Spring Training Schedule Begins

Initially, Wednesday’s game against the Texas Rangers was slated to be just a charity, exhibition game that benefits the Surprise Sundancers and their efforts in supporting youth programs in the Phoenix West Valley area. The statistics wouldn’t count. The results weren’t going down in the books. The standings would not be in play.

Well…that has kind of changed now.

It’s still a charity game between the two teams that share Surprise Stadium, but it’s also going to count as an official Cactus League game, which means…

Spring Training is here and it’s time to play ball!

Posted in the clubhouse down in Surprise, Ariz., Tuesday, the Royals first lineup of the season:
David DeJesus – CF
Esteban German – 2B
Mark Teahen – LF
Ryan Shealy – DH
Alex Gordon – 3B
Billy Butler – 1B
Shane Costa – RF
John Buck – C
Tony Pena, Jr. – SS

John Bale – SP
Possible Relievers: Luke Hochevar, Brian Lawrence, Ron Mahay, Yasuhiko Yabuta and Carlos Rosa.

Some more details you might want to know…

First pitch for the exhibition game is at 2:05 p.m. (CST) with the Royals taking the field as the home team. The game is the first Cactus League game in the Phoenix area and puts the Royals exhibition schedule at 31 games with 14 as the home team. Following Wednesday’s exhibition, the club will then have a Spring Training "off day" on Thursday before heading to Peoria, Ariz., on Friday to play the San Diego Padres (the first 610 Sports radio broadcast of the season).

Also for Wednesday’s Spring opener…the Royals will venture into the world of webcasting. Basically, to listen to Royals games on the web, all you have to do is purchase a subscription (only $14.95) to Gameday Audio at royals.com. For this price, you will be able to listen to every Royals exhibition game this season as well as all 162 regular season games and all the post-season games. Not a bad deal, right? Sign up (here) now!

According to the Media Relations release on the webcasts, new Royals broadcaster Steve Stewart will be the front runner for the exhibition webcasts, but will be joined periodically throughout the spring by his fellow Royals broadcast partners, as well as "members of the Royals baseball operations department and various media in attendance on a given day." Fans will be able to interact with Steve in the booth by emailing radiobooth@royals.com during the games. Here’s what Steve had to say about it…

“I was very fortunate to provide the webcasts last year for the Cincinnati Reds and the fans loved it,” said Stewart.  “This is a fantastic chance for Royals fans, not only in the Midwest, but worldwide, to keep up with the club all spring, as well as webchat with me and my guests during the course of the game.  I can assure our fans that it will be an enjoyable experience.”

So…log on to royals.com, subscribe to the Gameday Audio and start enjoying Royals baseball – after all, Spring Training starts now!

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