March 2007

Royals Open Kauffman Stadium to Public

Can’t wait until Opening Day? No problem – we are opening the gates a day early just so you can get a “sneak preview” of your 2007 Royals.

Head out to the ballpark this Sunday, April 1, to watch the team workout from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Park for FREE in Lot M and enter the stadium through Gate B – next to the good ‘ol George Brett statue.

We’ll have drawings to win Royals-related prizes (see list below!) and chances to purchase season ticket packages – that include Opening Day tickets! There’ll be hot dogs and small drinks for $1 each, and the Kauffman Stadium Team Stores will be open so you can stock up early on your Royals gear for the year.

But, even more exciting than all that, we’ll have Alex Gordon, Mark Teahen, Mike Sweeney, Gil Meche, Octavio Dotel, David DeJesus, Buddy Bell and all your other favorite Royals back at Kauffman Stadium playing ball!

Prizes to Win
• Mark Grudzielanek Autographed Jersey
• David DeJesus Autographed Bat
• George Brett Autographed Ball and a Frank White Autographed Ball Package
• Mark Teahen Autographed Photo and Alex Gordon Autographed Ball Package
• 21- game season ticket package for two (including Opening Day)
• Marquee Match-up Ticket Package for two

• Group Night for 20 – Any game in April (Tickets & Parking)
• Opportunity to throw out a First Pitch prior to a Royals home game!

Lineups: Final Cactus League Game

The Royals (10-16) close out Cactus League play Thursday afternoon with a 2:05 p.m. game against the Texas Rangers (15-10). We then head to Houston for a pair of exhibition games with the Astros before launching into the 2007 season on April 2.

Here’s the lineups for our last game in Arizona. Aside from the starting pitcher, does this lineup mirror the one we will see against Boston on Opening Day?

For the Royals:
No. 9     David DeJesus – CF
No. 15   Mark Grudzielanek – 2B
No. 24   Mark Teahen – RF
No. 29   Mike Sweeney – DH
No. 7     Alex Gordon – 3B
No. 43  Ryan Shealy – 1B
No. 11   Ross Gload – LF
No. 14   John Buck – C
No. 66   Tony Pena – SS

No. 45   Odalis Perez – P

For the Rangers:
No. 7     Kenny Lofton – CF
No. 28   Matt Kata – 2B
No. 10   Michael Young – SS
No. 23   Mark Teixeira – 1B
No. 21   Sammy Sosa – DH
No. 9     Hank Blalock – 3B
No. 6     Brad Wilkerson – LF
No. 17   Nelson Cruz – RF
No. 35   Chris Stewart – C

No. 20   Brandon McCarthy – P

Lineups: Meche has Final Spring Start

Here’s the lineups for the Royals final home game in Surprise, Ariz., a 3:05 p.m. game with the San Diego Padres. Right-hander Gil Meche takes the mound for his last Spring Training start before facing the Red Sox on Opening Day – April 2. What can we expect to see from him today?

For the Royals:
No. 9    David DeJesus – CF
No. 15  Mark Grudzielanek – 2B
No. 29  Mike Sweeney – DH
No. 35  Emil Brown – LF
No. 7    Alex Gordon – 3B
No. 16  Reggie Sanders – RF
No. 43  Ryan Shealy – 1B
No. 6    Jason LaRue – C
No. 66  Tony Pena – SS
No. 55  Gil Meche – P

For the Padres:
No. 22  Marcus Giles – 2B
No. 24  Brian Giles – RF
No. 3    Khalil Greene – SS
No. 23  Adrian Gonzalez – 1B
No. 34  Russell Branyan – 3B
No. 9    Jose Cruz, Jr. – CF
No. 53  Pete Laforest – DH
No. 14  Rob Bowen – C
No. 78  Adam Shabala – LF
No. 33  David Wells – P

Redesigned Royals Community Pages!

There have been lots of changes for the Royals this year and before the season officially kicks off, we have one more to add to the list.

As you might have noticed, we are putting an extra focus on our website – – in an effort to make the Royals even more accessible for our fans. We’ve launched a new logo and theme for the new season, along with upgrading and updating many of the features on the site, including this blog, Around the Horn.

Now, we invite you to check out our newly redesigned Community pages, which launched on Monday. On these pages, you will find the most up-to-date information on upcoming Royals community events, interesting news stories, past event photo galleries and more. It’s just another opportunity we want you to have to make sure you aren’t missing out on anything Royals-related!

So…visit the new Community pages now and let us know what you think of the redesign!


We just announced the acquisition of shortstop Tony Pena Jr. from the Atlanta Braves. To get Pena, who, yes, is the son of former Royals manager Tony Pena, we dealt right-handed pitcher Erik Cordier, and then made room on the 40-man roster by placing reliever Joe Nelson on the 60-day D.L.

Here’s some quick stats about the new shortstop:

  • Hit .282 (84-298) in 81 games for Triple-A Richmond in 2006, collecting 12 doubles, four triples, one homer and 23 RBI.
  • Stole 12 bases in 15 attempts for Richmond.
  • Made his M.L. debut last season with the Braves.
  • Hit .227 (10-44) with two doubles, one homer and three RBI in 40 games with Atlanta in 2006.
  • Is a career .252 hitter in seven minor league seasons with the Braves.

Any thoughts on the new acquisition?

