The Kansas City Royals went into the All Star break with a record of 48-46. They had 3 players who were selected to go to the All Star Game in Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Greg Holland. Unfortunately Alex was unable to play in the All Star Game (ASG) because of an injury but at the same time Royals catcher Perez got to start for the American League because of a season ending Tommy John surgery to the Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters.
Perez is the first player for the Royals to start in the ASG since 2o00 when Jermaine Dye started in the outfield. This was also a special year for the three Royal All Stars because it is the second year in a row that they had been selected together. This is the first time since 1987-88 that this has happened.
Both Perez and Holland had good showings at the All Star Game. Perez went 0-1 batting but had solid innings behind the plate. This year was a little different than last year when he was lucky enough to catch for Mariano Rivera in his last All Star Game. Holland pitched a perfect 7th inning and showed why he is one of the best closers in the American League and even all of the Majors.
This was a very unexciting trade deadline for the Royals this year. The only move that they really made was that they traded backup 3rd baseman Danny Valencia to the Toronto Blue Jays for two Toronto minor leaguers. One of the new Royals Erik Kratz is taking over as backup catcher for Kansas City after they released Brett Hayes who was struggling at the backup position. Kratz has had a few at-bats for Kansas City and will probably have even more in the near future due to an injury to the Gold Glover Eric Hosmer who is expected to be out for 6 to 8 weeks.
The Royals are staying in the playoff race by staying around 2 games back of a wildcard spot. They however need to have their pitching and defense play as well as they have all season because the offense continues to be very inconsistent and unreliable.
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