August 2007

Chatting with Dayton

On Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. (CT), Royals fans have the chance to cut through the red tape and speak directly with the man who has the answers…

General Manager Dayton Moore sits down at the computer Tuesday and logs onto royals.com for the first Royals Relay Online Chat Sessions series. He’ll answer your questions and be as candid as possible about the club’s off-season plans, the future of the organization and his timeline on hiring a new manager.

The plan is to host an online chat session on the first Tuesday of every month (even the off-season), allowing fans to interact directly with the organization’s players, coaches and front office staff. Topics such as players’ off-season plans, roster moves, the Kauffman Stadium renovation progress and the upcoming baseball season are fair game, and fans who aren’t able to participate in the live chat session will be able to catch up here. Transcripts from past chats, the chat sessions’ guest schedule and additional information on each guest will be posted.

If you want to participate in Tuesday’s chat with Dayton or any of the upcoming chats, you have to register online at royals.com. In addition to gaining access to the chat sessions, you’ll also receive the latest Royals news alerts, promotions and ticket deals as a registered user.

So, what are you going to ask GMDM on Tuesday? And, who would you like to “chat” with this season?

Lineups: Royals Book Signings

Maxheadphones_tiff_t800 During the Royals’ five-run first inning that led to a 5-0 victory over the Tigers, KU broadcasting legend Max Falkenstien held a book signing outside the Royals team store to meet some of his fans and take in a little Royals baseball. His new book, A Good Place to Stop: 60 Season with Max and the Jayhawks, hit the bookstores this year and Max has spent the summer traveling around the area, meeting fans and telling stories about his days behind the microphone for KU. Co-author Matt Fulks has joined Max for most of his book signings – including last night at Kauffman Stadium – as well as joining the book signings of some other authors Royals fans might be familiar with. Yes, Matt also co-authored Royals broadcaster Denny Matthews’ Tales from the Royals Dugout and Royals Hall of Fame second baseman Frank White’s Good as Gold. Frank and Matt actually have a book signing tonight, while Denny (and Matt!) will be out and about in the community a few times in the next month or two:

Frank White Book Signing:

  • Thursday, Aug. 30  (tonight!) from 5-7 p.m. at Chappell’s Restaurant and Sports Museum in North Kansas City, Mo. (323 Armour Road)

Denny Matthews Book Signings: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 8, 1-3 p.m., Barnes & Noble in Leawood, Kan. (119th and Roe)
  • Thursday, Oct. 4, 5-7 p.m., Chappell’s Restaurant and Sports Museum in North Kansas City, Mo. (323 Armour Road)
  • Friday, Oct. 12, 6-8:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble in Independence, Mo.

Afternoon game today with right-hander Leo Nunez (2-1, 3.00 ERA) starting for the Royals. Detroit is starting Jeremy Bonderman (10-7, 4.87 ERA) for the 1:10 p.m. series finale. Here are your lineups…

For the Royals (REVISED LINEUP): 
DeJesus – CF
Smith – 2B
Gload – 1B
Butler – DH
Gordon – 3B
Costa – RF
Pena – SS
Gathright – LF
Buck – C

Nunez – P

For the Tigers:
Granderson – CF
Polanco – 2B
Perez – DH
Ordonez – RF
Guillen – 1B
Rabelo – C
Inge – 3B
Maybin – LF
Santiago – SS
Bonderman – P

Lineups: KC Live Mascots

It’s not always Royals games and schools appearances for mascot Sluggerrr. This morning, Sluggerrr joined six other area mascots at the KSHB-TV studios to help “KC Live” celebrate their two-year anniversary. The furry crew included the mascots from the Chiefs, Wizards, T-Bones, UMKC and KU. Although it wasn’t a contest, there was really no doubting that Sluggerrr stole the show. Here are some photos we snapped from the mascot morning get-together! Sluggerr_kc_live_couches_img_0714_1

Hanging out with his fellow mascots….Stretching_before_th_mascot_race_img_069_2

…stretching before the big professional mascot race…

Sluggerr_kc_live_crew_mascots_img_0716_3…joining the other mascots and the "KC Live" crew on the set.

