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
Major League Baseball announced today that Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has been named to the American League All-Star team via the Final Vote presented by Esurance. Fans were able to vote for Moustakas through several forms of online/mobile ballots throughout the week as well as by Tweeting the hashtag: #VoteMoose today.
Moustakas, 26, will be participating in his first All-Star Game, which is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14 at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark. He’s batting .301 this season with 16 doubles, a triple, seven homers and 39 runs scored this season. The left-handed hitting infielder ranks fourth in the American League, hitting .339 against right-handed pitching, while he’s 12th in overall batting average. He’s recorded 25 multi-hit games this season, which are more than he had all of 2014. Moustakas has been named the Royals Majestic Player of the Month for April and June this season.
With Moustakas added to the squad, the Royals had a club record seven players named to the All-Star team. The seven All-Stars are the most for any one team since Texas had eight players on the 2012 squad.
The Kansas City Royals have reinstated third baseman Mike Moustakas from the Bereavement/Family Medical Emergency List. He will rejoin the club for tonight’s 7:10 game against the Toronto Blue Jays. In a corresponding roster move, the club optioned infielder Cheslor Cuthbert to Triple-A Omaha.
FOX Sports Kansas City has added three Royals’ makeup games to its telecast schedule: at Chicago (AL) on July 17, at St. Louis on July 23 and at Chicago (NL) on Sept. 28. FOX Sports Kansas City is now scheduled to carry 151 regular-season games.
Alex Gordon had an MRI following last night’s game, and his injury was labeled as a 2+ groin strain (3 means surgery is required), according to Yost. Gordon will most likely be out for around eight weeks depending on his recovery. It could have been worse, Yost said, “if it was up higher in his leg it could have required surgery, but it does not”. According to the doctors, Gordon will be evaluated week by week to determine when he can resume baseball activities. The team will rely on Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando to step up and fill in for Gordon while he is out.
With Alex Gordon out, Yost will have to not only decide his replacement for the Royals, but for the American League All-Star team. According to Yost, he has a few outfielders in mind for the All Star team and will make his decision based on what is best for the team and not necessarily the “best” player. Yost will get together with the rest of his staff and make a decision in the next couple of days.
Manager Yost said that Chris Young will be starting on Saturday against the Blue Jays. Young was not scheduled to pitch against the Jays due to the doubleheader vs. Tampa Bay. When pitching coach Dave Eiland asked Young how he felt, Young was going to ask if he could pitch on short rest, which only reinforced Yost’s decision to start him Saturday.