05/28/11 8:33 PM ET
Paulino earns job in starting rotation
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
Manager Ned Yost said on Saturday that Paulino will start next Wednesday afternoon against the Angels at Kauffman Stadium.
"We got him to be a starter," Yost said.
The 27-year-old right-hander was acquired from the Rockies on Thursday for cash.
Paulino takes over for rookie Nate Adcock, who made two starts after moving up from long relief, a role he'll now resume. Adcock lasted only 2 2/3 innings on Friday against the Rangers before Paulino relieved him and tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit.
"If Adcock had had a real decent start, we'd have probably left [Paulino] in the pen," Yost said. "But Paulino has got more weapons right now. He's got a 98 mile-per-hour four-seamer, he's got a 94 mile-per-hour two-seamer, he's got a slider with as sharp a break as I've seen this year -- he was freakin' snappin'."
Paulino had pitched only in relief this season for the Rockies, and his longest outing was 1 2/3 innings and 31 pitches on May 15 against the Padres. So the Royals weren't sure how long he could pitch Friday night in what wound up being a 14-inning, 12-7 Royals win.
"It was a surprise to all of us because I think he hadn't pitched more than 1 2/3 innings at one time this year," pitching coach Bob McClure said. "He threw 56 pitches, which isn't a terrible amount, but he obviously handled it well."
Paulino's pitch count is expected to be up to 65 or 70 pitches in his start next Wednesday.
Adcock pitched five shutout innings in his first start against the Cardinals and gave up seven runs in his 2 2/3 innings against the Rangers.
"Adcock goes back to the place where he's comfortable and it's probably a better fit for him at this point in his career," Yost said.
Paulino settles into more familiar role
ARLINGTON -- Moving into the Royals' rotation puts Felipe Paulino back into a more familiar position. He was a starter for the Astros for most of his Major League career.
In 34 starts, all with the Astros, he had a 5-20 record and a 5.12 ERA.
"Maybe my numbers show something different, but I can do a better job than that," Paulino said.
The Rockies, who obtained him in a trade last winter, decided to make him a reliever this year. In 18 games, he was 0-4 with a 7.36 ERA and the Rockies dropped him last Sunday.
Paulino retired 13 of the 14 Rangers batters he faced in his relief debut for the Royals. He gave up one hit, no walks and struck out three.
"I appreciate it that the Royals believe in me," Paulino said. "That's great for me in my career right now. Hopefully I can just go in there and do the same thing I did yesterday."
Paulino said he had some shoulder issues during his last season with the Astros, but that he's completely healthy now.
The Royals still have two starters out of their rotation with injuries. Left-hander Bruce Chen is expected to be ready to start a Minor League rehabilitation assignment in about two weeks and right-hander Kyle Davies shouldn't be far behind him.
Hosmer taking simpler approach at the plate
ARLINGTON -- After a five-game lull in which he'd hit just .130 (3-for-23), rookie first baseman Eric Hosmer came up with his first four-hit game and first four-RBI game in Friday night's 14-inning, 12-7 win over the Rangers.
Hosmer was 4-for-7 in the marathon with a double and a home run, the latter of which came in the climactic five-run 14th. In his previous five games, Hosmer had no extra-base hits or RBIs.
"I was thinking too much," Hosmer said.
Seeing more offspeed pitches probably got him off his usual approach, Hosmer reflected, so he intensified his work with hitting coach Kevin Seitzer.
"I was thinking about what the pitcher was going to throw and all that rather than just doing what I usually do, just kind of reacting to it," Hosmer said. "I was kind of playing a chess game with them, trying to get in his head to see what he was thinking. And that's not me, that's not what I usually do. I usually just go out and see the ball, hit the ball."
Manager Ned Yost agreed that Hosmer got away from his normal approach.
"He got over-aggressive, got on the attack and started to get a little bit long, swinging a little too hard, trying to do too much every time he got up there," Yost said.
Tidbits from the Royals' 14-inning victory over the Rangers on Friday night:
By going deep in the 14th, the trio of Melky Cabrera, Eric Hosmer and Brayan Pena made the Royals the first team in Major League history to have three home runs in the same inning that late in a game (14th inning or later), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The back-to-back homers by Cabrera and Hosmer were the team's first successive blasts this season and first since last Sept. 17, when Mike Aviles and Billy Butler connected against the Indians.
The Royals this season have more home runs in the 14th inning (3) than they have in the first inning (2, both by Alex Gordon).
Friday night's four homers (Gordon had the first, tying the score in the ninth) gave the Royals four in the same game for the first time since Aug. 27, 2009, in an 8-4 win at Seattle.
The 11 1/3 shutout innings by six relievers marked the third time that the Royals have had at least that many. On April 9, 1969, vs. the Twins, 12 shutout innings were thrown by Steve Jones, Bill Butler, Moe Drabowsky and Tom Burgmeier (KC won, 4-3, in 17). On June 12, 1974, vs. the Brewers, 11 2/3 shutout innings were turned in by Steve Mingori, Marty Pattin and Doug Bird (KC won, 4-3, in 13).
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.