May 2007

Lineups: Dotel back from D.L.

The Royals return home today after a 10-game road trip where we posted a 6-4 record. The team has won six of its last eight with the players finally finding their rhythm at the plate. Before getting to the lineups, here are some notes for you.

PITCHERS TAKE TO HITTING: According to Elias Sports Bureau, Joel Peralta’s first Major League plate appearance in Sunday’s 12-inning, 10-5 win at Colorado was one for the record books. Peralta, who picked up the win on the mound for KC, belted a two-run double that secured the lead for the Royals. Apparently, it’s been more than 34 years since the last time a player’s first Major League plate appearance came during extra innings and resulted in a run-producing, extra-base hit. The last time: April 10, 1973, when Houston’s Jim Crawford used a 12th-inning walk-off double to beat the Dodgers.

Also…after just three Interleague games, our pitchers are hitting a combined .429. Okay, that’s only in seven at-bats, but still, three hits including a double, two RBI and only one strikeout isn’t bad for these hurlers.

DOTEL RETURNS: The Royals reactivated pitcher Octavio Dotel from the D.L. today. Dotel, who has been out all season with a strained left oblique, is expected to “ease” back into the closer role, according to GM Dayton Moore. Whatever his role is, it will be nice to have him in the bullpen for the first time this season. In three rehab appearances with Double-A Wichita, Dotel posted a 0-1 record with a 3.00 ERA (3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER), striking out four without issuing a walk. The hidden plus of his rehab appearances: he tossed in back-to-back games, didn’t allow a run in those two games and didn’t feel any pain. Welcome back, Octavio!

D.L. BOOSTED SHEALY: First baseman Ryan Shealy is batting .529 (9-for-17) with one double, one home run and six RBI since returning from the D.L. on May 16. And, the team is 4-1 in the five games he’s played in since returning.

BUDDY IS A-OK: Although he is limping around, Buddy Bell is back in the clubhouse a day after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Buddy had the minor surgery after feeling some increased pain during the Royals most recent road trip.

LaRUE REHABS WITH OMAHA: Catcher Jason LaRue, who has been out since May 11 with a left clavicle contusion, begins a rehab assignment tonight with Triple-A Omaha.

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

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

Kauffman Stadium Renovation: “A Modern Classic”

Kauffman_aerial_credit_hok_sport_smaller_9The big date: October 2007.

That’s when construction gets underway for the Kauffman Stadium Renovation project.

The even BIGGER date: Opening Day 2010.

That’s when the new and improved Kauffman Stadium will be complete, and from what we’ve seen, fans have plenty to look forward to in the next three years.

The timetable for the $250 million renovation project was revealed for the first time in a joint effort by the Royals and Jackson County officials at a press conference today. Here are some highlights of the renovation project:

  • New high definition scoreboard and control room.
  • Crown Scoreboard, although new and improved, is here to stay!
  • Fountain (Yes, they will still be here, too!) view terraces and seats.
  • Improved kid’s area – bigger Little K
  • Taste of Kansas City food court – local restaurants and BBQ!
  • Right field restaurant and bar.
  • Larger and more interactive Royals Hall of Fame.
  • Expanded concourses.
  • New and upgraded concessions.
  • And…more restrooms!

From this short list alone, you can tell that a lot of your ideas were incorporated with the planning. So, thanks for all the input Royals fans – this project is one we can all be proud of when it’s complete!

Looking for more details about the Kauffman Stadium Renovation project? Check out the time table and some additional images of the proposed renovation design. So, what part of the renovation plans are you most excited about?

Calling all Jackson County Residents:

We want to say thank you again for supporting the Royals at the voting booths last spring, but this time, we want to say it with tickets to a ballgame!Dsc03111

This afternoon, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, along with his 4-year-son Jonathan, were the first in line to take advantage of the “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket offer for Jackson County residents. The offer is just another big “Thank You” from the Royals for all your support of the new renovations planned for Kauffman Stadium.

To take advantage of the offer, Jackson County residents may pick up an order form at the Jackson County court houses in Independence and Kansas City, the Fred Arbanas Golf Course at Longview Lake or the Parks Administration Office at Lake Jacomo located on Woods Chapel Road and Liggett. Forms may also be downloaded at http://www.jacksongov.org. The Jackson County “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket offer is good for Outfield Plaza or View Level Infield tickets with a limit of six tickets per household.

