KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 13: Jonathan Sanchez #57 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning during an interleague game at Kauffman Stadium on June 13, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Luke Hochevar Hopes To Help Royals Complete Series Sweep Against Brewers

Alcides Escobar came through with a huge two-out triple to tie in the in the bottom of the ninth and then the Royals clinched the series against the Brewers with a walk-off walk in the 11th.

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Kansas City Royals Continue Maddening Approach To Johnny Giavotella's Development

The Kansas City Royals continue to hold a revolving door of sorts at second base this season, and the latest move announced brings back a familiar face while sending down the man most believe will be the Royals second baseman of the future.

The Royals have started four different players at second base this season. Getz has the most starts with 21. Yuniesky Betancourt follows with 14. Giavotella has a grand total of 9 starts for the Royals, while Irving Falu has 5.

It's a bit maddening to follow the Royals closely while wondering why the team continues to give Giavotella nothing more than a slight look at the Major League level. When Falu has over half as many starts as Giavotella and they rank third and fourth on the list, something is definitely wrong with the picture of development at the Major League level.

Whether it's Dayton Moore or Ned Yost making the call, it appears to be the wrong one from the outside. The team is going with a defensive approach in interleague play, and Getz is definitely the better option given that. But this year isn't just about success against the Brewers in one three-game set. Instead it's about figuring out what the team has for the long-term. Giving Giavotella a few innings here and there isn't going to tell them much of anything.

Read more about the Kansas City Royals at Royals Review. Head over to Brew Crew Ball for more on the Milwaukee Brewers. Baseball Nation is your source for news around Major League Baseball.

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Zack Greinke: Royals Fans Were Always Really Good To Me

The Milwaukee Brewers visit the Kansas City Royals this week and today is game one of the interleague series between the two Central teams. However, today is definitely most meaningful of the games in the series due to the arrival of longtime Royals starter Zack Greinke for the first time since he was traded to the Brewers.

"I don't think I've been back since then," Greinke said. "It will be nice to see the city, and the fans were always really good to me. I don't know how they'll be when I go back, but while I was there, they were great to me. I could never say anything bad about them -- ever."

The Royals drafted Greinke in the first round of the 2002 MLB Draft and he pitched seven seasons in Kansas City before being traded for four prospects including Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar. He went 60-67 in his time in KC, including a Cy Young Award win in 2009 when he went 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA.

As for his return, the Brewers ace doesn't believe there will be any ill will or weird feelings on his part.

"I've thought about it," Greinke said. "I don't think it will be much different. The biggest difference will be being in the visitors' dugout, warming up in the visitors' bullpen. I've never thrown in the visitors' bullpen there. That will be strange."

Read more about the Kansas City Royals at Royals Review. Head over to Brew Crew Ball for more on the Milwaukee Brewers. Baseball Nation is your source for news around Major League Baseball.

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