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Tue, 28 May 2013 16:25:13 -0700
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost attempted to jump start the offense by moving OF Alex Gordon back to the leadoff spot Tuesday, May 28, with OF Lorenzo Cain moving to the third spot. C Salvador Perez will likely move to the third spot in the order when he returns from the bereavement list, however. Gordon hit .391 with a .449 on-base percentage in 18 games at No. 3 since moving there May 9.
Fantasy Tip: Gordon has been hitting well no matter where he's been in the lineup this year. While it might reduce the number of opportunities he has at driving in runs, it shouldn't affect his value much. Perez, on the other hand, has a chance to get going with a move to third in the order in front of Billy Butler.
Wed, 22 May 2013 16:37:46 -0700
Kansas City Royals 2B Chris Getz is getting a shot at the leadoff spot since he's started to swing the bat better recently. He's gone 2-for-5 with a walk in his last two starts after previously going 4-for-46. SS Alcides Escobar (three games), OF Jarrod Dyson (three games), OF Lorenzo Cain (three games) and OF David Lough (three games) were all tried in the top spot.
Fantasy Tip: Maybe this keeps Getz going after he picked it up in the last couple of games. If he can peform well in the top spot, it'll help his chances of convincing Ned Yost that he belongs in the lineup on a daily basis, along with the fact that Yost has had trouble finding suitable leadoff hitters. Getz is mainly middle infield insurance in cavernous mixed leagues.
Thu, 09 May 2013 16:29:17 -0700
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon has moved from the leadoff spot to third Thursday, May 9, with 1B Billy Butler hitting cleanup. "The most important two spots we have in the lineup right now should be manned by Gordy and Billy," manager Ned Yost said. "That's three and four. Everything else is interchangeable depending on who's hot and the matchups." The team's No. 4 hitter has ranked last in RBIs (seven), extra-base hits (six) and slugging percentage (.277), and they are ranked 29th among 30 teams with a .271 on-base percentage. SS Alcides Escobar is batting leadoff with OF Lorenzo Cain following him. Escobar prefers to hit second and has much more experience in that slot, but he doesn't have a problem hitting atop the order. 2B Chris Getz and OF Jeff Francoeur returned to the lineup Thursday, but they'll need to show production soon if they want to keep everyday jobs. Yost plans on using this new-look lineup for an extended period of time.
Fantasy Tip: Right now, Gordon and Butler are the team's best hitters, so it makes sense to put them in the biggest run-producing spots in the lineup. Yost also cited that it splits up his left- and right-handed bats in Gordon and Eric Hosmer and Butler and Mike Moustakas.
Wed, 08 May 2013 15:07:52 -0700
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is considering changing up his lineup in the near future that would possibly include moving OF Alex Gordon from leadoff to third in the lineup and increased playing time for OF Jarrod Dyson and 2B Elliot Johnson. Dyson started in center field Wednesday, May 8, and OF Lorenzo Cain shifted to right in place of struggling OF Jeff Francoeur. Johnson started for the second day over 2B Chris Getz. Gordon is hitting only .180 (9-for-50) when leading off an inning compared to .490 (24-for-49) with runners on base. Yost is considering Dyson, Cain or SS Alcides Escobar for options at leadoff. Moving Gordon to third in the lineup would allow 1B Billy Butler to return to the cleanup spot.
Fantasy Tip: This could have varying degrees of fantasy implications. For one, this will give Gordon more opportunities for RBIs, and it also should put Dyson on the radar of deep mixed gamers if Francoeur continues to lose out. Yost believes Eric Hosmer eventually deserves to be the three hitter, but he's holding off until he picks it up at the plate.
Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:53:52 -0700
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain worked with sprint coaches in the offseason and also did yoga to focus on weaknesses in his legs. "He was upright with a long stride," trainer Nick Kenney said. "They wanted him to turn and get more of a forward lean. That allows you to become a power runner." The priority for Cain was to shorten his stride. He often felt his legs were heavy and fatigued late last season, so he made the change to become stronger and avoid lower body injuries.
Fantasy Tip: Cain is a 20-20 threat if he can stay healthy over a full season. His free-swinging ways could hurt his batting average, but he's not a bad target as you approach the later rounds in mixed league drafts.
Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:38:26 -0800
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (hand) is making his spring debut Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Sat, 23 Feb 2013 10:01:25 -0800
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (hand) took 50 pain-free swings in the batting cage Saturday, Feb. 23, and remains on target to resume playing next week.
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 09:13:40 -0800
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (hand) said his strained right hand is better. He will start hitting Saturday, Feb. 23, and hopes to play Monday, Feb. 25.
Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:38:41 -0800
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (hand) said he plans to be fully healthy by opening day this year. "Don't worry, I'll be ready," Cain said. "I know what people are thinking, but I just need to take a few days off from swinging just to get the soreness out of there. I should start back up in two or three days. I'll be back to normal."
Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:18:14 -0800
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (hand) said he expects to start swinging again in the next two or three days.