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Royals’ All-Star relievers Wade Davis and Greg Holland were both roughed up in last night’s loss to the Angels. Manager Yost was not surprised by their performances, because he knows how tough it is to play in the Majors and everyone is human. Prior to the last two games, the Royals had won 111 straight games when holding a lead heading into the eighth inning. “Not one time in those 111 games was I ever really comfortable, cause I know you’re playing the best competition in the world,” Yost said regarding the streak.
According to Yost, Holland pitches a lot better when he has been pitching more often, compared to coming off multiple days of rest. Yost described this situation as similar to using a six-man rotation, where pitchers get too much rest and lose their sharpness and the command of their pitches.
On the injury front, catcher Salvador Perez has sat out the past few games with a bruised wrist. Perez will have his wrist looked at today by the team doctors to determine where he is at in his recovery, after which Yost will decide Salvy’s timetable for returning.
By Sal DeFeo
Today the Royals called up Paulo Orlando and optioned Cheslor Cuthbert to Triple-A Omaha. Prior to the start of August, Manager Yost and the rest of the coaching staff planned on having Orlando sent down for the first half of the month and then swap him with Cuthbert for the second half of the month to keep them both sharp. This plan became possible after the acquisition of Ben Zobrist from Oakland, who can play anywhere in the infield and corner outfield. “It just gives us more protection to start giving guys in the outfield breaks,” said Yost. Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas will be getting the day off today, as a result of this plan.
As of 10:30 a.m., Wade Davis’ availability for today is still unclear as Yost takes it day-by-day to see how Davis is feeling. Danny Duffy takes the mound today on ‘Star Wars Day at The K’, as the Royals go for a sweep of the White Sox. After struggling early on in the season, Duffy has won three of his last four decisions and Yost feels that, “he (Duffy) is back to where he was last year”.
By Sal DeFeo
The Kansas City Royals announce that left fielder Alex Gordon is the Royals Majestic Player of the Month for August, while right-handed reliever Wade Davis is the club’s Pitcher of the Month. The player award is determined by a combined fan and media vote, with the pitcher award voted on by local media.
Gordon batted .292 with nine home runs, 16 RBI and 21 runs. He finished second in the Majors in home runs, in a tie for sixth in runs and hit his second career walk-off home run on August 26 vs. Minnesota. This is his second award of the year and 12th of his career.
Davis held opponents scoreless over 14.0 innings, striking out 19 while allowing just one walk. He entered Tuesday with a 27.2 inning scoreless streak, the longest in team history by a reliever. He also won the award in May and July.
Fans have the opportunity to vote for the final Royals Majestic Player of the Month for 2014 by visiting area Kansas Sampler and Rally House locations or the Royals Majestic Team Store at Kauffman Stadium. Participating fans will automatically be entered to win a VIP Experience package which includes an apparel prize pack, tickets to a Royals game and the opportunity to present the Player of the Month award.
All the talk in Ned Yost’s pregame media chat was about the Kansas City Royals bullpen and the success they’ve had over the last five games. Yost said earlier in the season that he would like to identify another eighth inning guy if Wade Davis would be unavailable but added today that “I think we have a whole bullpen that can complement Davis” and stated there are multiple guys he feels comfortable giving the ball to in big relief spots.
Danny Duffy tossed another scoreless outing and has started the season by throwing 6.1 innings of shutout ball. Yost said there are days when Duffy doesn’t necessarily need pinpoint control because he has such great stuff. Yost also acknowledged he is still figuring out how often he can use the left-hander but he would have no problem bringing him in to protect a lead in the eighth.
By Nate Rowan
The Royals have won five in a row and the bullpen has produced 14.0 scoreless innings over the stretch. Let’s take a look at the three relievers who worked on Saturday:
Danny Duffy had two scoreless innings in the 5-4 win. He has posted 6.1 innings of shutout baseball with KC, with nine strikeouts.
Wade Davis followed with two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 eighth. Wade is averaging 14.46 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, first in the A.L. among pitchers with at least 9.0 innings.
Greg Holland closed the win, striking out two for his sixth save. He leads the A.L. in saves and is tied for the Major League lead entering Sunday.
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
Ned Yost met with the media in his office this afternoon instead of the dugout due to some persistent rain at Kaufman Stadium. Wade Davis, tonight’s starter, and the inclement weather were among the first topics brought up.
The skipper said he hoped Davis could be a little more consistent in his second start of the young season. He mentioned if Davis can find his release point and get on a roll early, that it would help his starter. Yost was asked if the weather might cause some problems for the pitcher. Ned had this to say, “It’s definitely going to be a little tougher, that’s for sure. When it gets real cold like this it is hard to feel the ball, but both teams play in it so you just have to go out and do it.”
The second topic of discussion at this afternoon’s meeting was about the feeling around the clubhouse given the team’s early success. “There is a high degree of confidence I think. Everybody is having a good time. It’s a good clubhouse, filled with great chemistry and great players. They all get along with each other and it is a lot of fun right now.”
Finally, when asked about the weather forecast, Yost deadpanned, “It’s raining,” which brought on some laughter.
Thursday was Photo Day in Surprise. After hitting all of the photo stations on a cool morning (by Surprise standards), it was time for the day’s workout. Let’s take a look:
Yes, that’s a towel. New Royals righty Wade Davis took part in a practice drill under the watchful eye of pitching coach Dave Eiland.
The Kansas City Royals today announced that infielder/outfielder Elliot Johnson was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays as the player to be named in the December 9, 2012 trade that also sent right-handed pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals.
Johnson, who will turn 29 on March 9, was placed on the Royals 40-man roster while right-handed pitcher Felipe Paulino was placed on the 60-day Disabled List effective today as he continued his rehab from Tommy John surgery. Paulino will be eligible for reinstatement on June 1. Johnson is expected to join the Royals Spring Training camp in Surprise, Ariz., on Thursday, February 14.
The switch-hitter played in 123 games for the Rays in 2012, batting .242 with 10 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 33 RBI and 32 runs scored. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder also stole 18 bases in 24 attempts playing mostly at shortstop (68 starts), but also making starts at second base and third base and appearing in the outfield. Johnson is a career .223 hitter in 200 Major League games, all for Tampa Bay.
Johnson, born and raised in Arizona, now resides in Durham, NC, with his wife, Nicole, and their son, Blake.
We welcome Elliot to the Royals! You can follow him on Twitter @ElliotJohnson9