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Give me a break
In response to questions regarding the team’s recent time off, Yost said that every team looks forward to the All-Star break — it’s kind of a destination point in the season and allows the players to step back and recharge. Yost doesn’t think the break will have any effect on hot players like David DeJesus. He believes players like DeJesus simply come to play everyday and their success is really due to their mechanics and ability to see the ball well.
Back to the basics
Yost provided a brief update on pitcher Gil Meche who was recently added to the 60-day disabled list. The manager announced that Meche threw about 18 pitches today. According to Yost, Meche’s mechanics were a little jerky, but Yost didn’t show much concern, saying that the pitcher just needs to get back in his rhythm.
Bringin’ the heat
Though others seemed a bit uncomfortable in the summer heat, Yost doesn’t “sweat” it, saying this is exactly what is was like when he coached in Georgia. “You get used to it,” he said.
Bruce Chen, shown here in a June home start, took a perfect game into the seventh tonight before Erick Aybar picked up a single. Chen was helped by a pair of great catches from David DeJesus. Jose Guillen’s single gave KC a 2-0 lead in the eighth as they went on to a 4-2 win over the Angels. Chen moves to 5-2 on the year and Kansas City is 2-0 on the trip. The Royals, who have won 7 of 9, play tomorrow night on ESPN (first pitch at 7:15 Central).
Kicking and screaming
Yost expects tonight’s matchup between premier pitchers Jake Peavy and Zack Greinke to be interesting for everyone. Yost described Peavy as a fearless competitor and admitted he loves watching Peavy on the mound, especially when the pitcher screams and yells at himself.
Give ’em a break
The Royals will again have a different starting lineup in tonight’s game. Yost said the changes were not made because of injuries, but rather were meant to give players rest from the summer heat. He added that tonight will be the first day of rest for outfielder David DeJesus since his son was born on May 25.
Things are looking up
Yost also discussed the play of the infield, saying that it has been good and is only getting better. He credits Eddie Rodriguez with helping develop Mike Aviles’ skills at second base. Additionally, Yost has been impressed with the corners, stating that Billy Butler has done great at first and Alberto Callaspo has been fantastic at third.
Editor’s note: The media relations team salutes Brett, one of our interns, on his outstanding work. This is his final blog entry as he will be leaving to take a job in Louisiana. Brett started in 2009 with the marketing department and worked in media relations this season. Good luck, Gordo! We will miss you!
Yer outa here!
Manager Ned Yost addressed the fallout from his ejection during Thursday’s game. He has not been contacted by Major League Baseball in regards to any possible suspension or fine. However, Yost said that in his past experience, the league has openly listened to both sides and handed down a fair decision.
He’s an inspiration…
Outfielder David DeJesus has been one of the Royals hottest hitters since the birth of his first son, David DeJesus, Jr. on May 25. Yost sees the possibility of DeJesus having extra motivation, but also thinks DeJesus is in a hot streak. Yost said, “He is seeing the ball good and making great contact.”
The road to recovery…
Outfielder Rick Ankiel will begin his rehabilitation assignment on Tuesday with the Royals’ AAA affiliate, the Omaha Royals. Yost says that Ankiel has looked impressive in batting practice, but also stated that he needs to get his timing right before a return to Kansas City’s lineup. Yost said that when Ankiel does come back he will resume his roll in the outfield and won’t find any time as the designated hitter. In addition, it is discussed in the Royals game notes today that left-handed reliever John Parrish will also join Ankiel in Omaha on a rehab assignment.
David DeJesus and wife Kim welcomed a 7 lb. 10 oz. baby boy into the world yesterday. Yost expects DeJesus to be at the game today, but isn’t putting any pressure on the outfielder to return until the mother and baby are taken care of adequately. Yost understands how special this occasion is and said DeJesus is very excited. Yost even received a picture of the beautiful newborn laying on his father’s chest last night.
Head over heels
Yuniesky Betancourt suffered a slight concussion in last night’s game after colliding with Rangers catcher Matt Treanor in the fifth inning. Yost said that the dizziness is gone and Betancourt feels better today, but it will still be a day or two before he returns to action. Yost added that he experienced no hesitation replacing Betancourt at shortstop with Mike Aviles.
Movin’ on up
Luke Hochevar will take the mound this afternoon, and Yost expects nothing less than a great pitching performance from the right-hander. The manager praised Hochevar for the way he pitched through tough situations instead of powering through them in his last outing. Yost hopes that the Royals pitching staff can raise their stats to the middle of the pack rather than dwell at the bottom.
