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Eric Hosmer won a third straight Royals Majestic Player of the Month honor in August. First-year Royal James Shields went 4-1 to earn his first Royals Pitcher of the Month honor. Royals fan Randy presented them with the honor. You could go on the field for the presentation – just vote for the Majestic Player of the Month at Rally House or the Royals Majestic Team Store. Congrats Eric and James!
Royals skipper Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon prior to KC’s middle game vs. Washington. Yost first discussed the progression of Eric Hosmer this season, and how people around the league are beginning to take notice of his potential. Yost stated that he believes Hosmer is beginning to transition in to the role of a prototypical number three hitter. “When he first came up I always thought he’d be a number three hitter, and the numbers have definitely bared that out, this year especially. I think over the last couple months he’s been one of the best hitters in all of baseball.”
Yost then talked about what new Royal Emilio Bonifacio can bring to the table for the club as they look to make a final run to the postseason. “(He’s) a switch hitter, he can bunt, he can do some things, he can run. When Toronto went on their good run this year, Bonifacio was hitting second in their lineup, so we’ll see how it goes.”
Yost concluded by discussing the club’s tough 11-10 loss last night. While the club’s pitching struggle, the offense came back to life. “As hard as that game was to swallow last night, the one positive was the offense. It felt really good, it felt like here we go we go we’re getting back on track again. We don’t pitch many games like that, we haven’t done it all year long, so the key was getting the offense back. If we get the offense back and going again we could get another good run going.”
The Royals and Nationals wrap up the series tomorrow. KC will host Tampa Bay in a one-game makeup on Monday.
KC won a dramatic 6-5 game last night (which extended into the morning hours), capped by Eric Hosmer’s home run in the seventh.
We’re back at it with a 1:10 start today.
Indians lineup: Bourn – CF, Cabrera – DH, Kipnis – 2B, Brantley – LF, Santana – C, Reynolds – 1B, Aviles – SS, Chisenhall – 3B, Stubbs – RF, Jimenez – RHP
Royals lineup: Lough – LF, Escobar – SS, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Moustakas – 3B, Cain – RF, Kottaras – C, Giavotella – 2B, Dyson – CF, Shields – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_82_vs._Cleveland
Royals Trivia Fact: KC is 24-19 on the Fourth of July. The .558 winning percentage is tied with San Diego for fourth-best among all 30 clubs.
Here’s a look at last night’s fireworks display and Hosmer in the dugout after the homer.
Royals skipper Ned Yost addressed the media prior to today’s series finale with the Houston Astros. Yost first discussed the today’s lineup that gave both Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain a day off. “We plan a couple days in advance. We try to pick a good day for them to have off, Escobar has played almost every game and we try to give Cain a day off every seven to ten games to let him get his legs under him. Detroit’s coming in tomorrow and that is a big series and with the day-game turnaround today we made the decision a couple days ago.”
Yost then commented on the recent improved performance of first baseman Eric Hosmer. “He’s improving tremendously…you know when he gets up over .300…over the rest of the season it will be because he can pull the ball more efficiently. That’s the key he has tremendous power to the pull side, he’s got very very good power to the opposite field, but he hasn’t utilized his pull power. He’s starting to get his swing freed up and starting to get the bat head back out, and when he’s able to pull the pull the ball with a little more frequency that’s when he’s going to be back to being the player I think he can be.”
Yost concluded the conference by discussing the play of closer Greg Holland. “He’s throwing the ball great, I feel every time we get to the ninth inning I feel really really good about it. You know that’s your focus once the game starts is how do I get a lead to Greg Holland. We’ve got a lot of confidence in Greg and he’s throwing the ball really well right now.”
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.
USA Baseball announced today that Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has been added to the U.S. roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Hosmer, 23, recorded 14 home runs and 60 RBI in 2012, his second season in the Major Leagues. He batted .389 for Team USA at the 2010 Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico.
Hosmer joins Royals left-handed reliever Tim Collins on Team USA. The Royals now have a total of nine players on 2013 World Baseball Classic rosters: Hosmer, Collins, left-handed pitcher Atahualpa Severino (Dominican Republic), right-handed pitchers Kelvin Herrera (Dominican Republic) and Luis Mendoza (Mexico), catcher Salvador Perez (Venezuela), infielders Irving Falu (Puerto Rico) and Miguel Tejada (Dominican Republic); and outfielder Paulo Orlando (Brazil).
School visits are a big hit on Royals Caravan and mascot Sluggerrr meets with students throughout the year. However, it isn’t everyday that a player can retrace his roots while on Caravan. Kansas native and Royals pitcher Aaron Crow had that opportunity on Thursday as the Caravan contingent rolled into Auburn, Kan., population 1,227. The assembly at Auburn Elementary included a presentation of stadium seats from The K (and the Caravan participants autographed the seats)! Let’s take a look at photos of Crow along with Eric Hosmer, Everett Teaford, Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson, broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre and Sluggerrr:
A pair of Caravan groups started their two-day treks across Royals Country today with a stop at The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. One Caravan is now moving north to Nebraska, with a return stop in St. Joseph, Mo., tomorrow. The second Caravan is traveling west with visits in Kansas today and tomorrow.
For a full list of Caravan stops, visit royals.com/caravan
Above – Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, Johnny Giavotella; below – Aaron Crow
Above, Billy Butler and Johnny Giavotella
John Mayberry, Ryan Lefebvre, Everett Teaford, Greg Holland; followed by a group photo