DETROIT -- After his big game on Tuesday, rookie Jarrod Dyson earned another start for the Royals in Wednesday's rubber game.
Dyson went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs scored, a walk, a stolen base and his first big league RBI in the Royals' 9-6 win. Most of his big night resulted from his speed, which has impressed manager Ned Yost.
"Speed is my game," Dyson said. "That's my main tool. Speed doesn't go in a slump, it's not supposed to at least. I try to do whatever it takes to get on base, especially with ground balls, to keep the ball out of the air because then you always have a chance."
Unfortunately, he wasn't able to carry over Tuesday's success at plate in Wednesday's 4-2 loss. Dyson went 0-for-4, but used his speed to help him in center field. Through the first four innings, he was called upon four times, including a nice running catch in the second inning on Jhonny Peralta.
Blanco was the only Kansas City batter to have any success against Tigers starter Max Scherzer on Wednesday. He went 2-for-3 against Scherzer and had three hits overall, while the rest of the Royals' lineup went 0-for-21 with eight strikeouts and two walks against Scherzer.
Dyson was the Royals' 50th and final round selection in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. Although he has great speed, he never ran track when he was younger. Instead, he played slot receiver on the football team throughout high school, utilizing his speed in both the passing game and running game.
But in the end, Dyson thought his quickness would be better suited in baseball.
"He's an interesting little guy," Yost said. "He can do a lot of things with his speed. [Pitching coach Bob McClure] and I were sitting there trying to think of another player in the AL that has his speed. It's just burning speed."
If Dyson's wheels weren't enough leading off, Gregor Blanco hit in the two-hole for the first time, and also played left field for the first time this year -- all in an effort to load up the top of the lineup with speed.
"I'm excited to see what it looks like," Yost said. "We have a lot of speed in the outfield. We cut the gaps off. I think it's an interesting concept to see what we have in both of those guys. Versatility is important in building our team next year.
"I think everybody likes speed. Speed is something that's hard to find. I think it's real interesting to see if we can cover gap to gap, and line-to-line, and see what happens."
Getz can't shake symptoms, done for season
DETROIT -- Royals manager Ned Yost was hoping Chris Getz would recover from his concussion in time to return sometime during the club's upcoming series in Cleveland. Unfortunately, that won't be happening.
After traveling to Pittsburgh to be evaluated by concussion specialist Michael Collins, Getz has been shut down for the rest of the season.
"Effectively he's finished for the year," Royals head athletic trainer Nick Kenney said. "We will have a return appointment with Dr. Collins in approximately three weeks from now. As we all know, Major League Baseball as well as the NFL and NHL, are taking a very hard stance against concussions. There has to be certain guidelines in place. We are following those guidelines at this point in time."
Getz just couldn't seem to shake the lingering symptoms of a concussion he suffered on Sept. 12 when sliding head first into second base. Not only did his head whip up during the slide, but the ball also struck him in the head.
Getz worked out at Comerica Park on Monday in hopes of returning to the lineup sometime before the series concluded. He didn't have a problem when riding a stationary bike or fielding ground balls, but he experienced dizziness when moving his head up and down to catch popups.
That dizziness in itself was enough to keep Getz out of the lineup in Detroit, as MLB requires all players who suffered a concussion to be symptom free for 48 hours. Collins said it would take two or three weeks before Getz's symptoms are resolved, thus effectively ending his season.
Kenney said Getz wasn't experiencing headaches, nausea, disorientation or ringing in his ears when stationary. However, when moving his head, Getz feels off-balance and the concussion symptoms return.
Getz is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for Spring Training. He hit .237 with nine doubles and 18 RBIs in 72 games this year for the Royals. Getz will rejoin the team in Cleveland on Thursday.
"He should be fully capable and ready in Spring Training," Kenney said. "As a matter of fact, we anticipate him being ready to participate in his offseason program, which will start in November."
Butler's swing especially sweet in Detroit
DETROIT -- There's something about playing against the Tigers that brings out the best in Billy Butler. The first baseman has racked up 84 hits against Detroit, which is the most he's tallied against any other team in his career.
