08/26/12 1:16 PM ET
Big comeback a bit of deja vu for Royals
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
When they wiped out a 9-3 lead to win in the 12th inning, 10-9, on Saturday night, it was the first time they'd done it since Sept. 21, 2009, also against the Red Sox. That time they wound up winning, 12-9, at Kauffman Stadium, after facing 6-0 and 8-2 deficits.
In that game, they also featured a six-run inning, the sixth in which Billy Butler, Alberto Callaspo and Alex Gordon had run-scoring doubles and Yuniesky Betancourt hit a two-run single. That made a winning pitcher of reliever Yasuhiko Yabuta.
The 20 hits piled up by the Red Sox in their losing effort on Saturday night marked the third time the Royals won a game despite 20 hits by an opponent. The other occasions were Sept. 29, 1970, when they won, 14-13, in 12 innings at Minnesota, and July 21, 2002, when they beat Cleveland, 13-12, in 10 innings at Kansas City. Each time the Twins and the Indians had exactly 20 hits.
Moore: Royals 'not scouting Clemens'
BOSTON -- Any speculation that the Royals might be interested in signing Roger Clemens apparently is unfounded.
General manager Dayton Moore threw cold water on that idea when contacted on Sunday morning after reports surfaced that the Royals were scouting the 50-year-old pitching legend in his comeback stint with the Sugar Land Skeeters in Texas.
It was true, Moore said, that his senior pitching advisor, Bill Fischer, was on hand at Saturday night's game, along with Ron Toenjes, who scouts independent leagues for the Royals. But Fischer was merely there as an old coach and friend of Clemens, and Toenjes was there escorting Fischer.
"He wasn't sent there to scout the game. He was sent there to be along with Fish, and that's all," Moore said.
Moore pointed out that Fischer was Clemens' pitching coach early in his Major League career with Boston (1985-1991) and that the pitcher invited him to come down and be part of his return. Fischer sat with Clemens in the dugout.
"Fish called me last night to say thanks for allowing him to go down there and what a great time it was," Moore said. "I don't even know how Roger threw, I didn't even ask him about that."
The chatter about the Royals' involvement grew when there was a newspaper story about Fischer attending the game and Toenjes was quoted in an Associated Press story.
Clemens pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings against the Bridgeport Bluefish and struck out two, including former Royals outfielder Joey Gathright, and gave up one hit and two walks. The Skeeters, a member of the Atlantic League, are managed by ex-Royals third baseman Gary Gaetti.
For the record, Moore said, "We were not there scouting Roger Clemens."
KC gives Moustakas planned breather Sunday
BOSTON -- Mike Moustakas, who ended a 0-for-18 skid with a two-run triple on Saturday night, was out of the lineup on Sunday as planned.
Tony Abreu, who delivered the game-winning hit in the Royals' 12-inning, 10-9 victory, was at third base instead of Moustakas, while Johnny Giavotella returned to second base. It's a one-day sit for Moustakas.
"It's a lefty, it was a long night last night, he's 1-for-19 on the trip," manager Ned Yost said. "He'll be back in there tomorrow."
Abreu's 0-2 hit to left field on Saturday night came on a pitch outside the strike zone.
"It wasn't even a strike, I saw the replay," Yost said. "Up and away."
Moustakas, by the way, is now the Royals' emergency catcher in case anything would happen to Salvador Perez and Brayan Pena during the course of a game.
"Moose caught in high school, Moose can do it," Yost said. "We talked about it a little bit yesterday."
That was infielder Chris Getz's designation before he went on the disabled list on Aug. 18 with a broken thumb.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.