Royals catcher Salvy Perez emerged from the dugout Tuesday, yanked his catcher’s helmet over his face and took a slow stroll onto the field before squatting behind the plate — just as he had done each of the previous seven games.
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
The opening week-plus of the 2013 season has seen a steady dose of Perez in the Royals’ starting lineup. And it will see plenty more of the third-year catcher in the days to come.
Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday he has no plans to sit Perez in favor of backup George Kottaras anytime soon. He pointed to the club’s off-days Thursday, Monday and April 18 as the reason he doesn’t feel the need to rest Perez. The Royals are also idle on April 22.
Perez entered Tuesday’s game against the Twins as the team leader in at-bats with 30.
Kottaras, meanwhile, hasn’t made a trip to the plate yet this season and has had to find ways to stay fresh should Yost call his number.
“Game experience makes you sharp, but you have to do what you can to be ready,” Kottaras said. “As far as defensively, coming in for early work helps. When you get into the game, you have to let the natural instincts take over.”
No catcher has started more than 150 games in a season since Gary Carter started 151 for Montreal in 1982.
Jason Kendall started 149 games as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008. His manager at the time? Ned Yost.
Getz reacts to Wolverines’ loss
Perhaps no Royals player was as invested into the NCAA Tournament championship game Monday as second baseman Chris Getz.
In addition to playing at the University of Michigan for two seasons, Getz grew up rooting for the Wolverines and said he admired the Fab Five during its back-to-back Final Four runs in 1992 and 1993.
Louisville, however, ended Michigan’s run this season with an 82-76 win in Atlanta.
“It was a really entertaining game,” Getz said. “I thought both teams played really well. Obviously I would’ve liked to have won, but it was a great run. It was great for the program.”
A record-setting audience watched the Royals defeat the Twins 3-1 in their home opener on Monday.
The comeback win generated a 6.1 household rating in the Kansas City area, according to Nielsen Media Research, besting the 2011 home opener as the highest-rated Royals home opener ever on FOX Sports Kansas City. The telecast peaked at a 9.7 rating.
It was the sixth highest-rated Royals game ever on FOX Sports Kansas City.
Forty years ago Wednesday, Kauffman Stadium played host to its first Royals game.
Behind a complete-game effort from Paul Splittorff, the Royals defeated the Texas Rangers 12-1.
John Mayberry led the offensive onslaught with a fifth-inning home run as part of a four-RBI day for the Royals, who were managed by Jack McKeon. Splittorff carried a shutout into the ninth inning before Jeff Burroughs blasted a solo home run with one out that put the Rangers on the board.