Yost: 'Big couple of weeks' for Royals' playoff hunt

Yost: 'Big couple of weeks' for Royals' playoff hunt

OAKLAND -- The Royals might be in the thick of the playoff hunt with the stretch run of the regular season approaching, but manager Ned Yost said he hasn't been doing any scoreboard watching lately.

"I just try to focus on this," Yost said before Sunday's matinee against the A's. "The more everybody else is focused on it, you hear about it. But I don't have any idea if Toronto won yesterday, I don't know if Detroit won yesterday."

While the Tigers won on Saturday to push themselves five games ahead of the Royals for first place in the American League Central, the Jays lost and stayed 2 1/2 games clear of Kansas City in the race for the second AL Wild Card.

Yost has been understandably zoned in on the task at hand -- trying to slow down the A's, the team with the best record in baseball. Oakland and Kansas City split the first two games of the series, one where the trio of A's starting pitchers each sported sub-2.70 ERAs.

"This is a huge series for us to win," Yost said. "This series, then Arizona and then going back and playing San Francisco and Oakland, it's a [big couple of weeks]."

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.