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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
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.”
The return of second baseman Chris Getz was the first topic brought up this afternoon when Royals’ manager Ned Yost met with the media. Yost said having him back improves their defense as a whole and he can swing the bat very well which is also very nice. It will be good to have him back in the lineup. Yost went on to say that having him and Yuniesky Betancourt platoon the second base role will also be good for the team. That means that whomever of the two is not playing will serve as a solid option off the bench.
Ex-Royal and tonight’s starting pitcher for Milwaukee, Zack Greinke, was brought up next by the media. Yost said he is a very good pitcher. He said he commands his fastball, he has a good slider, an exceptionally good changeup, and he is extremely intelligent out there on the mound. Yost said, however, Greinke throwing against them tonight does not mean it is anything different than a normal game other than they know the pitcher very well. He said it is just another game for both teams and they want a win.
Yost said they are getting closer to getting Sal Perez back, but it will not be anytime extremely soon. He said the thing you have to remember is there are timetables for these injuries they have to follow and there are no repercussions with it. He said Sal is doing very well, but you do not want to rush a guy back and risk further or worse injury. The injured players will continue to work and get better and when they are ready to be back up here they will be. He said hopefully within the next couple of weeks maybe they will see him. Lorenzo Cain will probably be going out on a rehab assignment after Sunday, but they are not sure yet and they will wait and see how he feels. Jonathan Sanchez is throwing the ball better and will probably be back up here fairly soon, but he may have another rehab start down in the minors first. They are just going to wait and see.
Royals Caravan launched yesterday with an awards luncheon and last night, fans flocked to Rally House in Independence for an autograph session. We had a great turnout – the line stretched out the door (and it was a chilly night in the Midwest). Lorenzo Cain, Johnny Giavotella and Eric Hosmer led off, followed by Bruce Chen, Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier. Let’s take a look: