July 2007

TRADE: ROYALS ACQUIRE DAVIES FOR DOTEL

From Media Relations…

Kansas City, MO (July 31, 2007) – The Kansas City Royals today acquired right-handed starting pitcher Kyle Davies from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel. The swap was made just hours before the 3 p.m. (CT) non-waiver Major League Baseball trade deadline.

Davies, who will turn 24 on Sept. 9, spent the majority of the 2007 campaign with the Braves before being optioned to Richmond on July 19, where he has made a pair of starts. While working for Atlanta this year, he made 17 starts, posting a 4-8 record and 5.76 ERA, allowing 55 earned runs in 86.0 innings with 59 strikeouts. 

The 6-2, 205 lb., native of Decatur, Ga., is a lifetime 14-21 with a 6.15 ERA in 52 Major League appearances, 45 of which have been starts. Davies debuted as a rookie with the Braves in 2005, going 7-6 with a 4.93 ERA. He was a fourth round pick of the Braves in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft.

Dotel, 33, signed with the Royals as a free agent last Dec. 8. He missed nearly all of the first two months of the 2007 season due to a strained left oblique that occurred late in spring training. Since returning to active duty on May 23, Dotel has gone 11-for-14 in save situations (79 percent), while posting a 2-1 record and 3.91 ERA.

Royals Hall of Fame Blood Drive Results

Royals_thank_you_linkWell, the final numbers are in:

  • More than 1,800 registered donors.
  • Approximately 3,111 units of red blood cells produced.
  • A 25 percent increase in average weekly units collected.

To quote Mary Kelley, the marketing manager for the Kansas City Community Blood Center, “We hit this one out of the park!”

The 15th annual Royals Hall of Fame Blood Drive was a huge success and helped to make a big impact on the area’s blood supply for the summer, a time of year that usually sees a decrease in blood donations. The numbers collected at the fixed sites, which spanned from the Greater Kansas City area to Topeka and Lawrence, Kan., and St. Joseph and Jefferson City, Mo., and the mobile drives during the five-day drive easily topped the goals set for this year. On behalf of the Royals and the Community Blood Centers, thanks for coming out and supporting the drive, Royals fans. Especially those of you who found time to come out on Tuesday, July 24, to donate and congratulate Denny Matthews on his recent honor in Cooperstown!

It’s just after noon in Kansas City, but pretty quiet around here. However, with less than three hours to go until the trade deadline hits, there’s a chance things will get noisy soon…

Sweeping Up Homestand

D20_0211Pretty sure this photo helps sum up how great the homestand ended for the Royals…

What a great weekend for Royals baseball! The sweep over the Rangers was the club’s first at home since a three-game sweep over Boston last season, Aug. 8-10. It also secured our second straight winning month. The Royals haven’t posted back-to-back winning months since doing so June and July of 2003. The 10-0 victory marked the third time the Royals have shut out their opponent this year and the second time in four games. Plus, it all happened on the same day that the "Voice of the Royals" was honored in Cooperstown. Check out Denny’s speech here if you haven’t already.

Royals are in Minnesota for a four-game set that begins tonight, 7:10 p.m. on Sports Radio 810 WHB and RSTN.

Lineups: Denny in Cooperstown

UPDATE ON DENNY IN COOPERSTOWN: Due to a weather concern in Cooperstown, N.Y., Denny’s speech got bumped to the end of the ceremony. He’ll follow the two players – Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripkin, Jr. – getting inducted today.

Final game of the series/homestand this afternoon, 1:10 start. Royals recalled right-hander Leo Nunez from Triple-A Omaha prior to the game to step in as the starter.

Ban Johnson All-Stars: This morning, despite some early rain showers, the 2007 Ban Johnson League All-Star Game took place at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals have been hosting the annual game since 1969. Shortstop Bryan Moore, who represented the KC Blues, took home MVP honors after going 2-for-3 with an RBI in the sixth that broke a scoreless tie. He’ll be recognized on the field during the Royals pre-game ceremonies today. Congrats, Bryan!

REMINDER – Set the TIVO: The National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies begin at 12:30 p.m. (CT) and our very own Denny Matthews, will be presented with the Ford C. Frick Award shortly after. Since Denny is “leading off” the speeches, we expect him to take the stage in Cooperstown right around 1 p.m. Word is that we are going to try and broadcast Denny’s speech in the stadium following today’s game, during the Sprint Fun Run (weather permitting, of course).

