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Alex Gordon will start tonight and bat in the two-hole behind Ben Zobrist. Both players have excellent on-base percentages and could easily be a lead-off hitter, but Manager Yost is keeping Zobrist ahead of Gordon, “because right now Ben is faster than Alex.” Yost’s current plan for Gordon is to play every-other-day this week, then play two games followed by a day off during the next road trip and finish by playing every three days before a day off in order to prepare for a playoff series.
The Royals have been resting players over the past week or so to get back to full strength for the playoffs. According to Yost every player who has needed rest received at least a day off and the Royals will be using their best lineups until they clinch the division and potentially home field advantage. If they Royals are able to clinch their division, Yost will begin to rest players as needed to ensure that they are at their best for the postseason.
By Sal Defeo
Kelvin Herrera and Alex Rios have almost fully recovered from their chickenpox illness, and would be able to play tonight if needed. Yost plans on using each player as needed until they are completely healthy.
Alcides Escobar has been moved from the lead-off spot to ninth in the order, according to Yost, “we’ve been thinking about doing this ever since we got Zobrist, a tremendous on-base guy.” Ben Zobrist has an on-base percentage of .409 since joining the Royals, and will lead-off tonight for the Royals. Yost plans on moving Alex Gordon to the No. 2 spot in the order sometime in the near future.
Joba Chamberlain and Louis Coleman were brought up today from Triple-A Omaha to add more depth to the Royals bullpen. Coleman has been brought up many times with the Royals in the past and Yost knows he can help strengthen the Royals pen. Chamberlain spent two seasons with Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland in the Yankees organization when they won a World Series, which helped them build a good relationship, that Yost hopes will continue here in Kansas City.
By Sal DeFeo
Ryan Madson has been dealing with severe soreness in his pitching arm and has not pitched since August 22. Manager Ned Yost said, “he’s getting close (to full strength), we’re hoping to have him by this weekend. His shoulder is much much better, his elbow felt good yesterday, so he’s gonna go out to play catch today, and throw a side tomorrow, and we’ll determine where he is at”.
Jonny Gomes will make his debut for the Royals tonight in right field. Yost plans on using him in both right and left field as the Royals try to ease Alex Gordon back into the lineup. The Royals face six lefties in a row, and will use Gordon every other day during that span. After those six games Yost plans on starting Gordon every two games followed by a day off, and go from there to determine his routine for the rest of the regular season.
In preparing for another playoff push, the Royals have learned a lot from their experiences last season. One of the biggest differences with the Royals this year compared to last according to Yost is the team’s confidence. After having success last year and learning that they can compete with the best, the Royals have carried that momentum and intensity into this season, as they enter the last month of the regular season.
By Sal DeFeo
The Royals are back at Kauffman Stadium for a short four-game homestand against the Orioles. Kris Medlen will be making his first start since coming back from Tommy John surgery. Manager Ned Yost said he is excited to see Medlen back in a starting rotation and compared him to a Greg Maddux type of pitcher.
Alex Gordon made his first rehab start yesterday, hitting a home run in the fifth inning. Yost made it clear that he isn’t going to rush Gordon back into the big leagues. “I told Alex before he left that he needs to take make sure he is 100% before he comes back up,” Yost said. “There is no need right now for him to hurt himself again by coming back too early.”
By Eric Paulson
The Royals take on the Tigers in a three-game series starting tonight at Kauffman Stadium. Johnny Cueto will be making his first start as a Royal at “The K,” taking on Detroit’s Matt Boyd. Cueto will be looking to collect his first win in Royal Blue.
Alex Gordon took batting practice before today’s game and Ned Yost said he liked the way the ball was coming off his bat. He also said that batting practice has not been causing Gordon any pain and he will start working on lateral movement in the near future.
With a comfortable lead in the A.L. Central, Yost has been pleased that he can give his everyday players time off. “Last year, guys like Salvy (Perez) and (Lorenzo) Cain had to play every day, because the race was so tight,” Yost said. “Now, they can get a chance to rest up and be 100% for every game.”
By Eric Paulson
Outfielder Alex Gordon underwent successful right wrist extensor retinaculum repair this morning by hand and wrist specialist Dr. Bruce Toby at the University of Kansas Hospital. While no formal timetable is being announced, the 30-year old Gordon is expected to be recovered in plenty of time for the 2015 season opener against the White Sox on April 6 at Kauffman Stadium.
