OAKLAND -- The Royals might have gotten three baserunners thrown out in Monday night's 1-0 loss to the Athletics, but manager Ned Yost has no regrets. He doesn't want his club to play it safe.
"That's one of the neat things about our club ... our kids are aggressive. They do want to play to win, they want to play the game. And it's fun when you have a group of guys that do that," Yost said. "They don't want to be harnessed, so we try to teach them how, when and why -- so that we make the best decisions that we can make. And I don't have any quibbles with any of the decisions they made [on Monday]. They were all calculated, they were all good opportunities to try to pick up a scoring opportunity."
As it happened, the A's defense executed its part perfectly and nailed all three runners -- Jason Bourgeois trying for third after a catch, Eric Hosmer trying to steal third and Jeff Francoeur trying to steal second. Usually, however, Yost feels aggressive daring will prevail more often than not.