KANSAS CITY -- Carlos Beltran, who was back at Kauffman Stadium for the first time since the Royals traded him in 2004, very well might return on July 10 as a Cardinals representative on the National League All-Star team.
"I'm not really thinking about that right now, but if it happens it's going to be a great moment for me, just being able to come back as an All-Star and being able to represent my league, even though Kansas City is in the American League. But it's going to be emotional," Beltran said.
This would be Beltran's seventh All-Star selection, but he's never yet participated in the Home Run Derby on the day before the Midsummer Classic.
"That's something that I've never done and if they approach me, I will think about it," he said. "I think it will be fun, but I've never done it, so I don't know."
Beltran, in the Cardinals' lineup on Friday night as the designated hitter, had his first look at the renovated Kauffman Stadium.
"When I was riding in the bus coming to the ballpark, I was looking in the stands and looking at the all the remodeling they did and it looks beautiful," he said. "It's a great field, a great ballpark and I'm happy to be back, honestly."
Yost to manage time for Royals' catching trio
KANSAS CITY -- The return of catcher Salvador Perez means the Royals' roster now has three catchers.
Perez, Brayan Pena and Humberto Quintero make up the Royals catching contingent, and manager Ned Yost will be tasked with juggling the playing time of all three.
Perez will be the primary catcher, but Yost had nothing but positive things to say about the other two and considered their presence a luxury.
"Pena and Quintero both did a nice job in [Perez's] absence. It gives us a little extra depth and protection behind the plate right now," Yost said.
With Perez coming back from knee surgery that had him on the 60-day disabled list since March, Yost said he plans on easing Perez back into action.
Yost said there will be plenty of opportunity to mix in his other catchers.
"Brayan can pinch-hit off the bench. I've got three days when one of those other two guys are going to play," Yost said. "I've got Brayan that can pinch-hit for [Quintero] and I've got [Quintero] that can defend for Brayan. Mix and match."
Stars come out for Classic Wiffle Ball affair
KANSAS CITY -- While baseball's stars prepared to take the field at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, stars of the entertainment world took the field at "The Little K" in the Outfield Experience.
TV and movie stars gathered for the Celebrity Classic Wiffle Ball game. The contest featured actors Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle and Eric Stonestreet, as well as other celebrities.
Royals Wives set to host annual Food Drive
KANSAS CITY -- Starting on Monday, the Royals Wives will host the 30th Annual Food Drive to benefit Bishop Sullivan Center.
The group will collect non-perishable, kid-friendly food items in the Outfield Experience at Kauffman Stadium from 6 to 8 p.m. CT on both Monday and Tuesday.
On Tuesday, wives will be selling mystery bags for a $20 donation. The bags include an autographed baseball from a Royals player. Autographed player cards will also be on sale for a $10 donation.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Vinnie Duber is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.