Tuesday’s game to air on TBS, FOX Sports Kansas City to televise postgame shows after Royals playoff games

Tomorrow’s Wild Card game will air exclusively on TBS.  In addition, FOX Sports Kansas City, the TV home of the Royals, continues its coverage during the playoffs with postgame shows after every postseason game.

Ryan Lefebvre will host Boulevard Royals Live with analysis from Rex Hudler and Jeff Montgomery and reporting from Joel Goldberg.

FOX Sports Kansas City’s coverage starts immediately after the game. Following Tuesday’s Wild Card game, the show will originate from Rivals Sports Bar at Kauffman Stadium.

In the Royals TV territory, cable TV subscribers will find the show on FOX Sports Kansas City, and satellite subscribers will see Tuesday’s show on DirecTV channel 671 and Dish channel 418.

Royals beat writer Jeffrey Flanagan leads FOX Sports Kansas City’s online coverage at FOXSportsKansasCity.com.

We’re ready to #TakeTheCrown !!!

Yes, we’ve been quiet during all of the playoff excitement…that’s because we were in Chicago, enjoying the clinch in person!  We’re as excited as you for tomorrow’s game.  Here are a few pictures that we took on Friday night (the White Sox did a great job with scoreboard salutes and in holding off their fireworks show to let the Royals celebrate).  Go Royals, #TakeTheCrown!


Tickets for potential tiebreaker game to go on sale on Wednesday

With a tiebreaker scenario in which the Royals host a game to determine the American League Wild Card winners still plausible, the Kansas City Royals have announced that tickets for a potential tiebreaker game at Kauffman Stadium will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, September 24. If a tiebreaker is necessary between the Royals and Detroit Tigers to determine the A.L. Central Division title, that game will be held in Detroit.

A limited number of tickets for a tiebreaker game that may take place at Kauffman Stadium will be available for sale beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at http://www.royals.com/postseason, by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS and at area Hy-Vee locations. Please note that tickets will NOT be available at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.

The dates, times and locations for possible tiebreaker games are yet to be determined. In the event that a tiebreaker game is not necessary and, therefore, not played, all single-game purchases for that game will be refunded. No refunds will be issued for played games for any reason. The ticket holder will also receive a refund of the per ticket convenience fee. However, per order processing/shipping and handling fees are non-refundable.

Fans who purchase tiebreaker tickets at any of the area Hy-Vee locations must retain their tickets for a refund in the event that the game isn’t played. The tickets will need to be returned in person to the Kauffman Stadium Box Office or mailed to the Royals along with a ticket refund form that will be included in the ticket purchase at Hy-Vee. For those fans purchasing online or by phone, refunds will be credited back to the card on which the tickets were purchased.

Please note that ticket strips for the 2014 Postseason that were previously made available for season ticket holders to purchase include a ticket for a potential tiebreaker game. This ticket is identified as “Tiebreaker Game 1” in the 2014 Postseason ticket strip.

Ticket pricing for all playoff rounds, including potential tiebreaker games, will vary, and all prices are set in conjunction with Major League Baseball.

Ned Yost media session: September 21, 2014

Manager Ned Yost knows the importance of today’s game with the Detroit Tigers. Yost knows the big swing between being three a half games behind and one a half behind the division lead with a week to play. “We gotta go out and get this one,” he said.

Kansas City will continue to need production from the recently revamped top of the lineup of Alcides Escobar and Nori Aoki. Yost has juggled the middle of the order a bit with Eric Hosmer, Billy Butler, Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez in that sequence batting behind Lorenzo Cain, who returns today and bats third after not playing in Saturday’s game. Yost said he’s trying to find a middle-of-the-order guy to get hot.

As for the ups and downs of a pennant chase, the Royals, despite an agonizing defeat Saturday, are enjoying the ride.

“It’s fun,” Yost said. “It’s the old wide world of sports adage; the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. You win and you’re on top of the world, you lose and you’re in agony for 12 hours until you can come back to the park. It’s a lot of fun playing in this type of atmosphere, playing for these stakes. That’s what you work hard for.”

