The Kansas City Royals, at 21-29 and 1 1/2 games ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central standings, are “enjoying the ride,” according to manager Ned Yost.  “I tell ya, it’s a pretty heady feeling, having this kind of sustained success,” said the jubilant Yost, whose .600 winning percentage in his two-plus weeks with the team puts him ahead of Whitey Herzog (.574) in the history of a franchise that up until 25 years ago was considered one of the top organizations in baseball.  “It’s a pretty good feeling to have your name up there with such legends of the game as Whitey and Dick [Howser], and if what I’ve seen over the last two weeks is any indication of the true talent of this team, there’s nowhere we can go but up,” said Yost, apparently referring to stats like Alberto Callaspo’s 12 RBIs since May 13th, or Kyle Davies’ 2-2, 4.09 ERA record over the same period. Yost, who managed the Milwaukee Brewers of the National League for several years, seems to have no knowledge of his new team since the Brewers and Royals were both in the American League fifteen years ago.  “My big regret is that George Brett retired before I had a chance to manage this team, because with a sure Hall-of-Famer like that and the group of young guys I’ve got, we’d be a lock for the division every single year,” proclaimed Yost, who then asked when Mark Gubicza would be returning from the disabled list.

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