Ned Yost media session: April 18, 2014

With Jarrod Dyson placed on the bereavement list Friday, Royals manager Ned Yost will be without two of his center fielders this weekend against the Minnesota Twins. Justin Maxwell will start tonight in center for Yost, who said it’s difficult for a guy like Maxwell only playing once a week so this will be a good opportunity for him. Yost was asked about Nori Aoki in center but said he likes the way Aoki is playing in right field and does not want to me alter that situation.

Kansas City hosts Minnesota just four days after getting swept at Target Field and Yost thinks this weekend is a chance for the Royals to “redeem themselves” following their play in that series.

Yost was asked pregame about Billy Butler’s struggles and answered by saying “Billy’s not a machine. This stuff happens to everyone.” He is confident that it is just a matter of time before Butler’s numbers improve.

By Nate Rowan

Royals on FSKC: Dish channel numbers for April 18-27

Friday, April 18:  Dish 443 or 412-31
Saturday, April 19:  Dish 441 or 412-29
Sunday, April 20:  Dish 441 or 412-29
Monday, April 21:  Dish 441 or 412-29 (note: Dish will not air the postgame show in HD)
Tuesday, April 22:  Dish 441 or 412-29 (note: Dish will not air the postgame show in HD)
Wednesday, April 23:  Dish 441 or 412-29
Thursday, April 24: no TV
Friday, April 25: Dish 442 or 412-30
Saturday, April 26:  Dish 440 or 412-28
Sunday, April 27:  Dish 441 or 412-29

Reminder:  DirecTV is now channel 671-5.

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS: APRIL 18-20

The Kansas City Royals will return home to host the Minnesota Twins in a three-game series over the Easter weekend. Both the Saturday and Sunday games will have afternoon starts and see the return of some fan-favorite programs. In addition, the Royals will debut Royals Memories, a new program available exclusively through the MLB.com At the Ballpark application, that allows fans to purchase one-of-a-kind ballpark experiences. Please see below for more information.

Friday, April 18 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Royals Memories Program Debuts – Fans can now purchase special on-field experiences exclusively through the MLB.com At the Ballpark app for Android and iPhone. All available Royals Memories experience packages, which are subject to availability and always changing, will be released at least two days prior to every homestand. During the Twins series, fans can purchase a Royals batting practice package, an opportunity to play catch on the field following the game or a postgame photo opportunity on the field by clicking on “upgrades” in the app.
• Focus on Driving Night presented by Sprint – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month, and the Royals are teaming up with Sprint to provide information on the dangers of distracted driving. The first 10,000 fans will also receive a Royals phone pouch courtesy of Sprint.
• Play It Forward Contest presented by Missouri Lottery – Round one of the bracket-style contest continues as the fans vote for the new sixth inning sing-a-long song. During each game until June 7, fans in the ballpark will vote for one of two songs that will be announced during pregame by KMBZ Radio’s Dana Wright and Scott Parks of “Dana & Parks” on CrownVision. The song with the most votes will be played during the sixth inning of that same game, and the overall contest winner will be played in the remaining games of the 2014 season. http://www.royals.com/playitforward

Saturday, April 19 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
• 610 Saturday – The Royals have teamed up with Entercom and 610 Sports Radio for special pregame festivities outside Rivals Sports Bar that include 610 Sports Radio personalities, special guests, food and drink specials and much more. Fans can enjoy the 610 Saturday Appetizer Special – Mini Dog Slammers for just $6.10 – in Rivals Sports Bar from the time the gates open until the first pitch. Listen to 610 Sports Radio and receive a coupon code to purchase a ticket for only $6.10 in the Hy-Vee Infield. http://www.royals.com/610saturday.

Sunday, April 20 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
• 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. New this season, fans also have the opportunity to get pregame autographs with select players each Sunday. All-Day Play Passes for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience are available for just $10. In addition, the Royals are offering a Family FunDay Sunday 4-Pack that include four Hy-Vee Infield tickets, $10 in loaded value per ticket to use for concessions and merchandise, and four All-Day Play Passes – over $150 in value – for just $80! http://www.royals.com/sunday.
• Sunday Fun Run – All fans 14 and under can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).

Fans may purchase tickets online at royals.com, by calling 1-800-6ROYALS, at area Hy-Vee stores or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.

Royals place Lorenzo Cain on 15-day D.L., recall pitcher Justin Marks from Omaha

The Royals have have placed outfielder Lorenzo Cain on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain. Left-handed pitcher Justin Marks has been recalled from Triple-A Omaha to take Cain’s place on the 25-man roster. Marks, who is looking to make his Major League debut, will be in uniform for tonight’s 7:10 game against the Houston Astros.

Marks was 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA in three appearances (one start) for the Storm Chasers this season.

