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Royals notebook | Anderson looking forward to facing former teammates

MINNEAPOLIS | Outfielder Josh Anderson has only good memories from his brief stay in Detroit as he returns this weekend with the Royals for a three-game series against the Tigers at Comerica Park.

“I liked it there,” he said. “They treated me well, and I had an opportunity there to play. It was a different role from what I was used to, but it was something I was working on getting used to.

“I enjoyed it. But this opportunity came along, and it’s a little better for me.”

The Tigers designated Anderson for assignment July 24 to clear space for Carlos Guillen’s return from the disabled list. Six days later, he went to the Royals in a cash transaction.

Anderson, 27, batted .242 in 74 games for the Tigers with 13 steals in 15 attempts. He is just four for 22 in seven games since joining the Royals, but his speed is a much-prized asset for a club that ranks 11th among 14 American League teams in stolen bases.

This weekend offers the chance to catch up with friends such as shortstop Adam Everett and pitcher Nate Robertson, but Anderson sees no competitive advantage in batting against pitchers he once played behind.

“It’s different from watching them out in the field to seeing them in the box,” he said. “You might know what their stuff is doing, but until you get in there and see it in the box -- it’s different.”

Even so, Anderson admitted it won’t be just another series.

“You want to play well,” he said. “Any time a player goes back to a team that traded or designated him or whatever, you want to do well against them. I think it gives you a little fuel for the game, a little energy.

“I have respect for them, obviously. That’s a good organization. Very classy. But it’s going to be a little different.”

Waechter back to DL

Doug Waechter’s lost season continued Thursday when he returned to the disabled list because of a strained right shoulder. He made just two appearances after missing 3 1/2 months because of a strained elbow and a strained left oblique.

Waechter also missed time in spring training because of a finger blister and has pitched in only five games this season after signing last December with the Royals as a free agent for $640,000.

“It was a classic case of a player trying to battle through something,” manager Trey Hillman said. “He had some soreness (in his shoulder) but kept doing side sessions. Doug is not an excuse-maker. He genuinely thought he could throw through it.”

The move cleared space for Gil Meche’s return from the disabled list and came two days after Waechter retired just one of six batters while allowing three runs to the Twins. Meche started Thursday’s game against Minnesota.

“I don’t put (Waechter) in a category of being selfish,” Hillman said. “I put it in a category of a guy trying to go out there and earn his money -- and trying to help a team that has been scuffling out of the bullpen. Obviously, from his performance the other night, it just wasn’t working.”

Waechter, 28, returned Thursday to Kansas City for further evaluation. He has pitched just 5 1/3 innings, while allowing five runs, nine hits and three walks.

“He’s had a rash of misfortune,” Hillman said. “I’d like to have seen the guy who we signed, but I don’t think we’ve ever seen that.”

Royals/Wizards twin-bill

The Royals and Wizards are offering a two-game ticket package deal later this month for $30. It’s called the KC Blue Sports Pack. Sound interesting?

The price includes a view-level infield ticket to the Royals’ Aug. 25 game against the Indians at Kauffman Stadium, and a bleacher ticket to the Wizards’ Aug. 27 game against Real Salt Lake at Community America Ballpark.

Each package includes a Royals cap and a Wizards T-shirt. The first 20,000 fans to the Royals’ game also get a powder-blue T-shirt with what club officials describe as a classic Royals design.

The package can be purchased online at royal.com/wizards and by calling the Royals’ ticket office at 816-504-4040 (option 3).

Minor details

Class A Wilmington has won 16 of its last 17 games after Wednesday’s double-header sweep over Winston-Salem.

Right-hander Eduardo Paulino completed the sweep with a seven-inning, complete-game shutout in a 1-0 victory. Paulino, 23, improved to 7-6 and lowered his ERA to 3.80 after yielding just three hits, striking out eight and walking none. He has won his last four starts.

Right-hander Dan Gutierrez, in his first start, worked four hitless innings in the opener. Third baseman Mike Moustakas went two for three with a two-run double in the 5-1 victory.

Gutierrez, 22, entered the season ranked as the organization’s No. 7 prospect by Baseball America but has missed most of the season because of an arm injury. He has allowed three hits, two walks and no runs in 12 innings since his return.

Looking back

It was 37 years ago Thursday -- Aug. 13, 1972 -- that the Royals turned the first of six triple plays in their 41-year history. It occurred in the third inning of a 13-4 loss at Texas on a bunt by Toby Harrah with runners at first and second.

The most recent triple play by the Royals was June 11, 2006 against Tampa Bay at Kauffman Stadium, The Royals have not hit into a triple play since June 19, 1979 at Oakland.

Etc.

•The Royals requested unconditional release waivers on utilityman Ryan Freel, who was designated for assignment Aug. 5 after batting .244 in 18 games. He joined the club in a July 6 trade with the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later.



•Willie Bloomquist drove in two runs and has a career-high 24 RBIs. He had 22 for Seattle in 2005.



•David DeJesus took over the American League lead in triples when he opened the game with his eighth of the season. Yuniesky Betancourt also had a triple as the Royals extended their MLB-leading total to 40.



•Seven of Alex Gordon’s 34 career homers are against the Twins. He doesn’t have more than four against any other opponent.



•The Royals had lost the rubber game in nine straight series in which they split the first two games prior to Thursday’s victory. They are now 3-11 in rubber games,



•Multiple birthday wishes: reliever Roman Colon turned 30 on Thursday; Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Mark Gubicza turns 47 Friday, and ex-Royals reliever Leo Nuñez, traded last October for first baseman Mike Jacobs, turns 26 Friday.



•Joakim Soria is 10 for 10 in career save opportunities against the Twins. He also had a 0.44 ERA (one run in 20 2/3 innings) in 16 career appearances. The Royals are 15-1 against Minnesota when he pitches.



•Three of Soria’s last five saves have been six-out saves.



•Twins shortstop Orlando Cabrera extended his career-high hitting streak to 22 games with a single in the fifth. It is the longest current streak in the majors.



To reach Bob Dutton, send e-mail to bdutton@kcstar.com. Follow his updates at twitter.com/Royals_Report.

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