09/03/2003 9:48 PM ET
Royals notes: Rainout rescheduled
White sits out series finale; Lima to throw off mound
ARLINGTON -- The Royals lost a home date and will play a twi-night doubleheader Saturday at Anaheim.
The Royals requested that they be considered the home team for one of the games Saturday at Edison International Field, but that
request was denied.
The Royals received a ruling Wednesday from the Commissioner's Office that a rainout last weekend against the Angels at Kauffman Stadium would not be made up on Sept. 29, one day after the regular season is scheduled to end.
Another option rejected was playing a day-night doubleheader Thursday at Kauffman Stadium against the Diamondbacks and Angels.
"It's (playing two in Anaheim) definitely better than playing two (Thursday)," Royals catcher Brent Mayne said. "That would be too much. Flying back and playing two teams, that would be a little drastic. It seems to make a lot more sense (playing in Anaheim)."
Mayne grew up in Southern California and attended Cal State-Fullerton.
"It (Anaheim) is home for me and it would be better if we didn't have to play a doubleheader, but that's beside the point at this
time," Mayne said. "We only have about 25 games left. For us to stay focused and finish strong in those games should be the main issue that matters. It will be for everybody."
First baseman Ken Harvey is a graduate of Beverly Hills (Cal.) High, which is also near Anaheim.
"A doubleheader takes away time from spending with family," Harvey said. "Saturday will be pretty much getting to work. In one way, it's a good thing. The family gets to see an extra game, but I would rather play in Kansas City.
"(Two in Anaheim) is not something that I wanted to do, but we really don't have any say-so on it. It's one of those things where you have got to do what you're told."
Outfielder Rondell White said he didn't understand why Major League Baseball wouldn't
let the Royals play at home Sept. 29th.
"It is what it is," White said. "We can't complain about it. We'd rather play at home. I think everybody is more comfortable playing at home than on the road. That could make a difference, too."
In the Royals' 1985 World Series season, they benefited from a similar scheduling snafu because of inclement weather on the road and picked up an extra home game, playing 82 games at Kansas City.
Meeting time: With the Royals entering Wednesday on a four-game losing streak and
having dropped 16 of their previous 26 games, manager Tony Peña felt it was time to address the team and charge them up for the September stretch.
Peña held a closed-door team meeting before batting practice.
"It was a great message," White said. "It made me feel like I want to run through the wall. He said you guys have played hard for five months, don't be flat, just go out and play hard. That no one expected us to be where we're at right now, so keep on doing what you've been doing all year long, give 100 percent and believe."
Peña's code word since Day 1 of Spring Training has been "believe." Although the Royals entered the game Wednesday in third place, he insists the club will not go away in the American League Central race.
"I don't think so," Harvey said. "We're only two games behind. I think we'll be fine."
Harvey said Peña's message "in a nutshell" was to stay focused.
By Alan Eskew / Special to MLB.com
Abbott upset: Peña pulled Paul Abbott from a one-hit shutout with the Royals up, 3-0, in the fifth inning Tuesday night.
But that is only half the story. Abbott, who did not allow a hit in the first four innings, also walked six. The Rangers left the bases loaded in the first and
stranded two runners in the fourth. Abbott needed 103 pitches to get through 4 1/3 innings.
"Not pretty," Abbott said Wednesday of his performance. "I was fighting myself pretty much the whole game. My pitch count got up there, 100 pitches in four-plus innings
-- that's too many."
Abbot said he was not upset with Peña for taking him out.
"I'm upset with myself," Abbott said. "As a starter, I want to give us a chance to win, get us deeper in the game. My goal is to go at least six innings and really seven. I'm not reaching that goal."
Abbott said he's not going to be happy throwing less than five innings.
In his past three starts, Abbott has allowed just five hits, but walked 14 in 16 innings.
"I'm not going to give in and throw a cookie and they're going to knock it out of the park," Abbott said of his walks.
Beltran, White updates: Carlos Beltran, who left the Tuesday game in the eighth inning with a sore left knee, was back in the lineup Wednesday.
Peña said Beltran's knee has been sore for about three days, but he is
OK to play. Beltran is also bothered by a tender right elbow, which hampers his throwing.
White played Tuesday after missing three games with a left hip flexor, but was held out of the lineup Wednesday. Peña said White "felt something" while running Tuesday, but was available to pinch-hit.
White expects to be in the lineup Thursday against Diamondbacks left-hander Randy Johnson.
"In San Diego I didn't play a day game after a night game," White said.
He said the hip flexor is something he will probably have to deal with the
rest of the season.
"I came to help the team," White said. "I don't want to hurt it.
Voyles fired up: Brad Voyles will be making his third Major League start on Thursday, while the Diamondbacks will be throwing Johnson, who has won four consecutive Cy Young Awards.
"It gives me a little bit of goose bumps," Voyles said when he learned Johnson would be the opposing starter. "I need to pitch my game and not worry about him, what he's doing. Hopefully, we'll get a good pitching matchup.
"I hope he is off, but with the stuff he has and how many years he's been doing it, chances are he'll throw a pretty good game. Hopefully I can match up."
Lima Time: Jose Lima, who is out with a strained right groin, is scheduled to throw off the mound Thursday for the first time since going back on the disabled list Aug. 26.
Lima could come off the disabled list on Monday, but Peña said it would probably be another week before
Lima returns to the rotation.
Lima was 7-0 before suffering the groin injury and going on the disabled list Aug. 2 for the first time.
Debut Unnoticed: David DeJesus made his Major League debut, replacing Beltran in center field in the bottom of the eighth Tuesday, but it escaped nearly everyone.
DeJesus' appearance was not announced on the public address system or in the press box. His name was omitted from the box score.
"I called my girl friend and told her I got in the game," DeJesus said. "She works for WFAN (a sports radio station in New York) and they (co-workers) told her I didn't play, that
my name was not found anywhere. She said, 'I'm sure David's not lying about this.' The next time I get in, I'm going to wave."
Extra frames: Joe Randa's RBI single in the fourth inning of
Wednesday's game extended his hitting streak to 16 games. That is two shy of
matching his career high of 18 in 1999. ... Wichita lost, 3-1, at Frisco in the opening game of the Texas League playoffs. Wranglers starter Danny Tamayo allowed three runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out two in 6 2/3 innings to take the loss. Norris Hopper went 2-for-4 with a double for Wichita.
Alan Eskew is a contributing writer for MLB.com. This story was not
subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.