7/23/2013 10:00 P.M. ET
Outfield defense critical to Royals' success
By Dick Kaegel and Kathleen Gier / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- While the Royals search for consistency from their pitching and hitting, they have been able to count on their outfield defense to keep them in games.
The Royals are currently ranked third in the Majors with 24 outfield assists. Since 2011 they have 126, which is 37 more than any other team. The Royals also have turned two double plays and have just six outfield errors this season.
"Our arms are underrated out there," center fielder Jarrod Dyson said. "If we can get that outfield assist, we're going to get it. We're going be smart with the baseball and try to get a double play. That's a big key of what we do out there, we know where we are going to throw the baseball even before it's even hit to us."
Two-time Gold Glove winner Alex Gordon leads the way with eight assists, followed by Lorenzo Cain with seven, David Lough with four and Dyson with three. Dyson also has both double plays.
"They probably have as good of an outfield defensively as you'll see in the big leagues today," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "With Cain and Dyson and Gordon, that's as good of a defensive outfield as you're going to see. You ain't going to see any better. You couldn't get one to fall over the fence."
Dyson attributes their success to communication and speed.
"We've kind of got an idea of where guys like to hit the ball and how a pitcher likes to pitch," Dyson said. "In center field, I can zero in on that real well and see where our catcher is setting up on guys and if I move, the corner guy will automatically move when I give them the glove signal for what side of the field I'm playing on. Everybody out there holds their own."
Davis to remain in Royals rotation
KANSAS CITY -- Despite losing his last four starts, Wade Davis will keep his spot in the Royals rotation.
"We need him to get it going and be productive for us," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We still believe there is a chance of that happening."
Davis lasted just 2 2/3 innings on Monday night, when he gave up four runs on seven hits, three walks and three strikeouts. He left after 83 pitches in his second shortest start of the season. He is 4-9 with a 5.92 ERA through 19 starts.
"We're going to stick with him for now," Yost said. "One, he hadn't pitched in 11 days. Two, we think that there are some things we can do to improve his game. His stuff was as good as it's been all year long, it was just command."
Perez gets scheduled night off behind plate
KANSAS CITY -- Catcher Salvador Perez got a break from the Royals' starting lineup on Tuesday night, but it wasn't because his calf was sore again.
His calf, bruised by foul balls and pitches in the dirt, has healed, according to Perez.
"Since the All-Star Game, it's been good," Perez said. "No problem."
Manager Ned Yost just wanted to give Perez a night off.
"His leg does feel fine," Yost said. "We've got two days off in the next 50 games and I'm going to have to find spots to rest him."
George Kottaras made his 17th start behind the plate against the Orioles.
Brett still carries interim title as hitting coach
KANSAS CITY -- George Brett is officially the Royals' interim hitting coach, but he's never made it clear just how long his stay might be.
Asked during Tuesday's media session on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Pine Tar Game if he'd made any decision, Brett replied: "No, not really. I'll have a meeting with [general manager] Dayton [Moore] in the next couple of days and we'll discuss some things."
Brett, in fact, held a lengthy discussion with Moore near the Royals' dugout during an early workout at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
When Brett and Pedro Grifol became Royals coaches on May 30 at St. Louis, the Hall of Famer indicated that he'd try the job for a month or so and re-evaluate. That month came and went with no change in his status.
• Ramon Torres of the Burlington Royals was named the Appalachian League Player of the Week after hitting .381 (13-for-34) with two doubles, a triple, two homers, seven RBIs and seven runs.
Torres, a 20-year-old second baseman, was signed by the Royals as a 16-year-old in 2009 and is hitting .317 in 28 games for Burlington this season.
• Terrence Gore, an outfielder for Class A Lexington, is ranked second in the South Atlantic League with 56 steals this season. Gore was selected in the 20th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and has stolen 109 bases in 116 attempts for a 94 percent success rate.
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.