April 2007

Easter Sunday Lineups

The Royals (2-3) close out their first homestand of the season with an Easter Sunday match up against Detroit (1-2). Here’s your lineups for this cold – and we mean COLD – afternoon game.

And, Happy Easter from the Royals!

For the Royals:
No. 9     David DeJesus – CF
No. 15   Mark Grudzielanek – 2B
No. 24   Mark Teahen – RF
No. 35   Emil Brown – LF
No. 7     Alex Gordon – 3B
No. 16   Reggie Sanders – DH
No. 43   Ryan Shealy – 1B
No. 6     Jason LaRue – C
No. 1     Tony Pena Jr. – SS
No. 31   Brandon Duckworth – P

For the Tigers:
No. 28   Curtis Granderson – CF
No. 14   Placido Polanco – 2B
No. 3     Gary Sheffield – DH
No. 30   Magglio Ordonez – RF
No. 9     Carlos Guillen – SS
No. 7     Ivan Rodriguez – C
No. 21   Sean Casey – 1B
No. 33   Marcus Thames – LF
No. 15   Brandon Inge – 3B
No. 38   Jeremy Bonderman – P

Lineups: Another Chilly Day at "The K"…

The Royals (2-2) will turn to starter Gil Meche today against the Tigers (1-2). All of us are looking for another great outing from Meche, who is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA after leading the Royals to an Opening Day victory against Boston on Monday. Here’s your lineups…

For the Royals:
No. 9    David DeJesus – CF
No. 15  Mark Grudzielanek – 2B
No. 29  Mike Sweeney – DH
No. 16  Reggie Sanders – RF
No. 35  Emil Brown – LF
No. 3    Esteban German – 3B
No. 43  Ryan Shealy – 1B
No. 14  John Buck – C
No. 1    Tony Pena Jr. – SS
No. 55  Gil Meche – P

For the Tigers:
No. 28  Curtis Granderson – CF
No. 14  Placido Polanco – 2B
No. 3    Gary Sheffield – DH
No. 30  Magglio Ordonez – RF
No. 9    Carlos Guillen – SS
No. 7    Ivan Rodriguez – C
No. 21  Sean Casey – 1B
No. 27  Craig Monroe – LF
No. 15  Brandon Inge – 3B
No. 46  Mike Maroth – P

Lineups: Detroit Comes to Town

The Royals (1-2) bundle up tonight to face the Detroit Tigers (1-1) for the first match-up of a three-game set this weekend. If you are headed out to the ballpark, don’t forget the long johns. Here’s your lineups…

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. 6    Jason LaRue – C
No. 1    Tony Pena Jr. – SS
No. 36  Jorge De La Rosa – P

For the Tigers:

No. 7    Ivan Rodriguez – C
No. 14  Placido Polanco – 2B
No. 3    Gary Sheffield – DH
No. 30  Magglio Ordonez – RF
No. 9    Carlos Guillen – SS
No. 21  Sean Casey – 1B
No. 27  Craig Monroe – LF
No. 28  Curtis Granderson – CF
No. 15  Brandon Inge – 3B
No. 35  Justin Verlander – P

Royals Announce Milestone in Renovation Plans

Kauffman Stadium is about ready to undergo a significant renovation, made possible by a bond issue passed by Jackson County, Mo., taxpayers a year ago.  Friday morning, the Royals and the county made an important announcement to keep plans moving ahead – on time and on budget.

Royals Senior Vice President of Business Operations Kevin Uhlich announced a joint venture between Walton Construction and Hunt Construction to serve as construction managers for the project.  Uhlich and company and county officials answered questions from reporters in our interview room at Kauffman Stadium.  They then signed papers making the agreement legal.

Over the next two to three years, Kauffman Stadium – already one of the best places to watch a baseball game in the Major Leagues – will be transformed into a state-of-the-art facility with many new amenities and enhanced features our fans have grown to love, including a bigger and better Crown Scoreboard and those beautiful fountains.

Some projects have already begun, but look for major construction around “The K” after this season.  Here’s hoping we have to postpone a few days in October… for a post-season run.

Game Items for Charity

With your help, Thursday’s big – and historical – pitching match-up could help make a big difference for someone else.

On Friday, several items from Thursday’s game against the Red Sox will be on the Royals online auction site – http://royals.auction.mlb.com/ – with the proceeds benefiting Royals Charities, the charitable arm of the organization. The game featured Royals right-hander Zack Greinke in his first start since 2005 facing Boston’s rookie right-hander and Japanese hero Daisuke Matsuzaka, who made his Major League debut.

Here is a list of the items for sale:
o Game-used baseballs
o Game-used bases – first, second and third
o Game-used home plate

Fans can find other Royals autographed memorabilia as well. On Friday, just log onto royals.com or go directly to the auction site http://royals.auction.mlb.com/.

Lineups: Greinke vs. "Dice-K"

The Media Relations department – mainly Coordinator of Media Services Dina Wathan – issued nearly 250 credentials for this afternoon’s game, which could only mean one thing: the much-anticipated pitching match-up between Zack Greinke and Daisuke Matsuzaka (Dice-K) is here.

It’s a media frenzy that the Royals – and Major League Baseball – haven’t seen for some time. Not only do fans at Kauffman Stadium have the chance to see the Japanese hero make his Major League debut, but they also get to see Royals favorite Greinke make his first start in a Royals uniform since 2005.

