The Royals are in town to start a 10-game homestand, after completing a 10-game stretch on the road. Manager Yost said he is glad to be back at ‘The K’. “It seems like it’s been a year since we’ve been back here.” It was a tough road trip for the Royals as they lost four of six, but added two games to their A.L. Central lead over the second place Twins and maintain the best record in the American League. Despite poor offensive performances during the road trip, Yost is optimistic that “at least four or five” of the Royals will get their bats going and continue to separate themselves in the American League.
The Royals currently have a 9.5 game lead on the Twins, but Yost knows there is still a lot of baseball to be played and no lead is safe at the point in the season. According to Yost, the Royals have been a good second-half team over the past two seasons and he is confident that his club will continue that trend and make another World Series push.
By: Sal DeFeo
Royals starter Jason Vargas was placed on the 15-day disabled list after he tore his left ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game. The Royals recalled Yordano Ventura, to take his place on the 25-man roster, one day after sending Ventura down to Triple-A Omaha. Manager Ned Yost made the decision to bring back Ventura because if he did not bring Ventura back today, “Ace” would have to stay in the Minors for 10 days. Yost also noted that the Royals needed a starter for Sunday and Ventura was their best option. Regarding Vargas’ injury, Yost said, “the report didn’t come back good, and he’s definitely going to have surgery” and most likely “Tommy John” surgery.
Despite losing Vargas in the second inning, the Royals bullpen picked up the void and scattered seven hits and one run across 7.2 innings, with 10 strikeouts, to get the win over the Pirates. Having a bullpen that can pitch nearly an entire game extremely effectively gives the Royals a “big advantage” over other teams in the league. “We’ve got guys who can come in the ball game and hold the ball game right there and give us a chance to score,” said Yost.
By: Sal DeFeo
Royals pitcher Yordano “Ace” Ventura was optioned to Triple-A Omaha and starter Jason Vargas was reinstated. Manager Ned Yost said that the move was influenced a lot by using Kris Medlen last night and the recent workload of the bullpen. According to Yost, the move will also be good for Ventura to get his confidence back with a few starts in Omaha to work on his command, “a lot of times it good for a player to take a step back, so they can take three or four steps forward,” said Yost.
The entire Royals organization including staff, players and front office all have confidence in Ventura that he will be ready to go after his stint in the minors is over. Manager Yost told the media that if we (the Royals) are going to make it back to the World Series this year he (Ventura) will be a big part of it. Ventura is scheduled to make his first start in Triple-A this Saturday.
Jason Vargas will start tonight for the first time since going on the disabled list five weeks ago. Vargy threw 90 pitches in his last rehab start, without any discomfort and should not be limited by a pitch count.
By: Sal DeFeo
Danny Duffy pitched a career-high 8.0 innings yesterday, giving the Royals bullpen a much needed day off according to Yost, as the Royals are just beginning a 17-game stretch without an off day. Duffy was able reach this achievement with the help of his defense, with many great plays by multiple players.
Five years ago the Royals and Pirates were both towards the bottom of the league in terms of wins, however now both are among the best in baseball. Yost sees many similarities between the two clubs from the defense and pitching quality, to how the teams bring up talent within the organization and develop players.
Also giving a boost to the Royals bullpen, Kris Medlen, was placed on the active roster today and will be available for the Pittsburgh series. Yost said that Medlen has worked hard to get back to the Majors after two Tommy John surgeries and has built up his arm strength to throw around 100 pitches if needed. He provide depth to the bullpen as a long reliever and could even see a spot start if injuries were to occur.
By: Sal DeFeo
The Royals wrapped up an exciting 8-3 homestand on Sunday, with rookie Paulo Orlando delivering his second clutch homer of the week. Paulo capped the 11-10 win over Toronto with a solo homer in the eighth. He belted a walk-off grand slam in Tuesday’s first game vs. Tampa Bay.
On a personal note, today is the last day at the Royals for this blogger. The blog will continue, so stay tuned for updates from the media relations staff. I interviewed Paulo on Friday for an upcoming Royals Baseball Insider feature about his hometown of Sao Paulo, so it was great to see him get another clutch hit! Best to all of you and GO ROYALS! Colby
The Royals play their last game before the All-Star break today against the Blue Jays. Kansas City has gone 7-3 so far on their 11 game home stand and will be looking to close it out with a win.
Kansas City will be taking on the White Sox in the first series back from the All-Star Game. In his pre-game session, Ned Yost said that Chris Young will be starting the first game against Chicago and Edinson Volquez will be starting the second.
By Eric Paulson
The red-hot Royals look to extend their winning streak to seven games today against the Blue Jays. Chris Young will take the bump for the Royals and is taking on Toronto’s left-hander Mark Buehrle. After a long night yesterday, manager Ned Yost said he knows his guys may be tired but expects them to come out with the same energy that they have had all year.
Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez will not be in today’s lineup. Instead, Jarrod Dyson and Drew Butera will be holding down their respective positions for Kansas City. “It was a long night yesterday and we need to be careful with quick turnarounds like today’s game,” said Yost, “with Gordo out, I just want to be extra careful with key role players like Cain and Salvy.”
Saturday, July 11: Dish 446 or 412-34
Sunday, July 12: Dish 445 or 412-33
Friday, July 17: Dish 447 or 412-35
Saturday, July 18: Dish 446 or 412-34
Sunday, July 19: Dish 446 or 412-34
The Royals are wrapping up the last series of an 11-game homestand starting tonight at “The K.” Kansas City has won five consecutive games and will be looking for another as Danny Duffy takes the mound against the Blue Jays.
Mike Moustakas will be returning to the lineup tonight from a family emergency that caused him to miss the series against Tampa Bay. “Family comes first,” Said manager Ned Yost, “A lot of times people forget that baseball players have lives outside baseball. Family is the most important thing and it comes before baseball.”
With the return of Moustakas, Kansas City was forced to send Cheslor Cuthbert back down to AAA Omaha. Cuthbert had an impressive showing in his short time up in the Major Leagues and Yost said he is glad he has proven he can play at the highest level. “Sometimes the hardest part about playing in the Major Leagues is proving to yourself that you can actually do it. Cuthbert came up and showed everyone he’s capable at performing at this level and it’s good to know we can call on him at anytime.”
By Eric Paulson