For the last several months, Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto has been expecting a phone call he never got. Cueto, who pitched a one-run complete game in Game 2 of the World Series, never got that phone call, that invitation to the White House.
The deficit had grown from two to three. Still, Royals manager Ned Yost stuck with Joakim Soria. The end result was predictable and puzzling. The Royals lost 7-4 to the Texas Rangers on Saturday, falling back to .500 for the season
Saturday night the Texas Rangers hit two homers that accounted for five of their seven runs in a 7-4 win; a two-run shot in the fourth and a three-run blast in the seventh. But two walks scored in front of those home runs and two more walks scored on a Rangers single and a double.
The Royals have yet to announce a starting pitcher for Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. Manager Ned Yost said the club was still mulling the decision, though right-hander Dillon Gee is positioned as a slight favorite to draw the assignment over left-hander Brian Flynn.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest is a a lifelong Royals fan. Maybe no one was happier to have them visit Thursday than the Barstow School graduate. Six months from the end of the job, Earnest’s grace and eloquence have distinguished his work despite the turbulent times.
Nick Collison looked like a Kansas City native as he walked to the grass in front of the mound at Kauffman Stadium. A heather gray Charlie Hustle KC Heart t-shirt, a Royals cap, an un-buttoned Royals jersey and jeans — the Oklahoma City Thunder forward looked every bit like he belonged as he tossed the first pitch.
If you’re a regular reader you know we’ve spent a lot of time this season talking about the sixth and seventh innings. Those innings are important because most of the time the starting pitcher is running out of gas at that point and the Royals bullpen isn’t as deep as it has been the past two years. On Friday, Luke Hochevar bridged the gap in the seventh and the Royals beat the Rangers 3-1.
Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale was scratched from start and sent home “for clubhouse incident.” There were reports that Sale cut up the team’s throwback jerseys. The Twitter world went crazy at the news.
Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain continued his recovery from a hamstring injury sustained June 28. That included a sacrifice on Thursday, as he stayed in Kansas City while the rest of his teammates traveled to Washington to meet President Barack Obama at the White House.
The Kansas City Royals were praised Thursday at the White House by President Barack Obama, who spouted off a number of the team’s signature phrases, like “That’s what speed do.” But Obama said the Royals need to work on the players’ nicknames. He also touted the Royals’ involvement in the Urban Youth Academy.
Follow along on your desktop or mobile device during Saturday’s Royals-Rangers game for live stats and updates from Rustin Dodd, The Star’s Royals beat reporter, and other Star sportswriters, photographers and editors. Yordano Ventura takes the mound for Kansas City; Cole Hamels gets the start for Texas. First pitch is set for 6:15 p.m. Fox Sports 1 will telecast the game.