Here are your lineups…

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
German – 2B
Gordon – 3B
Butler – DH
Gload – 1B
Teahen – RF
Sanders – LF
Pena – SS
LaRue – C
Nunez – P

For the Rangers:
Catalanatto – DH
Young – SS
Teixeira – 1B
Byrd – CF
Cruz – RF
Wilkerson – LF
Laird – C
Vazquez – 2B
Metcalf – 3B
Loe – P

2007 Worlds of Fun Fan Fest

David_mark_signing_img_0496_4As promised, here’s some more details on our trip out to Worlds of Fun Saturday for the Worlds of Fun Fan Fest.

Royals pitcher Brian Bannister, catcher John Buck and outfielders David DeJesus and Mark Teahen – along with Sluggerrr – met Royals fans for a meet-and-greet session, posing for pictures, signing autographs and talking about Friday night’s 6-1 win over Texas. Buck_bannister_img_0498

For the past three years, the event has helped fans from across the Midwest celebrate the two Kansas City summertime traditions: Royals baseball and Worlds of Fun!

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Following the meet-and-greet, Bannister, DeJesus, Buck and his wife, Brooke, jumped on The Patriot – one of the park’s most popular roller coasters! Here are their "on-ride photos" – enjoy! 2007_wof_john_and_brooke_buck_7

Lineups: Steve Busby Bobblehead

Happy Saturday, Royals fans!

We – a handful of Royals front office folks – spent today with David DeJesus, Brian Bannister, Mark Teahen, John Buck and Sluggerrr out at Worlds of Fun for the Worlds of Fun Fan Fest. The guys braved the Kansas City heat to meet fans, sign autographs and ride a couple rides (more on that soon!)! We are getting the pictures together and will post them shortly.

Going for three in a row tonight on the field. Odalis Perez (5-9, 5.80 ERA) starts for the Royals, while Kevin Millwood (7-8, 5.56) tosses for the Rangers.

Steve Busby Bobblehead night (first 20,000 fans into the stadium) with Steve signing autographs from 4:30-5:15 p.m. on top of the Royals dugout. It’s the third of five Royals Hall of Fame Bobbleheads this season, so don’t miss out. Here are your lineups…

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
Grud – 2B
Teahen – RF
Butler – DH
Gload – 1B
Gordon – 3B
Brown – LF
Buck – C
Pena – SS
Perez – P

For the Rangers:
Hairston – 2B
Young – SS
Teixeira – 1B
Sosa – DH
Byrd – CF
Laird – C
Wilkerson – LF
Cruz – RF
Metcalf – 3B
Millwood – P

Lineups: Texas in Town

Japan_visit_2_9Konichiwa at The K: The more than 450 Japanese visitors at Kauffman Stadium last night got a small taste of home as the Yankees went with Japanese native Kei Igawa as their starting pitcher. The group, which is visiting Kansas City for a week from our sister city Kurashiki, Japan, probably didn’t get the results they were hoping for from Igawa, who allowed five runs on seven hits before exiting the game in the sixth. However, they did get to enjoy some beautiful weather, a packed Kauffman Stadium and a Royals win! Plus, they also got to see their other native son – Hideki Matsui – finish 1-for-4. Japan_people

All the Ladies: Look for more on the Royals first Girls’ Night Out event to be posted soon, but right now, let’s just say it seemed to be a huge success! The ladies that made it to the pre-game happy hour were more than ready to party and their upbeat energy followed them into the game…and a Royals win! Thanks everyone for coming out and look for more on the event soon!

810 Royals Rookies of the Week: Our 810 Royals Rookies group this week is the baseball team from Bishop Ward High School, in Kansas City, Kan., (18th and Central). A quick look at their history shows that this team doesn’t mess around when it comes to winning on the field. The team just won its fifth state championship in a row (Class 4A) and their seventh in the past 11 years. They are currently in the midst of a 39-game winnings streak, looking to break the record (42) next season. Congrats to Coach Dennis Hurla and the Cyclones for another successful season and for being our 810 Royals Rookies of the Week! Have you nominated a group for the 810 Royals Rookies program, yet?

In the Community: And, if you are nosing around royals.com, check out what our guys have been doing in the community lately.

