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Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Jarden Corportation, announced today that five Royals – center fielder Lorenzo Cain, shortstop Alcides Escobar, left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez – have been named 2013 American League Gold Glove Award finalists. The Royals’ five finalists are second-most in the A.L., behind Baltimore’s six and tied for second-most in the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Rawlings also announced that award winners will be revealed on Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m. CT, during a special edition of “Baseball Tonight/The 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award ® Announcement Show”, which will air on ESPN2. The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards honor the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American League ™ and National League ™, as voted by Major League managers and coaches.
Royals manager Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon prior to game three of a four-game set with the Red Sox. Yost first stated the probable return of pitcher Wade Davis and catcher Salvador Perez as they both figure to rejoin the team for tomorrow’s day game. Davis is scheduled to start on Monday against the Marlins.
Yost then discussed the importance of the trade deadline acquisition of outfielder Justin Maxwell, especially with Lorenzo Cain’s recent trip to the DL. “It’s been huge to get another right-handed batter in there, and we knew there was a possibility of this happening and so we wanted to protect ourselves with another power right-handed bat on this team and it turned out to be a pretty good deal for us.”
Yost then went on to talk of the recent surge at the plate for shortstop Alcides Escobar. “He’s been working on some mechanical issues, he’s staying more upright and his bat is staying for level through the zone. He’s able to hit the ball harder on the line up the middle and to hit to right field which is his strength. He’s been much more consistent in his mechanics right now.”
Yost concluded by giving praise to the fan support in last night’s come from behind victory. “It was amazing last night, the atmosphere and the excitement of all the fans especially in the sixth inning. You know generally you’re so focused on what’s happening in the game, you don’t hear what’s going on, but it was so loud and vibrant in the sixth inning that you stop and look around and everyone is standing, that’s a fun feeling.”
The Royals and the Red Sox meet for the sixth time this evening with Kansas City leading the season series 4-1. With a win tonight the Royals would also claim their seventh straight series victory.
By Henry Wear
Royals manager Ned Yost met with the media before this afternoon’s tussle with Oakland.
Alex Gordon returns to the lineup today after missing two games due to his collision with the left field wall. The skipper was asked about Alex’s condition heading into today’s game. “He feels better after 24 hours. He was a little sore running yesterday but it felt better when he got it loosened up. He looked great in batting practice. We had him ready to go last night in case Cain or Moustakas got on late (in last night’s ninth inning) and bring him in with a chance to win the game with a homer. He felt better yesterday and came in today feeling better yet.”
Alcides Escobar started 81 of KC’s first 83 games. Today he gets a rare breather. Yost talked about his shortstop for a little while this morning. “I am probably going to give him two days off. He has been working really hard and grinding. For me it makes sense. If your body is tired you need a day but if your mind is tired you need a couple days off. We have two, hot, day games coming up here so it is a good opportunity to get him some rest,” said the manager.
Royals skipper Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon prior to the series finale with the Atlanta Braves. Yost first addressed the lineup changes that were seen in yesterday’s contest. Yost stated that this lineup is what the club envisioned when the season began, and now that players are beginning to hit mid-season form, the Royals are able to put it into play. “When you look at a lineup you’re trying to find ways to score a bunch of runs…there’s a lot that goes in to it…until we get three or four guys going at one time it’s going to be the same. You can start to see Hoz coming out, Moose is swinging the bat better, (and) we all know what Billy can do. Just set it up the way you want and when it comes together we should be in pretty good shape.”
Yost then discussed the options that shortstop Alcides Escobar gives the club in the second spot of the batting order. He stated that having Escobar in the two spot gives the club more options and opportunities to score runs. Yost then went on to state that Escobar has shown proficiency in the two hole before, and that his ability to handle the bat gives the Royals greater options to score.
Yost concluded by discussing how Will Smith will fair in his new role out of the bullpen. “I think he’s going to adjust to that role really well, he’s still a really young guy, and he’s very durable and has tremendous competitiveness.”
Royals skipper Ned Yost addressed the media prior to today’s series finale with the Houston Astros. Yost first discussed the today’s lineup that gave both Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain a day off. “We plan a couple days in advance. We try to pick a good day for them to have off, Escobar has played almost every game and we try to give Cain a day off every seven to ten games to let him get his legs under him. Detroit’s coming in tomorrow and that is a big series and with the day-game turnaround today we made the decision a couple days ago.”
Yost then commented on the recent improved performance of first baseman Eric Hosmer. “He’s improving tremendously…you know when he gets up over .300…over the rest of the season it will be because he can pull the ball more efficiently. That’s the key he has tremendous power to the pull side, he’s got very very good power to the opposite field, but he hasn’t utilized his pull power. He’s starting to get his swing freed up and starting to get the bat head back out, and when he’s able to pull the pull the ball with a little more frequency that’s when he’s going to be back to being the player I think he can be.”
Yost concluded the conference by discussing the play of closer Greg Holland. “He’s throwing the ball great, I feel every time we get to the ninth inning I feel really really good about it. You know that’s your focus once the game starts is how do I get a lead to Greg Holland. We’ve got a lot of confidence in Greg and he’s throwing the ball really well right now.”
Tonight the Royals lineup looks a little different than it has all season. The revised batting order includes Eric Hosmer batting second, Sal Perez third and Alcides Escobar ninth, all for the first time this season. Ned Yost was asked by a reporter if he changed things to try spark the lineup and score some runs. “You answered the question. Right now we are just trying some different stuff. We are trying to get the lineup to a point where we can be productive and score some runs. We are just kind of shuffling our cards a bit. We’re just trying to find a way to get going,” said Yost.
