The turnstyle count showed fewer than 5,000 people were at Kauffman Stadium for Monday’s game.
Doesn’t mean it wasn’t a vocal group. Particularly those who were there to greet Rays right fielder Wil Myers, the former top Royals prospect.
“Yeah, they were kind of wearing me out in right field,” Myers said with a chuckle after the Royals’ 11-1 win over Tampa Bay. “Yeah. Other than that it was fine.”
Before the game, Myers admitted that it wasn’t just another game. After all, he was picked in the third round of the 2009 draft by the Royals and started raking immediately.
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He was Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year last year.
The Royals traded him to Tampa Bay last December in a seven-player deal that brought pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City.
“I feel like it’s a little different than any other game, obviously playing against the team that drafted me,” Myers said before the game. “Obviously I want to win more than anything, but I’m just excited to be back.
“I played with (Eric) Hosmer, I played with (Mike) Moustakas a little bit. Just to be back here is pretty cool.”
After striking out twice and going zero for four, Myers’ average dropped to .296. But he wasn’t lamenting
“We got crushed, so it was tough,” Myers said after the game, “but it was cool to be back here and playing in front of these guys.”
Among the items Rays outfielder David DeJesus had in the clubhouse Monday was a Chicago Cubs toiletry bag.
Can’t blame him. It’s been a crazy week.
A week ago Monday, he was traded from the Cubs to the Nationals. By Friday, he was dealt from the Nationals to the Rays.
“Three teams in five days. It’s crazy because last Sunday we had Family Day (with the Cubs),” DeJesus said. “It was awesome, bring your family on the field and now two teams later, a week passed by yesterday. It was unbelievable thinking about that happening.”
At least it had a happy ending. DeJesus was traded from the last-place Cubs to the .500 Nationals to the Rays, who are leading the wild-card chase.
While DeJesus is still not sure why the Nationals acquired him (he made four plate appearances in three games), he was thrilled by the Rays’ reaction. Executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman made quite a splash.
“I got a call from Andrew saying, ‘We will pick you up. We sent a jet to come get you. My private jet.’ Got down to Florida and played that night.’
DeJesus, who played eight seasons for the Royals after coming to the big leagues in 2003, played with with the A’s in 2011, then joined the Cubs the following year.
This is the first time DeJesus has ever been in a pennant race.
“Every team that I’ve been on has been more than 20 games back at the end of the season,” he said. “Now to come to a team here and you can see the difference. ... These guys know how to play the game.
“They play loose. When you’re playing loose, you’re able to be yourself out there and let your game shine. That’s what they do. They have pitching, they have hitting, guys that can run the bases and they have it all. I’m excited just to be a part of it.”Royals dominate season series
With Monday’s victory, the Royals won the season series with Tampa Bay 6-1, outscoring them 53-22.
“They beat us up,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “They’re really good, and they beat us up. We don’t like Kansas City, except for their food. The barbecue is outstanding. Beautiful city, love the Plaza, love it, it’s great.
“It’s one of the best ballparks in the American League and all of baseball actually, but they’ve been really unkind to us this year.”
Maddon was ejected in the fourth inning after DeJesus struck out with the bases loaded.Baby Lucy
Royals reliever Luke Hochevar is a father again. His wife, Ashley, gave birth to Lucy Jane on Sunday. That makes Laney a big sister.
Lucy arrived a couple of pitches before Alex Gordon hit a leadoff home run in Sunday’s win against the Nationals.
Hochevar is on the paternity leave list and is expected to join the team Wednesday in Minneapolis.Wade Davis update
Right-hander Wade Davis is the scheduled starter for Wednesday’s game against the Twins. For now.
After Davis allowed seven runs in six innings in Saturday’s loss to the Nationals, manager Ned Yost said he might remove Davis from the rotation.
Yost still hasn’t made up his mind.
“We’re getting closer,” Yost said. “Still thinking about it.”Minor updates
Class AAA Omaha catcher Brett Hayes won the player of week award in the Pacific Coast League. He had six home runs in a four-game span.
Class AA Northwest Arkansas third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert is player of the week in Texas League
Class A-Advanced Idaho Falls outfielder Daniel Rockett was player of the week and right-hander Luis Santos was pitcher of the week in the Pioneer League.Etc.
Gordon was two for four with a triple, a single and an RBI. He hit .345 on the home stand (10 for 29). It was his 41st multi-hit game of the season.
Since joining the Royals in a July 31 trade with Houston, outfielder Justin Maxwell is hitting .353 (18 for 51) with four homers and 11 RBIs.
Catcher Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer and has nine RBIs in his last three starts.