“Alex reached out just prior to Christmas to report that he was experiencing some right wrist discomfort during his off-season workouts,” said Nick Kenney, Royals’ Head Athletic Trainer. “We asked him to come to Kansas City after the holiday for an evaluation and it was determined he needed to have this repaired now to avoid any further complications and any delay in his start to the upcoming season.”
Gordon, a two-time American League All-Star, dealt with right wrist irritation just prior to the 2014 All-Star break, but it did not lead to a significant loss of playing time. He aggravated the area during his winter training sessions which led to this diagnosis and repair.
Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., and ESPN2 announced tonight that three Kansas City Royals ¬– left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez – have won American League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for the second-straight season. The three Rawlings Gold Glove winners are tied for the most in team history after all three players were honored with the awards in 2013. The Royals’ three Rawlings Gold Glove winners were tied for the Major League lead with the Baltimore Orioles’ three selections.
The awards were voted on by American League managers and coaches and honor the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American and National Leagues. Shortstop Alcides Escobar was also named a finalist for the award.
Gordon picked up his fourth-straight Rawlings Gold Glove Award, which is the longest active streak in the American League and second-longest in the Majors behind St. Louis’ Yadier Molina, who earned his seventh-straight award tonight. He is the second Royals player to win a Gold Glove in four consecutive years, joining Frank White, who won six-straight (1977-82) and eight overall. Gordon tied for 11th in the American League with eight outfield assists this season, while his 62 assists since the start of 2011 are the most in the Major Leagues in that span. He led all A.L. outfielders in games (156) and innings (1372.2) for the second-straight year and finished sixth in putouts (341) and committed just two errors in 351 chances for a .994 fielding percentage. Gordon, a former third baseman, earned his first career Rawlings Gold Glove in 2011, his first full season in the outfield.
Hosmer earned his second-straight Rawlings Gold Glove and the first American League first sacker to win in back-to-back years since Mark Teixeira did it with the Yankees in 2009-10. He is the only Royals first baseman to be honored with a Gold Glove. The 25-year-old missed a month of the season with a broken hand, but still played the second-most games at first base (130) in the American League and also finished second in total chances (1141), putouts (1043), assists (88) and fourth in zone rating (.854).
Perez also earned back-to-back Rawlings Gold Glove honors, becoming the fourth-straight American League catcher to win the award in at least two consecutive years, joining Ivan Rodriguez (2006-07), Joe Mauer (2008-10) and Matt Wieters (2011-12). He and Bob Boone (1989) are the only Royals catchers to win the award. Salvy set a club record, playing 146 games behind the plate during the regular season, while his 161 games including the postseason were the most ever by a Major League catcher. He led the American League in catcher pickoffs (four) with his 13 career picks tied for fourth among active MLB backstops. An All-Star for the second-straight year, Perez also ranked second in the A.L. in putouts (1037), third in assists (72) and fifth in runners caught stealing (23) this season.
The Kansas City Royals announce that left fielder Alex Gordon is the Royals Majestic Player of the Month for August, while right-handed reliever Wade Davis 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.
Gordon batted .292 with nine home runs, 16 RBI and 21 runs. He finished second in the Majors in home runs, in a tie for sixth in runs and hit his second career walk-off home run on August 26 vs. Minnesota. This is his second award of the year and 12th of his career.
Davis held opponents scoreless over 14.0 innings, striking out 19 while allowing just one walk. He entered Tuesday with a 27.2 inning scoreless streak, the longest in team history by a reliever. He also won the award in May and July.
Fans have the opportunity to vote for the final Royals Majestic Player of the Month for 2014 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.
Outfielder Alex Gordon, pitcher Greg Holland and catcher Salvador Perez were presented with their personalized Majestic All-Star jerseys prior to Friday’s game. Todd Bradney, National Sales Manager for Majestic Athletics, was on hand to present the jerseys, along with Royals General Manager Dayton Moore and Manager Ned Yost. The selections of Gordon, Holland and Perez mark the first time that the Royals have had as many as three All-Star representatives in consecutive years since 1987-88.