May 2007

Fresh Start at Kauffman Stadium

We are 9-21 at home this season after going 5-13 at Kauffman in May.

Not the record we were hoping for in front of the home crowd to start the season. In an article in the KC Star today, reporter David Boyce touches on this fact and even quotes Teahen jokingly blaming the fountains.

Well, it turns out the grounds crew guys had their own theory as to the Royals’ home struggles and it has nothing to do with the water spectacular. Img_0160

Thursday morning with the team heading out of town for a seven-game road trip, they ripped up all the infield sod.Img_0163  In all honesty, replacing the grass is something that was scheduled prior to the recent homestand and happens a handful of times throughout the season. Img_0159 But, looking for a fresh start at home, we’ll chalk it up to this: new sod + new month = better results at Kauffman Stadium when the team returns home to face Philadelphia on June 8. 

Lineups: Royals End Homestand with Meche

UPDATE: RAIN DELAY AT KAUFFMAN STADIUM – AIMING FOR 8:30 P.M. START

Think we are all in agreement with this: we need a win.

Enough said…here are your lineups for tonight’s homestand finale against Baltimore.

For the Royals:
German – 3B
DeJesus – CF
Grudzielanek – 2B
Sweeney – DH
Teahen – RF
Brown – LF
Buck – C
Shealy – 1B
Pena – SS
Meche – P

For the Orioles:
Roberts – 2B
Payton – LF
Tejada – SS
Huff – DH
Mora – 3B
Millar – 1B
Gibbons – RF
Hernandez – C
Patterson – CF
Bedard – P

Lineups: DeJesus Batting Fifth

Looks like Buddy Bell is mixing up the lineup a little more than usual today, throwing DeJesus into the five hole and leading off with Costa. In his career, DeJesus has only recorded one at-bat in two plate appearances when hitting fifth in the lineup. The Royals (19-33) look to snap a five-game skid when they face Baltimore (24-27) tonight, 7:10 p.m. start. Here are your lineups…

For the Royals:
Costa – LF
Grudzielanek – 2B
Teahen – RF
Sweeney – DH
DeJesus – CF
Buck – C
Gordon – 3B
Shealy – 1B
Berroa – SS
De La Rosa – P

For the Orioles:
Roberts – 2B
Markakis – RF
Tejada – SS
Huff – DH
Payton – LF
Millar – 1B
Mora – 3B
Hernandez – C
Patterson – CF
Guthrie – P

Lineups: Perez vs. Washburn

The Royals (19-31) look to avoid the sweep by Seattle (23-22) today, 1:10 p.m. start. Rain just picked up here, but we are hearing rumors of it clearing up around game time. Might want to pack the rain gear just in case. Here are your lineups…

For the Royals:
German – DH
DeJesus – CF
Grudzielanek – 2B
Teahen – RF
Brown – LF
Buck – C
Gordon – 3B
Shealy – 1B
Pena – SS
Perez – P

For the Mariners:
Suzuki – CF
Vidro – DH
Guillen – RF
Ibanez – LF
Sexson – 1B
Beltre – 3B
Betancourt – SS
Lopez – 2B
Burke – C
Washburn – P

Lineups: Little Splitty Bobblehead Night

Here are the lineups for Saturday’s 6:10 p.m. match up with Seattle. First 20,000 fans into the stadium will get their Littley Splitty bobblehead.

UPDATED: Royals Roster Moves

  • Catcher Jason LaRue returned from his rehab assignment with Omaha and was reinstated from the 15-day D.L.
  • Catcher Paul Phillips was designated for assignment.
  • Right-handed pitcher Joakim Soria was placed on the 15-day D.L. (retroactive to 5/23) with right shoulder inflammation.
  • Right-handed pitcher Ryan Braun was recalled from Omaha.

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
Grudzielanek – 2B
Teahen – RF
Sweeney – DH
Gordon – 3B
Shealy – 1B
Costa – LF
LaRue – C
Pena – SS
Bannister – P

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

Lineups: Meche vs. F. Hernandez

It’s a 2.44 ERA vs. a 2.77 ERA tonight when former teammates Gil Meche and Felix Hernandez face off on the mound for the first of three between the Royals and Seattle. Meche has pitched twice as many games as Felix this season, but the two are equals when it comes to standing out as the aces of their teams. Felix, who started the season by tossing an eight-inning, no-run contest followed by a complete game shutout, has slowed since. In his only other three starts, which were interrupted with a minor stint on the D.L., he is 0-2 with an 8.00 ERA (9 IP, 8 ER). Meanwhile, Meche, who lasted a season-low five innings and allowed five runs in his last start on Saturday in Colorado, is looking to bounce back from his worst outing of the season and get the Royals newest hot streak going.

Are we looking at a pitchers’ duel tonight? If so, get out here early and stock up on those $1 hot dogs (yeah, it’s a Dodge Buck Night) while you can. Here are your lineups…

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
Grudzielanek – 2B
Teahen – RF
Sweeney – DH
Costa – LF
Gordon – 3B
Shealy – 1B
Buck – C
Pena – SS
Meche – P

For the Mariners:
Suzuki – CF
Vidro – DH
Guillen – RF
Ibanez – LF
Sexson – 1B
Johjima – C
Beltre – 3B
Betancourt – SS
Lopez – 2B
Hernandez – P

Lineups: Royals Wives Silent Auction Tonight

The Royals (19-28) are looking to bring out the brooms tonight against the Indians (27-17). Chances are good given that we’ve won eight of our last 10 games – the best record in the league during that span – and we are due for some sweeping this season. We turn to Kauffman Stadium pitching machine Jorge De La Rosa (4-3, 3.59 ERA), who is 3-1 with a 2.39 ERA in four Kansas City-based starts this season. Here are some notes, reminders and lineups. Enjoy…

BID ON BASEBALLS, BATS, JERSEYS AND MORE: Don’t forget your check books for tonight’s game. Before the game and in between innings, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the Royals Wives will be in the concourse between sections 101 and 102 running a Silent Auction to raise money for Harvesters. Here’s a small sampling of what you can bid on: David Ortiz autographed ball, Johan Santana autographed ball, Billy Butler autographed bat, Royals helmet signed by the entire 2007 team, Royals autographed lineup card from the May 2 game, Grudzielanek Gold Glove autographed photo and Gil Meche Opening Day autographed photo. Some pretty good items, right? For the complete list, click here.