Here’s a list of the Jackson County “Buy One, Get One Free” game days:
Thursday, May 24 vs. Cleveland Indians
Saturday, June 9 vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Monday, July 2 vs. Seattle Mariners
Friday, July 6 vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Sunday, July 29 vs. Texas Rangers
Wednesday, Aug. 8 vs. Minnesota Twins
Saturday, Aug. 25 vs. Cleveland Indians
Thursday, Aug. 30 vs. Detroit Tigers
Thursday, Sept. 20 vs. Chicago White Sox
Sunday, Sept. 30 vs. Cleveland Indians

And – as we wrap up the final phase of design with the contractors – look for us to release finalized renovation plans soon.

UPDATE: Shealy Returns, Butler Says Goodbye…for now

Just wanted to spread the news that first baseman Ryan Shealy is returning from his rehab assignment in Omaha today. Shealy has been on the 15-day D.L. since May 1. We’re all glad Ryan is back and we’re looking forward to him returning in better form than before. To get Shealy back on the active roster though, the Royals optioned outfielder Billy Butler back to Omaha.

In the short time Butler has been here (May 1), he has batted .243 (9-for-37) with a pair of doubles and four RBI in 10 games. He had one walk and seven strikeouts during his first taste of big league action. Butler’s move back to Omaha probably wasn’t a huge shocker for anyone given that he has not been in the lineup since May 12. But, don’t start packing away any of those Royals jersey’s with his name draped across the back yet – the young 21-year-old is still seen as one of our best prospects.

Royals Visit Greensburg, Kan.

The Royals headed out early and spent a good portion of the morning on the road, headed west toward Greensburg, Kan. However, even with all the thinking time a five-hour trip provides, it really was never going to be enough time to fully prepare the group for what they were about to see.

“You can’t describe it and pictures don’t even do it justice,” Toby Cook, Royals Vice President of Community Affairs and Publicity, reported to us Tuesday evening while heading back to Kansas City from Greensburg. “Once we reached the west side of the town, every single building was destroyed. And, they weren’t flattened or completely gone, but rather just skeleton after skeleton of what this town used to be.”

Royals General Manager Dayton Moore, Royals Hall of Fame Second Baseman Frank White, former outfielder Brian McRae and Royals broadcaster Fred White, along with Toby and Royals Senior Director of Publicity Lora Grosshans, left at 7:30 a.m. from Kansas City for a good will-fact finding trip to the community hit by a tornado on May 4. The group first stopped in Haviland – 10 miles east of Greensburg – where groups such as FEMA, the Red Cross and Heart to Heart International had set up camp to help provide services to the victims of the tornado. Dayton and the group greeted relief workers and residents before jumping back on the bus and driving into Greensburg.

Pulling right up and stopping on Main Street, the Royals contingent quickly began meeting with city, state and federal officials to find out how the Royals can best help this community. They visited the remains of Greensburg’s middle and high schools, which were completely destroyed, accessed the damage of the community’s baseball facilities and then headed further into town to see any additional damage. At just after 5 p.m., the group wrapped up their visit and boarded the bus to head home.

In addition to an in-stadium collection that brought in nearly $15,000 for the Greensburg area and a $25,000 contribution from Royals Charities to the Heart to Heart relief effort in Greensburg, the Royals plan to announce additional measures that the team will take to help this community get back on its feet. Continue to visit royals.com for additional coverage of the Royals’ Greensburg visit.

If you are interested in helping the Greensburg community, please visit http://www.accesskansas.org/ksadjutantgeneral/ to learn the best ways to donate to the relief effort.

Royals Roster Moves

Trying to keep up with the Royals’ roster moves? Then you have probably been breaking out the White Out a lot as we have made at least a move a day since last Thursday. Here’s a brief rundown of all those move that have taken place in the past five days.

Thursday, May 10: Before the game, Royals optioned right-handed pitcher Brian Bannister to Omaha and reinstated right-hander Luke Hudson from the D.L. Then, following the game, the Royals designated right-handed pitcher Todd Wellemeyer for assignment and purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Jason Standridge.

