June 2007

Lineups: Costa's back

Shane Costa didn’t even have time to leave Kansas City.

Costa, who was optioned to Omaha prior to last night’s game, has been recalled from Omaha less than 24 hours later. He said he got the call from Sr. Director of Team Travel Jeff Davenport while eating lunch today and before taking off to meet the O-Royals in Nashville. Costa is rejoining the 25-man roster after the Royals put Mark Grudzielanek on the 15-day D.L. (retro to June 13) with a torn meniscus in his left knee – the same knee he injured in the Spring. He’s undergoing surgery Thursday and a timetable for his return has not been set.

In related news: Brandon Duckworth will join Grud on the 15-day D.L. with a torn left oblique, an injury he suffered after tossing just two pitches of relief last night. Lefty Neal Musser was recalled from Omaha to take Duck’s spot on the roster.

While shuffling into the clubhouse tonight, all the players signed a home plate that will be auctioned off alongside home plates from every team in the league. All the proceeds from the online auction of the MLB home plates will benefit prostate cancer research and awareness.

Here are your lineups for tonight’s rubber match…

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
German – 2B
Teahen – RF
Brown – DH
Gordon – 3B
Shealy – 1B
LaRue – C
Pena – SS 
Gathright – LF
Elarton – P

For the Cardinals:
Kennedy – 2B
Taguchi – LF
Pujols – 1B
Edmonds – CF
Rolen – 3B
Encarnacion – RF
Duncan – DH
Stinnett – C
Miles – SS
Wells – P

Lineups: Cortez Contract Purchased

David Eckstein struck out on three pitches…to open the game. Using their voices, Royals fans began to emerge from the sea of red. A single-single-foul out-walk-bases loaded situation later and the roar from the red was released.

Then, Brian Bannister struck out Juan Encarnacion.

The BLUE took over for the rest of the night as the Royals used a five-run first inning to seal the deal and complete a near shutout, 8-1, over St. Louis last night. Tonight, we turn to Odalis Perez (3-6, 5.68 ERA), while the Cards look to Adam Wainwright (4-5, 5.19 ERA). Tickets are still available for tonight and Thursday night’s game…and the more blue the boys on the field see the better.

Following a couple notes, here are your lineups…

Roster Moves: Before the game, the Royals purchased the contract of infielder Fernando Cortez, who was hitting .299 (67-for-224) with 12 doubles, 1 triple, three homers and 19 RBI in 61 games with Triple-A Omaha this season. He’s had 33 strikeouts, but collected 20 walks and stolen nine bases in 10 attempts. He’s made starts at first, second, third, left field and center field this season and should provide Esteban with some extra help filling in on the infield. The move is in response to Grud suffering a minor setback with his knee – although not bad enough to D.L. him – in last night’s 8-1 win over the Redbirds. To make room for Cortez, Shane Costa has been optioned to Omaha. Costa hit .196 (9-for-46) with a triple and five RBI in 21 games for the Royals.

Down on the Farm: Ten Royals minor league players earned All-Star honors for their respective leagues with the Class A Advanced Wilmington Blue Rocks having a league-high five players named to the Carolina League team. The 2006 Royals first-round selection Luke Hochevar, 2003 first-round selection Chris Lubanski and 2000 first-round pick Mike Stodolka will represent Double-A Wichita at the Texas League All-Star Game in Corpus Christi on June 26. For Wilmington, outfielder Jose Duarte, infielder Mario Lisson, left-hander Rowdy Hardy, and right-handers Julio Pimentel and Gilbert De La Vara were all named to the 2007 Carolina League All-Star team, which will travel west to face the California League All-Stars in Stockton, Calif., on June 19. Third baseman Michael Thompson and right-handed pitcher Tyler Chambliss will represent the Single-A Burlington Bees at the Midwest League All-Star Game at Kane County on June 19. For stats on these players, check out this official release.

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

For the Cardinals:
Eckstein – SS
Taguchi – CF
Pujols – 1B
Encarnacion – RF
Rolen – 3B
Spiezio – DH
Ludwick – LF
Bennett – C
Miles – 2B
Wainwright – P

Lineups: Cards in Kansas City

It’s blue vs. red…West Missouri vs. East Missouri… Kansas City vs. St. Louis.

