Mous­takas daz­zling with three homers

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - BASEBALL - By DANIEL PAULLING

Roy­als’ prospect drives in 11 runs in Omaha’s 23-5 vic­tory.

Mike Mous­takas al­ready con­quered one league.

So, just hours af­ter be­ing cho­sen the Texas League player of the year, he set out to back it up in the Pa­cific Coast League.

In Class AAA Omaha’s 23-5 home vic­tory Mon­day against Round Rock, Mous­takas went four for six with three home runs and 11 RBIs. He was on-deck when the fi­nal out of the eighth in­ning was recorded.

Omaha scored 11 runs in bot­tom of the third.

His per­for­mance con­tin­ues what’s been a great year for Mous­takas. De­spite play­ing just 66 games with Class AA North­west Arkansas in the Texas League, he hit .347 with 21 home runs and 76 RBIs, all of which led the league at the time of his pro­mo­tion. His homers and RBIs still rank fifth.

And things have gone well since his July13 call-up, too. Mon­day’s per­for­mance brought Mous­takas’ to­tals at Omaha to12 homers and 37 RBIs in 37 games. Meche meets the bullpen

The Gil Meche-as-a-re­liever ex­per­i­ment is about to be­gin.

Meche is ex­pected to be ac­ti­vated from the dis­abled list Wed­nes­day when ros­ters ex­pand from 25 to 40 play­ers. He has made three mi­nor­league re­hab out­ings as a re­liever and threw a side ses­sion Mon­day.

“I’ve been real sharp in the (bullpen ses­sions),” Meche said. “I had real good life on my fast­ball, and I’m feel­ing pretty good. I’m hop­ing I can have some fun with it.”

Meche, 31, is re­turn­ing as a re­liever af­ter be­ing a starter for10 sea­sons.

Meche has tra­di­tion­ally be­gun starts slowly. In his ca­reer, he has a 5.11 ERA over the first 45 pitches. In four ca­reer ap­pear­ances in re­lief, he has al­lowed three earned runs in 51⁄ in­nings.

His com­mand has im­proved over his out­ings, but his role has yet to be de­ter­mined. Man­ager Ned Yost ex­pects Meche to throw be­tween 20 and 40 pitches each out­ing and not on back-to-back days.

“He could be a force in our pen,” Yost said.

“He might be a guy who could work his way into the back of the bullpen. It’s en­cour­ag­ing.”

Meche isn’t on the Roy­als’ 40-man ros­ter, which means the Roy­als will have to make a move. Te­jeda thrown into fire

Fresh off the dis­abled list, Robin­son Te­jeda is re­turn­ing to the end of the bullpen.

“Just the games we play right now, I don’t think I’m go­ing to have the situa-

3tion to ease him back in,” Yost said. “It’s not go­ing to hap­pen. We’re prob­a­bly just go­ing to have to go ahead in the sev­enth and eighth in­ning of these close games and get him back to speed.

“Ide­ally, would I like to give him a sit­u­a­tion where he has a bit of lee­way? Yeah, I do. But I’m not go­ing to wait around five days for that to hap­pen.”

Te­jeda joins Blake Wood as the two prime setup op­tions for Yost. Wood re­fined his me­chan­ics and strug­gled in June and July. He has pitched bet­ter in Au­gust but bat­tled back trou­bles. Yost said Wood was feel­ing fine.

Te­jeda has a 3.38 ERA over 48 in­nings this sea­son. Etc.

The Roy­als were shut out Mon­day for the sev­enth time this sea­son. Their three hits matched a sea­son low, matched three times.

North­west Arkansas man­ager Brian Pold­berg was cho­sen the Texas League­m­an­ageroftheyear.He­hasled North­west Arkansas to a fran­chise-record 80 wins with seven games re­main­ing in the reg­u­lar sea­son. He is the only man­ager in fran­chise his­tory.



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