In the first inning, Sweeney -- who had only one homer in his first 16 games -- homered off Sidney Ponson with a man on.
"I never ran so fast around the bases after hitting a homer," Sweeney said.
David DeJesus, who also talked to Herndon but did not promise a long ball, also connected against Ponson, a two-run homer in the fourth.
Thursday morning, Sweeney almost teared up when describing the postgame phone message he got from Herndon. The boy had called many of his friends in Overland Park to tell them of Sweeney's call.
"He said they couldn't get the game at the hospital, but when I homered, all his
friends from Overland Park started calling," Sweeney said. "He said, `You did
"David said that Matt told him this was the greatest day of his life. That boy's got some courage. He's a hero now."
Hud, Elarton getting closer:
Manager Buddy Bell said general manager Dayton Moore watched Luke Hudson's second rehab start for
Double-A Wichita on Wednesday. Hudson (right shoulder strain) allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. Scott Elarton (right shoulder surgery), meanwhile, was scheduled for his third rehab start overall and second for
Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.
Each will likely make one more start before rejoining the Royals.
"We're getting closer to making a decision, but we're not there yet," Bell said. "It's kind of in our minds. We have to have some sort of plan."
Shealy sits again:
First baseman Ryan Shealy, off to a 5-for-49 start (.102) with 12 strikeouts in his last eight games, did not start for the second consecutive day. Bell also didn't start Sweeney in a day game after a night game, and went with Reggie Sanders as his
The New York Times profiled East Hampton, N.Y., product Ross Gload in its Wednesday editions. Few scouts venture to the east end of Long Island, where Gload grew up, and the story told in part about how Gload got himself noticed enough to land a scholarship to the University of South Florida.
Gload said Thursday morning he still hadn't had time to read the story. The Royals got to their Minneapolis hotel at 3:30
a.m. CT on Wednesday, thanks in part to a lengthy rain delay in Kansas City on Tuesday night. Gload said that so far he had only heard from one person back home about the story.
"I had a real good friend of mine from high school text me at 7:30 in the morning after we got in at 3:30," Gload said with a wry smile.
The Royals open a three-game series in Seattle on Friday night, with Jorge De La Rosa (2-1, 3.04) opposing the Mariners' Horacio Ramirez (1-1, 6.30). First pitch is scheduled for 9:05 p.m. CT.