09/03/12 2:53 PM ET
After rough road trip, Moustakas on track in KC
By Vinnie Duber / MLB.com
After a dismal road trip against Tampa Bay and Boston that saw the third baseman go 1-for-23, Moustakas has bounced back nicely in the first six games of a 10-game stay at Kauffman Stadium. In six games against Detroit and Minnesota, he hit .400 (10-for-25) with four doubles, four runs scored and five RBIs.
"I've been doing a lot of work with [hitting coach Kevin Seitzer] in the cage, trying to get back to getting comfortable in the box. And I'm finally starting to get to that point where I'm seeing pitches and not chasing as much as I was," Moustakas said.
"Just seeing the ball, trying to work the middle of the field a little bit more, trying to stay on pitches more. Just trying to get myself in a good spot to hit. I've been down there every day, and he's been helping me out a ton. I feel good. The results are showing right now."
Royals manager Ned Yost was asked what tendencies Moustakas shows when he slips into rough stretches like the one on the last road trip.
"He gets a little -- I don't want to say pull-conscious -- but he gets a little pull-conscious, and he gets a little anxious, swinging more at the pitcher's pitches," Yost said. "Since he's been back here, his swing's been more relaxed. It's been more of a free swing. And pitch selection's been very good."
Moustakas' home and road splits this season show a dramatic difference. Entering Monday, he was hitting .298 at Kauffman Stadium, compared to just .210 on the road. His power numbers have been pretty consistent regardless of the ballpark, but in roughly the same amount of at-bats (235 at home, 233 on the road), he's picked up 21 more hits at home.
"It's a crazy game," Moustakas said. "There's numbers for everything, and there's a lot of stuff that we can't explain as players. I don't look into that much. I love playing here. I love Kansas City. I try to get hits on the road, too, but it's just a crazy game."
Royals adjust rotation after doubleheader
KANSAS CITY -- Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins was going to have ramifications on the starting rotation, and Royals manager Ned Yost made those known on Monday.
Yost said that Wednesday's game against the Rangers will be a "'pen day," with Everett Teaford getting the start, and Vin Mazzaro also pitching. Luke Hochevar, who started the second game of the doubleheader and didn't make it out of the second inning, will start Thursday's series finale against Texas.
In the series against the White Sox in Chicago, it will likely be Luis Mendoza on Friday, Bruce Chen on Saturday and Jeremy Guthrie on Sunday.
Will Smith, who started Game 1 of the doubleheader, will skip his next start in order to keep the rest of the rotation on regular rest, according to Yost.
"Smith's going to skip one start. Big reason: I want Mendoza, Guthrie and Chen pitching against Chicago," Yost said. "They've been real effective with them. I'm not going to alter the rotation against them. We're going to leave it the way it is.
"[Smith] will make his next start the next time around. When you get into a situation, I'm not going to bump everybody back down. I'm going to keep it the way it is. So [Smith] will pitch out of the 'pen 'till his turn comes back around again. He'll be available to be the long guy on Thursday."
Lough in leadoff spot for third straight game
KANSAS CITY -- For the third straight game, the leadoff spot in the Royals' lineup belonged to David Lough.
The rookie, who was called up on Saturday, made his third consecutive start in right field in Monday's series opener against the Rangers. Lough went 4-for-10 in two games this weekend against the Twins, picking up a double and scoring three runs.
Royals manager Ned Yost said that the rookie isn't his ideal leadoff option, but he's a good fit at the moment.
"It's not perfect. If I had a leadoff hitter, he wouldn't be hitting leadoff. It's just a spot where he kind of fits right now," Yost said. "He's a guy that has a pretty decent approach the first two games, and I'm going on two games. He swung the bat well. I like the way that he goes about it."
Ceremony for Toma rescheduled for Sept. 21
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony for legendary groundskeeper George Toma has been rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 21.
The ceremony, originally scheduled for Aug. 31, was cancelled due to heavy rains. That night's game between the Royals and Twins was also rained out.
Toma will be enshrined as the 25th member of the Royals Hall of Fame before the Royals take on the Indians at 7:10 p.m. CT.
Vinnie Duber is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.