FROM THE GAME NOTES: Last night’s win gave the Royals a six-game Wednesday winning streak. Since dropping their first two hump day battles against the Red Sox and Blue Jays, the Royals have posted Wednesday wins in succession in Detroit, in Minnesota, here over the Angels and A’s, last Wednesday in Oakland, then last night.

KAEGEL IN THE HOUSE: We all knew this day was coming soon because we saw **** Kaegel, who has been absent from the press box all season, drifting in and out of the press club dining room during the last homestand. Well, no more waiting, royals.com readers: Mr. Kaegel is back at work as the Royals MLB.com writer tonight and we couldn’t be happier to see him. Welcome back, **** – we’ve missed you!

GORDON AIMS HIGH: Heard Alex Gordon on 810 WHB’s “The Program with Soren Petro” today. Any guesses on how many career home runs Gordon said he’d hit?…Without hesitation, he confidently answered, “500.” That’s a number that will put another Royal in the Hall of Fame and, after last night, only 497 to go!

HOT AGAINST THE LEFTIES: The Royals face left-hander Jeremy Sowers tonight. We started the season 0-10 against southpaws, but have since won our last three straight games when opposed by a left-handed starter.

AND…FOOD DRIVE REMINDER: Canned foods wanted. As well as: plastic jars of peanut butter, pastas fruits and vegetables. Basically, any non-perishable, “kid-friendly” food item you can think of or find in your cupboard is welcomed as we celebrate 25 years of the Royals Wives hosting the Royals Wives Food Drive. From 5-7:30 p.m., the Wives will be at Gates A and B Friday, May 25 (psst…tomorrow!) to collect items and cash donations for Harvesters – Kansas City’s only food bank.

For the Royals:
German – LF
DeJesus – CF
Grudzielanek – 2B
Teahen – RF
Sweeney – DH
Gordon – 3B
Shealy – 1B
Buck – C
Pena – SS
De La Rosa – P

For the Indians:
Sizemore – CF
Blake – RF
Hafner – DH
Martinez – C
Peralta – SS
Garko – 1B
Michaels – LF
Barfield – 2B
Marte – 3B
Sowers – P

Lineups: Elarton Gets the Start

Tonight, the Royals (18-28) face the Indians (27-16) in the second of three games at Kauffman Stadium. Righty Scott Elarton (1-0, 5.23 ERA) takes the mound at home for the first time this season, going up against Cleveland’s Cliff Lee (2-0, 4.15 ERA). We’ve won seven of our last nine with a bullpen that has posted a 2.32 ERA (31.0 IP, 8 ER) with five saves and 30 strikeouts during that span. Interesting…here are your lineups.

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
Grudzielanek – 2B
Teahen – RF
Sweeney – DH
Brown – LF
Gordon – 3B
Shealy – 1B
Buck – C
Pena – SS
Elarton – P

For the Indians:
Sizemore – CF
Blake – 3B
Hafner – DH
Martinez – C
Nixon – RF
Peralta – SS
Dellucci – LF
Garko – 1B
Barfield – 2B
Lee – P

Second Graders Love Royals

Ms. Clay’s second grade students love their Royals.

Img_0035_4The Spring Branch Elementary (Independence, Mo.) students devoted several hours recently to telling the Royals players that they are behind the team through thick and thin this season.

As part of a classroom lesson, Ms. Clay has centered her entire classroom on baseball and the Royals. She uses the game to teach her students about sportsmanship, geography and remaining loyal to your hometown teams among other baseball-related lessons. She even converted her reading area into a mini baseball field complete with lights and a Royals scoreboard. Right around Opening Day, she paired up each of her students with a member of the 2007 Royals and then encouraged the students to research their players before writing each of them letters.Img_0037_1

We received those letters and delivered them to the players prior to a home game this season. So, to Ms. Clay’s second graders: thanks for the continued support. With school almost out for the year, we hope you have an enjoyable summer and we hope you are able to make it out to Kauffman Stadium to see your Royals play!

Medium? Medium?

Were you a medium or an XL?

Either way, you probably heard us at the exchange tables just inside the Kauffman Stadium gates peddling medium-sized Hot Dog Derby Racer T-shirts. We must have asked, “Medium?” a billion times. Alright, that’s probably a slight exaggeration, but it sure felt like it as fan after fan came up to our table looking to trade in their XLs for a smaller size. All in all, it was another great T-shirt Tuesday (without any rain!) at the ballpark followed by another great win as the Royals posted a 4-3 victory over the Indians.

For those who trekked out here a little late and missed out on a T-shirt, you probably weren’t too pleased when the official attendance was announced as 19,776. After all, the T-Shirt Tuesday promotion is good for the first 20,000 fans into the stadium, right? Here’s why we ran out of T-Shirts: the official attendance doesn’t factor in the complimentary tickets that are presented by our different group ticket programs. For Tuesday’s game, there were more than 20,000 fans in the stadium…just not more than 20,000 tickets sold.

But…if you missed out, just remember to get out here earlier for the next T-Shirt Tuesday on June 12!

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