BALTIMORE -- Heart to Heart International will be collecting donations for victims of last weekend's tornadoes in Joplin, Mo., and Reading, Kan., this week at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals announced that Heart to Heart will collect cash and hygiene kits at Lot M at the stadium from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.
For a description of hygiene kits, go to hearttoheart.org.
During the Royals' series against the Angels next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium, Red Cross volunteers will accept cash donations from fans.
The Royals also will announce this week a plan for a portion of ticket sales to go toward tornado relief.
Prior to Tuesday night's game, fans at Camden Yards observed a moment of silence in memory of the Joplin tornado victims.
Pair of Royals moved by disaster in Joplin
BALTIMORE -- Images of the devastating, deadly tornado that ripped through Joplin, Mo., were viewed with special sadness by Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur and first baseman Eric Hosmer.
Francoeur participated in the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars in the city in 2001 and '02 while in high school. Although the tourney has since been moved to Cary, N.C., Hosmer trained with the USA team there in 2007.
"I played my junior and senior years in Joplin," Francoeur said. "I stayed with the same host family and whenever we'd go to St. Louis, they'd come in and we'd go to lunch. So, I kept in contact with them. I talked to them [Monday] and [Tuesday]. They're OK, but they said the place was just a disaster."
Francoeur's host family, Gene and Bert Russell, discussed the situation with him.
"They're family and they're just great people, and they said there were reporters all over the place," Francoeur said. "And one of the reporters told them that he's been to Baghdad, and after all the bombings and everything, and he said this is 10 times worse than Baghdad. He said it's just unbelievable."
The Royals have already donated $25,000 to Heart to Heart International's relief effort for Joplin and another $10,000 to the small community of Reading, Kan., which also was hit. Francoeur and his wife felt the need to do more.
"So my my wife's driving over [Wednesday] with some of the other wives to try to help out," Francoeur said. "Catie, my wife, got a bunch of stuff at Walmart and Target -- clothes, food, different stuff -- and a bunch of the other wives donated things. It just kind of hits home because I spent two weeks of my life there and when you do that, the host families are really good to you and you depend on them. My family's OK and also the people that I know there, but the whole thing is just devastating -- Joplin is just demolished."
The disaster also hit home with Hosmer, who spent a week with the Adrian family in Joplin training with the USA Baseball team after his junior year in high school.
"I still talk to the host family out there and just texted my host sister to see if everyone was all right," he said. "They're all right. It's just unbelievable what happened."
Francoeur said that when the Royals return home next week, the players will get involved in the relief effort.
"I'll be one of the first ones to help out whenever anything is needed," Hosmer said.
Gordon hits sixth straight from leadoff spot
BALTIMORE -- Alex Gordon hit in the leadoff spot for the sixth straight game on Tuesday night against the Orioles as manager Ned Yost continues trying to revitalize the Royals' scoring.
"What I'm trying to do is get as many on-base guys as I can at the top of the order so that, hopefully, we can push enough guys around to score runs," Yost said.
Gordon, in his first five games at the top of the lineup, was 5-for-20 (.250) with a .348 on-base percentage and just one run scored, that on his own homer. He was moved into the spot during a personal slowdown, but there are signs that could be ending. On Sunday, he had his first two-hit game all month, both for extra bases.
Yost believes batting orders sometimes get over-analyzed.
"People make too much of that," Yost said. "I've said it before -- you get up and hit. No matter if you're one, nine, three, four, you just use your talent, see the ball and hit it hard."
Sure, he'd prefer a fast guy like Jarrod Dyson in the leadoff spot, but he has to be productive hitter as well.
"I'd like to have a guy who can hit .300, have a .350 or .360 on-base [percentage] and that can run, steal bases, can bunt and create some havoc," Yost said. "But we don't have that kind of guy right now. Dyson is 2-for-17 in the Minors."
But, hey, Gordon bunted for a single to start Tuesday night's game. It was just the Royals' second bunt hit of the season; Mike Aviles had the other. And Gordon scored on Jeff Francoeur's single.
Yost wants players to heed umpires' decisions
BALTIMORE -- Royals manager Ned Yost has been ejected just once this season, on Sunday during the Cardinals game by umpire Angel Campos.
"At times you'll see me get tossed, but right now it's when umpires are disrespecting my players," said Yost, who was reacting to catcher Matt Treanor's ejection. "There will be time in the future when I'm going to be tossed a lot. But it's not the time now."
Yost doesn't want arguments with umpires to distract his very young team.
"This is the time, with a young club, that you set the tone," Yost said. "I don't want these guys complaining and moaning. An umpire's call is an umpire's call and it doesn't get changed. It's doesn't do anybody any good to whine or cry about it. So, if I'm yelling, moaning and screaming on every call, naturally they're going to follow my lead. So it's important to me, right now, to accept the umpire's calls. ... But disrespect a player one time and I'm gone."
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.