The Royals, who own the worst record in the majors, made eight roster moves before last night's game against the Athletics.

Kansas City optioned opening day 2B Ruben Gotay and RHP Leo Nunez to Class AA Wichita. Another right-handed pitcher, former first-round pick Kyle Snyder, was optioned to Class AAA Omaha and veteran C Alberto Castillo was released.

The Royals purchased the contract of utility player Denny Hocking from Omaha, recalled C Paul Phillips and RHP Mike Wood from Omaha and RHP Jonah Bayliss from Wichita.

The Royals have lost nine straight games.

"We're still in a developmental stage, but we said we need to see some results," General Manager Allard Baird said. "We want to start turning projection into production. We're looking for more results."

Baird said the Royals wanted a longer look at the players, which is why they made the moves now instead of waiting until the rosters are expanded in September.

Gotay, who started 79 games at second base, was just 2 for 28 in his past nine games to drop his average to .227. Manager Buddy Bell said rookie Donnie Murphy, called up July 20 from Wichita, would start the majority of the games at second base the rest of the season.

"We saw a lot of good things from Ruben," Bell said. "He's got to get better defensively."

Nunez, 21, had allowed 51 hits and had a 10.74 ERA in 291/3 innings in his past 27 outings.

"This kid can come in and be lights out and the next time be up in the zone," Bell said. "We never knew what we were going to get with Nunez. We love his stuff, but he's got to find a way to be more consistent."

Snyder gave up 20 runs and 28 hits in 121/3 innings in three starts, all losses, since the Royals recalled him from Omaha on July 23. Baird said Snyder, who began the season in the bullpen, would continue to start with Omaha.

* UMP HIT BY BAT: Home plate umpire Marty Foster was carted off the field after being struck by a broken bat in the second inning of the game between the Yankees and Blue Jays.

Foster appeared to get hit just above his right knee by the barrel of Jason Giambi's bat. Foster was in obvious pain and remained on the ground for several minutes before being carted off.

Laz Diaz moved behind the plate from second base and the game resumed after a short delay. Umpire Chad Fairchild, in Toronto to replace Diaz on Sunday, took over at second to start the bottom of the fourth.

-- From News Services

The Yankees' Jorge Posada checks on umpire Marty Foster after he was hit by a broken bat.