Actually, his 84 hits are the most by a player against the Tigers since 2007, the year Butler broke into the Major Leagues, according to STATS.
Butler smashed a two-run homer in the ninth inning on Wednesday that prevented the Royals from being shut out in a 4-2 loss, and upped his hitting streak to a season-high eight games. He went 5-for-13 in the three-game set in Detroit and extended his series hitting streak to 100 with at least one hit.
His splits at Comerica Park have been impressive, too. He's batting .364 with 24 RBIs, which is the most he's recorded anywhere outside of Kauffman Stadium. Of his seven home runs against the Tigers, six have come at Comerica.
"If anything, I just like hitting in this ballpark," Butler said. "It's a good ballpark. It's got a great atmosphere. I see the ball good. Their pitching staff is good.
"I think it's just a coincidence that they catch me when I'm hot. I just try to put the barrel on it and try not to do too much while I'm here. I really can't put my finger on it."
Butler is also close friends with Tigers manager Jim Leyland. Before every game of the series, the two talked and joked around on the field.
"He's been around the block and back," Butler said of Leyland. "He knows what he's doing. I really respect what he does as a manager and the track record he has and everything that he's accomplished. One day before it's all said and done, I hope I get the privilege to play for him somewhere down the line. He's a great guy and a great guy to play for. Everybody talks very highly of him."
Davis-Davis team up in radio booth
DETROIT -- Like father, like son. On Thursday, when Kansas City opens a series at Cleveland, Royals radio broadcaster Bob Davis will be joined on air by his son, Steven, for the duration of the broadcast.
Steven Davis just completed his sixth year as a play-by-play announcer in the Royals' Minor League system. This year, he called games for the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals, who won the Texas League championship last weekend.
Because the Royals have made several September callups, Bob Davis said he expects his son to feel right at home in the clubhouse, as he's covered many of the players through the ranks. It will mark the first time the father and son combo has called a full game together.
"I'm excited to do a game with him," the elder Davis said. "He'll be fine. He's come through a whole season and had a fun season, with the championship. He's had a fun deal."
Chen has short memory at Comerica
DETROIT -- Most pitchers would be rattled after surrendering back-to-back home runs in Comerica Park, which is known for its deep fences. Not Bruce Chen.
The 12-year veteran quickly shook off the two homers he surrendered in the fourth inning of Tuesday's 9-6 win for the Royals. Instead of dwelling on the deeps shots, he went on to strike out Tigers outfielder Casper Wells on three pitches.
"After [the home runs], I settled down and made sure I was using more of my sinker," Chen said. "I didn't want to get any more fly balls, so I wanted to sink the ball and keep the ball down and get some ground balls."
Without tossing those two pitches that went for homers, which Chen said actually weren't that bad, it would have been an extremely impressive outing for the 33-year-old lefty. The only other run he allowed through six innings was manufactured by the Tigers in the third inning.
Over the course of his career, Chen hadn't been particularly strong against Detroit. He owned a 2-2 career record in 10 starts against the Tigers, including a 1-2 split at Comerica Park.
But he tried a new approach against Detroit on Tuesday. Instead of relying on his offspeed stuff as much as he normally does, he decided to throw more fastballs against the Tigers. The result: His first win at Comerica Park in six tries.
"He just throws strikes with everything," Tigers catcher Gerald Laird said. "He's so soft, he just misses the hitting speed, and he keeps you off-balance. He did a good job. Usually we hit him decently, but [Tuesday] he did a really good job."
While Chen (11-7) has made it to the seventh inning in only one of his last eight starts, Royals manager Ned Yost said he's been impressed with the way his veteran lefty battles, even when he doesn't have his best stuff.
"Bruce is a veteran guy and he's been around for a long time," Yost said. "The thing about Bruce is that he's just now learning what it takes to be a crafty Major League pitcher. He doesn't give in. He doesn't frazzle. He just comes back and makes pitches."
Alex DiFilippo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.