05/13/12 7:35 PM ET
Royals' rare running errors prevent run
By Cash Kruth / MLB.com
And while it didn't come back to haunt them, a couple of misread baserunning situations could have given the visitors another run.
With the bases loaded, Billy Butler drilled a liner into right. Chicago's Alex Rios started to come over to the ball, which instead got past him and went into the corner. Rios' slight movement toward the ball caused Johnny Giavotella, who was on second, to go back to the base and tag up. Because of it, the Royals only scored one on what appeared to be a sure-fire double.
"It was a tougher read from second than from where we were sitting. Gio thought Rios was closing in on the ball, he thought he was going to have an opportunity to catch it, and he got a little too close to second and got back to tag," manager Ned Yost said. "Generally, we like them 15 feet, 20 feet from the bag where they can go back and tag, but he got a little too close."
Giavotella eventually scored, so the misread was harmless, but the Royals committed another mistake three batters later.
With runners on first and second with one out, Irving Falu hit a blooper into right that easily fell between Rios and second baseman Gordon Beckham. Jeff Francoeur, who was on second, only advanced to third.
Alcides Escobar and Humberto Quintero each flied out to left to end the inning.
Yost admitted Francoeur got a bad read on Falu's blooper, but chalked up the two miscues as an aberration.
"Just two mistakes. It happened in the same inning, but our baserunning's very good," Yost said.
Moustakas resting hamstring until Texas set
CHICAGO -- Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, who has been dealing with a sore left hamstring, received his second straight day off in Sunday's series finale against the White Sox.
Moustakas will return to the lineup on Monday in Texas, according to Royals manager Ned Yost.
"I expect it to be warmer in Texas, so [we'll] get through today and Moose will be right back at it [Monday], for sure," Yost said.
Moustakas was initially scratched from Wednesday's game against Boston and went 1-for-4 in Thursday's series opener before sitting the series' final two games.
Irving Falu received his second consecutive start at third in place of Moustakas on Sunday, as the infielder entered the day hitting .500 (6-for-12) with two hits in each of his three starts. Falu, who spent nine-plus seasons in the Minors before getting called to the bigs on May 3, has been impressive, Yost said.
"It's fun to give [him] an opportunity," Yost said. "Our whole organization was thrilled when he got up here, because they know the work that he's put forth and the perseverance he's hung through to get here."
Francoeur presents mom with RBI surprises
CHICAGO -- Manager Ned Yost teased Jeff Francoeur on Sunday that even though the outfielder hadn't done anything in the Royals' first two days of their three-game series against the White Sox, Francoeur's mom, Karen, was still in the U.S. Cellular Field stands on Mother's Day.
After going 0-for-9 in the first two games, Francoeur gave his mom a Mother's Day to remember in Sunday's series finale, going 2-for-5 and hitting his first home run of the season in a 9-1 Royals' win.
Francoeur's first hit was the homer, a solo shot in the eighth inning, and he followed with an RBI single in the ninth.
"When I got the second hit, he was like, 'There you go, now she'll go home happy,'" said Francoeur, whose father was also in attendance. "It was special that they were in the stands."
Francoeur recorded both his hits with a pink bat and was one of a handful of players to swing one on Mother's Day, joining right fielder Alex Gordon and first baseman Eric Hosmer.
The Royals also wore pink wrist bands and cleats as they joined the 29 other Major League teams in celebrating Mother's Day and continuing a tradition since 2006 of raising awareness for breast cancer in the interest of prevention, treatment and a cure, an MLB tradition since 2006.
Pink bats and all, Sunday turned out to be a pretty cool day for Francoeur and his mother.
"I got a picture with her today on the field and to have them here today was really neat," Francoeur said.
Hosmer looking to get going in No. 6 spot
CHICAGO -- Eric Hosmer hasn't benefited from much luck this season.
The Royals first baseman entered Sunday's series finale against the White Sox with a Major League-low .168 average on balls in play. That mark has made it a rough past 12 games for Hosmer, who is hitting only .115 (6-for-52) in that span and .179 overall.
Because of those hard-hit outs, Royals manager Ned Yost said he isn't worried about Hosmer, but still opted to bat him sixth in the lineup for the second straight day.
"He's just not finding any holes," Yost said. "His swing is getting a little long at times. [We opted to] drop him down, just take a little pressure off him."
Hosmer went 1-for-5 with an RBI groundout in a six-run ninth in Sunday's 9-1 win.
The Royals won't name a starter for Tuesday's game against Texas until after Monday's game, Yost said. Kansas City likely will go with right-hander Vin Mazzaro, but Yost said the club will wait and see what happens in the next two games before making it official.
On this day in 1979, the Royals set a club record for most extra-base hits in a game with nine in a 14-5 win against the White Sox. The Royals had nine doubles, one triple and two home runs that day. The only starter not to record an extra-base hit was Hall of Famer George Brett, who on this day in 1993 hit his 300th career home run.
The Royals entered Sunday's series finale with a 3-1 mark in rubber games this season.
The Royals entered Sunday with a 23-21 record all time on Mother's Day, including a 3-1 mark against the White Sox, with three of those games played on May 13.