2008 Opening Day!

It’s here! The start to the 2008 season for your Kansas City Royals!

2008_Plaza Banners.JPGIt’s been a long, cold winter for those of us in Kansas City, but – even though the temps in Detroit today still aren’t the warmest – the offseason is finished and we are ready to play ball! The Royals launch the 2008 season at 12:05 (CST) Monday against the Detroit Tigers. It’s the first of a three-game set in Detroit that will see some great pitching match ups. But, before we get into that…

ROSTER SET: The Royals set the 2008 Opening Day roster Sunday. Here’s the breakdown:

  • PITCHERS (11) – John Bale (L), Brian Bannister, Jimmy Gobble (L), Zack Greinke, Ron Mahay (L), Gil Meche, Leo Nunez, Ramon Ramirez, Joakim Soria, Brett Tomko and Yasuhiko Yabuta.
  • CATCHERS (3) – John Buck, Miguel Olivo and Matt Tupman.
  • INFIELDERS (7) – Billy Butler, Alberto Callaspo, Esteban German, Ross Gload, Alex Gordon, Mark Grudzielanek and Tony Pena, Jr.
  • OUTFIELDERS (4) – David DeJesus, Joey Gathright, Jose Guillen and Mark Teahen.
  • DISABLED LIST (1) – Luke Hudson

AND…THE PROJECTED LINEUP: Manager Trey Hillman’s first official lineup as the Royals skipper…

DeJesus – CF
Grud – 2B
Gordon – 3B
Guillen – RF
Butler – DH
Teahen – LF
Gload – 1B
Buck – C
Pena – SS

The Royals turn to right-hander Gil Meche on the mound. Detroit is also going with a right-hander, turning to Justin Verlander.

OPENING SERIES PITCHING PROBABLES: Here are the rest of your probables for the Royals time in the Motor City…
               Wednesday, April 2 – Brian Bannister vs. Kenny Rogers
               Thursday, April 3 – Zack Greinke vs. Jeremy Bonderman.

SOME OPENING DAY CLIPS: Lots of great news to get you ready for Monday’s season opener. In fact, MLB’s Kaegel covers almost every angle leading into today’s game. He talks about the cold temperatures in Detroit, compares the veterans and the rookies and, also, touches on Manager Hillman’s tough intro to the Major Leagues. The KC Star’s Bob Dutton talks with today’s starting pitcher and breaks down Hillman’s first official lineup. The Star also has some video posted courtesy of NBC Action News. And, if you didn’t check it out in the Sunday Star, the 2008 Baseball Section is out and online. You can pretty much spend your entire Monday morning checking it out…just in time for the game!

Thumbnail image for Stadium_offseason.JPGBACK AT THE K:
Kauffman Stadium is getting polished up for next week’s home opener, April 8. We know you’ve heard it a lot this season, but one more time: the renovations will be ongoing throughout the 2008 season, but despite some minor construction here and there, catching a Royals game at The K will still be great in ’08!

PREGAME: FOX Sports Net Kansas City is starting their coverage of the Royals season opener early with a special pre-season pregame show at 11 a.m. Then, they’ll move into what will become their standard pregame coverage at 11:30 p.m. with Joel Goldberg before the Royals and Tigers take the field. Speaking of…

PLAY BALL: So, game time is 12:05 p.m. (CST). You can (a) listen on 610 Sports, (b) watch on FSN Kansas City or (c) listen/watch on MLB.com Gameday.

Enjoy…and Happy Opening Day, Royals fans!

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