Watching Saturdays game against the As was a little tougher than usual for manager Ned Yost, and not just because it was a tight, come-from-behind 4-3 victory for the Royals.
By NICOLE POELL
The Kansas City Star
Yost and GM Dayton Moore had learned before the game that left fielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez had been named All-Stars, but Yost and Moore werent going to tell anyone until after the game. Waiting for that moment was tough.
"I was more nervous than Ive been all year long wanting to win that game so we could celebrate this in the right fashion," Yost said. "We were gonna celebrate this -- win, lose or draw. It is such a special accomplishment
"Thinking about these two guys and how special they are not only to me and to our organization and to this city, I was almost overwhelmed a couple of times during the game."
When Yost finally got to share the news in the clubhouse, it was -- no surprise -- an emotional moment.
"In 10 years of doing this, Ive never not gotten emotional," he said. "Its a special thing for me. I did pretty good (Saturday). I only had to stop once. Its a big, big deal to be an All-Star, and both of these guys, knowing how hard they work, their passion for the game, the way they prepare themselves, the way they play the game every day, that they were more than worthy of being All-Stars."
Its the first time in 10 years that the Royals will have two players representing the team at the All-Star Game. Mike Sweeney and Mike MacDougal went in 2003.
After Saturdays game, Yost announced that Gordon had made the team first, and Perez admitted that he was shocked to hear his name after Gordons.
"I was extremely happy when Ned announced that Alex was going to the All-Star Game, and I was somewhat surprised when Ned said he wasnt going alone, that I was going," Perez said. "It was kind of a shock, a surprise. A good surprise."
Gordon, who admittedly doesnt cry, said he found himself caught up in an emotional All-Star moment during last years game in Kansas City.
Gordon was watching from the stands, and he remembered how he felt when teammate Billy Butler was introduced.
"Seeing Billy out there and the crowd and how they supported him and cheered for him I dont cry at all, and I actually cried when I saw Billy get announced," he said. "Its an honor to be in his shoes now and represent Kansas City."
Perez gets day off
It was a little more than just a scheduled day off for catcher Perez, who rested for the second time in four nights.
Yost said he wanted to give Perez another day to recover from a soft-tissue and bone bruise near his shin.
His leg is barking a little bit, Yost said. Its not anything he cant play through, but an occasional rest here and there is going to help him. Its a combination of a soft tissue and bone bruise. He can play through it -- its just painful.
George Kottaras started in his place and finished one for two with a solo home run and two walks. Kottaras has homered in each of his last three starts.
Perezs nagging injury occurred when he recently took two foul tips off the leg.
It got around the shin guard, Yost said. Both times, the exact same spot.
Perez also began Thursdays game on the bench before coming on and recording a pinch-hit double in the Royals 10-7 victory over Cleveland.
Dyson says hes not quite 100 percent
Outfielder Jarrod Dyson certainly looks like he has fully recovered from his ankle injury, especially after Saturdays performance against the As. He stole two bases, got his second outfield assist of the season and finished three for three. He started again Sunday and was one for four. He went four for 10 over the three-game series and is hitting .268 overall.
But Dyson said hes still not 100 percent back to normal after a high-ankle sprain in May sent him to the disabled list. He was hurt attempting to climb the center-field wall May 15 in Anaheim on a Mike Trout homer. Dyson re-joined the Royals when he was recalled from a rehab assignment on June 21.
However, he said hes not worried about putting pressure on the ankle or pushing to his top speed.
"Its not 100 percent, but its good to go. I can still dial up top speed on it," he said. "Its just about not doing stupid stuff like trying to jump on a wall right now. I dont know if Im ready for that.
"If I have to, I will. Im gonna make sure I get some glove on it if I have to jump up on a wall."
• Gordon, who was two for four with a homer and a single, has 30 multi-hit games this season.
• This was the third time this season that the Royals had allowed 10 or more runs.
• Mike Moustakas finished one for four with an RBI double and is hitting .316 since June 18.