Yost sees long-term benefit from losing streak

Yost sees long-term benefit from losing streak

CLEVELAND -- Manager Ned Yost is no stranger to lengthy stretches of losing.

Yost has taken what he learned from prior experiences and applied it to his Royals crew, which broke out of a 12-game skid with a win on Wednesday. Those experiences allowed Yost to remain positive and relaxed during such a trying time.

"This was a good experience for them, just as it was a good experience for me back then," Yost said. "I can draw back on it. These young kids have never been through this before, and it's going to be an experience that they'll be able to draw back on later."

In 2003, Yost's Brewers lost eight of 11 before rolling off 10 consecutive victories. In 2004 they lost 12 consecutive games at the end of August before winning four of their next five. The following season, Milwaukee lost eight in a row and 10 of 12 before rattling off seven straight wins.

Yost hopes his club has learned from the last two weeks of losing and can use that knowledge to forge a comparable winning streak.

"That's life with young clubs," he said. "You have to be able to understand that, battle through it and stay positive, because you know when they break out, your fortunes are going to turn dramatically."