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.
Before President Obama honored the 2015 World Series champions Thursday morning in Washington, manager Ned Yost and players Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez interrupted press secretary Josh Earnest’s regular morning media briefing.
Ballplayers generate a lot of numbers and after a while it’s easy to view them as just that: a collection of emotionless numbers that can be plugged in or pulled out of any role. But it’s not that simple — ballplayers are human and humans tend to be complicated.
The Royals have compared the importance of this home stand to one in late September, in the middle of a playoff race. On Tuesday, manager Ned Yost said it was “go time.” Since then, the Royals have lost two games by a combined score of 18-7. The team’s playoff hopes are now in critical condition, and those words will be read as wildly optimistic by fans disgusted at such an ugly showing.