Royals on FSKC: Dish channel numbers for April 15 – 20

Tuesday, April 15: Dish 441 or 412-29
Wednesday, April 16: Dish 442 or 412-30
Thursday, April 17: Dish 441 or 412-29
Friday, April 18: Dish 443 or 412-31
Saturday, April 19: Dish 441 or 412-29
Sunday, April 20: Dish 441 or 412-29

Please note:  On Friday, April 11, Dish will not carry the HD feed because of bandwidth constraints

 

Ned Yost media session: April 9, 2014

Royals relievers Donnie Joseph and Aaron Brooks were sent back to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday.  The club activated Louis Coleman from the 15-day D.L. and recalled second baseman Johnny Giavotella from Omaha.

“Johnny is swinging the bat really well right now,” said manager Ned Yost. “It’s as simple as that. Johnny’s defense has improved and we’re looking for someone who’s swinging the bat. This is just going to be a little temporary fix until Omar gets back, but we were looking for some offense.”

According to Yost, Giavotella’s call-up was in no way related to the progress of Infante’s recovery from the sprained jaw and non-concussive head injury he suffered after being struck by a Heath Bell pitch.

“We just need some depth,” he said. “We couldn’t make the move until today. If we could have we would have made it yesterday. It takes away from our pitching depth, but we have an off day tomorrow, three in Minnesota, and then another off day, so we feel like we can work around that.”

Yost is hopeful that Infante can return in 3-4 days.

Mike Moustakas recorded his first hit of the season in his 22nd official at bat Tuesday night.

“He needed (the hit),” said Yost. “I’m not worried about Moose. His batting practices have been phenomenal the past few days, I mean, right back to where he was in spring training.”
Moustakas led Major League Baseball with 18 RBI during spring training, hitting .429 with four home runs.

“He wanted to really good off to a good start, maybe pressed a little bit, but that one hit takes a lot of weight off your shoulders, so I think Moose is going to be fine.”

  By Kolby Paxton

Monday night photos

The Royals won on Monday night behind a great outing from Jason Vargas.  Alcides Escobar drove in three runs, tying a career high.  Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain all scored on Escobar’s double.  Nori Aoki impressed with both the bat and glove.

Vargas 4-7Escobar_4-7GordonPerezCainAoki catchAoki triple

Medical update on second baseman Omar Infante

Overnight tests on Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante revealed he suffered a non-concussive head injury when he was struck by a pitch in the seventh inning of last night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Infante, 32, who was diagnosed at the University of Kansas Medical Center, suffered a laceration on the lower left side of his face that required six stitches. He also incurred a sprain of his right jaw due to the impact of the pitch. The immediate plan is to evaluate him over the next 48 hours, though based on the Kansas City medical team’s initial diagnosis it does not appear he’ll miss a significant amount time. There is no determination at this time as to whether this will necessitate a stint on the disabled list.

Ned Yost media session: April 7, 2014

Left-handed relievers Francisley Bueno and Tim Collins were placed on the disabled list on Monday, a day after the pair worked in the ninth inning vs. Chicago.

“Bueno sprained a pinky finger on his throwing hand, and that makes it very difficult to grip a baseball,” said manager Ned Yost. “It’s probably a 5-6 day injury, but it’s too tough early in the season to go short in the pen.”

As for Collins, his injury sounds more disconcerting on the surface, but tests performed on Sunday were encouraging.

“Collins came in after the game and told us he’s had some stiffness and some soreness in his elbow,” said Yost. “They did an MRI today and he had some inflammation in that elbow, so we’re going to shut him down for 4-5 days and go from there. The MRI looked good, just some minor inflammation. Hopefully it’s not going to be more than a 15-day ordeal.”

Right-hander Michael Mariot and southpaw Donnie Joseph were called up from Triple-A Omaha to replace Bueno and Collins in the bullpen.

“I’ve liked Mariot since I saw him last spring. He did a great job in spring training with us. Closed a lot of ball games out. Has a good fastball, a good slider, was never intimidated by the situation. Obviously, Donnie Joseph we like a lot as a left on left guy.”

By Kolby Paxton

Royals on FSKC: Dish channel numbers, April 7 – 13

Reminder:  DirecTV now airs Royals games on 671-5.
Monday, April 7:  Dish 442 or 412-30
Tuesday, April 8: Dish 443 or 412-31
Wednesday, April 9:  Dish 443 or 412-31
Friday, April 11:  Dish 458 *Dish Hopper channel TBD; It’s possible Dish won’t carry the HD feed of the  April 11 game — and several other games throughout the country — due to bandwidth constraints.
Saturday, April 12:  Dish 441 or 412-29
Sunday, April 13:  Dish 442 or 412-30

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