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During last night’s victory the Royals had a scare when Mike Moustakas left the game in the fifth inning. His calf tightened up on him while rounding second base on Justin Maxwell’s RBI triple. Today at Ned Yost’s daily press conference he was asked about the status of his young third baseman. “He has a grade one strain. He feels a little better. It is going to be a day-to-day thing. He looked better walking in here today than he looked walking out of here last night. He had a pretty pronounced limp when he left last night, which made me worry a bit but came in today just barely limping. We will evaluate it day-to-day,” said Yost.
Without Salvador Perez in the lineup, who is just getting a day off, and with Moustakas out nursing a sore calf the skipper inserted David Lough in the five hole. The manager was asked about the decision. Ned had this to say, “We are just looking for some balance. We are always looking for balance. If we batted Lough in the leadoff position we didn’t really have anyone who could fill the number five spot.”
With the Royals winning 18 of 23 since the All-Star break, the fans are getting excited about this team and potential playoff possibilities. Ned was asked if he has noticed a change in the energy around the stands and in the city. “The excitement level is great. The fans have great anticipation when they walk through the gates every day. I think we all sense the fans are excited about the way we were playing.” Yost went on to joke, “I don’t have near as many fans scream at me back behind the dugout since we have been playing well, which is a nice thing.”
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 All-Star catcher Salvador Perez has been on the shelf since Sunday due to a concussion which he sustained at New York. Today at Ned Yost’s afternoon press conference he was asked about his catcher.
“He is out running right now, so that is a good sign. He is progressing nicely.” The manager went on to talk about concussion tests now and back when he played. “Back then there was no test. We didn’t know what they were back then. Now they have a much better understanding what they are and the damage that can be done if you ignore them. Sal is an extremely important component of our team. We need to make sure we deal with it right. His was a slight concussion so the healing process should be faster. We are hoping to stay in the seven day range.”
The Red Sox come into town boasting the American League’s best record. The skipper was asked how he wants to see his team respond to a good team like the Red Sox. “It’s a big series for us but we don’t look at it like we will gauge where we are at. We want to come out tonight and compete and ultimately win a baseball game,” said Yost.
Kansas City manager Ned Yost met with the media prior to the second game of a three-game set with Detroit. Yost first discussed the defensive talents of All-Star catcher Salvador Perez and his ability to effect the running game on a daily basis. “If Sal’s given the opportunity, nine times out of ten he’s going to throw you out, but you have to have the opportunity. They’re going to try to be opportunistic, they’re going to try to steal on the pitcher more than Sal.” He’s very accurate, he’s very athletic for a big guy, his feet and his upper body work extremely well together, he’s very short in the bottom half of his delivery, he’s very quick footed for a big guy.”
Yost was then asked what keys would be important tonight for starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie in his matchup with sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. “The keys are the same every game for these guys. He’s going to have to be able to pitch down in the zone, use both sides of the plate, and change speeds effectively.”
Yost concluded by addressing how much the presence of Miguel Cabrera is on the minds of opposing managers. “A lot, we were going the whole way in the eighth inning trying to do everything we can do to avoid getting him up in the ninth inning.” The Royals held Cabrera to an 0-for-3 night on Friday.
Royals skipper Ned Yost met with the media prior to today’s series finale with Oakland. The media conference today surrounded the recent news of the All-Star selections for left fielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez. Yost first discussed what it means to the organization to have two players representing the team in New York. “It was a huge sense of pride for all of us. It’s such a special accomplishment to be named an All-Star. I’ve had the opportunity to go to five different All-Star Games and they are once in a lifetime deals. You can’t explain to anybody how much fun and how special the All-Star Game is, but more than anything else is that for the rest of your life you’re known as a Major League All-Star.”
Both Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez were present at the conference, and they echoed Yost’s sentiments. Perez stated, “I was extremely happy when Ned announced that Alex was going to the All Star game, I was somewhat surprised that Ned said he wasn’t going alone, and that I was going along. It’s going to be something special. Gordon followed by stating, “It’s a great honor especially to be picked by the players that’s a big honor. It’s a huge honor for me and Salvy to get picked by the players. I think Ned and Dayton have done a tremendous job in developing this team.”
The Royals begin a seven game road trip tomorrow that will lead them in to the All Star break. Gordon and Perez are set to make their All Star debuts on July 16 at Citi Field in New York.
Major League Baseball announced today that Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez have been named American League All-Stars. Both Royals will be making their first All-Star appearances at the 79th annual Midsummer Classic at Citi Field in New York on Tuesday, July 16. Both Gordon and Perez were elected to the team via the player vote.
This marks the first time since the 2003 All-Star Game that the Royals have had more than one player representative. Gordon is the first KC outfielder to be selected to the team since Jermaine Dye in 2000, while Perez is the first Royals’ catcher to be named an All-Star since Darrell Porter in 1980. Porter was also selected in 1978, but did not play, while the only other catcher in franchise history to attend the All-Star festivities was the first Royal All-Star, Ellie Rodriguez in 1969.
