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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.
…and manager Ned Yost (shown at left with last week’s honorary lineup) is feeling good. In Friday’s pre-game interview with the media, Yost began by saying he’s glad to be back, especially with such nice weather.
Free your mind and the rest will follow…
Yost feels that the biggest impact he’s had in his first week as Royals manager is getting the guys to relax. He believes the team was pressing too hard because they didn’t want former manager Trey Hillman to take the heat for their poor performance. As a result, Yost has been trying to get the team back to square one and playing in a relaxed atmosphere where they can get back to their natural ability.
I like it like that…
After going 5-2 over the past week, Yost found a lot to like about the boys in blue. He listed several positives, including how the team had quality at-bats, how the pitchers attacked, how the relievers limited damage in tight situations, and how the team scored runs.
Don’t look back…
According to the manager, baseball is a marathon, so you must maintain a day-to-day focus. Yost said it’s important to forget the day before and move on to the next one, but it’s also important to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each day.
Put me in coach…
Yost also provided brief injury updates before the game. Robinson Tejeda (strained left calf) was cleared yesterday and Yost wanted to ease him in against the Indians, but it just wasn’t necessary with the way Luke Hochevar was pitching. Tejeda also has the green light today. Additionally, Rick Ankiel (right quad strain) took batting practice today and is still making progress. John Parrish is also making progress, but still hasn’t thrown off a mound.
As a new month approaches, it is time to recap our September birthdays:
Mark Teahen celebrated his 28th birthday on September 6. Mark’s an easy going guy who enjoys a laugh, so it’s no coincidence that he shares his day with comedian Jeff Foxworthy (51) and Saturday Night Live original Jane Curtin (62).
Kyle Davies has pitched well in the ninth month for the last two years. It’s also his birthday month (26 on September 9). Celebrities born on this day include actors Michael Keaton (58) and Adam Sandler (43). The late Colonel Sanders was born on this day in 1890.
Luke Hochevar, like Davies, turned 26 this month. He shares his September 15 birthday with director Oliver Stone (63), actor Tommy Lee Jones (also 63), football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (48) and Britain’s Prince Harry (25).
Lenny DiNardo (30 on September 19) and Carlos Rosa (25 on September 21) received call-ups during the month. DiNardo shares his day with Hall of Famer Duke Snider (83) and former pitcher Jim Abbott (42). Rosa’s birthday is the same as Larry Hagman of Dallas (78), novelist Stephen King (62), comedic actor Bill Murray (59) and country singer Faith Hill (42).
Steve Busby turned 60 yesterday (September 29). The Royals Hall of Famer shares his birthday with former Today host Bryant Gumbel (61). The late Gene Autry, “The Singing Cowboy” and former owner of the Angels baseball club, was born on this day in 1907.
It’s getting later in the season, we are almost into September and Joe Mauer is hitting .378, do you think he can bat .400? Well, Royals manager Trey Hillman doesn’t quite think it’s possible in today’s baseball. “Listen, I got to know this young man during the All-Star break, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy and no one is more capable, but I just don’t see it happening. There are lots of games left in the season, the video these guys watch on each player is astounding, and let’s not forgot how often he is going to be pitched around. It would be fantastic to see, but I would be shocked.”
Hillman was asked what do we need to see from Luke tonight to get him back on track. “What he needs to do is be more consistent with his command and locate his fastball effectively. Luke needs to keep the ball down and induce groundballs, that is when he is dominant. He knows how to attack hitters, he just needs to pitch where he knows he can in the zone. These are bumps in the road that most professionals will go through, but he is growing as a pitcher.”
What an outing for Luke Hochevar last night…13 strikeouts, tied for second most in club history! Mark Gubicza holds the record with 14. To put Luke’s feat in perspective, the Royals have played 6,439 regular season games and last night was the 11th time that a Royals pitcher has recorded 13 or more strikeouts.
The Royals are back at it today with a 1:10 start in the finale vs. Texas. Here’s your Kansas City lineup:
(DeJesus – LF)
(Freel – CF)
(Butler – 1B)
(Teahen – RF)
(Callaspo – 2B)
(Olivo – DH)
(Buck – C)
(Gordon – 3B)
(Betancourt – SS)
(Ponson – P)
Hochevar soaring to new heights
Many reporters were asking manager Trey Hillman what to make of all the fly ball outs by starting pitcher Luke Hochevar, who is primarily a ground ball specialist. “Yeah, their sure were a lot of fly ball outs last night, what can I say, he’s locating all his pitches better, is really what it is. It is very encouraging to see as a manager, he’s progressing and becoming more of a pitcher and less of a thrower, it happens at some point to most through maturity and development.”
How’s everyone doing?
If it was up to Jose Guillen, he would be in the starting line-up tonight against the Minnesota Twins, but it’s not and he isn’t. The good news is however, they both agree that in a pinch, Guillen’s services are available if need be. So look for a well rested Jose Guillen in the later innings of the game to help out if needed, if not he is expected to be ready to start tomorrow against Glen Perkins and the Twins (1:10 pm). Gil Meche had a very successful throwing session yesterday before the game, allaying any fears he or the coaching staff might have about his lack of velocity and consistency. He is on track and scheduled to pitch tomorrow against Minnesota. John Buck has been doing quite well with his rehab assignment, throwing the ball and batting without too much discomfort. “There have been no setbacks to this point, John is moving along very well,” says Hillman.
Royals prospect Danny Duffy, currently a member of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, will play for the U.S. squad at the Futures Game, to be held on July 12 in St. Louis as part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 1:00 p.m. CT.
Duffy, KC’s second-round pick in 2007, is 6-2 with a 2.85 ERA this season. He ranks fourth in the Carolina League with 66 strikeouts. He pitched a scoreless inning at the California/Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Current Royals John Buck, Billy Butler, Alex Gordon, Zack Greinke and Luke Hochevar have represented the U.S. squad in previous Futures Games. Buck was with the Houston organization when he played in the 2002 Futures Game. Butler took home MVP honors in 2006, becoming the second straight Royal to do so after Justin Huber won in 2005.
Catcher Miguel Olivo played for the World Team in 2000 while in the Oakland system and reliever Juan Cruz represented the World Team in 2001 while he was in the Cubs organization. Right-handed pitcher Julio Pimentel, currently on the 40-man roster, played for the World squad in last year’s contest.
Congratulations to Danny on this honor and best of luck on July 12!
What a game last night! Luke Hochevar threw his first complete game in the Majors, using just 80 pitches in a contest that lasted just 2:12. It’s a good thing that the game wasn’t any shorter, because we needed the sun to go down for the KC Sky Show, which followed the 4-1 win over Cincinnati. Here are a few pictures courtesy of team photographer Chris Vleisides.