Keuchel knows that throwing better will allow him to throw deeper in games.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After left-hander Dallas Keuchel expressed disappointment that he didn’t get a chance to pitch beyond the fifth inning in the White Sox’s 3-2 win over the Yankees on Saturday, manager Tony La Russa defended his decision by pointing out Keuchel’s effectiveness beyond the fifth. Keuchel had five scoreless innings under his belt, but La Russa called it a team decision.

The two spoke on Sunday and Keuchel came out with this:

“I just have to shoot better,” he said Monday. “I feel more like myself, so hopefully that means a lot of six, seven, eight inning games. [outings]maybe mix in a nine.

Keuchel (5.54 ERA) has had two good starts in a row. He threw five scoreless runs in Boston and then gave up two runs in the sixth.

“I’m a big believer in winning things,” Keuchel said. “I mean, I like to think that my baseball card says that I’ve won some things, but at the same time you have to reinvent yourself every five days to be who you want to be. I am not different.

Kelly ain’t crisp, yet

All three of Joe Kelly’s appearances have been bumpy — four walks in the second and three hits in the last, both against the Yankees — but he takes comfort in knowing he’s still not as sharp as a razor after falling behind after missing practice. spring due to a nerve in the biceps. injury.

“Usually I have seven to nine starts during spring training,” Kelly said. “He had three at Triple-A and three here, so it would be one or two more and he would be ready for the season.”

Kelly said the feel of his shooting is “not ready for the playoffs. It’s not far, but it’s not crisp either.”

“It’s coming,” he said. “It’s not like I’m going to hit five barrels and home runs all over the yard. Soft singles and some unlucky calls on big counts.

It’s almost there.

Vaughn is the last to bat

La Russa, who was known for hitting his pitcher eighth while managing the Cardinals, on why he hit Andrew Vaughn ninth: “The second leadoff hitter is a reality in the American League. He hits right in front of your best hitters, so if you have a guy hitting .250, .275 and .300, a lot of managers, including me, hit the guy .300 ninth. [Vaughn] he’s not the ninth best hitter on our team. But it definitely deepens our lineup.”

Royals fire hitting coach

The Royals fired hitting coach Terry Bradshaw and promoted Alex Zumwalt, seeking to shake up one of the worst offenses in the majors. The Royals’ 118 runs in their first 32 games were better only than those of the Tigers, Orioles and Red Sox.

“Baseball is constantly changing and we have to continue to assess ourselves and make sure we give our players everything they need to be successful at the highest levels,” Royals general manager JJ Picollo said. “Our results so far have not matched what we are capable of doing, and we all share responsibility for that.”

This and that

To make room for Johnny Cueto on the roster, infielder Danny Mendick was sent to Charlotte.

*Teams may add a minor league player for Tuesday’s doubleheader. Right-hander Kyle Crick is with the team in Kansas City.

*Cueto took uniform No. 47 from third base coach Joe McEwing. McEwing now wears the 99.

*Announcer Steve Stone canceled the road trip, as scheduled. Gordon Beckham is an analyst at NBCSCH.

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