March 2009

Wednesday Lineup: Royals on FSKC!

The Royals play their first night contest of 2009, and it is also the first television broadcast on Fox Sports Kansas City! Zack Greinke takes the mound for your boys in blue. Be sure to tune in at 8:00 Central (check your local listings). Also, the Royals and Fox Sports Kansas City have announced the 99 High Definition dates for 2009. Here is your Wednesday lineup:

Coco Crisp – CF
Mark Teahen – 2B
David DeJesus – LF
Jose Guillen – RF
Mike Jacobs – 1B
Billy Butler – DH
Alex Gordon – 3B
John Buck – C
Tony Pena, Jr.  – SS
Zack Greinke –  RHP

Available Pitchers:
Robinson Tejeda – RHP
Tim Hamulack – LHP
Franquelis Osoria – RHP
Joel Peralta – RHP
Heath Phillips – LHP
Victor Marte – RHP     

A Tucson Tuesday

KC’s offensive juggernaut continued to roll on Monday as the Royals scored 11 runs for the second straight day. Today, the boys in blue board the bus for Tucson to play the Rockies at Hi Corbett Field. Here’s your Tuesday lineup:

Willie Bloomquist – 2B
Alberto Callaspo – 3B
Jose Guillen – RF
Billy Butler – 1B
Shane Costa – LF
Miguel Olivo – C
Mitch Maier – CF
Tony Pena, Jr. – SS
Kyle Davies – RHP

Available Pitchers:
Yasuhiko Yabuta – RHP
Juan Cruz – RHP
Roman Colon – RHP

Monday Lineup: First trip to Camelback Ranch

Kansas City’s offensive surge continued as the Royals defeated San Francisco 11-3 on Sunday. Today, the Royals make their first venture to Camelback Ranch in Glendale as they face the Chicago White Sox at 3:05 Central (1:05 local). The game can be heard on 610 Sports in Kansas City and on royals.com with a subscription to Gameday Audio. Here’s your KC lineup:

Coco Crisp – CF
David DeJesus – LF
Alex Gordon – 3B
Ryan Shealy – DH
John Buck – C
Mark Teahen – RF
Ross Gload – 1B
Alberto Callaspo – 2B
Luis Hernandez – SS
Gil Meche – RHP

Available Pitchers:
Joel Peralta – RHP
Jamey Wright – RHP
Kyle Farnsworth – RHP

KU baseball pulls upset after talk by Buck

The Royals aren’t the only area team playing games in Surprise. KU’s baseball squad had a weekend set against perennial national powerhouse Arizona State.
 

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On Saturday, the Jayhawks received a tour of Royals camp. Catcher John Buck fashioned a KU baseball hat and gave pointers to a few members of the KU squad, who proceeded to defeat the 4th-ranked Sun Devils, 3-2.
 
Earlier in camp, Buck sported Florida Gators gear as a prank toward Ryan Shealy, a former Florida standout.

Now, John has adopted another prominent university. Buck proudly took bragging rights over teammate and ASU alum Willie Bloomquist.

 

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March Birthdays: Mike Aviles turns 28

9-24 Aviles 2.jpgToday is Friday the 13th which is also, coincidentally, the 28th birthday for 2008 Royals Player of the Year Mike Aviles! Kansas City farmhand Matt Wright is also celebrating as he turns 27. Matt and Mike share birthdays with former All-Star first baseman Will “the Thrill” Clark (45) and U2 bass player Adam Clayton (49). Aviles is currently with his Puerto Rico teammates in Miami getting ready for Round 2 of the WBC.

Here are your Royals birthdays for March:

Cookie_Rojas_S_0a003.jpgRoyals Hall of Famer Cookie Rojas turned 70 on March 6. Cookie’s birthday is shared by Shaquille O’Neal (37) and former Tonight Show sidekick Ed McMahon (86).

Prospects Kiel Thibault (25, March 2), Danny Cortes (22, March 4), and Jose Duarte (24, March 7) celebrated early in Spring Training.

Both Tony Pena, Jr. and Joel Peralta celebrate birthdays on March 23. Tony, like Mike Aviles, will be 28, while Joel turns 33. Joel was born on the same day in 1976 as actress Keri Russell from “Felicity” fame. Other notable birthdays include Kauffman Stadium groundskeeper Trevor Vance, and Roger Bannister, the first person to run a mile under four minutes.pena_dsc_5344.jpgPeralta.jpg

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The Royals have FOUR birthdays on March 24! Devon Lowery turns 26, Chris Lubanski will be 24, and both Robinson Tejeda and Heath Phillips are 27. The quartet share their day with Peyton Manning, who will be 33. Also, Harry Houdini was born on this day in 1874.

Seitzer,Kevin2.JPGRoyals hitting coach Kevin Seitzer turns 47 on March 26, which is shared by a variety of musicians including country artist Kenny Chesney (41), Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler (61) and Motown’s Diana Ross (65).

