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Royals skipper Ned Yost met with the media prior to today’s series finale with Oakland. The media conference today surrounded the recent news of the All-Star selections for left fielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez. Yost first discussed what it means to the organization to have two players representing the team in New York. “It was a huge sense of pride for all of us. It’s such a special accomplishment to be named an All-Star. I’ve had the opportunity to go to five different All-Star Games and they are once in a lifetime deals. You can’t explain to anybody how much fun and how special the All-Star Game is, but more than anything else is that for the rest of your life you’re known as a Major League All-Star.”
Both Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez were present at the conference, and they echoed Yost’s sentiments. Perez stated, “I was extremely happy when Ned announced that Alex was going to the All Star game, I was somewhat surprised that Ned said he wasn’t going alone, and that I was going along. It’s going to be something special. Gordon followed by stating, “It’s a great honor especially to be picked by the players that’s a big honor. It’s a huge honor for me and Salvy to get picked by the players. I think Ned and Dayton have done a tremendous job in developing this team.”
The Royals begin a seven game road trip tomorrow that will lead them in to the All Star break. Gordon and Perez are set to make their All Star debuts on July 16 at Citi Field in New York.
Major League Baseball announced today that Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez have been named American League All-Stars. Both Royals will be making their first All-Star appearances at the 79th annual Midsummer Classic at Citi Field in New York on Tuesday, July 16. Both Gordon and Perez were elected to the team via the player vote.
This marks the first time since the 2003 All-Star Game that the Royals have had more than one player representative. Gordon is the first KC outfielder to be selected to the team since Jermaine Dye in 2000, while Perez is the first Royals’ catcher to be named an All-Star since Darrell Porter in 1980. Porter was also selected in 1978, but did not play, while the only other catcher in franchise history to attend the All-Star festivities was the first Royal All-Star, Ellie Rodriguez in 1969.
Gordon, a six-year veteran with Kansas City, is batting .290 with 15 doubles, 8 homers and 46 RBI in 81 games. He came into play Saturday leading the American League in 2-out hitting (.374), tied with Alex Rios for the league-lead in outfield assists (8) and was 10th in the league with 29 multi-hit games. He had a 12-game hitting streak earlier this season and had walk-off hits against Toronto (April 14), the Chicago White Sox (May 5) and Atlanta (June 26).
Perez is in his second full year in the Major Leagues and is hitting .302 with 15 doubles, 4 homers, 36 RBI in 71 games. He ranks second among A.L. catchers in batting average (.302) and is third in the league with a .403 average with runners in scoring position. He has thrown out 10 would-be base stealers, which is tied for third-most in the American League. He had an 11-game hitting streak from June 5-15 and has 21 RBI since June 1.
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.
Alex Gordon’s recovery continues after his crash into the left field wall during Wednesday’s game vs. Cleveland. Ned Yost was asked about the condition of his star left fielder at his afternoon media session.
“Alex has passed every impact test (concussion test) from us. We have submitted the paper work to MLB so they can clear him. Once you have submitted it to MLB they will send an impartial doctor to look at him. That could be today or tomorrow.” The skipper went onto say, “He still has a major bruise on his hip. He is going to come out and stretch with the team, play a little catch and go in the cage. If it feels alright he may come out and take some BP but it is still going to be a couple of days.”
The Oakland A’s come into town boasting one of the best records in all of baseball. The manager was asked what jumps out at him about the Athletics. “Their record jumps out at you. Their starting pitching jumps out at you. Their bullpen is very good. They have a very solid offense which is stacked with left handed batters at the bottom of their order. They are in a very tough division and they are at the top of it. They are very good team,” said Yost.
KC won 4-3 over Atlanta in 10 innings! Let’s take a look at the photos:
Today Alex Gordon visited kids in cancer treatment bringing autographs, @AlexsLemonade t-shirts & Papa John’s pizza to families in the hospital. You can support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation by purchasing a freshly squeezed lemonade while at the ballpark or the Papa John’s “Alex Gordon Double Deal” which features 2 medium 2-topping pizzas for $5.99 each (enter promo code AGDOUBLE at PapaJohns.com to redeem the offer). A portion of sales from each support the foundation.
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.
Alex Gordon joins CC Sabathia, Matt Kemp and Andrew McCutchen as Guest Panelist for Honorary Bat Girl Contest
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon has been selected as a Guest Panelist for the Honorary Bat Girl Contest. Other panelists include CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees, Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Maria Menounos of Extra TV and Sam Ryan, MLB Network host and reporter. The 2013 Honorary Bat Girl program recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease.
The Guest Panel will aid in the selection process of one Honorary Bat Girl for each of the 30 MLB teams. Winners will be recognized by their respective Club between Mother’s Day, May 12th, and May 31st. The program includes strong support from countless players throughout the League who are personally committed to the fight against breast cancer.
The Guest Panel features Sabathia, who is a returning Honorary Bat Girl panelist and who has dealt with cancer within his family; Kemp, who has been a long-time champion of the cause and who is inspired by fans like friend Katie Ortega, an 18 year old in remission from AML Leukemia; McCutchen, whose grandmother is a breast cancer survivor; and Gordon, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor. The Guest Panel will also include Menounos, whose cousin is a breast cancer survivor; and Ryan, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor.
Fans are encouraged to share inspirational stories that they or loved ones may have or currently are experiencing that provide hope and motivation in the fight against breast cancer, as well as the reasons they or their nominees should represent their favorite team. Entries can be submitted by men and women who are breast cancer survivors, advocates and/or supporters of the cause at honorarybatgirl.com, a website powered by MLB.com, and will be accepted until the submission period closes on April 22 at 12:01am ET.
During MLB’s annual Mother’s Day national day of recognition, one Honorary Bat Girl per MLB Club will take part in pre-game activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony and receive pink MLB merchandise with two tickets to the game. For Clubs that are away on Mother’s Day, another home game in May will be selected to recognize their Honorary Bat Girl.
The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. In four years, over 4,000 testimonials have been submitted and more than 10 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by its charitable partners Stand Up to Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative has set out to raise awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support life saving breast cancer research.
On every Mother’s Day since 2006, hundreds of MLB players have used pink bats by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. To further demonstrate their support for the breast cancer cause, players and on-field personnel have worn the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative dugout lineup cards also have been pink. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother’s Day games have been auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer.
Thursday was Photo Day in Surprise. After hitting all of the photo stations on a cool morning (by Surprise standards), it was time for the day’s workout. Let’s take a look:
Yes, that’s a towel. New Royals righty Wade Davis took part in a practice drill under the watchful eye of pitching coach Dave Eiland.