Tonight’s the first of six contests in the battle for the state. For the Royals, Brian Bannister (2-3, 3.33 ERA) takes the mound against righty Brad Thompson (4-1, 4.56 ERA).

If you are headed out to the ballpark tonight, don’t forget it’s a Royal Blue Gil Meche T-Shirt Tuesday night…for the first 20,000 fans into the stadium. Get here early…and sport that blue! We all know how bad a sea of red looks at Kauffman Stadium…

Also…a Royals Radio Network Winner Note: Mark Grudzielanek’s home run off the left field foul pole on Friday, June 8 – when the Royals played the Phillies – earned Valerie Sweet of Lexington, Mo., a $10,000 gift card to Blue Springs Harley. Hopefully she will be riding her new bike to The K soon!

Let the I-70 Series begin – here are your lineups…

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

For the Cardinals:
Eckstein – SS
Spiezio – DH
Pujols – 1B
Edmonds – CF
Rolen – 3B
Encarnacion – RF
Duncan – LF
Bennett – C
Kennedy – 2B
Thompson – P

Moose “Unofficial” Fan Club

Hasn’t even inked a deal yet and he already has a fan club and a nickname.

Selected first by the Royals in the First Year Player Draft last Thursday, Mike Moustakas (pronounced ‘moo-STOCK-iss’) has at least four Royals fans hoping he signs with Kansas City.

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Justin DaPrato, Blake Carlson, Jason DeJonge and Ryan DaMetz (above, left to right) showed their support of the Royals draft selection by sporting some homemade “Moustakas – Moose Tacos” T-shirts for Sunday’s win over the Phillies. The T-shirts are a result of the guys – who all work together at Level-4 Engineering, LLC. in Leavenworth, Kan. – really, really getting into the 2007 Draft and being big Royals fans.

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Even though they admit they were a little surprised by the Royals pick at first, the “Moose Tacos” crew is convinced – after reviewing both video and stats – that Kansas City made a wise choice.

Let’s hope Moose makes the same wise choice and signs.

It’s Time to SSSTTTRRETTTCCCHHHH….

Do you know the story behind the seventh-inning stretch?

Several accounts say that President William Howard Taft should get the credit for starting the baseball tradition because of his reaction to some uncomfortable seats at the ballpark. While watching the Washington Senators face the Philadelphia Athletics on April 14, 1910, Taft’s large frame didn’t mesh too well with his small wooden chair and by the middle of the seventh inning he just couldn’t take it any longer. The President stood up to stretch, which prompted the entire crowd to stand up out of respect for their leader. Thus, the “seventh-inning stretch” was born!

The part of this story we don’t know: what song did President Taft dance to during his stretch?

These days, if he would have been at Fenway watching the BoSox, maybe he would have danced to “Sweet Caroline” in the eighth. In Texas, “Cotton-Eyed Joe” would have blared over the speakers. In Kansas City, it would have been…umm…well….

Royals fans start voting on what you think Kansas City’s signature seventh-inning stretch song should be. Don’t worry, we will still have the traditional “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” but after that we want to play a song that is truly unique to “The K.”

Here’s the list of songs to choose from:

  • “Last Dance” by Donna Summer
  • “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield
  • “Kansas City” by The Beatles
  • “The Limbo”
  • “Cotton Eyed Joe” by Rednex
  • “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash
  • “Dancing Queen” by ABBA
  • “Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  • “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” by Michael Jackson
  • “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond

So…click here and cast your vote for the Royals seventh-inning stretch music!

Royals Remember Kelsey Smith

You have probably already heard about the Royals players and coaches wearing light blue ribbons for Sunday’s game in memory of Kelsey Smith, the local young woman who was kidnapped and found dead last week. The decision to wear the ribbons was made after Manager Buddy Bell met with Kelsey’s relatives Sunday morning.

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This morning, our team photographer sent over some pictures from yesterday’s game.

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Tonight, there is a visitation for Kelsey from 7-9 p.m. at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection at 13720 Roe Ave. in Leawood. A memorial service will start at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church. On behalf of the Royals family, our continued thoughts and prayers go out to Kelsey’s family at this time.

Gloves for Kids Tonight

Need your Royals fix today? Well, even though the team has an off day on the field, they are spending part of it helping the community and they are inviting Royals fans to join them.

