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Yost flooded with congratulatory messages

MLB.com Reporter @FlannyMLB

KANSAS CITY -- About 6 a.m. CT Friday morning, Royals manager Ned Yost's phone began buzzing nonstop.

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KANSAS CITY -- About 6 a.m. CT Friday morning, Royals manager Ned Yost's phone began buzzing nonstop.

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There were text messages from NASCAR driver and good friend Clint Boyer. There was one from comedian and close friend Jeff Foxworthy. There was a phone message from Yost's managing mentor, Bobby Cox.

The messages kept coming from numerous other friends as well, all congratulating Yost on becoming the Royals' all-time winningest manager the night before.

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"I really don't enjoy the attention," Yost admitted Friday. "I like when the attention is focused on the players. I'm glad it's over. I 'm glad it's done with.

"Now I can just go out and try to break the record again each night."

Yost actually is now on another mission: Getting his managerial record with the Royals over the .500 mark. He went into Friday at 411-427, a record that reflects three years of developing this team and all the losses that accompany such a process.

Actually, Yost was surprised he was within 16 games of .500.

"That shocked me," he said. "Thought it was way more."

Developing this team wasn't easy and it required a ton of patience from Yost, general manager Dayton Moore and ownership. It also tested the fans' patience, fans who already were tired of losing.

But Yost didn't waver. He stuck with Alcides Escobar when fans howled for a better hitting shortstop. He stuck with Eric Hosmer. And Mike Moustakas. And even Greg Holland, who was shaky his rookie year.

"That was all the first two or three years on the job," Yost said. "We started bringing kids up, and we watched them develop and take off. You could see it coming two years ago.

"But we're still developing, especially with guys like [Yordano] Ventura and [Danny] Duffy. You got to have patience."

Worth noting
• Royals Minor League outfielder Mike Bianucci has received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (GHRP-2) and metabolite, a performance-enhancing substance. The suspension of Bianucci, who plays for Double-A Northwest Arkansas, is effective immediately. He was signed as a Minor League free agent in February.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB and listen to his podcast.

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