Royals’ Yost still has faith in the struggling Tim Collins

Manager Ned Yost said his level of concern for struggling reliever Tim Collins is minimal and that he's giving him the benefit of the doubt for now.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hmmm. Would have been interesting if left-hander Tim Collins hadn’t coughed up three more runs in the ninth (his ERA is now an unsightly 36.00) on Sunday.

If Collins had done his job, the Royals could have sent this one into extra innings after rallying for a run in the bottom of the ninth. Instead, the Royals fell 5-1, and now have dropped back under .500 at 2-3.

3 UP

— Big Game James. Once again, ace James Shields was tremendous, holding the White Sox to one rather cheap run in the seventh. He walked none and struck out six, and as is always the case against Chris Sale and the White Sox, he deserved a better fate.

— Lo-Cain’s hustle. Lorenzo Cain chased down a deep drive into the left-center gap by Jose Abreu in the eighth, got the Royals’ first hit in the third inning and beat out a chopper for another hit in the fifth. He also is getting great jumps from first on attempted steals, though Alcides Escobar keeps robbing him of the stolen bases by fouling pitches off.

— Esky gets a hit! After going 0 for 16 to start the season, Escobar finally got on the hit board with a clean single in the eighth. That leaves only Mike Moustakas among the starters who hasn’t had a hit in 2014.

3 DOWN

— The Collins issue. Skipper Ned Yost said his level of concern for struggling reliever Tim Collins is still minimal. "It’s early in the season," Yost said, "and you have to give your guys the benefit of the doubt right now. But he needs to throw strikes." Collins gave up three more runs Sunday and simply has no command. He gave up a single and two walks before Yost yanked him for Francisley Bueno, who wasn’t any better (two hits, one run). Donnie Joseph, anyone?

— Power outage. The Royals now are the only team in the American League without a home run. First baseman Eric Hosmer said it’s not a concern. "Our job is to score runs," he said, "not hit home runs. It’s a long season."

— Bad decision. You probably knew it wasn’t the Royals’ day when Gold Glove catcher Sal Perez made a horrible decision to throw to third trying to get pinch-runner Leury Garcia, who was attempting to steal. Garcia clearly had the base stolen, but Perez tried a sidearm/submarine delivery to third and it sailed into left field for an error, allowing Garcia to score. "He probably should have ate that one," Yost said.

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