ROYALS NOTEBOOK

No angle on replay to overrule home-run call

Updated: 2013-05-07T04:43:27Z

By RUSTIN DODD

The Kansas City Star

It was a replay review with no good replay angle. That is, at least, how crew chief Vic Carapazza explained his decision on upholding a foul call to White Sox manager Robin Ventura.

The play in question came in the seventh inning Monday, when White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez skied a deep drive down the left-field line. The ball appeared to go over the foul pole — and land in a section where homers often land — but third-base umpire Mike Muchlinski ruled that the ball had gone foul.

Ventura ordered for Carapazza to take a second look in a replay review, and after taking a second glance, Carapazza told Ventura there were no decent angles to see if the ball was actually fair.

“They didn’t have a view of it,” Ventura said. “I’m kind of confused with that.”

In the Royals dugout, manager Ned Yost believed the ball was foul, as did starter James Shields.

“It was foul by 10 feet,” Shields said. “I think Ventura just wanted to give me a little breather out there.”

Offensive struggles

For the second time this year, White Sox ace Chris Sale held the Royals to one run or fewer over seven-plus innings. The first time came on opening day in Chicago, and Monday’s shutdown effort came against a Royals offense that has shown signs of igniting after a mediocre April.

It was also the 16th time the Royals have scored three or fewer runs.

“It is what it is,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Back in the Atlanta days, when we were winning championships, it was a lot of the same stuff. I remember thinking we’re getting one or two runs for Greg Maddux, there’s your two runs, go get them.”

The Royals had averaged more than six runs per game during their four-game winning streak.

“The offense will put some runs on the board,” Yost said, “so I’m not really concerned about it. The pitching’s really been carrying it.”

Looking back

It was two years ago Monday that Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer made his major-league debut on May 6, 2011, against the Oakland A’s at Kauffman Stadium.

Hosmer finished zero for two with two walks and a stolen base in a 3-2 loss.

After finishing one for four with a single and two strikeouts on Monday, Hosmer is batting .258 with zero homers in 89 at-bats this season.

Etc.

•  Shields has worked at least six innings in 21 straight starts, dating back to last July 20.

• Billy Butler’s first-inning double left him one shy of Joe Randa’s 223 for seventh place on the Royals’ all-time list.

• Sale has allowed three runs or fewer in seven of his eight career starts against the Royals.

• The White Sox announced starter Gavin Floyd will be out for 14 to 19 months after elbow surgery.

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