What they are working hard for is not just a playoff appearance but a run at a World Series title.

“It’s been our goal for a long, long time,” Yost said. “Develop a team that is playoff capable of winning a championship.  That’s our goal and that’s what [this group] is trying to accomplish.”

By Nate Rowan

Ned Yost media session: September 20, 2014

After Friday night’s 10-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers dropped the Kansas City Royals a game and half behind in the American League Central and left three teams, including KC, within a game of each other for two A.L. Wild Card spots it would appear the Royals are in desperate need for a big game from someone who’s been in these kinds of games before. Say, Big Game James Shields, for instance, who toes the the rubber for Kansas City in hopes of pulling the Royals within a half game of the division lead and putting the pressure on Oakland and Seattle, who play later today. While it may not be one, these games this weekend feel like playoff games and Shields has six postseason starts under his belt. For manager Ned Yost, Shields is the guy he wants in this spot.

“It’s huge to be able to have that, to have that playoff experience and have that ability to step up in a big game,” Yost said. “That’s his nickname [Big Game]. And he’s shown why he’s gotten that nickname, just for us, even in these last three or four starts. He’s stopped losing streaks and helped us win ballgames that we really needed to win.”

“[I] couldn’t ask for anybody else on the mound today.”

Looking at last night with optimism would show that the back end of Kansas City’s bullpen is in great shape. With the off day, Kelvin Herrera hasn’t pitched in three days while Wade Davis and Greg Holland have worked in two. If Shields can give the Royals at least 6.0 innings this afternoon, Yost will have all of his weapons out of the bullpen at his disposal.

By Nate Rowan

Royals on FSKC: Dish channel numbers, September 20-28

Today’s game is on FOX (WDAF in KC).  Here’s a look at the Dish Network numbers through game 162, with all games on FSKC:

Saturday, September 20: FOX

Sunday, September 21: Dish 440 or 412-28

Monday, September 22: Dish 441 or 412-29

Tuesday, September 23:  Dish 442 or 412-30

Wednesday, September 24:  Dish 441 or 412-29

Thursday, September 25: Dish 441 or 412-29

Friday, September 26:  Dish 442 or 412-30

Saturday, September 27:  Dish 442 or 412-30

Sunday, September 28: Dish 441 or 412-29

Ned Yost media session: September 19, 2014

It’s been a long time since Kansas City experienced such a meaningful series at home this late into September but the Royals find themselves a half game behind Detroit for the AL Central lead and the Tigers are in town for a three-game series to conclude KC’s regular season home schedule. A lot can happen this weekend regarding playoff positioning and with 11 games remaining (including the suspended game that will be finished in Cleveland), this city, its fans and the team knows the importance of these games.

“Today we got a chance to take care of our own destiny,” Yost said. “We haven’t seen a series like this in Kansas City in a long, long time. It’s going to be exciting.”

Standing room only tickets are all that remains this weekend, meaning it’s possible over 100,000 fans file through the Kauffman Stadium turnstiles. Despite a 4-9 record at home with crowds over 30,000 this season, Yost believes his team can use the energy to their advantage.

“Big crowds are going to be a benefit to us, that’s why it’s home field advantage when you got a stadium full of people cheering for you,” Yost said. “I think it’s going to be fun, [the players] are going to embrace it.”

Yost will continue to stick with a similar lineup tonight against Detroit’s Justin Verlander. Billy Butler, who has had his struggles recently, will bat seventh at the designated hitter.

“It wasn’t even a thought,” Yost said regarding a question about Butler being in the lineup. “Billy’s had great numbers against Verlander for a long, long time. In the game the other night against Sale he ended up with a double down the right-field line and sometimes it just takes that one hit to allow you to exhale and relax a little bit and get you on track.”

Billy is 34-for-82 (.415) with five doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI against Verlander and has more plate appearances (92) against him than any other pitcher.