Moving on from the mascots to the game tonight…

Rotation Change: Leo Nunez gets the day start on Thursday, while Kyle Davies is scheduled to pitch the first game of Friday’s doubleheader in Minnesota.

Here are tonight’s lineups. Zack Greinke (5-5, 4.25 ERA) starts again, this time against Detroit’s Andrew Miller (5-4, 4.97 ERA).

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
German – 3B
Grud – 2B
Butler – DH
Brown – RF
Gordon – 1B
Pena – SS
Gathright – LF
LaRue – C
Greinke – P

For the Tigers:
Granderson – CF
Polanco – 2B
Thames – LF
Ordonez – DH
Guillen – SS
I. Rodriguez – C
Casey – 1B
Perez – RF
Inge – 3B
Miller – P

Hank Aaron Award Voting

Who leads the team in games played this season?**

Well, if you answered outfielder David DeJesus, you are right as David has logged playing time in 128 of the Royals 130 games in 2007.

“My priority was being on the field for 162 games,” he recently told mlb.com’s Conor Nicholl. “I want to be a guy that they can count on.”

Mission accomplished, right? Pretty sure that’s one reason why DeJesus has been chosen as Kansas City’s nominee for Major League Baseball’s Hank Aaron Award. This season, David has been one of the most consistent offensive players for the team. Through the first 128 games this season, the Royals have a 34-27 record when DeJesus, who has totaled 88 runs this season, scores and a 22-45 mark when he doesn’t cross home plate. He leads the club with 37 multi-hit games including 13 3-hit performances. He’s batting a solid .372 (16-for-43) with runners in scoring position and two outs. The offensive stat rambling could go on for the 27-year-old…

Fans can vote for DeJesus now through Sept. 14 for the award. The field is then narrowed down to 10 finalists and then fans are asked to vote again from Sept. 18-30 for their two top players – one from each league. The winners are presented the awards before Game 4 of the World Series. So, Royals fans, don’t forget to cast your ballots for David DeJesus as our 2007 Hank Aaron Award winner!

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Lineups: Minor League Award Winners

Royals (57-72) host the Detroit Tigers (71-60) tonight, 7:10 start. Right-handed rookie Brian Bannister (10-7, 3.28 ERA) takes the mound for us, while Wichita native Nate Robertson (7-10, 4.80 ERA) is on the hill for Detroit.

Before the game today, Media Relations released the names of the Royals Minor League Award winners for 2007. Check out their stats, bios and details of their upcoming visit to Kansas City here.

  • OMAHA – RHP Billy Buckner and INF Mike Aviles
  • WICHITA – LHP Dusty Hughes and 1B Mike Stodolka
  • WILMINGTON – LHP Rowdy Hardy (Did your read this?) and OF Jose Duarte
  • BURLINGTON (IA) – RHP Mario Santiago and Joe Dickerson
  • IDAHO FALLS – RHP Greg Holland and 1B Clint Robinson
  • BURLINGTON (NC) – LHP Anthony Bradley and OF Wilson Tucker
  • ARIZONA – RHP Matt Mitchell and 1B David Wood
  • DOMINICAN – RHP Giancarlos De La Cruz and SS Angel Franco

One Last Note: You still have time to sign up for the Royals Small Business Day at the K on Thursday, Aug. 30. Tickets are still available for the event, which includes a pre-game networking reception featuring General Manager Dayton Moore at 11:30 a.m. Contact the Royals Group Sales department at (816) 504-4473 if you are interested.

