Hudson returns to Royals, FanFest tickets on sale

Hudson.jpgThe Royals have signed right-handed pitcher Luke Hudson to a minor league contract for the 2009 season. Hudson has been extended an invitation to the Royals Major League Spring Training camp in Surprise, Ariz.

Luke missed the 2008 season while recovering from right shoulder surgery.  He made just one big league start in 2007 due to his shoulder issues.  Hudson was 7-6 with a 5.12 ERA in 26 games (15 starts) for Kansas City in 2006.  He is 17-18 with a 5.11 ERA in a five-year big league career for the Reds (2002, 2004-05) and Royals (2006-07).  Hudson was designated for assignment by the Royals on Nov. 14.

FanFest tickets on sale

Royals FanFest returns for a second year on Saturday, Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan. Tickets to the 2009 Royals FanFest went on sale today. Tickets are available at or by calling (816) 504-4040.


New for the 2009 FanFest, the Royals are offering two-day passes at a 25-percent savings from the one-day advance ticket prices. Two-day passes are $18 for adults and $9 for children ages 6-17, while advance single-day tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids ages 6-17. Fans ages five and under will be admitted free. Royals 2009 season ticket holders will receive complimentary two-day passes to attend the event.

Tickets will also be available at the Overland Park Convention Center on the days of the FanFest event. Ticket prices at the door are $14 for adults and $7 for kids ages 6-17.

A preliminary list of the players and coaches scheduled to appear has been released. Players and coaches scheduled to attend include: Mike Aviles, John Buck, Shane Costa, Kyle Davies, David DeJesus, Brandon Duckworth, John Gibbons, Alex Gordon, Zack Greinke, Trey Hillman, Luke Hochevar, Kila Ka’aihue, Devon Lowery, Ron Mahay, Dave Owen, Kevin Seitzer, Ryan Shealy, Joakim Soria and Mark Teahen. Check back for updates on player appearances or visit the FanFest page on

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