Odds and Ends

*Interim manager Juan Samuel confirmed Brian Matusz will make his next start.

*Royals manager Ned Yost said he considered pitching around Ty Wigginton in the 11th inning of last night’s game, before deciding otherwise.

“I felt right-on-right that [Blake] Woody would have a better opportunity to get a ground ball with Wigginton than he would with [Luke] Scott,” Yost said. “So the plan going into it was to keep the ball down, get a ground ball on Wigginton, keep the runner at third. Then we would walk Scott and face Jones. I felt our percentages were a little higher in that scenario.”

Wigginton went on to hit the game-winning sacrifice fly. That’s why hindsight is always 20-20.

*The O’s inked two more picks from this year’s Draft, eighth-rounder Wynston Sawyer and 10th-round pick Clayton Schrader.

*Reliever Jim Johnson threw a simulated game on Thursday and will throw a bullpen on Saturday with a rehab game in the Gulf Coast League tentatively scheduled for Monday. Johnson said he was a little rusty, but is happy with the way things are progressing.
 

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