Alright, here are today’s lineups…

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

For the Tigers:
Granderson – CF
Polanco – 2B
Perez – LF
Ordonez – RF
Guillen – 1B
I. Rodriguez – C
Casey – DH
Inge – 3B
Santiago – SS
Robertson – P

Royals Off Day Notes

The Royals are enjoying a rare off day in Kansas City today, following a heartbreaking 11-inning 5-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians Sunday. The team is back in action at Kauffman Tuesday for a three-game set against the Detroit Tigers. Here are some Royals notes to get you through the day…

On the Mound: The pitching match ups for the series against Detroit were announced yesterday. D20_2724

  • Tuesday – LHP Nate Robertson (7-10, 4.80) vs. RHP Brian Bannister (10-7, 3.28)
  • Wednesday – LHP Andrew Miller (5-4, 4.97) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (5-5, 4.25)
  • Thursday – RHP Jeremy Bonderman (10-7, 4.87) vs. RHP Kyle Davies (1-3, 6.10) 

Dayton Signs, Too: Royals General Manager Dayton Moore did an impromptu autograph session Sunday. Needing to talk with a few of his players, Dayton joined the six Royals players, including closer Joakim Soria (seen here), in the D20_2766_1Pizza Hut Autograph Afternoon before the game yesterday.

  Going Looonnnggg…: The Long Ball Haulers put on a show before the Royals-Indians series finale, launching ball after ball over the Kauffman Stadium outfield wall. The four players took turns hitting homers into the fountains, the bullpens and even up by the SUV that sits behind the left-field wall. Fans were planted in their seats early to catch the slow-pitch softball slugfest…and, apparently, several of the Royals players also couldn’t help but come out of the clubhouse and admire the Long Ball Haulers going the distance in our ballpark.D20_2861

“Family Photo at Home Plate” Reminder: The deadline to register your family for “Family Photo at Home Plate” is this Friday, Aug. 31. As of this morning, there are 11 spots available, so get your family registered today. Details and the online registration form can be found here on royals.com.

Buckner in the Majors: Another rookie named Billy recently made his Major League debut for the Royals. Right-handed pitcher Billy Buckner pitched five innings of one-run ball on Saturday against Cleveland, striking out one while allowing seven hits and two walks to the 22 batters he faced. As of now, Buckner, who held a starter’s role in the minor leagues, is pitching out of the bullpen.

0828_2 Buck T-Shirt: Tickets are still available for every game this homestand including Tuesday, which is a T-Shirt Tuesday at Kauffman. The first 20,000 fans will collect a John Buck T-shirt courtesy of Sprint Wireless. The distribution will run the same as always: fans get XL-sized shirts when they enter the gate and, for those who want a smaller size, we’ll have medium-sized shirts available at two exchange tables placed at Gates A and B. After this Tuesday, there is only one more T-Shirt Tuesday promotion this season – Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Lineups: Meche v. Carmona

Right-hander Gil Meche (7-11, 3.88 ERA) on the mound as the Royals face Cleveland in today’s rubber game. The Indians turn to Fausto Carmona (14-8, 3.11). Here are your lineups…

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

For the Indians:
Sizemore – CF
Cabrera – 2B
Hafner – DH
Martinez – C
Garko – 1B
Peralta – SS
Lofton – LF
Gutierrez – RF
Blake 3B
Carmona – P

Lineups: Surprise Visit

The Royals helped a well-known globetrotter pull a fast one Friday night on a father-son duo from Connecticut. While the Boys in Blue were on their way to a tense, but well played, 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians, Richard Roth thought it would be funny to fly in from New York and surprise his brother and nephew, Rob and Ben Roth, by showing up at Kauffman Stadium in the fifth inning. Rob and Ben are visiting several Major League ballparks this summer, and Richard surprised them in Pittsburgh a year ago on a similar trip.

If the name Richard Roth sounds familiar, you watch more than ESPN. Richard is the United Nations correspondent for CNN and got to know the Royals staff in April when he covered Boston’s Daisuka Matsuzaka’s debut in the Majors against the Royals.

Richard concocted a plan to surprise them again, this time dressing up as a Royals peanut bag vendor and offering them a snack in the sixth. They all got a big laugh, the Royals held on to win, and Richard flew back to New York Saturday to cover more global events again. Maybe we should have him back to surprise others when the Royals host the WORLD Series soon!