Gordon, a six-year veteran with Kansas City, is batting .290 with 15 doubles, 8 homers and 46 RBI in 81 games. He came into play Saturday leading the American League in 2-out hitting (.374), tied with Alex Rios for the league-lead in outfield assists (8) and was 10th in the league with 29 multi-hit games. He had a 12-game hitting streak earlier this season and had walk-off hits against Toronto (April 14), the Chicago White Sox (May 5) and Atlanta (June 26).
Perez is in his second full year in the Major Leagues and is hitting .302 with 15 doubles, 4 homers, 36 RBI in 71 games. He ranks second among A.L. catchers in batting average (.302) and is third in the league with a .403 average with runners in scoring position. He has thrown out 10 would-be base stealers, which is tied for third-most in the American League. He had an 11-game hitting streak from June 5-15 and has 21 RBI since June 1.
Kansas City manager Ned Yost addressed the media this afternoon prior to the first of a three-game set with the Detroit Tigers. Yost first answered questions on the importance of the upcoming series and its relation to the season. “Every division series is important,” Yost stated. “Every time you play within your division it is important, but you don’t assign greater levels of importance to these games. Our goal is to win every single game, and we’re going to try and continue that.” Yost then discussed the upcoming matchups with the Tigers’ starting pitchers, “Scherzer has been great all year, Verlander is as good as there is, and Fister is always good.”
Yost then went on to address if there was any increased confidence from the club’s recent five-game win streak. “Absolutely you always feel better when you’re producing and when you’re winning baseball games. You see more confidence in their at bats, more confidence during the game that they’re going to find a way to make it happen.”
Yost then discussed how tonight’s starter, Jeremy Guthrie, goes about limiting damage to the powerful Tigers lineup. “Same way he’s done it all year long, by continuing to make quality pitches in tough situations. You don’t ever give in, this is an offense that can put runs up in a hurry, you have to focus on continuing to make quality pitches.”
Yost concluded by talking about the deserved All-Star consideration that catcher Salvador Perez is beginning to garner. “I think he absolutely should be, of course my opinion is always going to be prejudiced, I think he’s the best defensive catcher in the A.L. He’s hitting .320 right now and he’s always been an offensive producer since he’s got here, and he’s a team leader. I think his performance this year is very much warranting All-Star consideration.”
Tonight the Royals lineup looks a little different than it has all season. The revised batting order includes Eric Hosmer batting second, Sal Perez third and Alcides Escobar ninth, all for the first time this season. Ned Yost was asked by a reporter if he changed things to try spark the lineup and score some runs. “You answered the question. Right now we are just trying some different stuff. We are trying to get the lineup to a point where we can be productive and score some runs. We are just kind of shuffling our cards a bit. We’re just trying to find a way to get going,” said Yost.
Hosmer was also a hot topic at the press conference. Yost was asked if they are trying to help the young hitter start pulling the ball. “We are trying to get Eric freed up to where he can pull the ball. When he first got here, he was a kid that could really pull ball. He also could get the ball to all fields. Over the course of the last few years he has gotten away from pulling it. We are in the process of doing some things to free him up so he can pull the ball again,” said the manager.
Last night Alex Gordon recorded his sixth outfield assist of the season. The skipper was asked how valuable the two-time Gold Glover is in left field. “He is a huge asset out there. He could be the best throwing outfielder in all of baseball. When you aren’t scoring runs you had better stop the opposing team from scoring and Gordy does that with great frequency,” said Yost.
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Kansas City skipper Ned Yost addressed the media this afternoon before the first game of a nine-game home-stand. He first discussed the return of Salvador Perez to the lineup, and what his presence means to the team. Yost stated, “He’s got a real energy about him when he plays the game. He plays with a lot of passion and plays with a lot of energy, plus he’s as good as there is behind the plate.”
Yost then chatted about the reaction of the players to George Brett’s presence as the Royals interim hitting coach. “It’s going to take some time, but he’s been absolutely awesome, we’ve seen little glimpses of improvement already…he’s putting them in a position for them to be successful.”
Yost concluded by addressing the recent roster moves involving Kelvin Herrera and the current rehab work of Jarrod Dyson. On Herrera, “We wanted to give Herrera a couple weeks, and we think he’s fine.” On Dyson, “We’re getting close, we’re going to go day-to-day with it, but we think he’s getting close. He brings an energy to his game and we need to get him back to being healthy and back to what he does best.”
Ned Yost met with the media in the Royals dugout before tonight’s game vs. Minnesota. The first topic of discussion was clutch hitting and if Yost believed in it. He said all his club is trying to do is go up and have good at bats. “If you have good hitters, like we feel we have, and you put up a good at bat, in any situation, you are going to be okay and be successful.”
The second topic of discussion this afternoon was about two of the Royals young stars, Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez. Yost said at Single-A while with the Brewers organization, he could tell that Escobar was going to be a fantastic player. “Defensively he was already eye-popping at shortstop. You could watch him swing and just knew when he filled out and got a little older, he was going to be able to swing the bat. That is exactly what has happened.”
Not only did the skipper sing the praises of Escobar, but also did the same for young catcher, Salvador Perez. “He (Perez) is a tremendous blocker, a tremendous game caller and he is a leader behind that plate. He has tremendous passion. He loves to play baseball, a lot like Escobar,” said Yost.