April 2009

Monday lineup: Toronto in town

The hot hitting Toronto Blue Jays have arrived in KC…the Jays have the best record in MLB (15-6) and the highest team batting average in the American League (.298).  Brian Bannister will look to cool their bats tonight.  Here’s your Royals lineup:

Crisp – CF

Bloomquist – LF

Teahen – 3B

Guillen – RF

Butler – 1B

Buck – DH

Callaspo – 2B

Aviles – SS

Olivo – C

Bannister – P

Royals Equipment Drive, Sunday lineup

DeJesus_Equipment_Drive.jpgIf you’re headed out to the park today, be sure to drop off some new or gently used baseball equipment.  Today is the second day of the Baseball Equipment Drive, which benefits the Guadalupe Centers Youth Baseball Fund.  All types of baseball and softball equipment will be accepted, including gloves, baseballs, bases, batting tees, bats, batting helmets, shoes and uniforms.  Cash donations are also accepted.

Mahay_Equipment_Drive.jpgHere are some pictures from last night.  David DeJesus and Ron Mahay, co-chairs of the drive, along with the Royals Wives, were on hand to meet fans and collect items on Saturday night.  Thank you to everyone who donated items on Saturday, and we hope that you can bring items by on Sunday.

Here’s your Kansas City lineup for Sunday:

Crisp – CF
DeJesus – LF
Teahen – 3B
Guillen – RF
Jacobs – 1B
Callaspo – 2B
Olivo – C
Maier – RF
Aviles – SS
Ponson – P

The need for speed: Trey Hillman at the race track


300_8160.JPGOnly 30 people in the world can say that they are Major League managers, and Trey Hillman is one of them.  Hillman holds a coveted job, yet we found that he can be wowed just as any of us would when he gets to check out another profession.

Kansas Speedway is hosting both the NASCAR Truck Series and the IndyCar Series this weekend.  The speedway staff hosted Hillman as a special guest today. 

300_8068.JPGUpon entering the infield, Hillman took a brief look at a driver whizzing by, then it was time for him to suit up.  Hillman went inside a specially designed semi-trailer and emerged a few minutes later in a full jumpsuit.  He stopped briefly to greet members of the Kansas National Guard, who were also getting a once-in-a-lifetime ride around the track. 

300_8144.JPGHe then joined Davey Hamilton, an eight-time starter in the Indy 500, for a spin around the track in a two-seat Indy car.  Hillman gave a thumbs up to Royals team photographer Chris Vleisides.  He was ready to roll!

D2X_4936.JPGHillman experienced speeds of over 100 miles per hour, to which his first words were “It was unbelievable.” 

300_8263.JPGHe exited the car and met with media members.  Hillman talked about the adrenaline rush from the first 15-20 seconds of acceleration and how Hamilton took them close to the wall at one point.

300_8281.JPGHamilton drove another guest around the track before taking a break to be introduced to Hillman.  They posed for pictures and Hamilton compared the team nature of racing with baseball.

 

 

300_8325.JPGHamilton hopped back in the car while Hillman toured the garage area, where everything runs like clock work.  Mechanics from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series were feverishly preparing their vehicles.  Only a few feet separated competing teams…now that’s something you rarely see in sports!

After thanking the Kansas Speedway staff, it was time for Hillman to leave one uniform and prepare to put on another. The Royals were set to open a series against their division rivals, the Detroit Tigers, and Hillman needed to meet with his coaching staff.  He was leaving one dream for another, and you could see the gleam in his eyes…this had been a morning (and it turns out a night) to remember…Hillman’s Royals won 6-1 behind another masterful pitching outing by Zack Greinke.

 

Trey Hillman's Pregame Dugout Interview

Soria shelved

Kansas City Royals closer Joakim Soria is going to be out a minimum of 3-5 days due to tightness in his right shoulder.  The good news is the MRI showed there is no structural damage.

I’m back

Kansas City Royals RF Jose Guillen is probable for tomorrow’s game against the Detroit Tigers.  His status has been upgraded due to his consistent effort with regards to weight training and the strengthening of his hip.  Hillman stated he would most likely like to see Guillen in right field, and is excited to find a spot in the line-up where his power can be utilized.  Guillen will continue to monitored and days off are not out of the question.  Guillen has been on the disabled list since April 10 with a partially torn right hip flexor.

Here I come, Orel

Manager Trey Hillman was bombarded with questions about the ever-consistent and amazingly steady Zack Greinke.  Many reporters were asking the Royals manager, “What do you expect from Zack, what can we expect.”  His response, “I won’t ask him to give me what we have been seeing, you can’t expect that from him, it’s not fair”.  The Skipper went on to say that to maintain and stay relatively consistent is of more importance.  One reporter asked, can you give me two words or less to describe Zack, he said, “fantastic”.   I think we all agree with that last statement.  To date, Zack Greinke has pitched 34.0 scoreless innings, 25 shy of the all-time major league record set in 1988 by Dodgers great Orel Hershiser.  Although to be fair, Hershiser did it all in one season.

Baseball Equipment Drive set for Saturday and Sunday

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The Royals and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund are teaming up for the fourth annual Royals Baseball Equipment Drive to benefit the Guadalupe Centers Youth Baseball Program

Royals Wives will collect new and gently used baseball and softball equipment on Saturday from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Gate E, while volunteers will be stationed at Gates A, B and D. 

Volunteers will also collect items on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  All types of baseball and softball equipment will be accepted, including gloves, baseballs, bases, batting tees, bats, batting helmets, shoes and uniforms.

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Special information regarding jersey giveaway

The Royals will distribute 40th anniversary replica jerseys (presented by Fox Sports Kansas City) on Saturday.  We’re expecting a big crowd, so here a few tips on the promotion:

1. ALL gates open at 3:00 p.m. – that’s an hour early for stadium gates and the normal Saturday time for the Outfield Experience.
2. Jerseys are for the first 20,000 fans
3. Jerseys will be given out at all gates
4. We are giving out two sizes – adult medium and extra large.  There will be no exchange tables this year, fans will be able to pick their size at the gates.
5. One jersey per fan per ticket.  If you are holding multiple tickets you will only be able to use one to enter and receive a jersey.  You may exit and re-enter with an additional unscanned ticket to receive another jersey.

Enjoy the game!

Thursday lineup

What an outing for Brian Bannister last night!  Banny, Jamey Wright, and Joakim Soria combined on a shutout as the Royals won 2-0.  That’s the third Royals shutout of the season, and all three ended 2-0!  Here’s your Thursday lineup:

Crisp CF
Callaspo 2B
DeJesus LF
Butler 1B
Teahen 3B
Jacobs DH
Buck C
Aviles SS
Maier RF

Meche P

Wednesday lineup: Banny's 2009 debut

Crisp CF
Aviles SS
DeJesus LF
Butler 1B
Teahen 3B
Jacobs DH
Callaspo 2B
Olivo C
Bloomquist RF

Bannister P

Border War tonight at Kauffman!

The KU and MU baseball teams will battle it out tonight at Kauffman Stadium.  The game starts at 7:00, with gates opening at 5:30.  General admission seating is $10.

Royals season ticket holders, students, and alumni from both schools can attend for $7.  Children ages 14 and under will be admitted for $5, while kids under 32 inches in height can attend for free.
                                        
Come on out and show your school spirit tonight at the “New” Kauffman Stadium!

Tuesday lineup: Royals at Indians

Crisp CF
Aviles SS
DeJesus LF
Butler 1B
Teahen 3B
Jacobs DH
Callaspo 2B
Olivo C
Bloomquist RF

Ponson P

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