KC wraps up the California portion of the nine-game road trip today with a 3:07 Central start at Oakland.
Royals lineup: Lough – CF, Escobar – SS, Gordon – LF, Butler – DH, Hosmer – 1B, Moustakas – 3B, Francoeur – RF, Kottaras – C, Getz – 2B, Mendoza – RHP
Athletics lineup: Crisp – DH, Lowrie – SS, Cespedes – LF, Moss – 1B, Donaldson – 3B, Smith – RF, Young – CF, Norris – C, Sogard – 2B, Griffin - RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_40_Oakland
Royals Trivia Fact: Today’s starting pitcher, Luis Mendoza, made his Major League debut for Texas on September 8, 2007 vs. Oakland.
Some of Ervin Santana’s best work with the Angels came against Oakland as he compiled a 14-5 record and a 2.03 ERA in 26 outings (24 starts). Santana takes the mound for KC in tonight’s 8:07 Central start.
Royals lineup: Cain – CF, Escobar – SS, Gordon – LF, Butler – DH, Hosmer – 1B, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Francoeur – RF, Johnson – 2B, Santana – RHP
Athletics lineup: Crisp - CF, Lowrie – SS, Cespedes – LF, Moss – 1B, Donaldson – 3B, Jaso – DH, Young – RF, Norris – C, Sogard – 2B, Milone – LHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_39_Oakland
Royals Trivia Fact: Oakland’s coaching staff includes three former Royals players. Manager Bob Melvin batted .314 in 32 games for the 1992 Royals, serving as the backup catcher to Mike Macfarlane. Pitching coach Curt Young was also a member of the 1992 Royals. Hitting coach Chili Davis slugged 30 home runs for the 1997 Royals.
The Royals open a weekend set at Oakland tonight. The lineup for tonight’s 9:07 start features David Lough, recalled from Omaha today.
Royals lineup: Lough – RF, Escobar – SS, Gordon – LF, Butler – DH, Hosmer – 1B, Cain – CF, Moustakas – 3B, Perez, C, Johnson – 2B, Shields – RHP
Athletics lineup: Crisp – CF, Lowrie – 2B, Cespedes – LF, Moss – RF, Donaldson – 3B, Smith – DH, Norris – C, Barton – 1B, Rosales – SS, Parker – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_38_Oakland_vms0l7um
Royals Trivia Fact: Current Royal Miguel Tejada tied an Oakland record with three home runs on June 11, 1999 vs. the Angels.
The Royals announced today that outfielder Jarrod Dyson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle. The move is retroactive to Thursday, making Dyson eligible for reinstatement on May 31. The team has recalled outfielder David Lough from Triple-A Omaha. Lough was batting .340 for the Storm Chasers this season, with six doubles, three triples and three homers. He had a 16-game hitting streak from April 19 to May 8.
The Royals look to win a second straight at Angel Stadium tonight. Jeremy Guthrie takes his 5-0 mark, 10-decision winning streak and 18-start unbeaten stretch to the mound!
Royals lineup: Cain – CF, Escobar – SS, Gordon – LF, Butler – DH, Hosmer – 1B, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Francoeur – RF, Tejada – 2B, Guthrie – RHP
Angels lineup: Aybar – SS, Trout – CF, Pujols – 1B, Trumbo – RF, Hamilton – DH, Kendrick – 2B, Callaspo – 3B, Iannetta – C, Shuck – LF, Vargas – LHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game #36 @ Los Angeles
Royals Trivia Fact: Jeremy Guthrie can tie another club record tonight – he is going for his 11th consecutive winning decision, which would match Paul Splittorff and Rich Gale.
The Royals today announced that an organization icon, Fred White, has announced his retirement after a stellar career as a broadcaster and most recently the Director of Broadcast Services and the Royals Alumni. White has decided to step away from the organization due to recent health issues. White, an Illinois native who attended Eastern Illinois University, was a broadcasting staple in the Midwest highlighted by 25 years in the Royals’ radio booth. A sports anchor at nearby WIBW-TV in Topeka, White was the voice of Kansas State athletics until he joined the Royals in 1973. When not calling games for the Wildcats or the Royals, the popular announcer was the voice of the Big 8, later the Big 12, television network during basketball season, while also being summoned to work on the national stages of ESPN, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and Turner Sports. After leaving the Royals broadcast booth, Fred kept his hand in the industry by heading up the Royals Radio Network, which has grown to one of the largest in all of baseball, as well as supervising the Royals Alumni, assisting with clinics, appearances and the Royals Fantasy Camp.
All-time saves leader Mariano Rivera is making his farewell tour across baseball. At each stop, he has held a special meeting with a group of people, whether it be fans or team employees. On Saturday, he met with a diverse group of Royals fans. On Sunday, it was Kansas City’s turn to honor Rivera with a video tribute and special presentation. General Manager Dayton Moore and Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett presented Rivera with a check for his foundation. Best wishes to Mariano and his family in retirement!
KC starts a nine-game road trip tonight. All nine games are on FOX Sports Kansas City as the May 22 game was recently added. Here are this week’s channel numbers for Dish Network subscribers:
Monday, May 13: Dish 443
Tuesday, May 14: Dish 445
Wednesday, May 15: Dish 444
Friday, May 17: Dish 446
Saturday, May 18: Dish 446
Sunday, May 19: Dish 444
Happy Mother’s Day!
Ned Yost met with the media in his office before today’s game with the Yankees. He was asked if sometimes players are guilty of overthinking the game. “You can’t help it. It’s human nature. Everyone wants to be successful, especially when they know we have a good team. Everybody at times puts a little extra pressure on themselves and overthinks things. Pitchers do it. Fielders do it. Everyone does it. It can be a learning experience though. It is all part of playing the game of baseball,” said the skipper.
Another topic of discussion was Jarrod Dyson batting leadoff today. Yost was asked what Dyson needs to do to be successful in the leadoff spot. “To be successful and maintain that spot his approach is going to have to be taking pitches and taking walks. Getting him to understand people don’t come to watch him hit fly balls and home runs because they are too far and few in between. People pay to watch him get on base and create havoc on the bases. He is working really, really hard at it and you can see the growth in him from last year,” said the manager.