First baseman Eric Hosmer drew standing ovations in his first three big league games, all at Kauffman Stadium. While Hosmer might be a phenom to Royals' fans, he probably will hear only jeers the next three games.
Hosmer's first trip begins Tuesday in New York. Yankee Stadium fans could care less that he batted .439 this season in the Pacific Coast League before being called up the majors.
"He forced our hand with his production," manager Ned Yost said. "That's something we anticipated, but not this early.
"From what we saw in spring training, getting a chance to be really around the kid, seeing his makeup, seeing his talent and ability and the way he performed in spring training allowed us to get to this point."
In the three-game series against the Athletics, Hosmer batted .333, including two hits and his first RBI Sunday in a 5-2 defeat. He was walked intentionally in his second major league game, setting up the game-winning sacrifice fly by second baseman Mike Aviles.
Just because the Royals are on the big stage in New York, Yost has not plans to shield Hosmer.
"I throw him in there every day and let him figure it out," Yost said. "He's a smart kid. Kids with talent figure it out easily because they have talent.
"This is not an earth-shaking deal. We've seen it with Ryan Braun, who Yost managed in Milwaukee. We've seen it a number of times."
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