The Naturals' parent club, the Kansas City Royals announced several transactions on Wednesday affecting the Northwest Arkansas roster. Infielder Michael Liberto has been transferred to the Naturals from the Blue Rocks. . . . Liberto appeared in six games this season for the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The native of Harahan, Louisiana hit .286 (4-for-14) in those contests and scored a run. He split the 2011 season between Rookie level Idaho Falls, Class-A Kane County and Wilmington. The infielder appeared in 55 games hitting .301 while driving in 13 runs. Liberto was originally a 21st round pick by the Royals in the 2010 draft out of the University of Missouri. . . . Liberto will wear number 24 for the Naturals. The Naturals roster is now at the Texas League's limit of 25 players. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are the Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and play at state-of-the-art Arvest Ballpark, located in Springdale.♦ Ian Kinsler takes unusual trip around bases (ESPN.com)
One of the most unusual sequences was Ian Kinsler's trip around the bases in the eighth inning that produced an insurance run after the Tigers had scored four in the top of the inning to pull within 11-9.