In today’s pregame meeting with manager Trey Hillman, the first topic of discussion concerned the roster move in the bullpen. Hillman announced that Blake Wood (RHP) will replace Josh Rupe (RHP) who was designated for assignment. The Royals skipper added that Rupe has been too ineffective against right-handed hitters and needs to work ahead more. Rupe can elect free agency if he chooses, but Hillman said he hopes Rupe doesn’t take that route. Hillman sees Wood, who will wear #38 and be here for tonight’s game, as a two-inning pitcher who will be used as needed.
With this roster move came questions regarding future changes in general. According to Hillman, it’s time to mix things up a little bit, which is why Scott Podsednik will bat leadoff tonight and David DeJesus will be in the three-hole. Hillman claimed that DeJesus is the purest number three hitter on the roster and one of the best hitters he has ever managed. Though the outfielder doesn’t have the numbers the manager would like to see right now, Hillman still believes DeJesus is a .300 hitter and hopes that putting him in the three-hole will help him reach that mark.
While tonight’s lineup tweaks will not be the final adjustment made, Hillman does hope the rate of change slows down as the team makes progress. In the meantime, however, he also hopes that fans see he isn’t afraid to make changes and try new things. Because just like the fans, Hillman is as frustrated as he’s ever been, and at the end of the day, all he wants is for the Kansas City Royals to be a contending club.
Manager Trey Hillman was asked about centerfielder Rick Ankiel’s availability:
Hillman said Ankiel took some batting practice in the cage and had light activity in the outfield. He said the centerfielder looks to be moving at 60 to 70 percent and is available to pinch hit. Hillman felt he could rush Ankiel into the lineup, but stated it was more prudent to allow the injury to heal completely.
The media asked Hillman to compare this team’s defensive ability to last year’s team:
Hillman likes his team’s ability to get to balls, both in the infield and outfield. He specifically mentioned his outfield arms; saying leftfielder Scott Podsednik and rightfielder David DeJesus have been incredibly accurate, in addition to being impressed by the arm strength shown by Rick Ankiel. Hillman has seen better lateral movement this year from shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and feels first baseman Billy Butler has significantly improved his ability around the bag.
Hillman was asked to comment on any pressure that Royals’ ace Zack Greinke may be feeling:
Hillman admitted that Greinke is probably feeling some pressure to duplicate last year’s success. Although Trey continued by saying that Greinke wouldn’t admit to any pressure.
Hillman finished by giving an update on second baseman Chris Getz:
Hillman said Getz is feeling good. He started today for the Omaha Royals at second, going 2-for-4 for the AAA club in a 10-inning game.
David added to the mark today with game number 167. He last committed an error on September 15, 2008, in the sixth inning of a game in K.C. after a single by Ichiro Suzuki. David has played at all three outfield positions during the streak. Teammate Mitch Maier is making a run of his own at A.O. Maier currently sits at 144 consecutive errorless games.
The Kansas City Royals and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will team with Royals outfielder David DeJesus and 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke for the sixth annual Royals Baseball Equipment Drive. The drive is set for Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 at Kauffman Stadium prior to the first two games of the Royals-Minnesota Twins weekend series. This season’s Baseball Equipment Drive will benefit Della Lamb Youth Baseball.
Collection times will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 23 and 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on April 24. Royals Wives will greet fans and collect new and gently used baseball and softball equipment at Gate C of Kauffman Stadium, while Della Lamb volunteers will be stationed at Hy-Vee Gate B. All types of baseball and softball equipment will be accepted, including gloves, baseballs, bases, batting tees, bats, batting helmets, shoes and uniforms. In addition to the collected items, Della Lamb Youth Baseball will also receive a $5,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.
Della Lamb provides low-income families with an array of services including child care, youth programs and elementary charter school education, adult education, emergency social services and international refugee services. The organization serves over 400 inner city youth in the Kansas City metro area through educational, athletic, recreational and cultural activities. This year, more than 130 kids will participate in youth baseball.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund was established in 1999 to promote and enhance the growth of baseball throughout the world by funding programs, field improvements and equipment purchases all in an effort to encourage and maintain youth participation in baseball and softball. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund averages $1.5 million in grants annually.
The Royals stormed back for a 4-3 win over Boston tonight. Let’s look at the photos!
Scott Podsednik is a gamer…he put down a great sac bunt to move DeJesus to third.
After a walk to Alberto Callaspo, Willie Bloomquist came in as a pinch runner for “Bert”. Bloomquist stole second base during Billy Butler’s at-bat. That set the table for Rick Ankiel, who was 3-for-3 at the time and a triple shy of the cycle. There’s no need for a cycle when you drive in a pair with a single! Bloomquist came around to score the go-ahead run.
Joakim Soria and Jason Kendall celebrated after Soria’s first save of 2010. Then, it was time for Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi!