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Royals pitcher Robinson Tejeda is looking to keep the momentum going tonight against the Detroit Tigers after his very impressive outing vs. Los Angeles last Friday night (5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO). This will be his second start of the season, so Manager Trey Hillman says this start should be a little different. “I don’t anticipate a different outcome with his performance, it’s how his body responds to the pressure of starting two games in six days that should be interesting. We are going to monitor him like any other pitcher on this team, but will be watching closely to see how he recovers more so than with other starters. Again, we are not putting a pitch count on Robinson, but we will be watching to see how he is feeling as he gets closer to 80-85 pitches, if that so happens. This is the first time in quite a while he will be making consecutive starts, so it is important to see how his body rebounds and that he conveys to us how he is feeling at that time.
Royals reliever Juan Cruz has been on the Disabled List since August 6 with a right shoulder strain, but he might be back sooner then later according to Hillman. “He has had a couple of bullpen sessions that consisted of a heavy diet of nothing but fastballs. Juan has been throwing long toss without discomfort or pain in that shoulder which is encouraging. We are trying to increase the strength in that right shoulder so we can get him in the bullpen on back-to-back days, which is critical. I don’t know when he will be available, but once we see that shoulder can withstand continued pressure for consistent days in a row, then we’ll know he is ready, but until then, he’s just rehabbing at a pace our team is comfortable with.”
A list of injured Royals came out this afternoon during manager Trey Hillman’s dugout interview. Royals starters Brian Bannister and Gil Meche are out due to sore right shoulders and each will miss at the very least their next scheduled starts, beyond that is yet to be determined at this point. Taking their rotation spots will be LHP Bruce Chen and last night’s starter, Robinson Tejeda. Outfielder Jose Guillen has been shut down for the rest of the season to allow him the optimum amount of time needed to recuperate and get healthy for spring training next season. Reliever John Bale is out indefinitely and quite possibly for the rest of the season with a strained hamstring which he aggravated in last night’s game against the Angels. Second basemen Alberto Callaspo injured his ankle in last night’s affair and is out of the line-up for tonight’s game. Lastly, reliever Kyle Farnsworth tweaked his back, also in last night’s game, but is probable for the game tonight.
Three New Royals
Well, with so many injured Royals pitchers, who is going to take their place? Let me introduce you to new Royals pitchers, #31 LHP Dusty Hughes, #47 RHP Victor Marte, and #53 RHP Carlos Rosa, all of whom will be contributing in relief. “They have good stuff, we are in need of pitching but that doesn’t diminish what they have done, they got here on their own merit. We are going to work with them on their command, location, and being more efficient with not getting behind in the count as much. This is an evaluation process for each one of them, we are excited to see what they can do at this level,” says Hillman. For Hughes and Marte, this is their first time in the bigs. Rosa was up for a brief stay last year.
Who is in and who is out?
For the time being, Royals starters Gil Meche and Brian Bannister will be sidelined with sore right shoulders. Both seem to be suffering from fatigue and tiredness, leaving their return to the starting rotation to be not far off, but undetermined at this point. Taking Meche’s spot tonight in the rotation against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be reliever Robinson Tejeda (RHP, 1-1, 4.07). Manager Trey Hillman thinks Tejeda should rise to the occasion tonight. “We’ll see what he can do, if he maintains his stuff, is effective in his delivery, and efficient with his pitch counts it should be a favorable night for us. There will be no pitch count for him tonight, we don’t want to put any more added pressure on him then there already is,” Hillman stated.
Hillman high on Moore
Hillman was asked about the vote of confidence he received from General Manager Dayton Moore these past couple of days with regards to him coming back as manager. “It’s nice to have a boss believe in you as a person, he believes in my track record and my ability to get these guys ready to play baseball. I came into this job knowing it would be challenging, I can’t control what other people do only what I can do for myself. I take full responsibility and accountability for everything that goes on in that locker room and will continue to do the very best I can. With Dayton signing a recent extension to his contract and my coming back next season, I look forward to the future of this organization. This community and organization deserve stability, and I hope I can contribute to making that a reality.”
Short Term Memory
Manager Trey Hillman was asked about the importance of forgetting a difficult loss like yesterday’s against the Cleveland Indians. “I would like in some form or another like to put the last five weeks out of my mind, you have to learn from your mistakes and move on,” Hillman said. He stated that being home and starting interleague play could be the spark this team needs to catapult them into a winning streak and propel them in the right direction. “It’s always nice to see other teams from around the league, I’m a baseball fan too, it should be a fun a homestand,” said the manager.
No Pessimism in this Clubhouse
Manager Trey Hillman has told us on numerous occasions this season that at no point will he ever give up on this team, nor will they as a club ever count themselves out. “Hey man, there is optimism in that clubhouse, it’s hard to play ball like this but you have to let it go,” Hillman said. “We have not lost hope, our confidence is high, and we are thankful every day for our jobs, the ballpark we play in and the city we play for,” exclaimed Hillman.
Alex Gordon has been doing two reps of ground ball drills, and has been taking light batting practice. He is also jogging on a consistent basis, but his lateral movement is being watched rigorously and evaluated daily.
Robinson Tejeda pitched last night for the Double-A affiliate Northwest Arkansas Naturals and he is progressing nicely and is being monitored for reassignment.
Mike Aviles is still resting his elbow and there can be absolutely no movement in his elbow for up to one more week.
Sidney Ponson threw a promising bullpen session yesterday, and is scheduled for another in the coming days.
John Buck is felling much better then he had in past days, but is nowhere near being ready to put on a uniform for the Royals.
With all of these players, Hillman says, “There is not a set timetable for any of our injured players, as each day comes they get healthier and when they are ready to perform, we will let you know.”
Several Royals players are staying warm this winter in the Caribbean. The goal isn’t just to stay out of this current snowstorm that’s hitting Kansas City…these Royals are staying sharp by playing winter league baseball.
Last night, Royals catcher Brayan Pena belted three home runs for Cibao in the Dominican Republic. That’s half of his 2008 total with the Omaha Royals. Pena has 18 career minor league home runs in 2,003 at-bats and two Major League home runs in 127 at-bats with the Braves. He is batting .346 with 8 home runs and 33 RBI in 34 winter contests. Pena, claimed off waivers from the Braves on May 30, is currently on the Royals 40-man roster.
A few other notes from the Caribbean:
* Esteban German is third in the Dominican Winter League with a .355 average.
* Tony Pena, Jr. is batting .294 with a .373 on-base percentage for Cibaenas in the Dominican.
* Robinson Tejeda, teaming with German on Azucareros del Este, has 25 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.
* Minor leaguer Dusty Hughes is 2-1 with a 3.18 ERA over 34.0 IP for Escogido in the Dominican.
* Mike Aviles is batting .302 with Santurce in the Puerto Rican Winter League. Mike’s club is managed by his uncle, Ramon Aviles, who played in the Majors in 1977 and 1979-81 with Boston and Philadelphia.
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The Royals last eight wins have come when a lefty starts for the opposition. Even though Francisco Liriano didn’t factor into the decision, the Royals secured the win.
And tonight they see another southpaw, though Cliff Lee has been Cy Young-caliber all season. Without further ado, let’s get into it and go Around the Horn…
With a 30-21 record, the Royals have the best record in the Bigs versus lefties. Going back over the last eight wins, Francisco Liriano started yesterday, before him was Cleveland’s Zach Jackson, all three game versus the A’s (Dan Meyer, Joey Devine and Gio Gonzalez), Detroit’s Kenny Rogers (two times in a row) and New York’s Andy Pettitte (though he wasn’t charged with a loss).
The Royals, despite at times being left-handed hitter heavy, have racked up some nice numbers versus southpaws. They lead the Majors in hits and doubles (the only team over 100 two-baggers) versus lefties. They’re also third in the American League RBI and batting average (fourth in the Majors in both categories).
As individuals go, Mike Aviles and Billy Butler are both in the top ten in the AL for batting average versus lefties, with Aviles leading all qualifying batters and Butler coming in at sixth. Aviles is also third in slugging and fourth in on-base percentage. Butler and Jose Guillen are hitting for power off lefties as well, ranked fifth and sixth respectively for slugging percentage versus southpaws. Guillen is tied for second in the AL with 37 RBI, tied for fifth with nine homers, tied for sixth with 13 doubles off lefties and tied for second with 22 extra base hits. Butler is tied for eighth with 12 doubles and 10th with 19 extra base hits. Finally, David DeJesus has connected 52 times which is tied for seventh in the AL for hits against left-handed pitchers.
The bullpen stood strong again yesterday. As of late the Royals’ relief hurlers are tossing some solid innings. As a unit, they’ve only allowed three runs in their last 16.2 innings for a 1.62 ERA with just three walks, and 14 strikeouts, which equals 7.6 K’s per nine innings. Opponents are hitting just .175 against them, with only 10 hits in 57 at-bats (only one of which was extra bases.
Over the five games, they have a 1-0 record with two saves and allowed all three runs on Wednesday. Ramon Ramirez has not allowed a run in his last nine appearances and struck out two of the three batters he faced yesterday. John Bale entered yesterday with two on and two out to get a pop-up during the tied game. Ron Mahay shut the door on a Twins’ chance in the sixth with after the Royals starter had given up two straight singles. Mahay struck out his first batter and then induced the rally-killing double-play.
With that said, Robinson Tejeda has been announced as the starter for tomorrow’s second game in Cleveland. Zack Greinke will start Game 1 and Tejeda, who started some for the Rangers earlier this season, will start the game in what most likely will be a “go as long as you can” scenario. The Royals were forced to put Tejeda into action because of a lack of off-days. Monday was a travel day for the team and their next break will be the 25th (13 days and 14 games from now).
Four of their last five extra inning games have been wins for Kansas City and they are 7-6 when playing past nine…Joakim Soria made history two more times yesterday with his 36th save. He’s tied with Jeff Montgomery’s 1998 save total for sixth best in franchise history and sits all by himself with 53 during his career, which is one shy of Roberto Hernandez for fourth place on the team’s all-time saves list. His 36 saves and 92.3 conversion rate are both second in the American League…Don’t forget about the FSN-KC make-up broadcast on Thursday at 1:10 versus Seattle…Or “Shirt Off Their Backs” night on September 20, when you could win a game-worn jersey for just a dollar raffle ticket…Also, next Wednesday at 11:30 at is the next Legends Luncheon. Manager Trey Hillman and General Manager Dayton Moore will be speaking.
Now at 6-0 in the playoffs, the Burlington Bees need just one win to secure the Midwest League crown. Johnny Giavotella homered for the second straight day and led a 16-hit Bees’ barrage with three hits and three RBI.
Alex Caldera combined for a four-hit shutout as the Bees’ cruised to a 12-0 win in their final game at Burlington’s Community Field this season. The series moves to South Bend tonight and will play on Saturday and Sunday if necessary in Indiana. (Bee’s broadcast available here).
Today’s Official Game Notes.
Luke Hochevar started this nice little run (9-1 in last 10 games) when he squared off against Randy Johnson in Arizona on June 14. Hochevar toes the rubber tonight, looking to keep the Royals winning ways going. To see how we got here, let’s go around the horn…
The offense is on a tear lately, but we’ve talked about that plenty in this space, although we’ll never get tired of it. One thing we also can never talk about enough – and Dayton Moore would agree with this – is great pitching.
Zack Greinke wasn’t nice to the Rockies last night. He tied a career high when he whiffed 10 and walked none. That’s what happens when he’s on. He throws strikes and makes the hitters work to get on base. Greinke threw 99 pitches last night. Only 29 were balls. Greinke succeeded and he picked up his seventh win of the season because of it. True, his teammates gave him five runs while he was in the game and added another two for insurance. But Greinke made sure they wouldn’t need to do too much, picking up his 12th “quality start” of the season. Gil Meche is the only other Royals starter to punch out 10 in a game this season, which was on June 15 in Arizona and was game two of the Royals current 9-1 run. Greinke is the only Royals’ starter to do it last season. In fact, since 2003, the Royals have just five games in which a starter struck out 10 since 2003. Greinke’s got two.
What’s maybe more interesting, is that Greinke did it in six innings, as 10 of his 18 outs recorded were punchies. Meche went seven during his 10 K day and Greinke went eight last year when he hit double-digits.
Greinke has 84 K’s this season in 106 innings with only 33 walks. Last night he earned his seventh win, which ties his 2007 totals and is one shy of his career high from 2004, his rookie season. His career high for strikeouts is 114 in 2005.
While strikeouts don’t guarantee wins, they sure help. They can kill rallies and give a boost to the crowd at the same time. Greinke’s seven wins put him in a tie with Brian Bannister for the team lead. Bannister is a different kind of pitcher, a guy who pitches to contact, so his K numbers aren’t as high as Greinke. But for No. 23, lots of strikeout numbers has transferred to a good deal of wins this season.
Speaking of pitching, the team has an ERA of 3.08 over the last ten games and is averaging 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings, including last night’s new season high 14 K’s as a staff. Despite the overall good pitching, Dayton Moore has shown he is not going to leave well enough alone and be content with good pitching. Since Sunday, the Royals have called up Joel Peralta, purchased the contract of Horacio Ramirez and claimed Robinson Tejeda from the Rangers.
Tejeda (Tuh-HAY-duh), will be in uniform tonight, wearing No. 51. The new Royals pitcher is a 6-3, 230 pound right-hander with a cannon for an arm and Major League experience with the Phillies and Rangers. Trey Hillman calls him simply “a power arm.” He has previous starting experience in the Majors and had four relief appearances with the Rangers earlier this season.
Yasuhiko Yabuta was optioned as the corresponding roster move. Yabuta will report to Omaha. Hillman said he just needs to work on getting back to where he was a month ago when he had 10 appearances in which he only allowed one run over 9.2 innings for a 0.93 ERA. Opposing hitters were batting just .176 against him during that period.
Lefty Ron Mahay, an unsung hero this year in the ‘pen, has not allowed a run in his last eight appearances, totaling 9.1 scoreless innings…Mike Aviles, David DeJesus and Ross Gload all have hitting streaks of four games or more with DeJesus reaching double digits last night with 10 straight…Aviles has also recorded at least one RBI in five straight…With their 11th win of the season over a National League team yesterday, the Royals secured their best interleague record in team history…The only game the Royals have lost over their last 10 was last Friday, which also happens to be the only game they haven’t homered in during their last 10…Note from Trey Hillman’s pre-game press conference: Yasuhiko Yabuta, who was optioned today, has no timetable on when he may return. The Royals don’t set timetables on recalls…The Kansas City Star‘s Bob Dutton, as president of the BBWAA, has been named one of the official scorers for the 2008 All-Star game at Yankee Stadium. Congrats to Bob!
This weekend is a big one. It’s Cardinals week 2.0. The festivities here at the K really get started with the sold out Diamond of Dreams charity extravaganza tomorrow and then the Redbirds come to town Friday. Silverstein Eye Centers, sponsor of the “Eye-70” series (get it?), will be giving out a Rally Racket on Saturday, which is also the day Art Stewart will be inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame. Sunday children can pick up free admission to the new Coco Key Water Park just across I-70 from the ballpark in the Sheraton.
Tickets are going fast for the “Eye”-70 Series. The Royals are hot and the Cardinals always draw well, so get ’em now so you don’t miss out.
Today’s Official Game Notes.
Today’s Lineup straight from Trey Hillman to you… only five and a half hours before game time:
Plus: The Royals claimed 26-year-old pitcher Robinson Tejeda (Tuh-HAY-duh) off waivers from the Texas Rangers today. Injured pitcher John Bale was moved to the 60-day D.L. to accomodate Tejeda on the Royals 40-man roster. The righty is not expected to join the Royals for tonight’s game, but a corresponding roster move on the 25-man roster will be made.
Today’s Official Game Notes.