7/22/2013 8:33 P.M. ET
Butler, Royals host children from Bishop Sullivan Center
By Dick Kaegel and Kathleen Gier / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- Billy Butler and his teammates hosted a group of children from the Bishop Sullivan Center in Kansas City at the Major League Baseball Players Trust's "Buses for Baseball" event during batting practice on Monday.
The Players Trust provided transportation and game tickets to the children, who were then invited onto the field for batting practice where Butler, Aaron Crow, Bruce Chen, Jeremy Guthrie, Greg Holland and Salvador Perez all signed autographs and took pictures with the group.
"That's an opportunity that they never would have had if it wasn't for Buses for Baseball, the Royals, Billy Butler and the Bishop Sullivan Center," said Nancy Simons, a community member working with the Bishop Sullivan Center. "Most of them play softball or baseball but have never been to a real Major League stadium."
For Butler, it served as a continuation of his work with the Bishop Sullivan Center, which provides emergency assistance in the Kansas City area. Five years ago, Butler and his wife, Katie, started a program called "Hit-It-A-Ton" as a way to raise money and collect food for the Bishop Sullivan pantries and community kitchen. He donates a ton of food (literally) at a cost of $250 for each home run he hits and a half a ton ($125) for each double. Proceeds from his Hit-It-A-Ton BBQ Sauce, Ton of Bar-B-Q Sandwich at Zarda BBQ in Lenexa, Kan., and Blue Springs, Mo., and "FEAR THE SAUCE" shirts also go toward his program.
Royals match franchise record on defense
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals had matched a club record Sunday with their 11th straight game without an error before ending that streak Monday against the Orioles. The two previous streaks ran from May 31 to June 11, 1997, and May 10-21, 2011.
The streak covered 101 consecutive innings, just short of the club record of 106, between Jarrod Dyson's error in center field July 6 against Oakland and Mike Moustakas' on Monday.
The Royals have just four errors in July after 47 over the first three months. Moustakas' was the infield's first error since Alcides Escobar committed one July 3 against the Indians.
"It's extremely important that we play good defense," manager Ned Yost said before Monday's game. "Pitching and defense help you win games, but you've got to combine it with some offense, too. We feel that our defense is definitely a strength of our team, and I'm real proud of it."
Royals players react to Braun's suspension
KANSAS CITY -- News spread quickly Monday when Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was suspended for the rest of the season, and there was little sympathy from the Royals.
"I think there's a few situations where a guy took it and it was tainted with something, and it wasn't knowingly, but in his situation, I think he knew what he was taking," infielder Elliot Johnson said.
"There was a lot of evidence stacking up against him, even more so with the way he's going about it. The Brewers are out of it, he's not making as much money this year, he's making a lot more money next year -- there's a lot of things that played into why he's doing it right now."
Whatever the motivation, Braun accepted the suspension without pay for violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
"If guys are doing it, you're glad they're getting caught, because you want to clean up the game as much as possible," reliever Aaron Crow said. "This hopefully deters anyone from trying to do it again."
Whether Braun's is the only suspension this season, time will tell, but for now he is added to the long list of players punished for the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
"You just kind of go with it," center fielder Lorenzo Cain said. "They're serving a suspension, and it does make it tough on guys that don't using any steroids.
"At the same time, I feel for those guys, but that's what happens when you use steroids."
Paulino feels good after throwing batting practice
KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Felipe Paulino, getting over shoulder stiffness, pitched Monday afternoon without a problem as he continues his delayed comeback from elbow surgery.
Paulino threw a batting practice session with Royals teammates Chris Getz, Elliot Johnson and George Kottaras taking the swings.
"It was just a 25-pitch BP," manager Ned Yost said. "He was fine, strong, a little erratic. He felt good. He'll throw a two-inning simulated game on Thursday, then a three-inning simulated game on Tuesday."
It has not been decided whether next Tuesday's session will be with the club at Minnesota or if Paulino will go to Surprise, Ariz., to throw.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.