Buddy Bell hasn’t had a chance to see how bad the Kansas City Royals really are.
The Royals’ new manager will shoot for his fourth straight victory when Kansas City opens a three-game series with the visiting Texas Rangers.
Bell, hired to take over the team with the majors’ worst record and second-lowest payroll, began his tenure by overseeing a stunning three-game sweep of the New York Yankees, including Thursday’s 5-2 win at Kauffman Stadium.
Matt Stairs and Terrence Long hit back-to-back homers as Kansas City completed its first sweep of any opponent in 78 series. It was the longest drought in the majors since the Phillies went 79 series without a sweep from 1996-97.
“I’m not (a miracle worker),” Bell said. ”(The sweep) is something the players should be proud of. They should feel good about themselves.”
The Rangers had won a season-high nine in a row before dropping the final two games of their series in Detroit, including Thursday’s 6-5, 10-inning defeat. Texas, which squandered a late lead in a 6-4 loss Wednesday, carried a 5-3 lead into the ninth Thursday before another bullpen meltdown.
“I’ve got to do my job,” said Cordero. “I’ve got to make my pitches, and today I paid for it.”
Mark Teixeira went 3-for-5 with two RBIs for Texas, which hasn’t lost three straight all season.