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Royals consider catcher Perez worthy of Gold Glove

CHICAGO -- The Royals are trying to stir up support for catcher Salvador Perez to join left fielder Alex Gordon as an American League Gold Glove Award winner.

"In my opinion he's the best catcher in the American League," manager Ned Yost said. "He blocks balls as well as anybody, he calls a great game, he's a great receiver and he controls the running like very few catchers in baseball can control. He's a top-notch defender. He's the best I've ever seen and he's a joy to be around."

Perez has not had knee problems since undergoing surgery in Spring Training 2012, and there have been no recent recurrences of the concussion that kept him on the disabled list for a week this season.

"He hasn't had any foul balls in a couple weeks. Since he's gotten closer [to the plate], it's protected him. He hasn't gotten any," Yost said.

Perez moved closer to home plate in an effort to reduce the number of foul balls that strike him on the mask.

Gordon won a Gold Glove the past two seasons as the AL's top defensive left fielder. With three games left, Gordon led AL outfielders with 17 assists.

Yost anticipates shortstop Alcides Escobar and first baseman Eric Hosmer will also be strong candidates for a Gold Glove this year.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for
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