The Royals play Texas tonight at Frisco, home of the Double-A Rough Riders (7:05 Central). The game can be heard on 610 Sports in Kansas City and on Gameday Audio. Here’s your Kansas City lineup:
Coco Crisp – CF
David DeJesus – LF
Mark Teahen – 2B
Jose Guillen – RF
Mike Jacobs – 1B
Billy Butler – DH
Alex Gordon – 3B
Miguel Olivo – C
Mike Aviles – SS
Zack Greinke – RHP
Royals fans, here’s a great way to avoid waiting in line on Sunday. Please visit royals.com to print your tickets for Sunday’s Open House at Kauffman Stadium.
You will be required to enter credit card information, but you will not be charged as this is a free event. The Royals are not taking phone orders for this event
The Open House is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you choose to get your tickets on Sunday, the box office opens at 9 a.m.
Open House information: http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/ticketing/openhouse.jsp
If you need premium seats for Opening Weekend at “The K”, royals.com has them. A special online auction is offering Diamond Club seats for all three games of the Royals-Yankees series. Get your bid in now! The auctions close at 2 p.m. Central on Wednesday.
Today we recognize an all-around good guy, Luke Hudson, who announced his retirement on Thursday. Hudson made the Royals in 2006 after signing as a minor league free agent in March. He struggled early in 2006 before regaining his form while with Omaha. Hudson returned to Kansas City and became the Royals Pitcher of the Month in July and August, finishing his season with a 7-6 mark.
Our favorite Luke Hudson memory is from September 4, 2006, which happened to be Star Wars Night at “The K.” The force was with Luke as he fanned 10 New York Yankees in front of a large crowd. Luke is one of just 27 Royals pitchers to have at least one game with 10 strikeouts.
Hudson pitched in just one Major League game after 2006 as he continued to have problems with his right shoulder. He hoped to return in 2009, but the shoulder injury lingered.
Luke became a fan favorite in his time with the Royals…he took part in community activities including Operation Blessing, Royals Caravan, and Royals FanFest. We’ll miss Luke and we wish him the best in his future endeavors!
The Royals have three exhibition games remaining, and all three are against the Texas Rangers. Today, the clubs play in Surprise before heading to Texas. They’ll face off in Frisco on Friday and Arlington on Saturday. All three contests will be broadcast on 610 Sports and webcast on Gameday Audio, with Denny Matthews, Bob Davis, and Steve Stewart calling the action. Here’s your KC lineup for Thursday:
Coco Crisp CF
David DeJesus LF
Mark Teahen DH
Mike Jacobs 1B
Miguel Olivo C
Alex Gordon 3B
Mike Aviles SS
Alberto Callaspo 2B
Willie Bloomquist RF
Horacio Ramirez LHP
Other scheduled pitchers:
Kyle Farnsworth RHP
Juan Cruz RHP
Roman Colon RHP
This just in — the Royals have dealt first baseman/outfielder Ross Gload and cash considerations to the Florida Marlins for a player to be named. Gload had been with the Royals for the last two seasons. He drove in a career high 51 runs in 2007.
Ross now has the chance to play for the club that drafted him. Florida selected Gload in the 13th round of the 1997 June draft before trading him to the Cubs in 2000.
We wish Ross the best as he returns to the National League!