 By Nate Rowan

Royals on national TV down the stretch

The Royals’ push for a possible postseason bid will have the club on national TV several times as the regular season winds down.  Here’s the rundown:

All remaining games will be on FOX Sports Kansas City, with the exception of tomorrow’s game (Saturday, September 20), which is exclusively on FOX (WDAF FOX 4 in Kansas City).  All games will air on the Royals Radio Network.

Friday, September 19 – In addition to the FSKC broadcast, tonight’s game will air on ESPN 2 (outside of the FSKC broadcast area).  Dan Shulman, John Kruk, Curt Schilling and Buster Olney have the call.  The game will also air on ESPN Radio with Jon Sciambi and Jim Bowden.

Saturday, September 20 – Tomorrow’s game was moved to a 12:05 Central start time for the Fox Network broadcast.  Justin Kutcher, Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal will be the announcers.  The game is one of two during the exclusive FOX window, meaning that 79% of the country will get the Royals/Tigers game, with the rest of the country receiving the Cubs/Dodgers game.  Please check your local listings.  The game will also air nationally on ESPN Radio with Jon Sciambi and Jim Bowden.

Sunday, September 21 – In addition to the FSKC broadcast, Sunday’s game (1:10 Central start) will be shown on TBS (local blackout applies).  Ernie Johnson, Cal Ripken Jr. and Ron Darling will be in the booth.

Wednesday, September 24 – The Royals have been informed that next Wednesday’s game in Cleveland (6:05 Central) will be ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball national telecast.  That game will air on FSKC in Royals territory.


Standing room tickets remain for Detroit series

The Royals announced today that only standing room tickets remain for all three home games this weekend at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals face the Detroit Tigers tonight at 7:10 p.m., Saturday at 12:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:10 p.m. Remaining standing-room seats are available for $20 at royals.com/tickets. Fans are urged to arrive early to reduce traffic congestion at Kauffman Stadium. Listed below are features and promotions for the final regular-season home series:

Friday, September 19 – Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Futures Night – The Royals salute the Pitchers and Players of the Year from each minor league affiliate prior to the game. All of the players are expected to participate in an autograph session from 5:30-6:15 p.m. at Gate A near the Royals Hall of Fame before receiving their awards in a special pregame ceremony.
• Buck Night – Fans can enjoy a special Buck Night. Hot dogs, small Pepsi products and peanuts are just $1 each all night long. http://www.royals.com/fanvalue.
• ThunderStix Giveaway – The first 20,000 fans will receive a pair of “GO Royals” ThunderStix, courtesy of Draft Kings.

Saturday, September 20 – Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 12:05 p.m.
• Fan Appreciation Day presented by Sprint – The Royals reward fans for their tremendous support throughout the season with prize giveaways throughout the game. All fans in attendance have a chance to win autographed memorabilia, tickets to the Club’s 2015 home opener, an All-Access Ballpark Tour, gift cards from Royals partners, and much more. For the entire list of prizes, visit http://www.royals.com/fans.
• Royals Scarf – The first 10,000 fans will receive a Royals Scarf, courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors.

Sunday, September 21 – Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
• Royals 2015 Early Bird Schedule & 2014 Team Photo – All fans in attendance receive a 2015 early-bird team schedule with a 2014 team photo courtesy of Pittcraft Printing.
• Family FunDay Sunday – Each Sunday home game features pregame interactive kids entertainment by School of Rock, plus face painters, caricature or balloon artists in the Outfield Experience. Fans also have the opportunity to get pregame autographs from select players each Sunday.
• Sunday Fun Run – All fans 14 and under can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).

Nori’s record-setting series

Nori Aoki recorded an amazing 11 hits during the Chicago series…four on Monday, four on Tuesday and three on Wednesday!  His second hit on Wednesday set up Lorenzo Cain’s three-run homer and also tied both George Brett and Willie Wilson for the most by a Royal in a three game series at 10.  Aoki wasn’t done – just an inning later, he recorded number 11, claiming the club record.  Fans chanted his name during the late innings and Nori returned the appreciation by tipping his cap during a postgame interview.   Aoki was the subject of a Gatorade bucket splash, though most of it ended up on his translator, Kosuke Inaji.

Aoki RBI





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