ST. PETERSBURG -- The pickoff of the Rays' Matt Joyce in the fourth inning on Tuesday night was the result of good communication between Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez.
On a 2-1 pitch, Perez snapped a throw to Hosmer and caught Joyce off first base -- the fifth pickoff of Perez's career and his third at Tropicana Field. Perez had two here in his big league debut last year.
"That's Hosmer's call," Perez said. "He gave me a sign when we saw the guy with a big lead. It's a good combination, Hosmer and me."
"Me and Salvy are pretty good at communicating on that," Hosmer said. "When he peeks over and gives me that look, I know he's wanting to do something, so it was a good time right there. Matt was getting a pretty good secondary lead, and with Salvy's arm, it's stupid not to try it."