Friday, May 11: Kansas City placed catcher Jason LaRue on the 15-day D.L. with a contusion on his left shoulder and purchased the contract of catcher Paul Phillips. To make room for Phillips on the 40-man roster, the Royals transferred left-handed pitcher John Bale from the 15-day D.L. to the 60-day D.L.

Saturday, May 12: The Royals recalled right-handed pitcher Scott Elarton from his rehab assignment and reinstated him from the 15-day D.L. To make room for Elarton, the Royals optioned left-handed pitcher Neal Musser to Omaha.

Sunday, May 13: The Royals placed Hudson back on the 15-day D.L. (retroactive to May 11) with right bicep tendonitis. Bannister was recalled from Omaha to take Hudson’s spot on the 25-man roster.

Monday, May 14: The team placed first baseman/outfielder Ross Gload on the 15-day D.L. with a torn right quadriceps. Infielder Angel Berroa was recalled from Triple-A Omaha to take Gload’s spot on the Royals active roster. Just to note, Berroa was hitting .303 for the O-Royals prior to the call up. Also today, the Royals sent first baseman Ryan Shealy, who has been on the D.L. since May 1 with a left hamstring strain, to Omaha to begin a rehab assignment.

With all that cleared up, let’s not forget the Royals begin a four-game series tonight in Oakland, 9:05 p.m. (CT) start time. You can find the game on both RSTN and Sports Radio 810 WHB.

GREENSBURG (KAN.) RELIEF EFFORT: TOTALS

In the past two days at Kauffman Stadium, volunteers from Heart to Heart International collected nearly $15,000 from Royals fans to aid the tornado victims in Greensburg, Kan. The collected money will go toward keeping the town’s hospital running and providing medical needs to rescue workers and residents. From the Royals and Heart to Heart International, thanks to everyone who donated!

Lineups: “School Day” and Hudson Back from D.L.

WARNING TO ROYALS FANS: Today is “School Day at the K.”

It all came rushing back when we pulled into a parking lot this morning that had more yellow school buses than we could count. This year’s event – in its ninth season – is rewriting the record books with more than 18,000 area kids, teachers and parents filling the lower bowl of Kauffman to watch a FOX 4 weather presentation before sticking around for the Royals afternoon game. So, for all you non-“School Day at the K” fans coming out to the game be prepared for a lot of high-pitch cheers, doing the wave at least three of four times per inning from the third inning on, a major shortage of cotton candy and an all-around fun day at the ballpark!

Meanwhile, Luke is back from the D.L. and takes the mound today against Oakland’s Joe Kennedy (0-2, 2.48 ERA). Here’s Hudson’s stats from his minor league rehab assignment:

  • Wichita: Posted an 0-1 record with a 3.68 ERA (7.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) in two starts for the Wranglers. He issued just two walks while striking out 12.
  • Omaha: Went 0-1 while posting a 5.00 ERA (9.0 IP, 11 H, 5 ER) in two starts, issuing four walks and striking out 14.

It’s the final day of the homestand – the longest of the season – but the energy is high from last night’s 3-2 win. Here are your lineups…

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
Grudzielanek – 2B
Teahen – RF
Sweeney – 1B
Brown – LF
Butler – DH
German – 3B
Pena – SS
LaRue – C
Hudson – P

For the A’s:
Stewart – LF
Snelling – CF
Chavez – 3B
Swisher – DH
Johnson – 1B
Cust – RF
Ellis – 2B
Melhuse – C
Scutaro – SS
Kennedy – P

GREENSBURG (KAN.) RELIEF EFFORT: NIGHT ONE

We just wanted to do a quick update on how much we collected in the first night of our Greensburg (Kan.) Relief Effort. With more than 10,000 fans in attendance to watch the Royals 3-2 victory over Oakland, the Royals and Heart to Heart International collected more than $8,000 for the tornado victims. Thanks to everyone who donated…every little bit counts!

Our volunteers will be back out Thursday to collect more…hope you can make it out to The K!

Lineups: Meche vs. Haren

If you are headed out to the ballpark, don’t forget your donations for the Greensburg (Kan.) relief effort. We’ll be collecting at every gate.

Here are the lineups…

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

For the A’s:
Stewart – LF
Ellis – 2B
Chavez – 3B
Swisher – RF
Johnson – 1B
Crosby – SS
Cust – DH
Kendall – C
Snelling – CF
Haren – P

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