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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
Newly acquired right-handed pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis donned Royals uniforms for the first time today at a morning press conference. General Manager Dayton Moore and Manager Ned Yost joined the media session.
Yost said that Shields and Davis “have winning flowing in their veins”. He is excited with these additions plus Jeremy Guthrie and Ervin Santana, noting how important it is to have five consistent starters. The aforementioned pitchers currently line up as KC’s first four, with Yost foreseeing a spring battle for the fifth spot.
Yost saw the 2012 All-Star week as a turning point, noting the big crowds for all of the events that week. He is excited for the possibility of a similar “phenomenal atmosphere” at Kauffman Stadium in 2013.
Shields echoed Yost’s comments, noting the passion and drive of the fan base. Shields settled in with a number 24 jersey, though he has worn 33 for most of his career. That number is currently held by Jeremy Guthrie. Lighthearted negotiations for 33 are ongoing, with Shields knowing that he may have to find a pair of shoes (or two) for Guthrie, who likes his sneakers.
Moore and Yost were asked about the importance of a winning culture, something that is hard to put into numbers. Yost cited his experiences in Atlanta, where the addition of a few key pieces were the difference as the Braves went from worst to first. Moore spoke about Zack Greinke and his return from anxiety issues. Moore believes that the culture – from the front office to the media – helped Greinke get to where he is today.
Speaking of Greinke, Davis was asked about a May, 2010 start in which he tossed 7.0 shutout innings in a 1-0 Rays win over the former KC righty. Davis remembered it fondly and is ready to have more opportunities as he returns to a starting role.
Newly acquired starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis spoke with the KC media today. Here are some notes:
Shields is looking forward to getting to Kansas City. He remembers the great baseball fans from his trips here with Tampa Bay. He loves pitching at Kauffman Stadium, which he described as a gorgeous park.
He believes that the Royals are definitely on the right track and is most impressed by the club’s defense. Shields, who turns 31 on December 20, spoke of his conversation with General Manager Dayton Moore and how they talked about a “win now” approach.
Shields prides himself on going deep into games and saving the bullpen. He doesn’t put too much pressure on himself and is comfortable being “the” guy.
Shields said that Davis has a powerful arm, tremendous stuff and is a competitor. He believes Davis learned a lot this year in the bullpen.
As for Davis, he is ready to make that return to the rotation after relieving in 2012, noting that he started working out during the World Series. He doesn’t believe that his smaller workload in 2012 (70.1 IP) will restrict him as he returns to starting. The 27-year old is excited about the move and the opportunity that it presents for him. He described Shields as a staff leader, a big personality and an absolute competitor on the mound.
Royals acquire pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis along with a player to be named or cash from Rays in exchange for Myers, Odorizzi, Montgomery and Leonard
The Kansas City Royals tonight acquired right-handed starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis and a player to be named or cash considerations from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league outfielder Wil Myers, right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi, left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard.
Shields, who will turn 31 on December 20, has established himself as one of the premier pitchers in the American League. He followed up an All-Star campaign in 2011, in which posted a 16-12 record with a 2.82 ERA and finished third in the A.L. Cy Young voting, by posting a 15-10 record with a 3.52 ERA in 33 starts with Tampa Bay last season. In 227.2 innings, Shields allowed 208 hits, walked 58 and struck out 223, just two shy of his career best set in 2011 and the third-most in the league. Shields is joined by the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez, the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and the Tigers’ Justin Verlander as the only four pitchers in baseball to record at least 220 strikeouts in each of the last two seasons.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-hander has compiled an 87-73 career record with a 3.89 ERA in 218 games (217 starts) all for the Rays since making his debut in 2006. Since tossing 124.2 innings in 21 starts during his rookie campaign, Shields has won at least 11 games, made at least 31 starts and topped the 200-inning mark in six straight seasons. He joins the Jays’ Mark Buehrle, the Giants’ Matt Cain, the Yankees’ CC Sabathia and Verlander as the only five pitchers in baseball to post at least 200 innings in six straight seasons. In 2011, his 11 complete games were the most by a Major League pitcher since Arizona’s Randy Johnson had 12 in 1999.
Shields and his wife, Ryane, reside in Clearwater, Fla., with their two daughters. The couple is active with a number of charities specifically geared toward foster children and James was the Rays recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The 27-year-old Davis made a combined 64 starts for the Rays from 2009 to 2011 before pitching exclusively in the bullpen for Tampa Bay in 2012. He went 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA last season, allowing 48 hits and 29 walks with 87 strikeouts in 70.1 innings. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder made 29 starts in both 2010 and 2011 and finished fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting after posting a 12-10 record with a 4.07 ERA in 2010. Davis is 28-22 with a 3.94 ERA in 118 career outings, including 64 starts. He is 25-22 in his career as a starter with a 4.22 ERA, including an 8-2 mark with a 3.38 ERA in 30 games (18 starts) against A.L. Central foes.
Davis and his wife, Katelyn, reside in Lake Wales, Fla. Davis organized the Full Count Foundation to help children who are at risk or have special needs or chronic illnesses.
Myers, who will turn 22 tomorrow (December 10), was the 2012 Baseball America, USA Today and Topps Minor League Baseball Player of the Year after hitting a combined .314 with 37 home runs and 109 RBI in 134 games for Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA). He was the Royals’ third round selection in the 2009 June Free Agent Draft.
The 22-year-old Odorizzi went 15-5 with a 3.03 ERA in 26 outings (25 starts) for Northwest Arkansas and Omaha in 2012 before making two starts for the Royals in September, going 0-1. He was acquired by Kansas City in a six-player trade with the Milwaukee Brewers on December 19, 2012.
Montgomery, 23, split his season between Omaha and Northwest Arkansas, posting a 5-12 record with a 6.07 ERA in 27 starts. He was the Royals’ supplemental first round selection (36th overall) in 2008.
The 20-year-old Leonard batted .251 with 14 home runs and 46 RBI in 62 games for Burlington (R) in 2012. He was the club’s fifth-round pick in the 2011 Draft.