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This Royals team appears on the verge of a breakthrough, but so have others in the franchises history that ended up crumbling under the pressure.
Mike Moustakas traveled to Venezuela in an attempt to uncover what was missing from a swing that once made him a star in waiting.
With two outs in the top of the fourth inning Minnesota designated hitter Josmil Pinto hit an 86-MPH fastball off the wall in left-center field. That part of the wall is 387 feet from home plate, so Pinto made the turn at first and headed for second base. After the game Ned Yost was asked if he was surprised Pinto tried to go to second and Ned said no—it was a legitimate double. You hit a ball off the wall in the gap, that’s a sure double.
The Royals completed a sweep of the Houston Astros and are now back to .500 with a record of seven wins and seven losses. James Shields got his first win of the season by pitching eight innings and giving up just one run. Shields also struck out 12, while giving up two walks and four singles—and two of them were infield singles. That’s some pretty good pitching.
Sulbaran gives up one run in six innings, but doesn’t get the win in Northwest Arkansas’ 6-5 victory.
The Royals return home Friday night for a brief three-game home stand against the Minnesota Twins. Here are the lineups as Royals lefty Jason Vargas, 1-0, takes on the Twins Ricky Nolasco. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. and the game can be see on Fox Sports KC.
The idea seems preposterous these days. A player builds a Hall of Fame career and never leaves his original, small-market team. In other words, a George Brett career. When Brett stepped down as the Royals interim hitting coach last week, he addressed the notion of longevity and loyalty to a franchise with a question. Where was I going to go?
When George Brett incurred some nuisance back problems in the late stages of his career with the Royals, he sought relief from a chiropractor in Overland Park. It turned out to be the man whose job Brett took in 1973. Paul Schaal laughs as he remembers what he said back then: You took my job from me at third base, remember that? Heres what Im going to do to get even.