Lineups at Diamondbacks

Following a rainout Thursday, the Royals jump back into action today against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Here’s your lineups…

For the Royals:
Gathright – CF
German – 2B
Shealy – 1B
Gordon – 3B
Brown – LF
Butler – RF
Buck – C
Gonzalez – SS
Cromer – P

For the Diamondbacks:
Drew – SS
Callaspo – 3B
Jackson – 1B
Hairston – LF
Montero – C
Barden – 2B
Krynzel – CF
Brown – RF
Hernandez – P

Lineups: Royals on T.V. Tonight

The Royals host the Oakland Athletics Wednesday night in Surprise, Ariz., and all of us in the greater Kansas City area get to watch…finally!

It’s the first televised game of the year and fans can tune in to RSTN at 8 p.m. for complete game coverage. In fact, you can tune in at 7:30 p.m. for a Royals pre-season special prior to the game. Here’s tonight’s starting lineups….

For the Royals:
German – 2B
Gload – LF
Teahen – CF
Sweeney – DH
Gordon – 3B
Sanders – RF
Shealy – 1B
Buck – C
Berroa – SS
Bannister – P

For the Athletics:
Stewart – LF
Crosby – SS
Piazza – DH
Chavez – 3B
Swisher – CF
Ellis – 2B
Johnson – 1B
Melhuse – C
Ledee – RF
Blanton – P

Lineups: Two Weeks to Opening Day

The Royals (8-11) look to snap a three-game losing streak when they host the Chicago White Sox (8-12) in Surprise, Ariz., Monday afternoon.

For the Royals:
No. 3    Esteban German – 2B
No. 11  Ross Gload – RF
No. 24  Mark Teahen – CF
No. 29  Mike Sweeney – DH
No. 7    Alex Gordon – 3B
No. 35  Emil Brown – LF
No. 43  Ryan Shealy – 1B
No. 6    Jason LaRue – C
No. 4    Angel Berroa – SS
No. 23  Zack Greinke – P

For the White Sox:
No. 17   Darin Erstad – 1B
No. 15  Tadahito Iguchi – 2B
No. 14  Paul Konerko – DH
No. 23  Jermaine Dye – RF
No. 24  Joe Crede – 3B
No. 12  A.J. Pierzynski – C
No. 5    Juan Uribe – SS
No. 10  Rob Mackowiak – LF
No. 32  Brian Anderson – CF
No. 78  Adam Russell – P

FYI…Opening Day is exactly two weeks away – is Spring Training going as well as you had expected?

By Toby Cook
VP-Community Affairs & Publicity
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Greetings from the great Southwest.  Nobody knows what to wear down here or where these new streets are coming from.
This latest blog post comes as I make my third and final trip to Surprise, where the Royals are getting closer to finishing up their fifth Spring Training at this beautiful facility.  It is beautiful… and blasted hot, even for the Phoenix area this time of year.
I’m joined by Royals community affairs and publicity folks Lora Grosshans and Ben Aken, who are spending the week on a variety of different chores that have to be completed before the season starts.  They’re doing all the work.  I’m trying to keep up… and keep cool.
It has been a great visit, though.  On Saturday, the City of Surprise renamed a street that runs through this complex "Buck O’Neil Way" to honor the late Negro Leagues Baseball icon and longtime Royals scout and fan.  Mark Coronado of the Surprise Recreational Complex flew our friend, Bob Kendrick, out for the unveiling of the new street sign.  Bob spreads the message of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum all over the country.  He joined Mark and me on the field in the middle of the 5th inning of Saturday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks for another ceremony.  The sell-out crowd cheered loudly when Buck’s name was announced.
My favorite moment came after the morning announcement, when two guys from Los Angeles walked by, looking down at their maps and up at the street sign.  "I’ve never noticed that street’s called that," one said to the other.  It had been named "Buck O’Neil Way" for about 70 seconds.
Those guys were wearing T-shirts and shorts, the right call for unseasonably warm March days here in the Valley of the Sun.  Shock value:  We left KC at 49 degrees last Thursday.  It was 99 when we landed at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport at 5 p.m. local time.  Hey, it’s a dry… well, you know.  We’re having a great time here in spite of it all.  It’s supposed to cool down early in the week, and it’s going to be this hot (with humidity) when the Royals find themselves in a pennant race mid-summer.  Yes, that’s the hope of every team in Spring Training.  But we know the club will respond to an off-season of positive news, whatever the record.  We have some wonderful direction: the Royal way is also the Buck O’Neil Way.  And one day that inspiration will lead us to great things again.

Look for more postings later this week.  I’ve got to go help Lora and Ben.  They’re out sweating in the hot sun.

Lineups: Butler Starts in Right

The Royals take their 8-8 record into Peoria, Ariz., Friday afternoon to face the Seattle Mariners. Right-hander Brian Bannister takes the mound looking to improve his chances for a spot in the starting rotation. Non-roster invitee Billy Butler, who has already shown how phenomenal he is with a bat, gets a start in the field today.

For the Royals:
Gathright – CF
Gonzalez – 3B
Gload – 1B
Brown – LF
Butler – RF
Buck – C
Tupman – DH
Berroa – SS
Blanco – 2B

Bannister  – SP

For the Mariners:
Suzuki – CF 
Beltre – 3B 
Vidro – DH 
Ibanez – LF 
Sexson – 1B
Broussard – RF 
Johjima – C
Lopez – 2B
Bloomquist – SS

Batista – P


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