April 2009

Tuesday lineup vs. Indians

It’s a nice night for a ballgame, so come out to “The K” to watch your Royals!  Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Coco Crisp – CF

Mike Aviles – SS

David DeJesus – LF

Mark Teahen – RF

Billy Butler – 1B

Mike Jacobs – DH

Alex Gordon – 3B

John Buck – C

Alberto Callaspo – 2B

Kyle Davies – P

John Buck, Brayan Pena lead Royals to win

The Royals fought back with 3 runs in the eighth to earn a 6-4 win today, their first at the “New” Kauffman Stadium.  John Buck launched the first home run at the renovated park and finished with 3 hits and 3 RBI.

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The Royals host the Cleveland Indians on Monday and Tuesday at 7:10 and on Wednesday at 1:10.  Come on out to the stadium to root for your Royals in a division showdown while checking out the renovations!

Sunday lineup

The Royals look to take one game from the Yankees today as they face former Nebraska standout Joba Chamberlain. Here’s your KC lineup:

Coco Crisp – CF

Mike Aviles – SS

David DeJesus – LF

Mark Teahen – 3B

Mike Jacobs – 1B

Brayan Pena – DH

Alberto Callaspo – 2B

John Buck – C

Willie Bloomquist – RF

Gil Meche – P

Grand Re-Opening marked by ribbon cutting, Howser statue unveiling

RibbonCutting2.JPGA sold out crowd witnessed the first game at the “New” Kauffman Stadium today.  Several dignitaries took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony before the game.  Royals Chairman/Owner David Glass and Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders cut the ribbon as the “New K” was officially dedicated.


Howsers_April_10.JPGLater, Nancy Howser and her family took part in a moving tribute to the late Dick Howser as a statue of the World Series winning manager was unveiled.

Make plans now to visit Kauffman Stadium to see all of the new features!

Rock Chalk Royal

The Royals made a roster move today, and picked up a local talent in the process.


Kansas City acquired third baseman Travis Metcalf off outright waivers from the Texas Rangers.  Metcalf was placed on the Royals 40-man roster and optioned to Omaha (AAA).  With the addition, the Royals currently have 37 players on their 40-man roster.


Metcalf, 26, has seen time at the big league level with the Rangers each of the past two seasons, hitting a combined .249 (54-for-217) with 14 doubles, 11 home runs and 35 RBI in 80 games.  The 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-handed hitter is a career .258 hitter with 57 home runs and 270 RBI in 469 minor league games.  He was selected in the 11th round of the 2004 draft out of the University of Kansas where he ended his career as the Jayhawks’ all-time home run leader with 29. 


The Wamego, Kan., resident hit a single-season Kansas record 18 home runs in 2004. We welcome Travis to the club, and know that all of Wamego will be rooting for him to play at “The K” in the near future.



Chat with Denny

Denny Matthews, the voice of the Royals and winner of the 2007 Ford Frick Award, will chat with fans today at 2 p.m., Central time. Log on and ask Denny a question!


Video: Making of the Crown

Attention Royals fans, there is a must-see video on royals.com about the making of the new Kauffman Stadium crown!

Kevin Uhlich, Senior Vice President-Business Operations, describes the Royals’ design thoughts for this iconic piece and how the crown fits with the overall renovation.

William Zahner and Anthony Birchler of A. Zahner Company talk about the engineering work and the materials that went into the crown.

The video concludes with an awesome time lapse…we’ll let you check it out for yourself!


Open House Photos

Thanks to everyone who braved the weather on Sunday to see the new attractions at Kauffman Stadium! If you missed the Open House, don’t worry, you can get your tickets to an upcoming game at royals.com!

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Royals-White Sox opener postponed

The Chicago White Sox have announced that tomorrow’s Opening Day game between the Royals and White Sox has been postponed due to the forecast of snow, cold and high winds in the Chicago area.  The game was rescheduled for 1:05 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7.

Both the Royals and White Sox will send Monday’s scheduled starting pitchers to the mound on Tuesday.  Right-hander Gil Meche will start for Kansas City while left-hander Mark Buehrle will start for Chicago.

The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Kansas City and throughout the Midwest on the Royals Radio Network.

Royals announce 25-man roster

Today was the day for all Major League clubs to set their 25-man Opening Day rosters by the 3:00 p.m. (EDT) deadline.

The Royals purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Jamey Wright from Omaha and designated outfielder Shane Costa for assignment and now have 36 players on their 40-man roster.

Here’s the 2009 Opening Day roster for your Kansas City Royals:

PITCHERS (11) -Juan Cruz, Kyle Davies, Kyle Farnsworth, Zack Greinke, Ron Mahay (L), Gil Meche, Horacio Ramirez (L), Joakim Soria, Robinson Tejeda, Doug Waechter and Jamey Wright.

CATCHERS (3) – John Buck, Miguel Olivo and Brayan Pena.

INFIELDERS (7) – Mike Aviles, Billy Butler, Alberto Callaspo, Alex Gordon, Mike Jacobs, Tony Pena, Jr. and Mark Teahen.

OUTFIELDERS (4) – Willie Bloomquist, Coco Crisp, David DeJesus and Jose Guillen.

Thank you to everyone who came out to today’s Open House, which was a great success! We’ll post pictures of the Open House on Monday.


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