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Betancourt and Chen lead Royals over Indians, 9-7

Bruce Chen wasn’t sharp at all on the mound but was bailed out by his offense.

Yuniesky Betancourt homered and drove in three runs as the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 9-7 Wednesday night.

Betancourt had a two-run single in the fourth inning and hit his 12th homer, which is a career high, in the sixth inning when the Royals took a commanding 9-4 lead.

Bruce Chen (MLB)

Yuniesky Betancourt (MLB)

Mitch Maier contributed a two-run triple and Billy Butler also drove in a pair of runs for Kansas City. Gregor Blanco had two doubles.

Indians starter Fausto Carmona (11-11) fell to 1-4 in his past five starts. He gave up seven runs on nine hits, a walk and a hit batter in five innings.

The left-handed Chen (8-6), earned his third win in his fourth August start. He allowed four runs on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Joakim Soria recorded his 35th save in 37 opportunities which ties for the American League  lead.

Bright spots for the Indians were Asdrubal Cabrera and Shin-Soo Choo who each contributed three hits and batted in two runs.

Without Rolen and Phillips, Reds struggle vs. Greinke and Royals



David DeJesus of Royals at bat (

Scoreboard at Great American Ball Park (

When members of the media saw that both Scott Rolen and Brandon Phillips were out of the lineup Sunday at Great American Ball Park, the feeling was mutual that the Reds would struggle against reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke.

We were all thinking on the same page as the Kansas City ace pitcher (2-8) pitched more like Cy Young than the one who entered the game with a 4.05 ERA. He struck out 12, walked none and was not hurt by two homers by Reds first baseman Joey Votto.

The Reds got help this weekend. While they were losing two of three to Kansas City, Arizona did them a favor and beat the injury-depleted St. Louis Cardinals two out of three in the desert. So the Reds with an off day on Monday, lead the NL Central by 1 1/2 games.

Scott Rolen was out of the lineup because of a scheduled day off.

Brandon Phillips’ absence is another matter. He scratched from the starting lineup due to cramping in his right hamstring. He was out early Sunday morning trying to see if it would loosen up while jogging in the outfield and it wouldn’t. He’ll have an MRI today.

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Reds retired numbers and Jackie Robinson's #42. (

The Royals have been tough on the Reds the last two seasons, winning  5 0f 6 games. Sunday, the hitting stars were CF David DeJesus who went 3 for 4 with 4 runs scored, a double, home run and 2 walks. 1B Billy Butler was 4 for 5 with two doubles, a homer and 4 RBI’s. It’s hard to believe the Royals are 27-37 but they have bullpen problems, no depth on the bench and they don’t play defense well. But they sure can hit as their team batting average of .276 indicates.

SOUNDS FROM THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS POST GAME CLUBHOUSE (To listen to an audio file, just click on the link)

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45 130 Ned Yost KC Mgr What impressed him about David DeJesus at bat (

45 132 Ned Yost KC Mgr On Billy Butler and Jose Guillen (

45 133 Ned Yost KC Mgr On Wilson Betermit’s role (

45 134 Billy Butler KC 1B Finally put up runs for Zack Greinke (

45 136 Billy Butler KC 1B His focus worked at the plate today (

45 137 Billy Butler KC 1B Hitting to all fields is his key (

45 138 Zack Greinke KC RHP The adjustments made in his delivery (

Royals tough on Reds again; win 6-5 in 11 innings

compiled from staff and wire reports

Ned Yost is used to managing a  National League game. After all, he used to be the bench coach in Atlanta under Bobby Cox and he was the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. These days, he is the manager of the Kansas City Royals of the American League where they don’t have double switches and lefty-right matches and they don’t use 7 pitchers in a game.

Yuniesky Betancourt (mlb)

However, Yost is involved in an interleague series with the Cincinnati Reds, and Friday night he used 7 pitchers to try and win a game and he was successful.

Yost used his entire bullpen to stop the high-octane Reds offense from pulling off another comeback and Yuniesky Betancourt completed  his big night ( he had an RBI double and two-run homer) with a run-scoring single in the 11th inning sending the Royals to a 6-5 win over the Reds. The fourth straight time they’ve beaten Cincinnati.

Micah Owings (3-2) was the loser as he walked Billy Butler and Brayan Pena setting up Betancourt’s game-winning hit.

Eventhough the St. Louis beat Arizona, 5-2, Cincinnati remained in first place in the NL Central Division. The Reds haven’t led so late in a season since June 17, 2002, when they were playing at Cinergy Field.

MLB NOTES: Kansas City Royals

from staff and wire reports

Rick Ankiel gets a fresh start in KC (stlpd)

The Kansas City Royals have long been the whipping boys in the American League. But in 2010, the fans of Kansas City hope they’ll finally have a winner and contender.

The Royals do have some good young talent with pitchers Zack Greinke and Gil Meche  and power hitting from Alex Gordon, Billy Butler and Willie Bloomquist.

This past off-season, general manager Dayton Moore went out and signed free agent outfielders Rick Ankiel to play center field and Scott Posednick to play in left field. Former left fielder and fan favorite, David DeJesus will move from left to right. Most fans wonder, where will Jose Guillen play?

The Royals want Guillen to be the fulltime DH, but he wants to play outfield and nothing else. Guillen was limited last season to 81 games due to various injuries. He was disabled three times while hitting  .242 with 9 homers and 40 RBI’s. When he is in right field, no one in baseball has a better arm than Jose Guillen.

Rick Ankiel is also making a comeback. He was never the same in 2009 for the St. Louis Cardinals after he ran headfirst into a wall making a spectacular catch. He said that he never got over the stiffness and soreness associated with that type of injury.