Could be Ryno time soon

Brett told the Kansas City Star's Bob Dutton that he will meet with GM Dayton Moore in the near future to discuss whether he wants to remove interim from his job title. Players hope he will but Brett is holding his cards close to the vest.

"It has been all right," Brett said about the new role. "We've won a lot of games. Baseball is always a lot of fun when you win.''

While third baseman Mike Moustakas seems on the verge of becoming a dangerous hitter again, the Royals' team batting average has dropped since Brett and Grifol replaced Jack Maloof and Andre David. The run that gave them renewed life as contenders is based on pitching and defense.

Brett's a great resource for hitters needing timely hits to win low-scoring games.

"Just having George's mentality in the dugout helps a lot,'' first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "He's a competitor out there. And I think Pedro is one of the most intelligent hitting coaches I've ever been around. Being around those guys has definitely been a big help for us. We'll see what happens (with Brett). That's up to him."

Mixed feelings: It's going to be fascinating to see how MLB handles the variety of issues that will arise from the city of San Jose's challenge of its antitrust exemption. The guess here is that it will force a quick resolution that clears the way for the A's to buy out the Giants' territorial rights and get their badly needed new stadium, with San Jose being the heavy, not owner Lew Wolff.

But almost everyone involved seems to feel a sadness that Oakland will lose the franchise that relocated from Kansas City in 1968.

"A new stadium would be sweet, but at what cost and what gain?'' reliever Ryan Cook said. "I don't know. I love the loyalty of our fans. That's something not every team has — it's a genuine love for the players. And I don't know if moving jeopardizes that or not. I know some fans would make the drive to San Jose for games, which is great, but I know others couldn't or wouldn't, and that's not great."

While the old Coliseum has been home to great players from Reggie Jackson to Yoenis Cespedes, it was bypassed long ago as a revenue generator by the wave of modern stadiums that followed the opening of SkyDome, U.S. Cellular Field and Camden Yards. The sewage that overflowed into clubhouses recently was the last straw for many.

"We'd obviously like a new place,'' A's pitcher A.J. Griffin said. "I feel like if an area wants to have a team, they should be able to have a team. … (But) if they made the Coliseum nice and updated the amenities, I'd be fine with it."

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