Kila Ka’aihue rounds out our list with his 25th birthday on March 29. Kila shares his day with former tennis phenom Jennifer Capriati (33). Also born on this date – baseball great Cy Young (1867) and Wal-Mart co-founder Sam Walton (1918). Both Kila and Mr. Walton made quite an impression on Northwest Arkansas! Kila_Home_Run.jpg

 

Now you’re caught up on Royals birthdays for March…check back next month!

 

Friday Lineups: Let's Play Two!

On Thursday, Mark Teahen and Chris Lubanski homered as Kansas City beat the White Sox 9-3. Lubanski is hitting .500 (7-for-14) on the spring. The Royals are 8-4 on the spring and have outscored their opponents 95-68!

Today, the Royals will have their only day of split-squad contests this spring. One team will take on the Rangers in Surprise, while another squad goes to Maryvale to face the Brewers. Both contests start at 3:05 Central, 1:05 local time. You can hear the Royals/Rangers game as a webcast on Gameday Audio (subscription required). Here are your Friday lineups:

Lineup for game in Surprise vs. Texas:
Coco Crisp – CF
Alberto Callaspo – 2B
David DeJesus – LF
Billy Butler – DH
Mike Jacobs – 1B
John Buck – C
Alex Gordon – 3B
Ross Gload – RF
Luis Hernandez – SS
Robinson Tejeda – RHP

Available Pitchers:
Jamey Wright – RHP
Julio Pimentel – RHP
Doug Waechter  RHP

Lineup for game in Maryvale vs. Brewers:
Willie Bloomquist – 2B
Tony Pena, Jr. – SS
Mark Teahen – RF
Ryan Shealy – 1B
Kila Ka’aihue – DH
Miguel Olivo – C
Chris Lubanski – LF
Tug Hulett – 3B
Derrick Robinson – CF
Zack Greinke – RHP

Available Pitchers:
Kyle Farnsworth – RHP
Roman Colon  – RHP
Tim Hamulack – LHP

 

Renovation Pictures – Retired Numbers


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5, 10, 20, 42. Brett, Howser, White, Robinson. Those are Kansas City’s retired numbers and the names that Royals fans associate with them. The numbers are getting a new home at Kauffman Stadium…they will be displayed on the front of the new Royals Hall of Fame in left field. Here’s a look at the numbers being installed in their new location:

  

 


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Thursday Lineup: Teahen returns

On Wednesday, Billy Butler belted a three-run home run and Mitch Maier circled the bases for an inside-the-park round-tripper as KC beat Seattle 9-2. Today, the Chicago White Sox venture into Surprise. The road trip is much shorter this year for the South Siders, who have taken up residence in nearby Glendale after spending 11 seasons training in Tucson. Here’s a bit of trivia…did you know that the White Sox spent their first two years (1901 and 1902) training near Kansas City in Excelsior Springs, Mo.? Maybe days like today (forecast high of 39 in Excelsior Springs) sent them south!

Today’s game can be heard on royals.com with a subscription to Gameday Audio. Mark Teahen is back in the lineup after representing Canada at the World Baseball Classic. Here’s the lineup:

Coco Crisp –  CF
Mark Teahen – 2B
David DeJesus – LF
Mike Jacobs – DH
Billy Butler – 1B
Alex Gordon – 3B
John Buck – C
Ross Gload – RF
Tony Pena, Jr. – SS
Horacio Ramirez – LHP

Available Pitchers:
Kyle Davies                   RHP
Yasuhiko Yabuta           RHP

Crown Installation

Crown Three Quarters.jpgHigh above Kauffman Stadium, work on the signature crown continues. This morning, about 3/4 of the base was in place. You can see a worker at the left hand side of this photo.

 

 

 

 

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Fourth Piece.jpgBy late morning, the fourth piece was installed!

Our hard hat tour enabled us to see the progress from several angles, including behind CrownVision, in front of it, and from the rooftop party deck above Rivals in right field. Take a look! We’ll post other new stadium features over the next few days.

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Wednesday Lineup: Meche vs. Mariners

After an off day on Tuesday, the Royals are back in action on Wednesday, hosting Seattle at Surprise. Gil Meche takes the hill against his former team while Willie Bloomquist faces Seattle for the first time after spending 10 seasons in the Mariners organization. Today’s game can be heard on 610 Sports in Kansas City or through Gameday Audio on royals.com. We’re headed out for a look at the renovations and the crown, so check back for pictures later today! Here is a tentative lineup for today’s game:

8-5 Meche.jpgCoco Crisp – CF
Willie Bloomquist – 2B
David DeJesus – LF
Mike Jacobs – 1B
Billy Butler – DH
Alex Gordon – 3B
Brayan Pena – C
Mitch Maier – RF
Luis Hernandez – SS
Gil Meche – RHP

Available Pitchers:
Heath Phillips – LHP
Ron Mahay – LHP
Jimmy Gobble – LHP

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