Watching Saturday’s game against the A’s was a little tougher than usual for manager Ned Yost, and not just because it was a tight, come-from-behind 4-3 victory for the Royals.
Yost and GM Dayton Moore had learned before the game that left fielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez had been named All-Stars, but Yost and Moore weren’t going to tell anyone until after the game. Waiting for that moment was tough.
"I was more nervous than I’ve been all year long wanting to win that game so we could celebrate this in the right fashion," Yost said. "We were gonna celebrate this -- win, lose or draw. It is such a special accomplishment
"Thinking about these two guys and how special they are not only to me and to our organization and to this city, I was almost overwhelmed a couple of times during the game."
When Yost finally got to share the news in the clubhouse, it was -- no surprise -- an emotional moment.
"In 10 years of doing this, I’ve never not gotten emotional," he said. "It’s a special thing for me. I did pretty good (Saturday). I only had to stop once. It’s a big, big deal to be an All-Star, and both of these guys, knowing how hard they work, their passion for the game, the way they prepare themselves, the way they play the game every day, that they were more than worthy of being All-Stars."
It’s the first time in 10 years that the Royals will have two players representing the team at the All-Star Game. Mike Sweeney and Mike MacDougal went in 2003.
After Saturday’s game, Yost announced that Gordon had made the team first, and Perez admitted that he was shocked to hear his name after Gordon’s.
"I was extremely happy when Ned announced that Alex was going to the All-Star Game, and I was somewhat surprised when Ned said he wasn’t going alone, that I was going," Perez said. "It was kind of a shock, a surprise. A good surprise."
Gordon, who admittedly doesn’t cry, said he found himself caught up in an emotional All-Star moment during last year’s game in Kansas City.
Gordon was watching from the stands, and he remembered how he felt when teammate Billy Butler was introduced.
"Seeing Billy out there and the crowd and how they supported him and cheered for him – I don’t cry at all, and I actually cried when I saw Billy get announced," he said. "It’s an honor to be in his shoes now and represent Kansas City."
Perez gets day off
It was a little more than just a scheduled day off for catcher Perez, who rested for the second time in four nights.
Yost said he wanted to give Perez another day to recover from a soft-tissue and bone bruise near his shin.
“His leg is barking a little bit,” Yost said. “It’s not anything he can’t play through, but an occasional rest here and there is going to help him. It’s a combination of a soft tissue and bone bruise. He can play through it -- it’s just painful.”
George Kottaras started in his place and finished one for two with a solo home run and two walks. Kottaras has homered in each of his last three starts.
Perez’s nagging injury occurred when he recently took two foul tips off the leg.
“It got around the shin guard,” Yost said. “Both times, the exact same spot.”
Perez also began Thursday’s game on the bench before coming on and recording a pinch-hit double in the Royals’ 10-7 victory over Cleveland.
Dyson says he’s not quite 100 percent
Outfielder Jarrod Dyson certainly looks like he has fully recovered from his ankle injury, especially after Saturday’s performance against the A’s. He stole two bases, got his second outfield assist of the season and finished three for three. He started again Sunday and was one for four. He went four for 10 over the three-game series and is hitting .268 overall.
But Dyson said he’s still not 100 percent back to normal after a high-ankle sprain in May sent him to the disabled list. He was hurt attempting to climb the center-field wall May 15 in Anaheim on a Mike Trout homer. Dyson re-joined the Royals when he was recalled from a rehab assignment on June 21.
However, he said he’s not worried about putting pressure on the ankle or pushing to his top speed.
"It’s not 100 percent, but it’s good to go. I can still dial up top speed on it," he said. "It’s just about not doing stupid stuff like trying to jump on a wall right now. I don’t know if I’m ready for that.
"If I have to, I will. I’m gonna make sure I get some glove on it if I have to jump up on a wall."
• Gordon, who was two for four with a homer and a single, has 30 multi-hit games this season.
• This was the third time this season that the Royals had allowed 10 or more runs.
• Mike Moustakas finished one for four with an RBI double and is hitting .316 since June 18.