KANSAS CITY -- Closer Greg Holland, along with left fielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez, was off to represent the Royals in Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Target Field.
Aside from possibly pitching for the second straight year, what is Holland looking forward to?
"It's hard to hide the fact that [Derek] Jeter's playing in his last All-Star Game," Holland said. "I was fortunate enough to be part of Mariano Rivera's last one last year, so those are moments that I think, at the end of your career, you can really hang onto and take some pride in."
Gordon has been ruled out of playing because of a right wrist sprain, but he will be there. Perez has replaced the Orioles' injured Matt Wieters as the AL's starting catcher.
Holland was a late replacement on the AL squad last year, making for a rather hectic time. This time it'll be a bit different.
"I'll just try to slow it down, because it's kind of a quick two days and you've got family in town, and flights and all this," he said. "So just allow your family to enjoy it, allow yourself to enjoy it -- enjoy your time with your family and enjoy your time with some of the greatest players in the world."
Does Holland have any buddies on other teams he's looking forward to seeing?
"No, I hate all players on other teams," he said, laughing.
Spoken like a true closer.
Salvy gets needed break before All-Star start
KANSAS CITY -- There's a four-day break coming up for the Royals, but not for catcher Salvador Perez.
He'll be the starting catcher for the American League All-Stars on Tuesday night at Target Field and that's just part of the reason that Royals manager Ned Yost held him out of Sunday's starting lineup against the Tigers.
"It's going to be a hot day and I've been wearing him out," Yost said.
Perez started 83 of the previous 93 games and his workload has been especially heavy lately.
"Salvy's played 27 games in the last 29 days. We've had two days off," Yost said. "It's a huge game, but he's getting worn down, and that's my fault because I play him so much. But with the All-Star Game coming up, he's not going to have much of a break, so we'll take some of the load off him."
Backup Brett Hayes started instead, but Perez pinch-hit for him in the seventh inning and was intentionally walked. Perez caught the last two innings of the Royals' 5-2 victory.
Lorenzo Cain, who's had weary legs, also was out of the starting lineup, but he pinch-ran for Raul Ibanez in the seventh and finished the game in right field.
Jirschele's number to be retired by Omaha
KANSAS CITY -- Royals third-base coach Mike Jirschele will have a special moment during the All-Star break. On Thursday night at Triple-A Omaha, his uniform No. 23 will be retired by the Storm Chasers.
Jirschele managed the Omaha club for a total of 14 seasons. His accomplishments included two Pacific Coast League championships and the Triple-A championship in 2013.
"Being there all those years, I won over 1,000 games and everything, but I was there a long time, too. I also lost over 1,000," Jirschele said.
"But players are the guys that win games and I've had some good staffs there working with me, and they've all done a great job."
This is Jirschele's first season on the Major League staff after a total of 17 years of managing in the Minors plus five years as the Royals' Minor League infield coordinator.
"I enjoyed all the years I was in the Minor Leagues, working with the kids, trying to make them better and get them to the big leagues," Jirschele said. "Of course, all the times I've had the opportunity to send guys up here to play were very exciting."
The number 23 had no special significance for Jirschele, it just happened to be what came along when he took the job.
"I wore it pretty much the whole time I was there," Jirschele said. "In fact, the one year I didn't wear it was the year Zack [Greinke] was there and he asked if he could wear it. I said, 'Yeah, he can wear it.'"
Not only will his number be retired, but the first 1,500 fans at Werner Park will receive a Mike Jirschele bobblehead. In addition, the game against New Orleans will be nationally televised by the CBS Sports Network.
"Omaha, to me, was a great place to be," Jirschele said. "You couldn't be in a nicer city. The fans were all good there and it almost feels like I'm going back home again because I've spent so much time there."
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.