DeJesus making Gold Glove push
Kansas City (51-82) vs. Los Angeles (78-54), 7:10 p.m. CT
OAKLAND -- The election campaign is on -- David DeJesus for ... no, not president or senator or even dog catcher. This is David DeJesus for Gold Glove outfielder.
Mike Swanson, the Royals' vice president of communications and broadcasting, is sending colorful fliers extolling DeJesus' fielding skills to the Gold Glove voters -- American League managers and coaches.
Not that Swanson has to dream up things or exaggerate. DeJesus has been covering acres in left field, diving or leaping for spectacular catches and throwing out runners all season. He embellished his highlight reel in Wednesday's game at Oakland, making diving catches in foul territory and in left-center field.
Going into the weekend series against the Angels, his credentials include 127 consecutive errorless games this season, encompassing 278 total chances and including 10 assists. His last error was on Sept. 15, 2008, and that was his only error during that entire season.
DeJesus has never won a Gold Glove. But now there's talk about it.
"The first one is the hardest to break through because there are so many good outfielders out there," DeJesus said. "Just to have anybody saying that about me is a real privilege and an honor."
Winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove often repeat. In the AL, Torii Hunter and Ichiro Suzuki have won every year since 2001. Grady Sizemore has been the third outfielder selected in the last two years.
This year, however, all three of those players have missed chunks of time this year with injuries while DeJesus has been almost an iron man. He's played in all but six of the Royals' games.
"I like to be an everyday guy. I've had injuries in the past where I missed some games, but I tried in the offseason to focus on preparing myself to play 162. And it's close to that. I'd like for that to happen," DeJesus said. "I'd like to play as many as I can, and if they keep putting me in the lineup, I want to be there."
Originally a center fielder, DeJesus split time between center and left last year, but this year he's been virtually a full-time left fielder.
"It's cool. Outfield is outfield right now. I just go and help the pitchers out any way possible where they know if a ball is hit to left field, they don't worry about it," he said. "They know that I'm going to be able to make a play for them anytime."
DeJesus' throwing ability depends more on accuracy than pure power.
"Being accurate with throws is more important than your arm," DeJesus said. "If you charge the ball and stay through it, keep it low, always keep the double play in order. Those things are about being a smart outfielder."
Promoting DeJesus for Gold Glove isn't the Royals' only election campaign. They're also beating the drums for Zack Greinke, as both an AL Cy Young Award candidate and Gold Glove candidate.
Certainly the Gold Glove idea strikes a chord with DeJesus.
"That's fine with me," DeJesus said. "Either way, it's all good. I'm just going out there to do my best and if that happens, that's cool."Pitching matchup
KC: RHP Robinson Tejeda (1-1, 4.07 ERA)
This start originally belonged to Gil Meche, but the right-hander was scratched due to a fatigued shoulder. Starting in place of Meche will be Tejeda, who enters the start having pitched 7 1/3 consecutive innings of scoreless relief. It will be Tejeda's first start since last season, when he made one start. LAA: RHP Jered Weaver (13-5, 3.89 ERA)
Weaver, bidding for his 14th win on Saturday, kept the A's off balance and off the scoreboard for six innings, yielding four hits and two walks while striking out three. However, the bullpen couldn't hold on to a lead, costing Weaver the victory. Weaver has taken a leap in both effectiveness and durability this season, leading the staff in innings with 173 1/3. Crown points
Manager Trey Hillman is scheduled to return to the Royals for the opener against the Angels. He missed the series at Oakland because of his father-in-law's death. The funeral was Thursday in Angleton, Texas. ... When acting manager John Gibbons directed a 4-3 victory on Tuesday, it was his first win in five games as the stand-in for Hillman. Gibbons, the Royals' bench coach, also managed for Hillman when he was suspended for one game and away for two games for a previous family matter. ... Alex Gordon belted a two-run homer, his first since being optioned to Triple-A Omaha, in a 7-3 win over Iowa. ... Kyle Davies' victory on Tuesday night recalls his September run of last season when he went 4-1 in five starts. Add in this year's win and, in the last two Septembers, he's 5-1 in six starts with a 2.15 ERA. Tickets
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Saturday: Royals (Zack Greinke, 13-8, 2.32) vs. Angels (John Lackey, 9-7, 3.92), 6:10 p.m. CT
Sunday: Royals (Luke Hochevar, 6-8, 5.74) vs. Angels (Joe Saunders, 11-7, 5.02), 1:10 p.m. CT
Monday: Royals (Kyle Davies, 6-9, 5.71) vs. Angels (Ervin Santana, 7-7, 5.68), 1:10 p.m. CT
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.