From 6-8 p.m. Monday evening, Royals John Buck, David DeJesus, Jimmy Gobble, Alex Gordon, Tony Pena, Jr., Ryan Shealy and Mark Teahen will join Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre (and Sluggerrr!) for the annual Gloves For Kids event. The Royals crew will be at the ****’s Sporting Goods located in the Town Center Plaza in Leawood, Kan., meeting fans to help raise money for baseball equipment. The purchased baseball equipment will go to Kansas City’s disadvantaged youth at the annual with a portion going to youth baseball programs in Greensburg, Kan.

The players will sign in two different one-hour sessions – three or four players at each session. Along with meeting the players, each fan that donates at least $20 will receive a $5 certificate to for ****’s Sporting Goods.

A LITTLE FYI: The I-70 Series begins Tuesday and there are still tickets available for purchase for each day of the three-game set against the Redbirds. Get your tickets and let’s pack Kauffman Stadium with Royal BLUE!

Greensburg Kids Visit The K

D20_5414 Youth – and a handful of adult chaperones – from Greensburg, Kan., were guests of honor at Kauffman Stadium Sunday to watch the Royals’ 17-5 pounding of Philadelphia. The group, which totaled nearly 50 people in size, was honored on the field during the Royals D20_5622_mechepre-game ceremonies before settling into their seats along the first base line for the game.

Prior to the on-field recognition, the kids enjoyed their lunch – Thanks, Pizza Hut! – from a dugout suite, while also chatting with a couple of guys in Royals uniforms – Manager Buddy Bell, pitcher Gil Meche and outfielder Reggie Sanders – who just had to say hi.  As you can see, the 15-minute meet-and-greet gave the visitors some much-needed smiles!

D20_5644_reggieThe visit to Kauffman Stadium is just one part of a Royals reach-out relief effort that has taken place to help the residents of Greensburg, which was devastated by a tornado on May 4. Since hearing the news of the damage, the Royals have worked closely with Heart to Heart International to host an in-stadium drive, plan a goodwill trip to the area. Royals Charities, the charitable arm of the Royals, also provided a $25,000 contribution to the relief effort.D20_5607_buddy_1

Lineups: De La Rosa Pitches

Pack the rain gear….

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

For the Phillies:
Rollins – SS
Victorino – RF
Rowand – CF
Howard – 1B
Burrell – DH
Werth – LF
Helms – 3B
Ruiz – C
Nunez – 2B
Moyer – P

Lineups: Meche vs. Lieber

The Royals look to build off their 8-4 win last night when they face the Phillies for the second of three games at The K this weekend. The Royals are 3-1 against the National League this season with Gil Meche taking the ball tonight against Philadelphia’s Jon Lieber.

Did You Know?: The Royals selected Lieber in the second round of the 1992 June draft. He never played in a Royals uniform though, getting traded to Pittsburgh a year later.

“Little Leo” Night: Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Leonard is out at the ballpark tonight, signing autographs in honor of his bobblehead night. Stop by and visit him on top of the Royals dugout.

Two Teams, One Goal: The Royals were up early this morning, handing out food on the corner of 30th and Troost. Mike Sweeney, Reggie Sanders, Scott Elarton, Brandon Duckworth, Mark Teahen, Brian Bannister and Tony Pena, Jr., joined Sluggerrr and more than 200 volunteers for the seventh annual Royals and Chiefs Operation Blessing: Two Teams, One Goal. Look for more on this event soon on royals.com.

Big Dave: David DeJesus went 3-for-5 in last night’s game with a double, RBI and run scored…he is now a .344 (56-for-163) career hitter in Interleague play – tied for the fifth highest among all active players with 150 or more at-bats.

More on Draft: In the First Year Player Draft, the Royals selected 17 players out of high school and 33 from the college ranks, including 10 from the junior colleges. Among the 50 players, here’s the position-by-position breakdown: 25 pitchers (21 right-handers, four left-handers), six catchers, 12 infielders and seven outfielders. Click here for a complete listing of Royals 2007 draft selections.

OK. Here are your lineups…

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

For the Phillies:
Rollins – SS
Victorino – RF
Utley – 2B
Howard – 1B
Rowand – CF
Burrell – DH
Dobbs – LF
Nunez – 3B
Barajas – C
Lieber – P

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