Royals making most of All-Star moments

With 6 representatives present, Cincy has a KC feel

Royals making most of All-Star moments

CINCINNATI -- Almost every Royals All-Star had a mission at Monday's media session.

Reliever Kelvin Herrera wanted to meet Yankees reliever Dellin Betances. Shortstop Alcides Escobar wanted to chat it up with fellow Venezuelan Jose Altuve of the Astros. Reliever Wade Davis wanted to say hi to Tigers lefty David Price, his old roommate in Double-A in the Rays' system.

And center fielder Lorenzo Cain just wanted to stay away from catcher Salvador Perez's mischievous cellphone camera.

That was the scene for the Royals, who have a franchise-record seven All-Stars, including third baseman Mike Moustakas. Left fielder Alex Gordon, out two months because of a strained groin, did not make the trip.

Those here, though, were thoroughly enjoying the atmosphere. All those present except Perez are first-time All-Stars.

"So many great players," said Escobar, surveying the room. "It's really good to be here with them."

Herrera felt the same way.

"I want to meet everyone, but yes, I really want to meet Dellin Betances," Herrera said. "I want to learn his secret. I was telling Chris Sale, 'Papi, you're really tall.' Then Betances walked by and I say, 'Oh, he's taller than you!'"

Betances is 6-foot-8, while Sale is 6-foot-6. Herrera is 5-foot-10.

Next to Herrera on Royals row sat Davis, he of the calm persona and ridiculous 0.46 ERA. Several reporters seemed curious as to how Davis remains so relaxed under pressure.

"I try to keep the frustration and jitters out of it," he said. "The more relaxed you can be, the more you can take advantage of the hitter. I think that's the name of the game, is to stay calm."

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The scene was a little less reserved down the row where Perez and Cain were situated next to each other. Perez has become legendary for harassing Cain by taking videos of him and posting them on Instagam.

"Before you got in here, he already was recording something on me so who knows what he's up to," Cain said, shaking his head.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.