CLEVELAND -- For weeks Eric Hosmer had hit the ball on the nose with nothing to show for it. The first baseman entered the series against the Indians batting just .203 with four homers.
Baseball's nuances had haunted Hosmer, who hit .293 with 19 homers and 78 RBIs in his rookie season in 2011.
"You could hit a ball hard one day and have nothing to show for it," Hosmer said, "and come out and get two or three bloop hits and have two or three hits to show for it. That's just baseball. You just have to keep plugging along."
When hard-hit balls are routinely finding their ways into fielders' gloves, it helps to launch a pitch over the outfield fence. Hosmer took matters into his own hands on Wednesday, belting a two-run homer in the fifth inning to give Kansas City a four-run lead. Hosmer reached base four times in Wednesday's 8-2 win, which snapped a 12-game losing streak.
With five hits, three walks and two round-trippers in his last three games, Hosmer appears to be turning the corner.
"I'm getting there," he said. "It's still early, and we have plenty of time, so you try not to look at the numbers right now. You try to just build off the positives. I feel good where I'm at now. It's only a matter of time before I start taking off."
Yost sees long-term benefit from losing streak
CLEVELAND -- Manager Ned Yost is no stranger to lengthy stretches of losing.
Yost has taken what he learned from prior experiences and applied it to his Royals crew, which broke out of a 12-game skid with a win on Wednesday. Those experiences allowed Yost to remain positive and relaxed during such a trying time.
"This was a good experience for them, just as it was a good experience for me back then," Yost said. "I can draw back on it. These young kids have never been through this before, and it's going to be an experience that they'll be able to draw back on later."
In 2003, Yost's Brewers lost eight of 11 before rolling off 10 consecutive victories. In 2004 they lost 12 consecutive games at the end of August before winning four of their next five. The following season, Milwaukee lost eight in a row and 10 of 12 before rattling off seven straight wins.
Yost hopes his club has learned from the last two weeks of losing and can use that knowledge to forge a comparable winning streak.
"That's life with young clubs," he said. "You have to be able to understand that, battle through it and stay positive, because you know when they break out, your fortunes are going to turn dramatically."
Duffy scratched from Friday's start
CLEVELAND -- Danny Duffy will not make his scheduled start Friday at Minnesota, as he is dealing with minor tightness in his left elbow.
In three starts, the hard-throwing southpaw is 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA. He has 20 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings, and he is expected to make his next turn in the rotationm at Detroit on Wednesday.
As Duffy tweeted from @dduffkc23: "i appreciate all the love! The elbow is "feelin good, feelin alrighttt, yeaaa.." Ill be back next start!"
The Royals are expected to announce Friday's starter following the conclusion of Thursday's contest against the Indians. They could choose long reliever Everett Teaford or call up a pitcher from the Minors.