Hosmer was also a hot topic at the press conference. Yost was asked if they are trying to help the young hitter start pulling the ball. “We are trying to get Eric freed up to where he can pull the ball. When he first got here, he was a kid that could really pull ball. He also could get the ball to all fields. Over the course of the last few years he has gotten away from pulling it. We are in the process of doing some things to free him up so he can pull the ball again,” said the manager.
Last night Alex Gordon recorded his sixth outfield assist of the season. The skipper was asked how valuable the two-time Gold Glover is in left field. “He is a huge asset out there. He could be the best throwing outfielder in all of baseball. When you aren’t scoring runs you had better stop the opposing team from scoring and Gordy does that with great frequency,” said Yost.
Ned Yost met with the media in the Royals dugout before tonight’s game vs. Minnesota. The first topic of discussion was clutch hitting and if Yost believed in it. He said all his club is trying to do is go up and have good at bats. “If you have good hitters, like we feel we have, and you put up a good at bat, in any situation, you are going to be okay and be successful.”
The second topic of discussion this afternoon was about two of the Royals young stars, Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez. Yost said at Single-A while with the Brewers organization, he could tell that Escobar was going to be a fantastic player. “Defensively he was already eye-popping at shortstop. You could watch him swing and just knew when he filled out and got a little older, he was going to be able to swing the bat. That is exactly what has happened.”
Not only did the skipper sing the praises of Escobar, but also did the same for young catcher, Salvador Perez. “He (Perez) is a tremendous blocker, a tremendous game caller and he is a leader behind that plate. He has tremendous passion. He loves to play baseball, a lot like Escobar,” said Yost.
The Royals have announced that shortstop Alcides Escobar was selected as the 2012 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner. The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). The Joe Burke is awarded to an unsung player who contributed above and beyond what was expected, or someone who the writers felt deserved some recognition for an outstanding season.
Escobar had a breakout offensive season in 2012, his second with Kansas City after being acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers on December 19, 2010. The 25-year old set career highs with a .293 average, 177 hits, 30 doubles, five home runs, 52 RBI, and 35 stolen bases. The 177 hits were 13 more than the previous single-season mark for a Royals shortstop. His .293 average ranked second to New York’s Derek Jeter among MLB shortstops and was the third-highest single-season mark at the position by a Royal. Escobar’s 35 stolen bases ranked fifth in the American League and were the most by a Royals player since 2003. He became the first infielder in franchise history to post at least 30 doubles and 30 steals in the same season and the first Royal to accomplish the feat since Carlos Beltran in 2002. Escobar’s first career multi-homer game on July 14 vs. Chicago was the first by a Royals shortstop since 1997.
The Royals plan to announce the 2012 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year tomorrow and the 2012 Les Milgram Player of the Year on Wednesday, November 7. Both awards will be revealed at noon CT.
The Royals have announced that the club has agreed to terms on 2011 Major League contracts with right-handed pitchers Henry Barrera, Kevin Pucetas and Kanekoa Texeira, left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford, catcher Lucas May, and infielders Mike Aviles and Alcides Escobar. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
The 29-year-old Aviles hit .304 for the Royals in 2010 with 16 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 32 RBI and 63 runs scored. The career .298 hitter in 248 Major League contests was the Royals’ seventh-round selection in the 2003 Draft.
Escobar, 24, was acquired along with pitchers Jeremy Jeffress and Jake Odorizzi, and outfielder Lorenzo Cain in the six-player deal that sent pitcher Zack Greinke and infielder Yuniesky Betancourt to Milwaukee on December 19, 2010. The shortstop batted .235 with 10 triples and 10 stolen bases in his first full season in the Major Leagues last year.
The 26-year-old May was acquired by the Royals from the Los Angeles Dodgers along with pitcher Elisaul Pimentel in exchange for outfielder Scott Podsednik on July 28, 2010. The catcher picked up his first action in the Majors in September for Kansas City, hitting .189 in 12 games.
Texeira, 25, was 1-0 with a 4.64 ERA in 27 relief appearances for the Royals in 2010 after being claimed on Outright Waivers from the Seattle Mariners on June 3. The 6-foot-2 native of Hawaii missed the final month of the season with a right elbow strain.
The 25-year-old Barrera returned in 2010 from Tommy John surgery pitching at both Wilmington (High A) and Northwest Arkansas (AA). The Royals’ fifth-round pick in 2004 was 3-1 for the Naturals with a 1.80 ERA in 16 relief appearances, covering 25.0 innings.
Pucetas, 26, was acquired by the Royals from the San Francisco Giants on October 14, 2010 as the player to be named in the trade that sent outfielder Jose Guillen to the Giants on August 13, 2010. The 6-foot-4 right-hander spent the entire 2010 campaign with Fresno (AAA) posting a 5-7 record with a 5.69 ERA in 26 starts.
The 26-year-old Teaford was the 2010 Northwest Arkansas Pitcher of the Year after compiling a 14-3 record with a 3.36 ERA in 27 appearances (12 starts). The southpaw, who was added to the Royals’ 40-man roster this offseason, led the Texas League in victories. Teaford wrapped up his strong 2010 by going 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in two starts for Team USA at the Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico.