KANSAS CITY -- Center fielder Melky Cabrera is nearing the first 200-hit season of his career, but Royals manager Ned Yost wants more.
"I'm going to play Melky until he gets 201, I'm not stopping at 200," Yost said. "I want 201."
After hitting a double in Wednesday night's 6-3 loss to the Tigers, Cabrera has 196 hits. The most he's had previously was 149 in 2007 with the Yankees.
"Don't ask me why," Yost said. "Two hundred is nice, 200 is a goal but, you know what, I've always been one to surpass your goals; 201 just sounds better than 200."
So, even with center fielders Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson just called up from Triple-A Omaha, Cabrera will keep getting his at-bats. Cain and Dyson will get some playing time but, for now, probably at the corner spots.
Yost also would like to see both Cain and Dyson in the outfield at the same time. If that happens, it'd probably be Dyson in center, with Cain in right or left.
"I want to see Cain in center, too, he's a pretty spectacular center fielder," Yost said.
Meanwhile, Cabrera will continue his quest to become the sixth player with 200 hits in Royals history. George Brett did it twice, with 215 in 1976 and 212 in 1979, Willie Wilson had 230 in 1980 and Kevin Seitzer had 207 in 1987. The last to reach the mark were Johnny Damon, 214, and Mike Sweeney, 206, both in 2000.
"It's an achievable goal, I hope he gets it," Yost said. "I'd settle for 200, but my goal is 201."