Royals name George Brett interim hitting coach

ARLINGTON -- George Brett will be the Royals' interim hitting coach for the next month. After that, though, he's not sure what will happen.

With his three kids either in college or nearing college age, Brett finally accepted a spot on the Royals' coaching staff earlier this week. The team has split the two games since he went from being the team's vice president of baseball operations to interim hitting coach. Brett agreed to hold his new role for a month and then reevaluate the situation.

"I don't know if I'm going to be any good at it," Brett said. "If we start winning and I see some progress, some success and I'm having fun, I'll keep doing it. For how long? I don't know.

"So many people get married in this game early, and they play late. They get into coaching and they never get a chance to go to their kids' Little League games, high school games. I got a chance to do all that with my kids."

Brett spent all 21 seasons of his Hall of Fame career with the Royals and still holds numerous franchise records, including career batting average (.305), hits (3,154), home runs (317) and RBIs (1,595). He's also unsure about whether he would try his hand at managing sometime in the future, but he didn't turn down the notion completely.

"I don't know. I just turned 60 last week," Brett said. "I've been a father and a husband. I've traveled a lot and spent a lot of time with my family. I don't know if this is going to give me the bug to do this full time or not.

"I'm going to do everything I can. I know how much fun winning is, and I really believe with all my heart this team can win."

Moore in lineup at catcher against hometown team

ARLINGTON -- When he was a kid, Adam Moore would come to the Ballpark in Arlington to watch Juan Gonzalez and Ivan Rodriguez, his favorite Rangers. Now he's back, this time as a visiting player.

Moore was called up from Triple-A Omaha on May 26, when everyday catcher Salvador Perez was placed on bereavement leave to be with his family in Venezuela following the death of his grandmother. Moore will have around 50 friends and family members, including his parents, watching him this weekend.

"Growing up, I was always a Rangers fan," Moore said. "It's awesome, especially getting here and getting two starts in a row, getting to play in front of family and friends, coming to a ballpark I always came to as a young kid."

Moore has one hit in seven at-bats in four games since joining the Royals, playing in four games and making two starts. He was back in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rangers, catching and batting eighth. Perez is expected to return Monday.

"You don't wish that on anyone, but at the same time, I'm getting an opportunity and I'm trying to take advantage of it," Moore said. "We all know that, as soon as Salvador gets back, he's the guy. He's one of the best catchers in the game."

Royals acclimating to new hitting coaches

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ARLINGTON -- It's only been a couple days, but the Royals are already getting to know their new hitting coaches, George Brett and Pedro Grifol.

Brett, a Hall of Famer and holder of multiple Royals records, is with the team on an interim basis. The team's vice president of baseball operations before joining the coaching staff, Brett had always worked with Royals hitters in Spring Training and will now get the chance to work with them during the regular season.

"It's been a good first couple of days," first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "George is really smart when it comes to how aggressive to be and what your approach is going to be. The biggest thing he brings over is creating that approach for a hitter, knowing the situation and knowing the pitcher on the mound. He's really good when it comes to stuff like that."

Grifol spent 13 seasons in the Mariners organization, his last as a manager for Class A Advanced High Desert. Adam Moore, who spent the first six years of his career in the Mariners organization, has had plenty of previous experience with Grifol.

"He's an awesome guy," Moore said. "Very smart; understands the game as well as anyone I've been around. He's had a lot of job titles, from field coordinator to managing. You name it and he's done it. He knows a lot about the catching side of things, too, as well as hitting. Pedro's been around the game a long time."

The Royals have struggled offensively this season, hitting an American League-worst 29 home runs and slugging an AL-worst .372 while scoring 207 runs, the third-fewest in the AL. Former Royals hitting coaches Jack Maloof and Andre David were reassigned Thursday.

"There's a reason why the other two guys got let go, because we haven't been performing the way we can perform," Hosmer said. "It's unfortunate, because they're guys I had worked with in the Minor Leagues for a while. I've been working with them ever since I was 18 years old."

Crown points

• Royals manager Ned Yost was pleased with the progress made by Danny Duffy, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery last June. Duffy allowed two runs on five hits over 3 2/3 innings during his second rehab start with Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Friday.

"He's right on schedule," Yost said. "Fastball was up to 94 [mph]. He had better command of his breaking stuff and his changeup. He threw the ball fine."

• The Royals have lost six straight day games since winning 10 of their first 13 day games this season.

• The Rangers hit two home runs in their 7-2 win over Kansas City in Friday's series opener, and Royals opponents have homered in 12 of their last 13 games. The Royals have hit just three home runs in their last 15 games.

• Infielders Elliot Johnson and Chris Getz beat Rangers pitchers Justin Grimm and Derek Holland in the Dairy MAX egg toss before Royals catcher George Kottaras beat Rangers pitcher Robbie Ross in the cow milking contest.