KANSAS CITY -- Ned Yost likes managing the Royals. General manager Dayton Moore likes the job that Yost has done.
So what's the possibility of Yost being brought back to manage the club in 2011? Answer: Nothing has been done yet.
"When the time's right, we'll get there," Yost said Monday. "I don't worry about it. I focus on my task at hand -- that's Chicago and helping these guys win a ballgame today. In due time, and when the time's right, I'm sure that'll all get taken care of."
Moore was asked if there was any time frame for a decision on Yost, who was hired on May 14 to replace Trey Hillman for the rest of the season.
"We'll see," Moore said. "I can't really comment on it now for a lot of reasons."
Yost took a 12-23 club and had it playing at a .500 pace, 21-21, following Monday night's 3-1 victory over the White Sox.
"We're very pleased with the direction of our team, and we'll just make the decision at the appropriate time," Moore said. "I think he's done a terrific job. He's brought a renewed energy and a renewed expectation level to our team and our organization."
Yost, who managed the Brewers from 2003-08, is a happy camper.
"I can't think of one drawback. I love the city; I love the stadium; I love watching these kids; I love the front office," Yost said. "I love everything about it."
Yost was a coach for 12 years on Bobby Cox's staff in Atlanta, and his name has come up as a possible candidate to succeed Cox in the Braves' job when he steps down after this season. Moore was asked if that might hasten the Royals' decision.
"Not necessarily," Moore said. "We've got to be concerned with what we do and focus on what we do here. It's challenging enough to manage through your own situation, let alone someone else's."
Guillen's hitting streak ended at 21
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals' longest hitting streak in nine years is over.
Jose Guillen went 0-for-3 with a walk during Monday night's 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox, ending his 21-game streak.
That matched the 21-game streak by shortstop Rey Sanchez from May 11 to June 3, 2001. Guillen had a shot at tying outfielder Brian McRae for the fifth-longest streak in team history at 22 games, set in 1991.
But Guillen didn't come close to a hit as he struck out, popped out to third and flied out to right. During his streak, he went 31-for-82, good for a .378 average.
The club record is 30 consecutive games by George Brett from July 18 to Aug. 18, 1980, the season that he threatened the .400 mark and finished at .390.
Guillen was tied with Texas' Josh Hamilton for the longest active streak in the Major Leagues. The Rangers were off on Monday night.
Bullpen rounding into form under Yost
KANSAS CITY -- It was quite a week for the Royals' bullpen -- just one earned run in 14 2/3 innings of work in six Interleague games against Washington and St. Louis.
The only run was a home run by the Cardinals' Colby Rasmus in the ninth inning on Sunday against Blake Wood.
Under manager Ned Yost, the bullpen has settled into roles -- Kyle Farnsworth, Victor Marte and Kanekoa Texeira in the middle innings; Dusty Hughes as the versatile left-hander; Robinson Tejeda in the seventh inning; Blake Wood in the eighth; and Joakim Soria in the ninth.
"I think it helps that everybody has a role and knows what portion of the game they're going to be used in, or thinking about being used in, and it helps everybody get mentally prepared," Yost said.
Or, as rookie Wood put it: "You know as much as you can for a baseball game and that helps a lot."
As Yost noted, it's worked out very well.
"It's kind of difficult when you don't know what situation you're going to pitch in, or what inning, but when you have an idea of what kind of a job you have, it's better because we can prepare ourselves for that situation," Tejeda said.
During six games last week, the team had a 3-3 record and opponents hit just .163 off the relief corps, which posted a 0.61 ERA with 11 strikeouts, three walks and eight hits allowed during 14 2/3 innings. One drawback was finding enough situations in which to use Soria, who pitched just twice and earned two saves.
But Soria finds ways to stay sharp.
"I prepare myself during those days and get my work in," Soria said. "I try to be focused, and I don't feel like it bothers me at all."
Wood relishes his eighth-inning role.
"I feel if I do my job, the game's over, because then Soria comes in, and he does his job every time," Wood said.
Yost again pointed out that a change in the relievers' preparation for games -- basically, throwing off the mound each day instead of flat ground -- has been a tremendous help. It's something that the Braves always did when Yost was a coach in Atlanta.
"Look what it's done for [Tejeda]. He comes in and bangs nothing but strikes now," Yost said. "Farnsworth [is] the same way. And when you're filling up the strike zone with that kind of stuff, you're going to be successful."
It's hit a responsive chord with the relievers.
"Once that phone rings, we're ready for the situation," Tejeda said.
Yost was asked if he'd gotten any feedback from the pitchers.
"The feedback is right on the mound. When they come and bang strikes, that's all the feedback I need," Yost said.
Merrick will represent Royals at All-Star Game
KANSAS CITY -- Marcia Merrick of Mission, Kan., is the Royals' winner of the "All-Stars Among Us" campaign, it was announced on Monday by Major League Baseball, People magazine and the team.
Merrick is the founder of Reaching Out, Inc., which serves needs of Kansas City residents by offering food, clothing and household goods, while building long-term relationships of trust and empowerment.
Despite having no income of her own, she spends 60 hours each week feeding the hungry and homeless on the streets of Kansas City. Each morning, she rises before dawn to prepare more than 400 sack lunches, each with a sandwich, chips, cookies, water and a note of encouragement. She spends the rest of the day distributing the sack lunches to those in need.
Merrick will be among 30 "All-Stars Among Us," representing each MLB team, honored in a pregame ceremony at the All-Star Game at Anaheim on July 13. Fans across the nation cast 1.7 million votes to select the winners from a pool of 90 finalists, including three from Kansas City.
Two Royals named Pitcher of the Week
KANSAS CITY -- Two Royals Minor Leaguers were named pitchers of the week.
Reliever Louis Coleman, who gave up just one hit and one walks in 6 2/3 scoreless innings for Double-A Northwest Arkansas, was named Texas League Pitcher of the Week.
Left-hander John Lamb was Carolina League Pitcher of the Week after pitching Class A Wilmington to a victory over Salem. He worked 6 2/3 shutout innings and had nine strikeouts.
Infielder Chris McConnell of Northwest Arkansas was added to the Texas League All-Star team for Wednesday night's game.
Devon Lowery, up with the Royals briefly in 2008, made his first appearance in the Minors after missing all of 2009 with a right shoulder injury. Pitching for Rookie League Idaho Falls, he retired all six Orem batters he faced with four strikeouts.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.