KANSAS CITY -- What started as a hot streak for Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas has turned into a fiery couple of months.
"They both feel very, very confident when they walk to the plate now," manager Ned Yost said. "It's evident when you see them up there now. They're stepping into the box with a lot of confidence. They feel good about themselves. Both of those kids have worked hard to get back to where they're at right now."
Heading into Tuesday night's game against the Twins, Hosmer had lifted his season average from .259 to .293 by hitting .323 in 53 games since June 6. He had 37 runs, 13 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs and 36 RBIs, along with a .359 on-base percentage and a .541 slugging percentage in the two-month span.
Moustakas bumped his average up to .234 from .183 on June 17. In the 38 games since, he'd batted .307 with 10 doubles, six homers and 16 RBIs with a .351 on-base percentage and .511 slugging percentage. He's also been stingy on defense, committing just four errors in his last 52 games.
"If he swings the bat how he's been swinging the bat, I think the results are going to keep coming with Ws," Hosmer said. "The way he's been swinging the bat lately with guys on base, he's been getting big knocks and that's really what everyone's doing."
Entering Tuesday, the Royals were 14-3 since the All-Star break and had gone from six games under .500 to five games over with big performances from Hosmer and Moustakas. In that time, Hosmer hit .329 with three homers and 13 RBIs and Moustakas hit .322 with 15 RBIs compared to 18 before the break.
Holland tabbed for July's Delivery Man award
KANSAS CITY -- Royals closer Greg Holland was named Major League Baseball's Delivery Man of the Month for July.
Holland, who also appeared in the All-Star Game, converted all 11 of his save opportunities in July and posted a 0.82 ERA -- allowing just one run on nine hits with one walk and 15 strikeouts. He held opponents to a .209 batting average.
"I guess it means we had a pretty good month if Royals players are getting recognized for an award," Holland said. "That's really all I'm concerned about and that really says a lot about our bullpen as a whole. The more times we win the games, the more times we're leading in the ninth."
Entering Tuesday night's game against the Twins, Holland was 2-1 with 29 saves and a 1.67 ERA. His 22 consecutive saves ranks third in Royals history behind Joakim Soria (36) and Jeff Montgomery (24). With one more save, Holland would become the fourth Royals pitcher with 30 saves in season -- joining Montgomery and Dan Quisenberry who accomplished the feat five times, and Soria who did it on three occasions. Holland's 49 career saves rank seventh in franchise history.
Holland is the second Royals pitcher to win the award, joining Soria who received the award in September 2008 and September '09.
Salvy headache free, aims for light workouts
KANSAS CITY -- Catcher Salvador Perez woke up on Tuesday morning without a headache and is expected to start light workouts on Wednesday.
Perez was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a low-grade concussion after being hit in the mask during Saturday night's 12-inning, 4-3 win against the Mets.
"He feels better," manager Ned Yost said. "He'll come in today and take it easy. If he feels good again tomorrow we'll start light workouts, and hopefully if that's the case we're probably looking at seven days which is great news."
Outfielder David Lough, who left Sunday's game at New York with tightness in his right quadriceps, is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday.
• Monday night's Royals game broadcast set another ratings record for FOX Sports Kansas City -- earning a 10.2 household rating according to The Nielsen Co. It was the second game in a row and third in four days to reach a new all-time high.
• Saturday night's game against the Red Sox will be MLB Network's national game. It will be shown on FOX Sports Kansas City beginning with Royals Live at 5:30 p.m. CT.
• The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City will host the inaugural Heart of America Hot Dog Festival on Aug. 17 from noon to 9 p.m. Advanced tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12 and are available at www.nlbm.com.
• The Royals will debut a new seating section on Wednesday called GordoNation. Fans can purchase discounted tickets in left field and they come with special edition T-shirts. That will be the first of five home games featuring the ticket deal.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.