Notes: DeJesus returns to lineup

Notes: DeJesus returns to lineup

KANSAS CITY -- Center fielder David DeJesus was back in the lineup Monday night after missing Sunday's game against the Twins with a sore left ankle.

DeJesus injured the ankle in the first inning of Saturday's game, when he ran to second base after Mark Grudzielanek singled.

"It's sore, but I can play. That's why I'm in there," DeJesus said. "It's one of those things with the more treatment I got, the better I felt."

DeJesus said when he hurt it, he didn't think he would have to miss a game, but he wanted to give it a little time and let it heal before playing again.

"I didn't do anything too crazy Sunday," DeJesus said. "I just stayed off of it and let it heal for a little bit and get better. That's the key."

Before DeJesus got hurt, he was one of the more consistent batters in the Royals lineup. Coming into Monday's game, the center fielder led the Royals in hits, total bases and runs and was tied for the lead in home runs and doubles.

DeJesus and right fielder Mark Teahen were the only left-handed hitters in the lineup Monday against White Sox lefty Mark Buehrle.

"He came in early today and said he's fine," manager Buddy Bell said. "So, he's back in there."

Gordon sits: Left-handed-hitting Alex Gordon got the day off Monday with Buehrle on the mound.

The third baseman last sat April 13 against the Orioles with another lefty on the mound, Eric Bedard. In the three-game series over the weekend against the Twins, Gordon went 2-for-11 with one home run and two RBIs.

Bell said Gordon will be back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox and just wanted to give the rookie a day off.

"I'm going to give Alex a day here and there," Bell said. "It just so happens he played a stretch here. He didn't have a great day [Sunday], not a lot of good at-bats, so we'll give him a day."

Gordon is hitting just .136 on the young season. In 13 at-bats against lefties this season, he's 2-for-13.

Rare feat: Sunday's win by starter Jorge De La Rosa and save by closer Joakim Soria marked just the 11th time in Major League history that two Mexican pitchers combined for the win and the save in the same game.

It was the first time it's happened since July 20, 1998, when Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon of the Pirates did it against the Mets.

Bell credited Soria's upbringing in Mexico as one of the reasons the hurler has the mentality to be a closer.

"I think growing up in Mexico and playing as much baseball as he has -- playing before rabid crowds -- he learned a lot," Bell said. "You learn how to play pretty quick and you grow up down there. He's got the right attitude. He has a great baseball IQ."

Bell said with Octavio Dotel's status unchanged with a strained left oblique, Soria will remain the team's closer for now.

What's next Mike? Bell was still having some fun at Mike Sweeney's expense before the game Monday.

Sweeney showed bunt in the second inning of Sunday's game and got a pitch up and in from Twins starter Ramon Ortiz. Sweeney got brushed back and was falling to the ground, but the ball hit his bat and went in play to record an out.

"What the heck was that?" Bell joked. "It's something every day with Mike."

All joking aside, Sweeney has been swinging a hot stick lately. In his last four games, which the Royals have won three, Sweeney is 8-for-15. Before that, he was in a 2-for-20 funk.

Buehrle's no-no: Bell said he was happy for Buehrle, who threw a no-hitter against the Rangers on April 18. He was even more impressed that it was against the powerful Rangers lineup.

Bell said he remembered being around Dennis Eckersley's no-hitter in 1977, when the two were teammates with the Indians. Eckersley shut down the Angles in a 1-0 win on May 30, 1977.

Farm report: Triple-A Omaha lost to Memphis 10-5 despite a solid day from Billy Butler. Butler went 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBIs and two runs. The home run was his fifth of the season. ... Double-A Wichita beat Arkansas, 7-3, behind another strong performance from hot prospect Luke Hochevar. Hochevar struck out seven in seven innings and allowed three runs. It was Hochevar's second solid outing in a row. He threw 7 2/3 innings in his last start, striking out 11 and allowing only two hits. He's 2-1 on the season with a 3.27 ERA in 22 innings. ... Class A Burlington lost to Dayton, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon. Josh Cribb took the loss despite allowing just two runs and four hits in five innings. Marc Maddox went 2-for-4 and is batting .360.

Coming up: The Royals and White Sox will cap off their mini two-game series Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. CT. The White Sox will send Javier Vazquez to the mound, and the Royals will counter with Brian Bannister. It will be Bannister's first start this season.

Daniel Berk is an associater reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.