:   Jarrod Dyson recorded his 30th stolen base of the year last night.  He’s the first Royal to swipe 30+ bases in consecutive years since Carlos Beltran did it in three straight seasons from 2001 to 2003.

Hosmer, Shields honored for August

Eric Hosmer won a third straight Royals Majestic Player of the Month honor in August.  First-year Royal James Shields went 4-1 to earn his first Royals Pitcher of the Month honor.  Royals fan Randy presented them with the honor.  You could go on the field for the presentation – just vote for the Majestic Player of the Month at Rally House or the Royals Majestic Team Store. Congrats Eric and James!Shields and Hosmer

Ned Yost media session: September 7, 2013

The Royals’ skipper, Ned Yost, met with the media prior to tonight’s contest with the Detroit Tigers.  In what was a short media conference, Yost first addressed questions regarding the return of injured second baseman Chris Getz.  Yost stated that Getz was cleared by the league to play just before game time last night, and will be available today.   Yost then discussed the adaptation that catcher Salvador Perez will undergo to limit the possibility of further blows from foul tips.  The manager stated that Perez will try to situate himself six to twelve inches closer to the batter to change the angle of possible deflections.  Perez may also try a hockey style mask versus the traditional style he normally wears.

The Royals and Tigers meet for the second game of the three game set, with series finale tomorrow at 1:10 pm.  Kansas City and Detroit have split the season series 7-7.

By Henry Wear

Royals Game Preview: September 7 vs. Detroit

Pitching matchup:  RHP Justin Verlander (12-10) vs. LHP Danny Duffy (2-0)

Lineups:  Detroit:
Jackson – CF, Hunter – RF, Cabrera – 3B, Fielder – 1B, Martinez – DH, Infante – 2B, Castellanos – LF, Pena – C, Santiago – SS, Verlander – RHP

Kansas City:  Gordon – LF, Bonifacio – 2B, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Moustakas – 3B, Perez – C, Lough – RF, Dyson – CF, Escobar – SS, Duffy – LHP

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  No local TV – please check MLB.TV for availability

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_142_vs._Detroit

Trivia Fact:   Tomorrow’s starter, Bruce Chen, made his Major League debut 15 years ago today (September 7, 1998).

Ready, Set, Go! A look at the Royals 5K Run/Walk

Thanks to everyone who attended the Royals 5K Run/Walk this morning!  Here’s a look at Sluggerrr setting the pace.

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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.

 

Royals Game Preview: September 6

Lineups:  Detroit:  Jackson – CF, Hunter – RF, Cabrera – 3B, Fielder – 1B, Martinez – DH, Dirks – LF, Avila – C, Infante – 2B, Santiago – SS, Sanchez – RHP

Kansas City:  Gordon – LF, Bonifacio – 2B, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Moustakas – 3B, Perez – C, Lough – RF, Dyson – CF, Escobar – SS, Shields – RHP

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_141_vs._Detroit

Trivia Fact:   The walk-off homer by Mike Moustakas was the 63rd in franchise history.  Five players who participated in yesterday’s game have hit walk-off homers for the Royals:  Moustakas, Salvador Perez, Alex Gordon, Billy Butler and Seattle’s Raul Ibanez, who hit his KC walk-off on June 9, 2002 vs. St. Louis.

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