The actor will see the premier of his third "Men in Black" movie this weekend, but first, the pitcher will make his Major League debut for the Royals on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
Smith was called up from Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday, following Chris Getz's left ribcage injury, which forced the second baseman to the disabled list. Smith has spent five seasons in the Minor League systems of both the Royals and Angels. He joined the Kansas City organization during the 2010 season, coming over with Sean O'Sullivan in a trade that sent Alberto Callaspo to Anaheim.
The left-hander entered the season ranked as the Royals' No. 15 prospect by MLB.com. He pitched well last season, going 13-9 with a 3.85 ERA in 27 starts for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. In nine starts with Omaha this season, Smith went 1-3 with a 4.01 ERA.
As Smith makes his first career start, Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte will make career start No. 482. Pettitte has made two starts so far this season, and his last performance was brilliant. The Yankees southpaw looked like the Pettitte of old in a win over the Reds, throwing eight shutout innings, striking out nine batters and allowing just four hits and a walk.
The 39-year-old Pettitte has always fared well against the Royals, against whom he made his big league debut back in 1995. In 23 career games against Kansas City, Pettitte is 13-3 with a 3.48 ERA. The last time the veteran squared off with the Royals was on April 10, 2009, when he worked seven innings and allowed just one run on three hits and a walk.
Royals: Falu's streak continues
Royals utility man Irving Falu has hit safely in all nine of the games he's played in his young career. Falu was called up for the first time earlier this month after spending more than nine seasons in the Minor Leagues, and he has yet to go hitless as a big leaguer. On the season, Falu is hitting .400 with three doubles and a triple.
The Royals' 6-0 win over the Yankees on Monday night was the 600th victory of Ned Yost's managerial career. He became the 14th active skipper to reach the milestone.
Billy Butler has been on a hot streak of late. Since May 14, the Royals designated hitter has hit .364 with two home runs, six RBIs and four walks. He's scored five runs during that stretch.
Yankees: Struggling to score
Despite Tuesday's 3-2 win, the Yankees have hit quite a rough patch. They've lost six of their last eight games, scoring just 18 runs in that span. Manager Joe Girardi was asked if the lack of offense is putting pressure on his pitchers.
"I think our pitchers believe that our offense can explode at any point," Girardi said. "I also think that when you're out on the mound, your thought process is not giving up runs, anyway. You're not saying, 'Well, if I give up three tonight, I've got a good chance of winning.' I think every pitcher goes out there thinking, 'Let's not give up any runs.' At least I hope so."
The Yankees are batting just .195 with the bases loaded this season and have recorded just two hits in their last 25 plate appearances in such situations.
Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur has hit Pettitte well in his career, going 5-for-8 with a double and a home run.