HOU@KC: Gutierrez retires the side on four pitches

CLEVELAND -- Reliever J.C. Gutierrez was the pitcher dropped as the Royals juggled their pitching staff on Sunday.

Gutierrez was designated for assignment as starter Wade Davis was activated after being on paternity leave for three days.

Left-hander Everett Teaford, called up on Saturday to replace optioned rookie Donnie Joseph, was kept on the roster as was right-hander Louis Coleman, who arrived from Omaha on Monday. Both were possibilities to be returned to the Triple-A club.

Instead, Gutierrez was designated which means he'll be placed on waivers.

"Guty's going to get picked up," manager Ned Yost said. "I don't see him getting through waivers with that arm."

Gutierrez appeared in 25 games for the Royals with a 3.38 ERA in 29 1/3 innings. Opponents hit .275 against him. He found himself often used in "mop-up" roles when a game was more or less decided.

"I've got a lot of respect for those guys because he's not a mop-up pitcher," Yost said. "He'd take the ball when we needed him and he'd buy big innings for us so we didn't have to use the entire 'pen. He's a real professional, a great kid."

Gutierrez is not exactly a kid in baseball terms. He turned 30 on Sunday.

"It makes it all the [harder]," Yost said. "That's the 'fun' part of the job."

But Yost liked what he's seen from Coleman, who has pitched seven scoreless innings in two big league stints this year. He has eight strikeouts.

With Bruce Chen moving to the rotation, Teaford gives the Royals another left-hander in the bullpen to go with Tim Collins.

"We like what Coleman has done since he's been up here. We wanted to keep an extra left-hander [Teaford] for this game [Sunday] because [Cleveland's] a predominately left-handed-hitting team over there," Yost said. "Kelvin Herrera is getting close to coming off [his Minor League assignment] and we had to make a move, so we made it with J.C."

Gordon, Perez set for their All-Star adventure

Royals send three to 2013 All-Star Game

CLEVELAND -- The Royals' All-Star royalty, left fielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez, were primed to head to New York and the Midsummer Classic on Sunday.

"I'm ready to go today, after the game -- after we win," Perez said.

The Glass family ownership was providing a plane to whisk the two Royals and two hitch-hikers to the Big Apple.

"The Glasses were very nice to give us a private jet and we invited two Indians to come with us," Gordon said, referring to Indians All-Stars Jason Kipnis and Justin Masterson. "It was very nice of the Glasses to do that for us, so we're very thankful. They've been great since I've been here and you couldn't ask for more. They've been open arms and very congratulatory to me and Salvy."


Both of the Royals players will have family at Citi Field.

"Just my mom. She's coming from Venezuela to New York City," Perez said.

It's a different and bigger story for Gordon, who is from Lincoln, Neb.

"The whole crew is going. I figure the first time you might as well invite everybody you can. It means a lot to you, that's part of your family and you never know if this is going to be your last one," Gordon said.

How many folks will that be?

"It's double digits, I tell you that," he said. "We had to do some scrambling to get some extra tickets."

One family member will be his son Max, who'll be 3 years old in September.

"I'm more fired up to have him there, I think, than he is to come with me but it should be a fun time," Gordon said. "I'm going to have him down on the field with me for the Home Run Derby and everything, so it should be a blast."

Gordon is looking forward to seeing Chris Davis of the Orioles.

"I want to see him hit some towering bombs. Three years ago, we were both in Triple-A together so it's pretty cool," Gordon said. "To do what he's doing now is pretty amazing, so I want to go there and congratulate him and see him hit some home runs."

There are three catchers on the American League squad with the Twins' Joe Mauer starting and Perez and the Astros' Jason Castro in reserve, so who knows if all of them will play.

"You don't know, but I'm ready to do whatever they want me to do," Perez said.

He's at least acquainted with Tigers skipper Jim Leyland, who'll manage the AL squad.

"We talk to him sometimes in batting practice when we go play the Tigers. I don't know him real well," Perez said.

Perez knows one thing for sure as he and Gordon head off to their first All-Star Game.

"I'm very excited. It's going to be fun," he said.

Santana to start Royals' post-break rotation

OAK@KC: Santana strikes out five over seven innings

CLEVELAND -- The Royals' rotation coming out of the All-Star break is set with Ervin Santana due to pitch the first game on Friday night against Detroit at Kauffman Stadium.

Jeremy Guthrie will start on Saturday night and James Shields on Sunday against the Tigers. Then Wade Davis and Bruce Chen will start on Monday and Tuesday nights, respectively, against Baltimore in the first two of four games against the Orioles, also in Kansas City.

Originally, manager Ned Yost had Shields pitching Sunday's last game before the break in Cleveland and then opening the second half against Detroit. But he decided that caused too much down time for Santana and Guthrie.

"I had Shields coming back on a five [fifth day after pitching], Santana on a nine, Guthrie on a nine and I said, you know, that's crazy," Yost said. "So, we manipulated it this way to give everybody the equal amount of off-days, the equal amount of rest and Santana goes to an eight, now Guthrie goes to a seven, Shields goes to a seven."

Well, almost equal.

"The Tigers did the same thing," Yost said.

Detroit will start, in order, Anibal Sanchez, Justin Verlander and Doug Fister over the weekend in KC.

The Royals will hold an optional workout at 6 p.m. CT on Thursday, the last day of the All-Star break.

Gordon reportedly in line for All-Star bonus

Must C Catch: Gordon makes a great diving grab

CLEVELAND -- Alex Gordon's berth on the American League All-Star team has quite a payoff, according to the Associated Press.

The AP reports that Gordon's contract includes a clause that, by making the team, gives him automatic $500,000 raises in each of the next two seasons. That's a million bucks.

"Honestly, I have no idea," Gordon said.

Gordon is in the second year of a four-year deal that guarantees him $37.5 million plus a player option for 2016 at $12.5 million.

"I let my agent take care of that and I just go out there and play baseball," Gordon said. "I have my contract at home and I'm going to have to look at it. It probably has a bunch of dust and everything on it. I haven't even looked at it."

He might find some gold under that dust.

Crown points

• The Royals have signed three more non-drafted free agents -- pitcher Jon Fitzsimmons of Canisius College, along with outfielders Dexter Kjerstad of the University of Louisiana and Chris Sweeney of Kings College.

The Royals have signed a total of nine free agents to go along with 28 players selected and signed from the First-Year Player Draft.