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PR 101: What Ned Yost should have said

A first-place team should have more than 13,847 fans at a home game, but there’s a better way to make the point and a better way for a manager to stay in his lane. Here, then, is the continuation of an occasional series we have called PR 101, in which we show people who’ve stepped in it a better way to step.

So you think Alex Gordon’s walk-off homer beat the Twins?

It actually was Rusty Kuntz’s lucky pullover. Let me explain: About 3 p.m. on a smoking-hot Tuesday afternoon, the Royals’ first-base coach walked on the field wearing a shirt and a nylon pullover. A member of the grounds crew asked Rusty what the heck he was doing. Kuntz rolled his eyes and said, “We’re 18-5 since I started wearing this.”

So you think Alex Gordon’s walk-off homer beat the Twins?

It actually was Rusty Kuntz’s lucky pullover. Let me explain: About 3 p.m. on a smoking-hot Tuesday afternoon, the Royals’ first-base coach walked on the field wearing a shirt and a nylon pullover. A member of the grounds crew asked Rusty what the heck he was doing. Kuntz rolled his eyes and said, “We’re 18-5 since I started wearing this.”

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Scott Downs stepped on the Kauffman Stadium mound, Eric Hosmer dug in at the plate and progress was made on both injury fronts Monday. A cat scan revealed Hosmer’s fractured bone in his right wrist had healed to the point where “he can swing but not hit,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. Downs, on the disabled list since Aug. 25 because of a neck sprain, threw about 25 pitches.

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