Alex Gordon convinced the Kansas City Royals training staff to let him take some swings off a tee a day or so ahead of schedule on Thursday afternoon. He hopes to take indoor batting practice next week.
The Royals announced Thursday that Ben Zobrist has officially been added to the team’s 25-man roster and will be in uniform Thursday night’s game in Toronto. Outfielder Paulo Orlando has been optioned back to Class AAA Omaha.
ESPN and Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the Kansas City Royals’ game against the Angels on Aug. 16 at Kauffman Stadium has been selected to be the network’s “Sunday Night Baseball” national game of the week and will feature a 7:08 p.m. start.
Even after dealing left-handed pitchers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed for pitcher Johnny Cueto, the Royals are believed to possess a prospect base capable of acquiring Oakland super-utility man Ben Zobrist.
Royals pitchers Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto were teammates for four seasons in Cincinnati from 2008-2011, and even lived with each other their first two years in the Queen City. The two speak every day, and Volquez is happy they are reunited.
Here are the lineups as Danny Duffy battles Scott Feldman as the Royals and Houston Astros play game two of a three-game series tonight at Kauffman Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. Fox Sports Kansas City will televise the game.