8/2/2013 6:16 P.M. ET
In KC's first look at Citi, dimensions stand out
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- It was a new ballpark for the Royals -- the first game in their history at Citi Field, which opened in 2009 with an exterior evoking the memory of Brooklyn's Ebbets Field and a cozier interior than the Mets' old nearby home of Shea Stadium.
The Royals took early batting practice before Friday night's series opener and, of course, took note of the outfield fences that were brought in prior to the 2012 season. That made the ballpark friendlier to hitters, but it still plays big, according to coach Rusty Kuntz.
"It's big, because it's 390 [feet] in the gaps, kind of like our place," Kuntz said, referring to Kauffman Stadium.
It's 335 down the left-field line, 330 down the right-field line and 408 to center. The drawn-in fences are also much lower than the original barriers.
Trying to analyze the wind conditions and currents at the field, Kuntz noted that during early BP, balls traveled well if hit low but tended to hang up if hit high.
Kuntz took the outfielders to the fences, where he hit line drives off the surface to judge how to react during the game. It's not a tricky layout.
"There's a little jut-out down the right-field line, but it's not that big of a deal," Kuntz said. "It's pretty much in the round where you don't have to worry about it too much with the angles."
The grass is slow like other eastern fields in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. (Baltimore is an exception, with a faster surface.)
"Thick grass -- slow, slow, slow," Kuntz said.
Yost stacks KC lineup with lefties in opener
NEW YORK -- Center fielder Lorenzo Cain was out of the Royals' lineup on Friday night against the Mets, but not because of any recurrence of injury.
It's because Cain bats right-handed, and manager Ned Yost wanted to get as many left-handed hitters in his lineup as possible against right-hander Dillon Gee.
Left-handed batters hit .316 against Gee entering Friday, compared to .240 by lefties, so Yost used six left-handed batters, including outfielders Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson and David Lough. The only right-handed batters in the lineup, other than pitcher Wade Davis, were Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar. Escobar was one of the few Royals who had faced Gee before, going 2-for-3 against him.
Cain, back in the lineup on Thursday after missing three games with a groin ailment, was feeling fine 24 hours after playing the entire 7-2 win at Minnesota.
"I played the full game yesterday and felt great, ran great," Cain said. "I thought I would wake up with some soreness today but I didn't so that was huge. I got my treatment again this morning, got it going and I'm ready to go."
Also out of the lineup was right-handed-hitting newcomer Justin Maxwell, who made his debut in right field on Thursday after being obtained from the Astros.
"He's got some ability," Yost said. "We've just got to harness it and continue to help it grow. He was hitting some balls in the second deck out there in early BP."
Change of plan: Rehabbing Getz takes BP with KC
NEW YORK -- Turns out that Chris Getz is on the Kansas City disabled list, but definitely not in Tacoma, Wash.
Yep, that was definitely Getz taking batting practice with the Royals before Friday night's game against the Mets.
Getz was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee sprain on Thursday in Minneapolis and, according to manager Ned Yost, was going to fly to Tacoma to join Triple-A Omaha and continue his rehab and play.
Apparently there was a change of plans. Getz flew east instead of west and is still with the Royals, not the Storm Chasers.
• Daniel Crabtree, general counsel for the Royals, is among six lawyers nominated to serve on the U.S. District Court by President Barack Obama. Crabtree was nominated for the District of Kansas. He's been a partner at the law firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker since 1988. He is a graduate of Ottawa University and the University of Kansas Law School.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.