Notes: Brown still producing RBIs
Veteran in the running to again lead Royals in category
KANSAS CITY -- Do you know who has a chance to lead the Royals in RBIs? The same guy who has led the club the previous two seasons.
That's right -- Emil Brown.
Brown knocked in two runs in Sunday's 11-inning, 5-3 loss to the Indians. That gave him the club lead with 53 RBIs. Right behind him are Mark Teahen and David DeJesus with 52 each.
"It's kind of early to say that, because [when] Teahen comes back swinging the bat, I don't know how I'll fit in that rotation," Brown said.
Brown has been used more sporadically this season. Teahen's move from third base blocked right field, although Brown has filled in lately. Brown has started in left field 58 times, but Joey Gathright has 40 starts there and a host of others (Ross Gload, Esteban German, Reggie Sanders, Billy Butler and Shane Costa) also have been there.
As a result, Brown's production is down.
"I don't have as many at-bats, either," Brown pointed out.
In fact, he had just 306 at-bats and a .245 average after Sunday's game. In 2005, when he drove in 86 runs, he had 545 at-bats. In 2006, his 81 RBIs came in 527 at-bats.
"I don't have the average. It's hard to maintain the average when you're not playing, but the other stuff -- the damage numbers -- are pretty good," Brown said.
Ah, yes, the damage numbers. With runners in scoring position, his average is .310 (31-for-100) with 52 RBIs (45 of those runners on second or third). Five of his six homers have come with runners on base.
"We're not a real offensive-laden team, so I think I'm right there as far as the top of runs driven in, not even playing half the time -- with Teahen, DeJesus and the regulars playing. But the damage I've been doing is the most important thing."
Including his DH assignment on Sunday, Brown has started 75 of the Royals' 129 games.
Kansas City manager Buddy Bell said, however, Brown's season reflected some of his success in 2005-06.
"Pretty typical -- it's been kind of the same year," Bell said. "His average isn't what he hit -- .280, or something like that -- but it's pretty much the same. He drives in runs without hitting home runs. That's a positive.
"His playing time has been a little inconsistent, but he's hung in there and done a good job."
Rehab report: Right-hander Brandon Duckworth pitched seven shutout innings for Omaha on Sunday. He gave up four hits and struck out six. Designated hitter Mike Sweeney batted twice and struck out both times. The O-Royals beat Round Rock, 2-1, on Richard Lewis' home run in the 13th inning.
Figure file: When John Buck was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning by the Indians' Fausto Carmona, it was the 76th time for the Royals this season. That ties the club record set in 2004.
When third baseman Alex Gordon made a wild throw in the fifth inning after a sterling stab of Casey Blake's hot grounder, it snapped his streak of 43 games without an error. It also ended the Royals' longest stretch of the season without an error, nine games.
Perez hopeful: Left-hander Odalis Perez, on the disabled list with a sprained left knee, is hoping to be back pitching by the second week in September.
The injury came a week ago when Perez was stretching with the team in the visitors' clubhouse at Oakland.
"I never expected to get injured that easy," Perez said.
He was sent to Kansas City from the next stop, Chicago, and "a small tear" was detected by an MRI.
"It was bad -- very, very painful," Perez said. "But it's coming back. They told me with treatment it's going to heal and everything will be fine."
In Buck's seat: David Humes of Kansas City, Mo., was in the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat on Sunday. Humes volunteers at a Christian Urban Outreach Ministry, tutoring children in the Prospect corridor of Kansas City's east side.
Bunts: Bell said Leo Nunez will start the first game and Gil Meche the second game in Friday's day-night doubleheader at Minnesota. The possible starters for Saturday morning's game (at 11:10 a.m. CT) include Jorge De La Rosa, Brandon Duckworth and rookie Billy Buckner. A lot will depend on De La Rosa's showing in a rehab start Monday night at Double-A Wichita. ... The Royals, in two auctions for the family of Mike Coolbaugh, raised a total of $12,266.50. Coolbaugh, who formerly played for Triple-A Omaha, was killed by a foul ball while coaching for the Rockies' Double-A Tulsa team. ... On this date in 1980, George Brett was 5-for-5 against the Brewers in Milwaukee and raised his average to .407. On this date in 1991, Bret Saberhagen pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox in KC.
Royals rundown: Second baseman Fernando Cortez (.302) hit a 10th-inning homer to give Omaha a 4-3 win over Round Rock in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday. Mitch Maier (11) and Chris Lubanski (five) each homered in the 5-2 first-game victory. ... Second baseman Geraldo Valentin (.295) had four RBIs in Wichita's 10-6 loss to Tulsa. Shortstop Irving Falu has 10 hits in his last 14 at-bats. ... Right fielder Brian McFall had four RBIs, raising his total to 69, and Class A Wilmington beat Lynchburg, 11-10. ... Starter Jason Godin and relievers Josh Cribb and Aaron Hartsock combined on a two-hit, 4-1 victory for Class A Burlington (Iowa) over Wisconsin. Third baseman Michael Thompson hit his 19th home run. ... Mike Moustakas, the Royals' first-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, added a single to a two-run double in his pro debut as DH for Rookie Idaho Falls. He was 2-for-5 in an 8-4 win at Ogden. ... Ted Gjeldum (4-1) pitched five shutout innings in relief for the win as Rookie Burlington (N.C.) beat Johnson City, 9-4. Left fielder Jose Santos (.296) had four hits, including three doubles.
Coming up: The Royals have an open date on Monday. They'll open a series against the Tigers at 7:10 p.m. CT on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City's top winner, Brian Bannister (10-7), will go against lefty Nate Robertson (7-10).
It's T-shirt Tuesday, with the first 20,000 fans receiving a John Buck grey jersey T-shirt.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.