KANSAS CITY, Mo. Score one for the sabermetric crowd.
With his offense slumbering most of the season and completely comatose the past month, Royals manager Ned Yost turned to his team statisticians before Wednesday's game and asked for batting orders they thought would be optimal against right-handers and left-handers.
So, Yost wheeled out the stat guys' new order vs. a right-hander, which featured first baseman Eric Hosmer bumped up to the No. 2 hole in place of struggling shortstop Alcides Escobar, and which featured catcher Sal Perez in the No. 3 hole for the first time in his major league career.
The result wasn't exactly an offensive explosion four runs on eight hits, with six of those hits being singles.
But hitting the four-run mark is huge for the 2013 Royals: With a 4-1 win over the Twins, the Royals are now 17-5 when they score at least four runs.
Let that sink in for a minute: 17-5 when they simply score four runs.
"I can guarantee you we're going to give that bat...