Eib­ner in town to visit

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - BASEBALL | - By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

Sec­ond-round se­lec­tion from Arkansas is club’s top un­signed draft pick.

Arkansas Ra­zor­backs out­fielder Brett Eib­ner, the Roy­als’ sec­on­dround draft pick this year, was in town Tues­day to take a phys­i­cal and check out Kansas City.

Eib­ner stood in the dugout be­fore the game and seemed gen­uinely wowed by Kauff­man Sta­dium.

“It’s amaz­ing,” Eib­ner said. “I’ve been to a few parks, and they all have their per­son­al­ity. But this one is way up there, with the new ren­o­va­tions.”

Eib­ner’s right hand was also in a brace, thanks to a hair­line frac­ture he suf­fered while play­ing Ole Miss in May.

“If I were to fall on it, it would hurt,” said Eib­ner, who says he will be fine in a few weeks. “But it’s more of a pre­cau­tion­ary thing to keep it sta­bi­lized and help it heal quicker.”

Eib­ner is the Roy­als’ high­est un- signed draft pick . The dead­line to sign se­lec­tions is Aug. 16, but ne­go­ti­a­tions are still in the early stages.

“There’s a lot of time left,” Eib­ner said. Lineup change

Vet­eran util­i­ty­man Wil­son Betemit started at des­ig­nated hit­ter and hit eighth Tues­day af­ter go­ing two for four with a cru­cial three-run home run in his last start, a 10-3 win over St. Louis on Sun­day.

So far this sea­son, Betemit is hit­ting .476 with three dou­bles and three home runs in 21 at-bats.

“That’s why he’s in there,” Roy­als man­ager Ned Yost said. “He gives you an­other bat with power po­ten­tial in the lineup — and you saw how im­por­tant that was the other day. The three-run homer changed the whole com­plex­ion of the game.” Meche throws

Roy­als starter Gil Meche threw a 40-pitch bullpen ses­sion off a mound on Tues­day and re­ported no pain after­ward. Meche has been on the 15-day dis­abled list since May 29 (retroac­tive to May 26) with right shoul­der bur­si­tis. Two-out won­ders

En­ter­ing Tues­day’s game, there had been 28 times this sea­son in which the Roy­als had two outs and none on in an in­ning and still man­aged to score at least one run. In all, the Roy­als had scored 53 runs in an in­ning af­ter start­ing a rally with two down and none on.

“It’s a good in­di­ca­tion of the at­ti­tude this of­fense has, (which is) that the in­ning isn’t over un­til the third out is made,” Yost said. “They can still gen­er­ate some of­fense, no mat­ter the sit­u­a­tion.” Mi­nor de­tails

Short­stop Chris­tian Colon, the fourth over­all pick in this year’s draft, made his de­but Tues­day at Class A Wilm­ing­ton. Colon hit into a dou­ble play in his first pro­fes­sional at-bat and fin­ished zero for five.

Left-handed starter Danny Duffy made his 2010 de­but on Mon­day with the Sur­prise Roy­als of the Rookie League, al­low­ing one run, two hits and a walk over twothirds of an in­ning.

Duffy, 21, was re­garded as one of the Roy­als’ top pitch­ing prospects be­fore he left camp on March 24 to re­assess his life pri­or­i­ties. He de­cided ear­lier this month to re­sume his base­ball ca­reerand re­turn to the or­ga­ni­za­tion. To reach Terez A. Paylor, send e-mail to tpay­lor@kc­star.com.


Chicago’s Juan Pierre was safe at first af­ter the ball popped out of Billy But­ler’s glove on a pick­off at­tempt in the first in­ning.



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