Texas in town tonight for the first game of a three-game, weekend set. Royals right-hander Brian Bannister (6-6, 3.68 ERA) faces Jamey Wright (3-2, 4.15 ERA). Here are your lineups…

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
Grud – 2B
Teahen – RF
Butler – DH
Gload – 1B
Gordon – 3B
Brown – LF
Buck – C
Pena – SS
Bannister – P

For the Rangers:
Catalanotto – LF
Young – SS
Teixeira – 1B
Sosa – DH
Byrd – CF
Wilkerson – RF
Melhuse – C
Vazquez – 2B
Metcalf – 3B
Wright – P

Lineups: At The K on Thursday

Konichiwa!

Nearly 450 students and adults from Kurashiki, Japan – a Kansas City sister city – will be in attendance for tonight’s series finale against the New York Yankees. As reported by the Kansas City Star, the group arrived in Kansas City on Wednesday and will be here for a week, touring the art museums, attending a show at the Starlight Theatre, checking out a local rodeo, eating some KC BBQ and, of course, attending a Royals game! If you are out at the ballpark tonight, meander on over to their section – you probably won’t be able to miss them – and welcome them in true Kansas City fashion to our city! And, we’ll try to get some pictures of the group posted once they arrive.

Also in attendance for tonight’s game…the five firefighters who rushed into the burning buildings in the Waldo area (Kansas City, Mo.) earlier this year, risking their lives to save others. They are the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat recipients for tonight, the first time all season we’ve honored more than one person in the seat for a game.

Oh, and don’t forget the checkbook if you are coming out here. The Royals Charities Silent Auction will be going on from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Just heard that we secured some Yankees items – such as Joe Torre and Johnny Damon autographed baseballs.

We’ve got DLR on the mound tonight against New York’s Kei Igawa – a true lefty-lefty match up. Here are your lineups…

For the Royals:
German – 3B
DeJesus – CF
Grudzielanek – 2B
Butler – DH
Sanders – RF
Brown – LF
Gordon – 1B
Pena – SS
LaRue – C
De La Rosa – P

For the Yankees:
Cabrera – CF
Jeter – SS
Abreu – RF
A-Rod – 3B
Matsui – LF
Phillips – 1B
Cano – 2B
Duncan – DH
Molina – C
Igawa – P

Denny's Off to Cooperstown

Denny_on_field_d20_9298a_1 He found out in February. His travel arrangements have been made and, as of this past Tuesday, he had at least “95 percent” of his speech completed. Now, Thursday morning, Denny Matthews takes off, heading to Cooperstown, N.Y., to receive one of the highest honors a person in his industry can receive: the 2007 Ford C. Frick Award.

Denny was told by the National Baseball Hall of Fame that he’s “leading off and batting first” on Sunday at the Hall’s Induction Ceremony – giving the first speech of the afternoon before Cal Ripkin, Jr., and Tony Gwynn are officially inducted in. On Tuesday, Denny got a mini-taste of what he can expect Sunday, when a packed house at Kauffman Stadium saluted him and his honor during the pre-game ceremonies of the Royals-Yankees contest. Denny took the microphone on the field in front of a sellout crowd that was giving him a standing ovation. He then threw out the ceremonial first pitch with friend and Hall of Famer George Brett catching.

Denny_and_brett_first_pitch_dsc_9951a“This week reminds of me of when I was younger, playing high school football,” Denny said. “Everything has been leading up the big game. That buildup to the big game has been great and something I will never forget.”

So, on behalf of the Royals family, best of luck on Sunday, Denny – we’ll be rooting you on from Kauffman Stadium!

Lineups: Meche vs. Mussina

Just announced by Media Relations: The Kansas City Royals today placed right-handed pitcher Scott Elarton on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. No corresponding roster move has been made at this time.

Elarton, 31, went 2-4 with a 10.46 ERA in nine starts for the Royals this season. He was signed by Kansas City as a free agent on Dec. 16, 2005, and served as the Royals Opening Day starter in 2006. He went 4-9 that season with a 5.34 ERA in 20 starts before shoulder surgery sidelined him for the remainder of the year.

The Colorado native has pitched for the Houston Astros (1998-2001), Colorado Rockies (2001-2004), Cleveland Indians (2004-2005) and Royals (2006-2007) in his nine-year Major League career.

Here are your lineups for tonight…

For the Royals (43-56):
DeJesus – CF
German – 2B
Teahen – RF
Butler – DH
Gload – 1B
Sanders – LF
Gordon – 3B
Buck – C
Pena – SS
Meche – P

For the Yankees (53-46):
Damon – LF
Jeter – SS
Abreu – RF
Rodriguez – 3B
Matsui – DH
Posada – C
Cano – 2B
Phillips – 1B
Cabrera – CF
Mussina – P

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