July 2007

From Japan to Kauffman Stadium

Remember the Christmas wish that Karla Martinez wanted to share with her son Nick? If you don’t, here’s a refresher from last December when Karla and Royals General Manager Dayton Moore posed for a picture during a Royals Speaker’s Bureau event at the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce meeting. Martinez_1

Now, seven months later, it’s Nick who is posing with Dayton.

On leave from Southern Japan where he is serving in law enforcement with the U.S. Navy, Nick spent part of his recent time home at Kauffman Stadium, taking in batting practice and meeting GM Moore on Monday, July 2…he also got to watch the Royals post an exciting 3-2, extra-innings victory over Seattle – not a bad welcome home present for a lifelong Royals fan!

Pictured with Nick and Dayton is mom Karla and his dad, Marion. The meeting between Nick and Dayton had been in the works since Nick’s mom won Royals tickets at the Dayton-speaking event in December.

Thanks for coming out to The K, Nick!D20_8511_2_martinez_2

Lineups: Bannister, Moose Win Big

Last night’s 3-2, 11th-inning win over Seattle marked our first extra-inning win at Kauffman Stadium since Aug. 24, 2005. Meche and the Royals bullpen (Greinke, Soria and Dotel, mainly) combined to toss a beautiful game from the mound. And, hopefully, De La Rosa can follow suit tonight and get things rolling again for the Royals. DLR (5-9, 5.38 ERA) faces Seattle’s Ryan Feierabend (1-2, 6.46 ERA), an up-from-the-minors-down-to-the-minors pitcher for the Mariners who has just a handful of big league starts under his belt.

Before getting to the lineups, some congrats need to go out to a couple of guys…first, Royals starter Brian Bannister, who captured A.L. Rookie of the Month honors for the month of June. The award is more than deserving since Bannister posted a 5-1 mark with a 2.75 ERA in six starts during the month. He struck out 27 batters in just 39.1 innings pitched and won four straight decisions from June 1-17. It’s his first Rookie of the Month honor and the first time a Royals rookie has nabbed the award since Berroa in 2003.

Next, we need to mention that Mike “Big Moose” Moustakas, our first round selection in June’s First-Year Player Draft, has been named the High School Player of the Year by Baseball America. Check out the story here. According to the press release, Moose, the two-time L.A. City Section Player of the Year, becomes just the second player from California to win the honor and joins Major Leaguers Trot Nixon (Indians), Joe Mauer (Twins) and Scott Kazmir (D-Rays) as winners of the award. Seems like all that is left for him to do is sign with us…right? Here are today’s lineups.

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

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

The (HOT) Dogs Go LIVE

Who’s your pick?

No, we aren’t talking about the Royals 2007 All-Star – that’s Gil Meche, in case you hadn’t heard…the guy who produced yet another amazing start in the Royals 3-2, extra-inning win Monday, in case you hadn’t heard.

No, this time we’d like to know who you’d pick to win the next LIVE Kauffman Stadium Hot Dog Derby!

The Royals are all about the Dogs this year, holding a Hot Dog Derby Racer T-Shirt Tuesday back in May and treating young Royals fans to Build-A-Bear Workshop Hot Dog Derby Racers this Sunday, July 8, when the Royals host the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

But, even with those promotions, the new LIVE Hot Dog Derby easily ranks as the biggest fan favorite at the ballpark in 2007. For every Friday home game this year (along with a special LIVE race this Sunday, July 8, in honor of the Racer promotion!), the Royals “K Crew” suits up, becomes “animated” and runs like crazy down the right field line, all with one goal in mind: to be the top “hot” dog! It’s a thrill…it’s an honor…it’s hilarious! And, so you’re in the know on everything Hot Dog related, check out the newest photo gallery and the Hot Dog Derby page on royals.com to get the inside scoop on the tastiest race at Kauffman Stadium!

And, of course, come on out to The K this Friday (and Sunday!) because Ketchup, Mustard and Relish need your support and desperately want to be your top (hot) dog!

Lineups: All-Star Meche

All-Star Gil Meche takes the mound for the Royals today in the series opener against his former team, the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners, who are under new management as of yesterday afternoon and are cruising with an eight-game winning streak, will pitch ace Felix Hernandez.

Great pitching match up…winning streak on the line…new manager in the dugout…facing an old team…All-Star status in the air…here are today’s lineups.

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

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

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