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Outfielder Jeff Francoeur and pitching coach Bob McClure join hosts Denny Matthews and Bob Davis on Thursday’s Hot Stove. The show airs from 6 to 7 p.m. Central on 610 Sports in Kansas City and on royals.com (http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/fan_forum/hotstove.jsp).
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The Kansas City Royals have returned home after an extended road trip and are looking to turn things around. When manager Trey Hillman addressed the media, he stated he expects better baseball out of his club during the homestand.
Hillman also commented on the state of his bullpen. Hillman said that the bullpen has been doing a poor job of getting to Royals’ closer Joakim Soria for the ninth inning. Hillman believes the key is too many walks from his relievers; whether it is a mechanical issue or out of fear, Hillman wants to see more competitiveness in the strike zone.
However, Hillman has been impressed by recent success of reliever Robinson Tejeda, who has not given up an earned run in his last seven appearances. Hillman credits the work by pitching coach Bob McClure in working with Tejeda to speed up his lower half, allowing his arm to catch up to his pitching motion.
Hillman also spoke briefly on the recent Royals’ call up, infielder Mike Aviles. Hillman said that as long as Aviles continues to swing the bat well, he will find his way into the lineup. Hillman continued by saying that he sees Aviles’ immediate future at second base due to the early production by shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.
Tony Pena Jr…the pitcher
Royals shortstop Tony Pena Jr. is in the process of attempting to become a Major League pitcher. He is working with pitching coach Bob McClure to see if this conversion to pitcher is a realistic possibility. “I have a sense he is in to it, I asked him and he said he is all for it. I think he is young enough that if this does not work out, he still has the years to work on his primary position and work on becoming a better baseball player,” said Manager Trey Hillman. “He has three pitches at the moment, a fastball, a slurve (slider/curveball), and a slight change-up. Tony is going to be going through some bullpen sessions coming up and we are looking for him to get some action down in Arizona in the near future.”
Royals pitcher Kyle Farnsworth had another promising bullpen session yesterday and is heading to Triple-A Affiliate Omaha to get some innings under him. He will be pitching (1.0 IP) on Tuesday, resting on Wednesday, and is yet to be determined how much he will be used on Thursday. Gil Meche threw another bullpen session yesterday, apparently it went fine, but he will be continuing his bullpen sessions when the team heads to Baltimore. A timetable for Gil has not been established as of yet.
Here’s a look at Royals birthdays for April:
Third base coach Dave Owen (below) will be 51 on April 25. Renee Zellweger turns 40 on this day, which is also the 77th birthday for the Meadowlark Lemon, the “Clown Prince” of Harlem Globetrotter fame.
Royals Hall of Famer Amos Otis turns 62 on April 26, which is also celebrated by Carol Burnett (76).
Pitching coach Bob McClure rounds out our birthday list on April 29. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will turn 55, while Andre Agassi, Master P, and Uma Thurman will celebrate their 39th birthday.
Tune in to the Hot Stove Show on 610 Sports, tonight from 6 to 7 p.m., Central time. Royals bench coach John Gibbons and pitching coach Bob McClure are the guests. They will discuss the upcoming season with hosts Denny Matthews and Bob Davis. Ryan Lefebvre gets a well deserved night off on his birthday. Happy birthday Ryno!
All Royals Hot Stove shows are available at this page on royals.com.