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Although Yost is quite aware that Chicago is playing excellent baseball and has won 11 of its last 12 games, he said he doesn’t view any team as more or less of a challenge. He added that the Royals think they’re playing pretty good as well, so tonight’s contest should just be a chance to compete against a hot team.
The bullpen is continuing to do a nice job without suffering any major setbacks. Yost believes the success is in large part due to the relievers knowing their roles and knowing at what point they may enter the game, which helps them get mentally prepared. Since Yost has taken over as manager, relievers have thrown off a mound every day instead of just playing catch or throwing off flat ground. Yost believes making the change was a no-brainer because the pitchers can now practice their craft everyday and work on their mechanics and control in a game-like situation. He believes Robinson Tejeda’s success is a prime example of the positive results the change was meant to yield. Yost added that the players don’t overexert themselves, but rather just get loose for the game.
Yost likes what he sees when it comes to Anthony Lerew’s ability to command his changeup and keep hitters off balance. He also likes Lerew’s ability to go deep into games and keep the team in contests.
For tonight’s game, Yost is expecting Mark Buehrle to not mess around and come right at hitters. Yost said Buehrle is a true pitcher who has a great tempo and allows his teammates to work by not trying to strike every batter out. Yost believes the key for the Royals is to be patiently aggressive, meaning he wants players to wait for their pitch and jump all over it when it comes. Also, he wants his players to maintain their own rhythm rather than letting the speedy Buehrle dictate it for them.
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The top news during today’s interview concerned recent changes to the roster. Yost announced that Luke Hochevar will be placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to June 12, due to a right elbow sprain. Anthony Lerew arrived from Omaha earlier today to take over Hochevar’s starting spot in tomorrow’s contest. In order to make room for Lerew on KC’s 40-man roster, John Parrish was released. Yost hopes that Hochevar will only miss two starts.
Lerew then provided the media with a few words, mainly saying that he was surprised and happy to get the call, and he will be looking to beat hitters with his change, slider, and fastball.
Finally, Hochevar discussed his injury with the media. The grade one sprain was discovered after having an MRI on Monday. Hochevar said he felt tight this past Friday at Cincinnati, but really didn’t have any pain. He added that he is keeping the long-term in mind, so he won’t push it so far that he causes serious damage. Hochevar’s focus is now on being serious about his rehab, which will include a lot of ice and stim, a shoulder program, and forearm strengthening.
It’s time to take a look at our Royals birthdays for October. Fans started calling newly crowned Sporting News A.L. Pitcher of the Year Zack Greinke’s starts “Greinke Day” and wishing other Royals fans a “Happy Greinke Day.” Today is the Happy Greinke Day - Zack turns 26!
Fellow celebrants include Judge Judy (67) and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (60). Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel was born on this day in 1833.
Royals Hall of Famer Fred Patek celebrated his 65th birthday on October 9. Celebrity birthdays include Sharon Osbourne (57) and Quantam Leap’s Scott Bakula (55). The late John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940.
Juan Cruz turned 31 on October 15. Juan shares his day with former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca (85) and Hall of Famer Jim Palmer (64). Cable chef Emeril Lagasse and former Dutchess of York Sarah Ferguson both turned 50.
Mike Jacobs wraps up our birthdays. Mike turns 29 on October 30. Other celebrants on the day before Halloween include Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick (70) and Henry Winkler. The Fonz will be 64. Around the Horn wishes Mike a happy birthday and two thumbs up!
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Meet Mr. Lerew
The mystery surrounding Thursday’s starter against the Boston Red Sox is officially over. Say hello to #54 Anthony Lerew, previously the ace of the Double-A affiliate Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Lerew, 26, has pitched sparingly in three previous seasons with the Atlanta Braves compiling a 0-2 record with an 8.31 ERA. He was signed by the Royals in Spring Training and collected a 10-6 record while pitching for Northwest Arkansas and then went 2-0 in the playoffs for the Naturals. What can we expect from Mr. Lerew? Manager Trey Hillman says he hears good things about Anthony. “I’ll be honest, I have not even seen him pitch to a live batter, nor have I seen him even throw a bullpen session, but I hear good things about him. He is a big, strong kid who has good command and solid stuff. Anthony has experience in the big leagues which is important. It will be interesting, and as you see him for the first time, I will be doing the same.”
LHP Dusty Hughes-Feeling better, will be missing Thursday’s scheduled start but plans on a bullpen session. If and when he returns, look for him to return to the bullpen.
RHP Juan Cruz-Off the DL should be available as soon as tomorrow for the final game of the series against the Boston Red Sox.
LHP John Bale-Has been throwing batting practice, multiple bullpen sessions are in order leading him to eventually throw to live batting. Hillman and the club continue to be very cautious with this lefty reliever, so there is not a guarantee he will pitch again this season.
RHP Kyle Farnsworth-Continues to be suffering from a sore lower shoulder (back), team is hoping to use his services before the end of the season, but again the cautious approach is being taken with Kyle.
LHP Bruce Chen-Done for the season and put on 60 day DL with torn left oblique muscle.