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  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 1, 2013 - 4:52 PM

George Brett is back. The Hall of Famer and doubles machine has joined Kansas City as an interim hitting coach. When Jeff Francoeur homered Thursday, it was the Royals’ third long ball in 15 games. Three! Cubs pitchers have hit four home runs this month. So they need the help.

Brett has been as a vice president of baseball operations since retiring in 1993. He’s the franchise’s all-time hit leader with 3,154 during a 21-year career and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

“I feel the same frustration as the players do,” Brett said. “I feel the same frustration as our manager, Ned [Yost], and our general manager, Dayton [Moore], and our ownership, David and Dan Glass.

“Just frustrated watching night after night after night.”

Brett’s sweet lefthanded swing has him sixth on the all-time doubles list with 665. It will be interesting to see if Brett, who was tutored by hitting guru Charley Lau, can connect with his new pupils.

The Twins travel to Kansas City next week to face Brett and the Royals.

George Brett’s son, Jackson, plays football and baseball at the University of St. Thomas.

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The White Sox fought their way back to .500 last week and now have veteran lefthander John Danks back after a year of dealing with shoulder issues.

Danks has had one good start and one so-so start but is expected to give the rotation a boost.

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Indians closer Chris Perez has landed on the disabled list because of a sore shoulder.

He also had shoulder problems during spring training but Cleveland is confident he’ll be ready to pitch when he comes off the DL on June 13. Vinnie Pestano will serve as the closer until Perez returns.

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Tigers pitchers have allowed just 31 home runs entering the weekend, easily the fewest in the American League. The could lead the league in that category for the first time since 1944.

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Atlanta - WP: D. Carpenter 3
Arizona - WP: T. Cahill 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: P. Strop 5
San Francisco 8 Top 10th Inning
Colorado 8
Texas - WP: M. Perez 3 FINAL
Oakland - LP: S. Gray 0
Houston - LP: J. Fields 3 FINAL
Seattle - WP: F. Rodney 5
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