KANSAS CITY -- Newly arrived second baseman Johnny Giavotella gave the Royals a helping hand in Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Rays.
"I was just happy more than anything to get a win today," Giavotella said. "Stepped into the locker room here today and saw my name in the two-hole, and I just wanted to go about my business the right way, the things I'm capable of doing and playing with confidence."
Giavotella led off the fourth inning with a single and scored the first of the team's two runs in the frame. He also contributed a sacrifice fly to the Royals' five-run fifth inning.
"The thing that I've learned throughout the years is that it's the same game in Triple-A as it is up here," Giavotella said. "I've just got to have confidence in my abilities. Let the ball come to me, just relax and have fun."
His period of filling in for the injured Omar Infante might be brief.
"As many days as I'm allowed, that's all the opportunity I need. I'm going to take advantage of it," Giavotella said. "The one thing I know I can control is my attitude, so I go out there just come to the ballpark in a great mood every day and just try to make my teammates better, make myself better and help the team win any way that I can."
Omaha's Eibner has career game with nine RBIs
KANSAS CITY -- Brett Eibner had the kind of a day that even George Brett might envy.
Eibner, playing for the Royals' Triple-A club at Omaha on Wednesday afternoon, had nine RBIs, as he went 5-for-5 with two home runs in a 20-3 rout of visiting Memphis.
He was at the forefront of a 29-hit attack with a stiff 18-mph wind blowing from right field to left at Werner Park. His hits included a pair of three-run homers and a three-run double.
"It was just one of those days where I felt locked in -- it seemed like I got every pitch I was looking for," Eibner told MiLB.com.
The nine RBIs topped the Werner Park record of seven by catcher Brett Hayes, now with Kansas City, on April 14, 2013. It was the most RBIs for Omaha since Mike Moustakas drove in 11 on Aug. 30, 2010, against Round Rock at old Rosenblatt Stadium. Moustakas had three homers.
The Pacific Coast League record for most RBIs in a game is 12 by Pete Schneider of the Vernon Tigers on May 11, 1923. He had five home runs in the game.
Kauffman Stadium to hold School Day at the K
KANSAS CITY -- The largest educational field trip in Kansas City is coming to Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday, May 14.
The 16th annual School Day at the K, sponsored by the Royals and Fox 4 WDAF-TV, annually attracts more than 20,000 students.
Gates to the stadium will open at 8:30 a.m. prior to the 1:10 p.m. CT game against the Colorado Rockies. The first 10,000 students will receive a weather DVD.
The Fox 4 weather team will hold a science and weather program starting at 10 a.m. CT before the students watch the game.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.