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Ned Yost media session: September 4

Welcome to the big show!

Lucas May will make his Major League debut tonight. Yost sees the start as necessary in order to get a good look at the catcher and see what he’s capable of doing. The manager doesn’t plan on filling May’s head with advice before the game, but does expect him to discuss strategy with tonight’s starter, Bruce Chen. Yost believes the veteran Chen will pair up well with the “newbie” and will have the patience to hang with the young catcher and help him get through his first start.

Detroit catcher Max St. Pierre is also making his big league debut in tonight’s ballgame after having spent nearly 14 years in the minors.  St. Pierre spent 2007 Spring Training in Surprise with the Royals.

It’s a balancing act

Yost also discussed his “dual thinking,” meaning he first and foremost shows up everyday to win, but at the same time he is trying to figure out how to get better for next year. For example, Yost might let a player hit when he would normally would pinch hit for the player because he needs to see what the player is capable of doing in certain situations. He admitted it’s tough to balance the two, but he tries to keep it as steady as he can.

In the two-hole

With Jason Kendall out due to extensive repair to his rotator cuff, Mitch Maier is now seeing playing time at the two-hole in the batting order. According to Yost, Maier is statistically the best situational hitter on the team (Kendall had been second). Situational hitting is something the team tracks from game one until the end of the season, and is also something the club works on everyday.

Saturday lineup: Catchers May and St. Pierre make debuts

The Royals host Detroit tonight at 6:10 and a cool storyline is that catchers Lucas May and Max St. Pierre will both be making their Major League debuts.  May was acquired by the Royals on July 28 in the Scott Podsednik trade.  He will make his debut after 707 games over eight minor league seasons.  St. Pierre, who was with KC in Spring Training in 2007, will appear in the Majors for Detroit after 978 games over 14 minor league seasons.  Congratulations to both Lucas and Max on their debuts!

Let’s take a look at the KC lineup:

(Blanco – CF), (Maier – RF), (Butler – 1B), (Ka’aihue – DH), (Fields – 3B), (Gordon – LF), (May – C), (Getz – 2B), (Betancourt – SS), (Chen – P)

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