Royals manager Ned Yost had good things to say about a pair of sidelined pitchers before the game Thursday night. “Danny Duffy and Kris Medlen are looking great in their side sessions. Duffy will probably throw another side on Saturday and be good to go. Medlen is a little ways away but things are going as planned.”
Cleveland will be starting Trevor Bauer tonight, who has posted a 4-2 record with a 2.97 ERA this season. “If we can put together good at-bats and get runners in when we should, we shouldn’t have a problem tonight. It’s when we start getting ourselves out that we have trouble.”
Yost was extremely happy with the way his team played yesterday, posting a 4-2 win over the Indians. The Royals recorded four doubles on the night, which is one less than they have had in the last five games. “Everyone in baseball gets in funks. It’s what you do to get out of them that matters,” said Yost.
By Eric Paulson
In celebration of the 2014 American League Champion Season, Royals Charities has reopened the brick program to fans who want to leave a permanent mark at the stadium. Each brick will be installed in the front walkway of Gate C at Kauffman Stadium located next to the bricks that were installed following the 2012 season.
“We are so excited to offer the Legacy Brick Program again to fans who want to remember the magical 2014 American League Championship season,” said Marie Dispenza, Director of Royals Charities. “The bricks give fans a permanent way to be a part of Kauffman Stadium and Royals history while supporting the team’s charitable foundation, Royals Charities.”
Bricks, limited-edition packages and display cases are all available for purchase. Two sizes of bricks are available (4×8 inches and 8×8 inches). The larger brick can feature one of two logos, including a limited-edition 2014 American League Champions logo. Fans can also purchase a package that includes a replica made of the same material and contains the same inscription as the installed brick. Limited-edition display cases containing the American League Champion logo can also be purchased within the package or separately.
To order, fans can go to http://www.royals.com/bricks and pick from several options. A portion of the proceeds from the Royals Charities Legacy Brick program support Royals Charities. Installation of the new brick phase will take place prior to Opening Day, 2016. Once installed, fans will receive a map to help locate their brick.
The Royals are looking to get back on track tonight, after they scored just one run and a close call didn’t go their way in last night’s loss to the Indians. “MLB admitted to me that they made the wrong call on the double play we turned. They apologized and we are over it,” Said manager Ned Yost, “As a team we had other chances to score runs and we didn’t. There’s no use blaming the whole game on that one play.”
Catcher Salvador Perez was taken out of last night’s game after getting hit on a foul tip. Yost said he had a slight headache last night but woke up feeling great. He will be getting an extra day off today to ensure he is healthy before returning to catch.
The Royals are currently going through a slight slump in their season and Yost said he hopes that they can get their hitting hot again. “We’re a streaky team. When things are going well, nobody can beat us. On the other hand, when nobody is getting any hits, we aren’t going to win games. I have complete confidence that we will start swinging the bats better, it’s just a matter of when.”
By Eric Paulson
The Royals announced announced this evening that first baseman Eric Hosmer is the Royals Majestic Player of the Month for May, while right-handed pitcher Chris Young is the club’s Pitcher of the Month. The player award is determined by a combined fan and media vote, with the pitcher award voted on by local media.
Hosmer led the Royals with a .296 average, four home runs and a .520 slugging percentage. He posted a 12-game hitting streak from May 3 to 15, batting .367. This is Hosmer’s seventh Royals Player of the Month honor since his 2011 debut.
Young is the Pitcher of the Month in his second month with the Royals. He compiled a 3-1 mark and a 1.45 ERA over six appearances, including five starts. Young held opponents to a .179 batting average, third-best among American League pitchers.
Fans have the opportunity to vote for the Royals Majestic Player of the Month all season long by visiting area Kansas Sampler and Rally House locations or the Royals Majestic Team Store at Kauffman Stadium. Participating fans will automatically be entered to win a VIP Experience package which includes an apparel prize pack, tickets to a Royals game and the opportunity to present the Player of the Month award.
The Royals and Jeremy Guthrie will be taking on the Indians and Carlos Carrasco tonight at Kauffman Stadium. Guthrie is looking to bounce back from a tough start in New York and Ned Yost said he isn’t worried about him. “New York has a short porch in right and left field. It’s completely different than pitching in Kansas City. Home runs there are fly outs here.”
Yost also implied that Danny Duffy will be throwing a simulated game on Thursday and throw on the side today. He is making progress as expected and Yost does not want to bring him back too early. Kris Medlen is also on track to coming back healthy and has thrown a few innings on the side.
“It’s good to be back from the road and we are ready to start this homestand,” said Yost, “Sometimes too many off days can be the same as too many games. We need to get our guys back on track.”
By Eric Paulson
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The Royals return to action tonight in a 7:10 start vs. Cleveland. On Monday, several current Royals and alums participated in the annual Royals Charities Celebrity Golf Tournament, with proceeds going to Special Olympics KC Metro. Let’s take a look:
Leading off, Alcides Escobar!
Up second, Mike Moustakas!
Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez:
Reliever Wade Davis:
FIVE Royals are currently leading in All-Star balloting. Here are parts of the first balloting update from Major League Baseball:
The defending American League champion Kansas City Royals, who own the best record in the AL at 28-16 (.636), have five players among the AL leaders in the first voting figures for the 86th All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, it was announced today. Thus far, online voting totals are up 100 percent in comparison to 2014. The first National League voting results will be announced tomorrow.
