6/28/2014 2:55 A.M. ET
Cain settling into leadoff spot in Royals' order
By Dick Kaegel and Jackson Alexander / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- With Nori Aoki on the 15-day disabled list, manager Ned Yost has identified Lorenzo Cain as the right fielder's replacement atop the Royals' lineup.
Cain started his fifth straight game at the leadoff spot in the Royals' 8-6 win over the Angels on Friday night and collected three hits, including a triple. The three-hit night bumped Cain's average to .333 in his last five games.
"I really do like it," Yost said. "He's had some great at-bats. He's been a bit of an offensive catalyst for us in the one spot, hitting a leadoff home run the other day."
The leadoff home run came in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Dodgers.
Cain is not foreign to the role. He batted in the leadoff spot in eight games last season and in 14 games in 2012.
"It's all right. Wherever they need me to hit, I'll hit," Cain said, who went 4-for-16 in the previous four games entering Friday. "I'm just trying to stay with my same approach as I have been when I was in the seven-hole."
A promotion in the order made sense for Cain, who hit sixth, seventh or eighth in his first 46 games despite a team-high .310 batting average.
"I like the fact that he's swinging the bat really, really well and when that spot comes back in the eighth or ninth inning, we've got a quality hitter that's swinging the bat very well manning that spot," Yost said.
Cain received one of these opportunities on Wednesday.
With a runner on second and one out in the ninth, Cain smoked a line drive right at first baseman Scott Van Slyke, who made a leaping grab before doubling off Pedro Ciriaco at second for the final out.
The 6-foot-5 Van Slyke made his only start at first base in the series on Wednesday, replacing Adrian Gonzalez. Gonzalez stands three inches shorter than Van Slyke and perhaps would not have snared Cain's liner.
"That's just the way the cycle goes at times, it's a matter of breaks. We haven't gotten many breaks this last week," Yost said.
Kansas product Morin returns with Angels
KANSAS CITY -- When reliever Mike Morin learned of his promotion to the Angels on April 27, he immediately pulled up the schedule to scour for a possible homecoming trip to Kansas City.
A day that Morin said he's "been waiting for since I got called up" arrived on Friday as the graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kan., returned to Kauffman Stadium for the first time as a Major Leaguer.
"I grew up 20 minutes from here, [I've been to] countless Royals games so just to be able to be here, it's pretty surreal ... it really is," Morin said before the series opener.
Morin played three times at Kauffman Stadium in high school as part of an annual rivalry game. He received the opportunity to pitch in the game his senior year.
The righty also participated in the pre-Draft workout that led to the Royals selecting him in the 40th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. But Morin went to the University of North Carolina and the Angels took him in the 13th round of the 2012 Draft.
Morin estimated that 100 friends and family were in attendance for Friday's game.
Comedian Foxworthy returns for visit with KC
KANSAS CITY -- Comedian Jeff Foxworthy, friend and Georgia neighbor of Ned Yost, was in the Royals manager's office on Friday afternoon when Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver was mentioned.
Foxworthy had a Seaver story that begins with former Cincinnati infielder Doug Flynn.
"Flynnie was playing for the Big Red Machine and he comes into the dugout one day from the field and Pete Rose says, 'I got bad news, Flynnie, you just got traded.' Flynnie says, 'Oh no, to who?' 'The Mets.' 'For who?' Pete said, 'For Seaver.' Flynn says, 'Straight up?' Pete said, 'No, you and eight other guys. It's a nine-for-one trade.'"
Good story, if given just a bit of exaggeration. It was actually a four-for-one deal that brought Seaver to the Reds, but certainly not straight up.
On previous visits, Foxworthy has been in uniform for some batting practice hacks but not this time. He explained that he had neck surgery three months ago.
"I've decided my getting-in-the-batting cage days are probably over," Foxworthy said. "I'm about to give up the dream of playing in the bigs. It may never happen. I mean I'm 55, I've got to be realistic. It might not happen."
Foxworthy scoop of the day: "I've got Larry the Cable Guy converted to a KC fan. ... He was always a huge Braves fan, but now he's wearing his KC stuff all the time. He loves the Royals."
Yankees-Royals rainout now set for Aug. 25
KANSAS CITY -- Although announced earlier, the rained-out Yankees-Royals game of June 9 has been officially rescheduled for 6:10 p.m. CT on Monday, Aug. 25, at Kauffman Stadium.
There will be a pregame ceremony in which retiring Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will be presented a $10,000 check for his Turn 2 Foundation.
Tickets for June 9 will be honored for the game. Fans unable to attend that game also can redeem tickets for any of the other remaining 2014 games.
Wilmington no-hit for second straight contest
KANSAS CITY -- The Wilmington Blue Rocks must be wondering where their next hit is coming from.
The Royals' Class A Advanced farm club in the Carolina League was no-hit for the second straight night on Friday by the Lynchburg Hillcats, an Atlanta affiliate.
The latest no-hitter was thrown at the Blue Rocks by Cody Scarpetta, who went seven innings, and Benino Pruneda, who worked the final two innings. Each issued one walk in the 5-0 win.
On Thursday, the Lynchburg pitchers were Lucas Sims (seven innings) and Alex Wilson (two innings). They combined for six walks in the 5-1 victory. Wilmington scored a run in the fifth on a walk, a passed ball, an error and a groundout.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.