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Two-minute interview with ... Will Smith

Updated: 2013-09-11T15:13:53Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

If you don't follow Royals left-hander Will Smith (@White_Willy31) on Twitter then you missed a great photo he shared with the world after a tough, tough game last month at Class AAA Omaha.

Smith allowed a game-winning home run in the ninth inning of a game on Aug. 21 and got a text from his mom that said: “Good job, just leave that hr pitch home next time.”

His response: “Thanks coach Mom” was great as well. Smith tweeted the photo of the exchange, which I’ve included here.

Four days later, Smith was recalled to the Royals and he has been sensational. In 7 1/3 innings over six appearances, Smith has allowed one earned run on three hits with one walk. He has 15 strikeouts and opponents are hitting .115 against the left-hander.

I talked with Smith during the last Royals home stand.

Question: Do you hear from your mom very often?

Smith: “I talk to her after every outing.”

Question: That text about the home run was funny. How did it feel to receive that?

Smith: “That was just her being her that night. She was just trying to be nice and supportive and I guess just being a mom.”

Question: So did she text you after you struck out eight Mariners in a relief outing (on Sept. 2)?

Smith: “She was proud of me. She was happy for me that I did well and that we won and everything. She’s always happy no matter what happens.”

Question: Since you returned to the Royals this time, have you done anything different?

Smith: “No. Same old stuff. I’m just trusting the catcher and going after guys.”

Question: Is this as good a stretch as you’ve ever had?

Smith: “Yeah, probably. Things are just clicking and things are working, so it’s nice.”

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/pgrathoff

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