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The Royals take on the Orioles today in the final showdown of their four-game series. Yordano Ventura will be on the mound for Kansas City, as he looks to improve his 8-7 record. Right-hander Chris Tillman is on the bump for Baltimore, posting a 9-8 record and 4.51 ERA this season.
After a rainy morning, manager Ned Yost said he thinks the weather will clear up and they will be able to get the game in. Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain have the day off today, meaning Kendrys Morales will be playing first and Jarrod Dyson will be in center.
At the conclusion of the game, the Royals will travel to Tampa Bay for the weekend, setting up a three-game set against the Rays. Edinson Volquez, Kris Medlen and Danny Duffy are the expected starters for those games.
By Eric Paulso
Today the Royals called up Paulo Orlando and optioned Cheslor Cuthbert to Triple-A Omaha. Prior to the start of August, Manager Yost and the rest of the coaching staff planned on having Orlando sent down for the first half of the month and then swap him with Cuthbert for the second half of the month to keep them both sharp. This plan became possible after the acquisition of Ben Zobrist from Oakland, who can play anywhere in the infield and corner outfield. “It just gives us more protection to start giving guys in the outfield breaks,” said Yost. Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas will be getting the day off today, as a result of this plan.
As of 10:30 a.m., Wade Davis’ availability for today is still unclear as Yost takes it day-by-day to see how Davis is feeling. Danny Duffy takes the mound today on ‘Star Wars Day at The K’, as the Royals go for a sweep of the White Sox. After struggling early on in the season, Duffy has won three of his last four decisions and Yost feels that, “he (Duffy) is back to where he was last year”.
By Sal DeFeo
The red-hot Royals look to extend their winning streak to seven games today against the Blue Jays. Chris Young will take the bump for the Royals and is taking on Toronto’s left-hander Mark Buehrle. After a long night yesterday, manager Ned Yost said he knows his guys may be tired but expects them to come out with the same energy that they have had all year.
Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez will not be in today’s lineup. Instead, Jarrod Dyson and Drew Butera will be holding down their respective positions for Kansas City. “It was a long night yesterday and we need to be careful with quick turnarounds like today’s game,” said Yost, “with Gordo out, I just want to be extra careful with key role players like Cain and Salvy.”
The Royals followed this morning’s announcement of a deal with Mike Moustakas by announcing a one-year contract with Lorenzo Cain, avoiding arbitration.
Cain, 28, had an outstanding 2014 campaign, being named the Most Valuable Player in the American League Championship Series as well as the Les Milgram Player of the Year by the Kansas City Chapter of the BBWAA. During the regular season, he set career highs in batting average (.301), games played (133), runs (55), hits (142), doubles (29), triples (4), RBI (53) and stolen bases (28).
The veteran outfielder performed even better in the postseason, batting .333 with five doubles, eight RBI and 13 runs scored, which included a four-hit game in Game 2 of the ALCS in Baltimore. Defensively, Cain earned a second-straight Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award, collecting a career-high eight outfield assists, while he was third among American League outfielders with a .949 zone rating.
The signing leaves the Royals with four unsigned arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland and first baseman Eric Hosmer.
The Major League Baseball Players Association’s Players Trust hosted a City Clinic today at Community America Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.
Billy Butler, Lorenzo Cain and Aaron Crow joined Ripken Baseball in providing free instruction to youth baseball players. The Players Trust created the City Clinics program to help Major Leaguers promote the game of baseball to underserved children, ages 6-16, in select cities across the country. Sponsored by Majestic Athletics, this program has impacted more than 6,000 disadvantaged youth across the United States. For more information on the Players Trust, visit www.playerstrust.org
The Royals have have placed outfielder Lorenzo Cain on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain. Left-handed pitcher Justin Marks has been recalled from Triple-A Omaha to take Cain’s place on the 25-man roster. Marks, who is looking to make his Major League debut, will be in uniform for tonight’s 7:10 game against the Houston Astros.
Marks was 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA in three appearances (one start) for the Storm Chasers this season.
Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Jarden Corportation, announced today that five Royals – center fielder Lorenzo Cain, shortstop Alcides Escobar, left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez – have been named 2013 American League Gold Glove Award finalists. The Royals’ five finalists are second-most in the A.L., behind Baltimore’s six and tied for second-most in the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Rawlings also announced that award winners will be revealed on Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m. CT, during a special edition of “Baseball Tonight/The 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award ® Announcement Show”, which will air on ESPN2. The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards honor the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American League ™ and National League ™, as voted by Major League managers and coaches.
The Royals have been dealing with key injuries over the past few weeks. Two of those injuries have been to Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain. Ned Yost was asked about the outfielder and third baseman at this afternoon’s press conference. “Moustakas will play tomorrow. We will give him some days off against tough lefties to get healed up. Then we can use him late in the game or pinch-hit with him. He is a valuable part of our team and he has been swinging the bat really well. This leg injury effects his speed a little bit. It doesn’t really affect him at third base but we want to get it healed. We are going to try to take every opportunity to get him a break when we possibly can.” The skipper went on to talk about the progress of Lorenzo Cain. “He is getting better but still isn’t doing any baseball activities. He is doing strength and conditioning but no swinging the bat or throwing. He is a bit of a ways away.”
With 39 games left on the schedule the Royals know that every game is important. The next five series are against teams currently under .500 (not counting the makeup game vs. Tampa Bay). Yost was asked if his club has to show what they are made of in those contests more so than the others. “No. This team over here (White Sox) has won nine of last 14 games and three in a row. We have zero easy games left. You can claim they are under .500 all you want. On any given day that doesn’t make any difference. You have to come out and play good baseball every day. You have to stay focused and you can’t let your guard drop until the last pitch is thrown. If you do, you are going to be in trouble,” said the manager.
By Kent Klooster
Royals manager Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon prior to game three of a four-game set with the Red Sox. Yost first stated the probable return of pitcher Wade Davis and catcher Salvador Perez as they both figure to rejoin the team for tomorrow’s day game. Davis is scheduled to start on Monday against the Marlins.
Yost then discussed the importance of the trade deadline acquisition of outfielder Justin Maxwell, especially with Lorenzo Cain’s recent trip to the DL. “It’s been huge to get another right-handed batter in there, and we knew there was a possibility of this happening and so we wanted to protect ourselves with another power right-handed bat on this team and it turned out to be a pretty good deal for us.”
Yost then went on to talk of the recent surge at the plate for shortstop Alcides Escobar. “He’s been working on some mechanical issues, he’s staying more upright and his bat is staying for level through the zone. He’s able to hit the ball harder on the line up the middle and to hit to right field which is his strength. He’s been much more consistent in his mechanics right now.”
Yost concluded by giving praise to the fan support in last night’s come from behind victory. “It was amazing last night, the atmosphere and the excitement of all the fans especially in the sixth inning. You know generally you’re so focused on what’s happening in the game, you don’t hear what’s going on, but it was so loud and vibrant in the sixth inning that you stop and look around and everyone is standing, that’s a fun feeling.”
The Royals and the Red Sox meet for the sixth time this evening with Kansas City leading the season series 4-1. With a win tonight the Royals would also claim their seventh straight series victory.
By Henry Wear