And so it starts.

6-17 85 WS.jpgAll eyes in the state of Missouri will be on St. Louis over the next three days… or at least they should be.

The legacy of ’85 is draped over Kansas City-St. Louis, otherwise known as the I-70 Series. Since interleague started, the cross-state rivals have been a fixture on the Royals schedule. Today is the first of six games in the 2008 Show-Me-State series. After a 3-3 record last season against the Cardinals, KC owns a 4-2 record this season against two first place National League teams.

Kyle Davies (2-0, 1.53 ERA) throws tonight, coming off a no decision against Texas last week. Davies, who has been impressive so far this season, faces Joel Pineiro (2-3, 4.41. Davies run since his recall from the Omaha Royals on May 31 has been pretty stellar, allowing only three runs to cross the plate in 17.2 innings. In fact, before his recall, Davies was leading the Pacific Coast League in ERA and had allowed just four earned runs in his last 25 innings in Triple-A. Quick math for the challenged, that’s a 1.48 ERA in his last 42.2 innings.

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With Davies throwing tonight, the Royals look to extend the strong starting pitching performances they have had over the last seven games. The next two games in St. Louis, the Royals send Brian Bannister and Zack Greinke to the mound.

Wednesday: Bannister is 1-0 versus the Cardinals when he pitched seven shutout innings in Kansas City last summer. In a switch from the original probables , Braden Looper pitches tomorrow instead of today.

Thursday: Greinke looks to continue his streak of nine straight shutout innings after seven on Friday night in Arizona. Anthony Reyes will be recalled from the minors for Thursday’s day game.  He will take the place of ex-Royal Todd Wellemeyer who is battling right elbow inflammation.

Yesterday’s off day was the Royals first in 13 days, going back to June 2…They had also played the previous 20 straight days before June 2…Joey Gathright (3), Mark Grudzielanek (5) and Jose Guillen (10) enter tonight with three or more game hitting streaks…The Club scored 20 runs in the final two games of the Arizona series, including season highs for runs (12) and hits (17) on Saturday.

Tonight will be big, not just because the Royals start their first series of the season with St. Louis viewing party in the Kansas City Power & Light District. Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the 192 square foot HD video screen in the KC Live block. The Game Entertainment folks will be working hard all night with complete between inning features throughout the entire game including the hot dog derby, in-game host Tim Scott and plenty of contests and prizes.

The fun will start an hour before first pitch with performances by the Lee’s Summit North Broncos drumline and the Lee’s Summit North Northern Stars dance team – the reigning Class 6A Missouri State Champions. Sluggerrr and the K Crew will be on hand as well.

Look for tonight’s starting lineup later today, until then here’s the Royals Official Game Notes.

See you at the Power & Light District.

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