Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Sooner or later ...

Austin Kearns is going to throw a runner out at first base on a hit to right field.

Until Tuesday, Kearns has unleashed his arm exclusively on slow-running pitchers. Last night, he nearly nabbed Mark Grudzielanek.

The Royals second baseman singled sharply to right field in the sixth inning. Kearns fielded the ball on one hop and fired to first base. But, Grudzielanek beat the throw by a half-step.

Kearns has yet to be successful in his attempts, which he says are not intended to embarrass the runners.

"I tried it a couple of times in the minor-leagues," he said prior to tonight's game. "I'm not just doing it for show. I'm trying to get an out."

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