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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.
Team photographer Chris Vleisides has touched down in Arizona. Here are a few photos from today’s intrasquad game, the first of 2013. Check back for more pictures!
World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced provisional rosters for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, which will be held from March 2 – 19. Nine players from the Royals organization were named to the provisional squads, including six players on Kansas City’s 40-man roster.
The selections are as follows: Left-handed pitchers Bruce Chen (China) and Tim Collins (United States), right-handed pitchers Kelvin Herrera (Dominican Republic), Luis Mendoza (Mexico) and J.C. Sulbaran (The Netherlands), catcher Salvador Perez (Venezuela), infielders Irving Falu (Puerto Rico) and Miguel Tejada (Dominican Republic), and outfielder Paulo Orlando (Brazil). Chen, Collins, Falu, Herrera, Mendoza and Perez played for Kansas City in 2012. Tejada is a non-roster invitee to 2013 spring training, while Orlando and Sulbaran are both on the Double-A Northwest Arkansas roster. Chen will become the first Major Leaguer to represent China in the event.
What a win for the Royals! KC trailed 2-0 entering the ninth. Alex Gordon singled off of former teammate Zack Greinke with one out. Greinke was replaced at that point, with Billy Butler due up. KC’s DH hit a long homer to center on the first pitch and Salvador Perez followed with his first career walk-off homer. Below are photos of Butler’s homer and the reaction after the walk-off by Perez.
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.
The Royals played another intrasquad scrimmage today as they prepare to face Texas on Sunday at 2:05 Central. That contest can be heard on 610 Sports. We also want to remind you that single-game tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 AM via royals.com, 1-800-6ROYALS, at the Kauffman Stadium box office and at local Hy-Vee stores. Opening Day tickets will not be available at Hy-Vee.
In today’s pictures, Eric Hosmer hustled home with an effort that received praise on Twitter from ESPN baseball writer Jerry Crasnick, who was in attendance.