With five players among the voting leaders, the Royals could become just the second Major League team, and the first AL team, to have five players earn starting All-Star assignments since voting was returned to fans in 1970. In that time, only the 1976 “Big Red Machine” Cincinnati Reds (Johnny Bench, Dave Concepcion, George Foster, Joe Morgan, Pete Rose) had five players earn starting bids in the Midsummer Classic. In AL history, there have been nine teams to have four players win starting assignments, including the 1975 Oakland Athletics, 1981 New York Yankees, 1982 California Angels, 1987 Yankees, 1999 Cleveland Indians, 2001 Seattle Mariners, 2005 Boston Red Sox, 2008 Red Sox and 2011 Yankees.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez, an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, leads all AL players in balloting with 1,447,753 total votes. The Valencia, Venezuela native, who is seeking his first starting All-Star assignment, would join Darrell Porter (1979) as the only Royals catchers to earn a fan-elected start. Since fan voting was returned to fans in 1970, the only catchers to lead the AL in All-Star balloting were Carlton Fisk of the Chicago White Sox (1982), Ivan Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers (2000) and Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins (2010). In addition, the only Royals to pace the league in voting were Hall of Famer George Brett (1981 and 1984) and Bo Jackson (1989). Perez leads AL backstops with 47 hits on the season, and he has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games. Overall, the 25-year-old is hitting .303 on the season with five home runs, nine doubles, 24 RBI and 13 runs scored. Perez is followed behind the plate by Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt (795,848), who is trying for his first career All-Star selection.
Perez’s Kansas City teammate Lorenzo Cain leads AL outfielders and ranks second in the league overall with 1,376,217 votes. Cain, who is trying for his first career All-Star selection, would join Amos Otis (1973), Jackson (1989) and Jermaine Dye (2000) as the only Royals outfielders to land a fan-elected starting assignment. The 2014 AL Championship Series Most Valuable Player is batting .306 on the season with three home runs, eight doubles, a triple, 19 RBI, seven stolen bases and 31 runs scored. The 29-year-old, who ranks sixth in the AL in runs scored, is joined in the outfield by reigning AL Most Valuable Player Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Royals teammate Alex Gordon.
Trout, who has tallied 1,297,085 votes, is attempting to make his fourth consecutive Midsummer Classic appearance and third straight start. Gordon, who is looking for his third consecutive All-Star selection and first fan-elected start, has received 991,606 votes. Gordon is hitting .271 on the season with five home runs, 10 doubles, 23 RBI and 20 runs scored. In addition, the four-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner leads all Major League players with 64 assists since becoming a full-time outfielder in 2011. Cain and Gordon could become the first pair of teammates to earn starts in the AL outfield since Boston’s Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez in 2005. In the AL’s closest race, the outfield leaders are followed by four-time All-Star Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles (981,926), who has earned a starting assignment in each of the last two seasons.
Rounding out the quintet of Kansas City leaders are third baseman Mike Moustakas (1,261,769) and shortstop Alcides Escobar (1,191,268). Moustakas, who is bidding for his first All-Star selection, ranks seventh in the AL in batting average (.327), is tied for seventh in hits (53) and is tied for eighth in multi-hit games (16). The 26-year-old has added four home runs, 11 doubles, 15 RBI and 26 runs scored this season. Moustakas, the second overall selection in the 2007 MLB Draft, is trailed by 2014 AL All-Star Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays (876,586). Escobar, in search of his first All-Star selection, appeared in all 162 contests in 2014, and he ranks second in the Majors with 510 games at shortstop since the start of the 2012 season. The 28-year-old is hitting .278 on the season with a home run, eight doubles, a triple, 15 RBI, three stolen bases and 20 runs scored. His 15 RBI out of the leadoff spot is tied for seventh in the Majors. Moustakas and Escobar could become the seventh pair of teammates to earn starts on the left side of the AL infield, and the first since Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees in 2011. The La Sabana, Venezuela native is followed at shortstop by Jose Iglesias of the Detroit Tigers (826,382), who is also attempting to make his first All-Star team.
Nine-time All-Star Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers leads at first base, and ranks third overall in the AL with 1,347,351 votes as he attempts to make his third consecutive fan-elected start. Cabrera is followed closely at first base by Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer (1,101,738), who is bidding for his first career All-Star selection.
Joining Cabrera on the right side of the infield is Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros. Altuve has collected 1,301,754 votes as he contends for his third career Midsummer Classic selection (2012, 2014). Star Omar Infante of the Royals (715,345).
In his first year playing for the Mariners, three-time All-Star Nelson Cruz (2009, 2013-14) leads AL designated hitters with 1,225,255 total votes. Cruz is followed at the position by Kansas City’s Kendrys Morales (918,049), who is aiming for his first career All-Star selection.
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Concerning the decision for Jason Vargas’ next step, the Royals have made a choice; however, the Royals staff is not ready to tell the media. Given the unclear future of today’s game with rain in the forecast, Ned Yost and the Royals staff have to see what occurs today before addressing their final decision on Vargas.
Christian Colon came into last night’s game to relieve Mike Moustakas at third base after Moustakas was hit in the clavicle by a groundball. It was Colon’s first game in over a week, yet his preparation and daily workouts according to Yost, helped him be ready leading to a single in his only at bat. Regarding Moustakas’ injury, the X-rays were negative as it turned out to only be a contusion (bruised bone) and he is in today’s lineup at his usually spot.
Yost credited Yordano Ventura’s resurgence back into form to his command of the baseball. Ventura was able to change speeds and hit his locations in his last start, which will hopefully continue in today’s game.
By Sal DeFeo