For tonight, the Royals turn to right-hander Kyle Davies (1-2, 5.03 ERA), while lefty Aaron Laffey (1-1, 5.73 ERA) takes the mound for Cleveland. Here are your lineups…

For the Royals:
German – 3B
DeJesus – CF
Grudzielanek – 2B
Butler – DH
Brown – RF
Gload – 1B
Pena – SS
Gathright – LF
LaRue – C
Davies – P

For the Indians:
Sizemore – CF
Cabrera – 2B
Hafner – DH
Martinez – C
Garko – 1B
Peralta – SS
Lofton – LF
Gutierrez – RF
Blake 3B
Laffey – P

Lineups: Greinke Starts

We are back in action tonight against the Cleveland Indians. Zack Greinke (5-5, 4.40 ERA) takes the mound against Cleveland’s C.C. Sabathia (14-6, 3.43). Before the game, the Royals made a couple of roster moves…we placed outfielder Mark Teahen on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Aug. 19) with a left forearm strain. Right-handed pitcher Billy Buckner had his contract purchased from Omaha, replacing Teahen on the active roster. Buckner, who will wear No. 38, will be available for tonight’s game – his first at the Major League level. To make room for Buckner on the 40-man roster, we transferred Mike Sweeney from the 15-day D.L. to the 60-day D.L. Sweeney is up in Omaha right now, scheduled to start in the first game of a doubleheader as DH for the O-Royals tonight.

Here are your lineups…

For the Royals:
German – 3B
DeJesus – CF
Grudzielanek – 2B
Butler – DH
Brown – RF
Gordon – 1B
Buck – C
Pena – SS
Gathright – LF
Greinke – P

For the Indians:
Lofton – LF
Blake – 3B
Sizemore – CF
Martinez – C
Hafner – DH
Garko – 1B
Peralta – SS
Gutierrez – RF
Cabrera – 2B
Sabathia – P

NOTES: Royals Return Home…Tonight!

The team is back in town, facing Cleveland tonight with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. The Royals see the Indians for three games before welcoming the Detroit Tigers for a three-game set that begins Tuesday. Needless to say, there is a lot going on this homestand…here are some notes to get you started.

Sweeney in Omaha: Royals designated hitter Mike Sweeney will begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha tonight. Sweeney is scheduled to start the first game of a doubleheader as the DH. First pitch at Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium is at 5:35 p.m.

Mike Coolbaugh Silent Auction TONIGHT: Don’t forget your checkbooks if you are coming out to the game tonight. The second Royals Silent Auction to benefit the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund is from 5-8:30 p.m. behind Section 101-102 on the main concourse. You can check out all the one-of-a-kind items that will be available for bid here on royals.com.

Around the Stadium: Have you reviewed the plans for the upcoming renovations at Kauffman Stadium? Over near Gate A at The K are some large prints of the renovation plans including a completion timeline. Also, prior to the game today, HOK and the Royals will meet to unveil the model for the renovated stadium.

Zack is Back…in Rotation: Right-hander Zack Greinke takes the mound tonight for the Royals. Zack, who posted a 4-1 mark with a 3.54 ERA in 38 bullpen appearances this season, last started for the team on May 6. In 45 total appearances (seven starts) this season, Greinke is 5-5 with a 4.40 ERA.

Small Business Day at The K: Calling all area small business owners to Kauffman Stadium: the Royals are hosting Small Business Day at The K on Thursday, Aug. 30. Tickets are still available for the event, which includes a pre-game networking reception featuring General Manager Dayton Moore at 11:30 a.m. Contact the Royals Group Sales department at (816) 504-4473 if you are interested. Brooklyn_royals_wave

And, Finally…Wave for the Day: At a recent Royals game, Brooklyn McIntyre showed her excitement for the team! The 18-month-old from Ravena, Ohio, who was visiting relatives in El Dorado, Kan., took in the Royals game with her family and apparently really enjoyed joining in on “the Wave!” Thanks for sharing, McIntyre family!

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