KC@CLE: Joseph retires Brantley to escape a jam

KANSAS CITY -- Left-handed reliever Donnie Joseph was only with the Royals for a day in his most recent stint, but he made a quick impact by pitching two scoreless innings in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Red Sox.

Joseph, who was called up from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday, was optioned back to Omaha on Sunday when starter Wade Davis was reinstated from the family emergency list.

"I felt good out there," Joseph said after the game. "I just wanted to keep the score like it was and get a chance to come back and win it."

It was Joseph's second Major League stint of the season, during which he has pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed just two hits with three strikeouts and four walks vs. the Yankees, Indians and Red Sox.

"It's tough, but you get to match up and see what you're made of and if your stuff's really that good," Joseph said. "It was fun to face them."

Joseph is 3-3 with a 3.42 ERA through 41 games with Triple-A Omaha, where he's pitched 50 innings of relief and allowed 19 runs on 36 hits.

Falu excited for opportunity with big league club

PUR@JPN: Falu dives to snare grounder, gets the out

KANSAS CITY -- Infielder Irving Falu's stay in Kansas City might be brief, but he was happy to be summoned to the big league club nevertheless.

Falu was recalled from Triple-A Omaha to take the roster spot of Miguel Tejada, who went on the disabled list Sunday.

Falu, who was selected in the 21st round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, is making his first appearance of the season with the Royals after batting .263 through 116 games with Omaha. After nine years in the Minor Leagues, he had three separate stints with the Royals last season, batting .341 through 24 games.

"I'm happy," Falu said. "I will do my best on defense and hope my bat is there."

Falu made his big league debut on May 6, 2012, against the Yankees and was 2-for-4, including a triple in his first at-bat. He became just the third Royals to triple in his first plate appearance, joining Brian McRae and Edgar Caceres. He recorded a nine-game hitting streak from May 6-22 and tied Mike Kingery for the longest hitting streak to start a Major League career as a Royal.

Falu's stint with Kansas City this time around figures to be brief, as second baseman Chris Getz is set to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday. Getz was placed on the DL on Aug. 1 with a left knee strain. He started a rehabilitation assignment on Aug. 5 and is batting .333 (5-for-15) with a stolen base in four games.

Worth noting

• Entering Sunday's finale with the Red Sox, the Royals' bullpen was leading the American League with a 2.75 ERA, well above the A's 2.99 mark. Since July 3, the Royals are 15-3, and the bullpen has been a big part of their success, allowing just eight earned runs in 57 1/3 innings for a 1.25 ERA.

In the first five games of this 10-game homestand, the Kansas City 'pen allowed just one run and struck out 21 in 18 innings, for a 0.50 ERA. It is also the most rested bullpen in the AL, having worked 318 innings, which is two fewer than the Tigers. A year ago, it had the second-most used bullpen in the Majors.