Royals notebook

Royals’ pitching staff on a franchise-record roll

Updated: 2013-06-14T04:53:06Z

By BOB DUTTON

The Kansas City Star

— A dozen and counting.

The Royals set a franchise record Thursday in a 10-1 victory over Tampa Bay by holding an opponent to three or fewer runs for a 12th straight game.

The streak dates to June 1, when the Royals won 4-1 at Texas. It includes three starts each by James Shields and Ervin Santana and two apiece by Luis Mendoza, Jeremy Guthrie and Wade Davis.

The previous record was an 11-game streak during Aug. 3-14, 1991, which saw two starts apiece by Bret Saberhagen, Mark Gubicza, Mike Boddicker, Kevin Appier and Luis Aquino and one start by Mark Davis.

Hal McRae was the manager during that 9-2 streak, which ended in a 5-1 loss at New York started by Gubicza. The 1991 club finished 82-80.

The major-league record is 20 straight games by the 1917 White Sox and the 1943 Reds. The 2010 Giants had an 18-game run.

Cadahia steps in

Bench coach Chino Cadahia stepped in as interim manager for Ned Yost, who attended the wedding of his daughter, Jenny, in Georgia.

Yost is expected to return to the bench for Friday’s game.

“I hope he’s here (Friday),” Cadahia said after the 10-1 victory. “I want to quit on this one.”

Cadahia is in his second year as the Royals bench coach after serving in 2011 as a special assistant to the player-development department. He spent the preceding 15 years in the Atlanta organization.

Yost provided the lineup for Thursday’s game.

Cadahia’s last in-season managing duty was a 1988-95 tour for Port Charlotte in the Rookie Gulf Coast League. He also managed in winter ball after the 2011 season in Puerto Rico.

Adcock departs

Right-hander Nate Adcock is heading to Arizona in a waiver claim after being designated for assignment on June 6.

Adcock was 3-4 with a 7.09 ERA in 10 games at Class AAA Omaha prior to being designated. He appeared in 36 games for the Royals (1-4, 3.79) in 2011-12 after being claimed from Pittsburgh in the Rule 5 draft.

Arizona optioned Adcock to Class AAA Reno.

The Royals designated Adcock to clear space on their 40-man roster after claiming minor-league third baseman Edinson Rincon from San Diego.

Rincon, 22, was assigned to Class AA Northwest Arkansas but placed on the disabled list while he recovers from a knee injury suffered in spring training.

Triple homecoming

The four-game series against Tampa Bay marks the first appearance at Tropicana Field for the three players acquired by the Royals in last December’s big trade with the Rays.

James Shields beat his former team when the Rays paid an April 30-May 2 visit to Kauffman Stadium. But he started Wednesday against Detroit and won’t pitch in the weekend series.

“I was hoping to get a shot at them,” Shields said, “but I’m going to go enjoy myself. Obviously, that my home for 12 years, and it’s going to be really good to see the fans. They were always good to me.”

Wade Davis didn’t pitch against the Rays at Kauffman Stadium but is scheduled to start Sunday’s series finale.

Infielder Elliot Johnson is now six for 11 in three games against his former club. He was three for four with a three-run homer in Thursday’s romp.

“Having Wade and Elliot has definitely made it easier,” Shields said, “but these guys (the Royals) are so young, they want to win, they want to have fun and they made it easy.

“We’ve just come in here with what we’ve always had — a winning attitude — and, hopefully, we can win a lot of ballgames here.”

Rare rescue

Lorenzo Cain’s two-run homer in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over Detroit marked the first time the Royals tied a game when trailing by at least two runs and down to their last out since 2001.

Cain’s homer, on an 0-2 pitch from Jose Valverde, erased a 2-0 deficit. The Royals won the game in the 10th inning on Eric Hosmer’s two-out walk-off RBI single.

The last time the Royals erased a deficit of two or more runs when down to their last out occurred Sept. 6, 2001 when Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer against Angels closer Troy Percival at Anaheim Stadium.

Beltran’s homer erased a 6-3 deficit, but the Royals lost 7-6 in 10 innings when Bengie Molina hit a two-out, walk-off RBI single against Roberto Hernandez.

(Many fans recall the Royals’ dramatic rally in the 2004 opener, when they stormed back from a 7-3 deficit to the White Sox by scoring six times in the ninth. The homers by Mendy Lopez and Beltran occurred with one out.)

Minor details

Third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert, one of the organization’s top prospects, is heading to Class AA Northwest Arkansas following a recent surge — .395 since June 1 -- at Hi-A Wilmington.

Cuthbert, 20, is batting .280 overall with a .354 on-base percentage in 60 games. He entered the season ranked as the organization’s No. 9 prospect by Baseball America despite a disappointing 2012 season.

The Royals also promoted left-handed reliever Scott Alexander, 23, from Wilmington to Northwest Arkansas. It was his second promotion; Alexander opened the season at Class A Lexington.

Alexander is a combined 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA in 17 outings. He was a sixth-round pick in 2010 but missed 2011 and made just 11 appearances last season while recovering from shoulder surgery.

Looking back

It was 40 years ago Friday — June 14, 1973 — that Frank White got the first two hits of his career, and scored his first career run, in an 8-3 loss at Baltimore.

White played shortstop and batted leadoff in the game. (Cookie Rojas was the second baseman.) White’s first career hit was a single to center against Doyle Alexander in the third inning.

To reach Bob Dutton, send email to bdutton@kcstar.com.

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