It’s a game for the record books – are you skipping work to be a part of MLB history? Any predictions on what pitch Dice-K will throw first?

For the Royals:
No. 9    David DeJesus – CF
No. 3    Esteban German – 2B
No. 24  Mark Teahen – RF
No. 35  Emil Brown – DH
No. 7    Alex Gordon – 3B
No. 43  Ryan Shealy – 1B
No. 11  Ross Gload – LF
No. 14  John Buck – C
No. 1    Tony Pena Jr. – SS

No. 23  Zack Greinke – P

For the Red Sox:
No. 23  Julio Lugo – SS
No. 20  Kevin Youkilis – 1B
No. 34  David Ortiz – DH
No. 24  Manny Ramirez – LF
No. 7    J.D. Drew – RF
No. 25  Mike Lowell – 3B
No. 33  Jason Varitek – C
No. 10  Coco Crisp – CF
No. 15  Dustin Pedroia – 2B

No. 18  Daisuke Matsuzaka (Dice-K) – P

Dotel goes on 15-day D.L.

Just wanted to let the fans know, we’re placing pitcher Octavio Dotel on the 15-day D.L. with a left oblique strain, retroactive to March 30. That means he should be available next weekend when the team is in Baltimore.

Other changes to the roster: we purchased the contract of pitcher Jason Standridge, who was with our Triple-A squad, and transferred pitcher Leo Nunez from the 15-day D.L. to the 60-day D.L. Nunez is battling a right wrist fracture.

Here’s some info on Standridge from the press release: the 28-year-old was a non-roster invitee to spring training and appeared in seven Cactus League games allowing five earned runs in 7.0 innings. He has appeared in 76 Major League games during his career while pitching for Tampa Bay, Texas and most recently the last two seasons with Cincinnati. He is 3-8 with a 5.64 ERA in those 76 outings, which have included nine starts.

Lineups: Royals Look for 2-0 Start

Not many can argue that Monday’s Opening Day ranked among the best in recent history. Behind seven strong innings from starter Gil Meche, the Royals plowed through Boston’s lineup, while also coming through at the plate with seven runs and 12 hits – including five for extra bases. And, remember, that was against potential Hall of Famer and Boston ace Curt Schilling, who didn’t last five innings. Yeah, we’re all pretty happy with how the start of the 2007 season is going.

Tonight we face another tough one from the Red Sox pitching staff, Josh Beckett. Here’s the lineups…

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. 35  Emil Brown – LF
No. 11  Ross Gload – 1B
No. 6    Jason LaRue – C
No. 1    Tony Pena Jr. – SS

No. 45  Odalis Perez – P

For the Red Sox:
No. 23  Julio Lugo – SS
No. 20  Kevin Youkilis – 1B
No. 34  David Ortiz – DH
No. 24  Manny Ramirez – LF
No. 7    J.D. Drew – RF
No. 25  Mike Lowell – 3B
No. 33  Jason Varitek – C
No. 10  Coco Crisp – CF
No. 15  Dustin Pedroia – 2B

No. 19  Josh Beckett – P

Dsc_0096aa_1Also, keep this fun fact in mind. At Tuesday’s Welcome Home Luncheon, Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre pointed out that Tony Pena Jr. is on pace to hit 324 triples this season.

Gload Dresses to Impress at the Welcome Home Luncheon

Ross Gload made quite an impression on Kansas City on Tuesday and it had nothing to do with swinging a bat or fielding a ball.2007_whl_gload_0554 

At the Royals Welcome Home Luncheon, Gload introduced himself to a crowd of more than 750 as an outfielder, a first baseman, a strong at-bat…and a Hyatt Regency busboy? So, apparently, the Royals offseason acquisition didn’t get the memo that the Royals annual luncheon was a suit-sport-coat type of event. To rectify his casual attire, Gload grabbed the jacket off a member of the Hyatt wait staff, got in line and marched out with the other players during introductions. The impromptu costume didn’t go unnoticed as Ross was called out several times during the luncheon, especially by fellow outfielder Reggie Sanders. All in fun, of course!

All in all, it was a minor – and funny – blip during an otherwise wonderful luncheon, an event that gives Kansas City a chance to welcome the Royals players, coaches and staff home for another season of baseball. Although the luncheons always draw in a good group of excited Royals fans, this year seemed to be especially energized thanks to the team’s 7-1 Opening Day victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday. Here in the office, we might seem pretty exhausted from such a great Opening Day and a great Welcome Home Luncheon, but we aren’t ready to crash anytime soon as we look for win No. 2 Wednesday night – hope to see you at The K!

Opening Day Lineups

As imagined, things are buzzing here at Kauffman Stadium for our 3:10 p.m. start against Boston. The teams are rolling in and the official 2007 Opening Day lineups have been posted. Here you go…play ball!

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. 1    Tony Pena Jr. – SS

No. 55  Gil Meche – P

For the Red Sox:
No. 23  Julio Lugo – SS
No. 20  Kevin Youkilis – 1B
No. 34  David Ortiz – DH
No. 24  Manny Ramirez – LF
No. 7    J.D. Drew – RF
No. 25  Mike Lowell – 3B
No. 33  Jason Varitek – C
No. 10  Coco Crisp – CF
No. 15  Dustin Pedroia – 2B

No. 38  Curt Schilling – P

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