May 2009

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: May 27

About the suspension

 

Major League Baseball handed down a one game suspension this morning to Royals manager Trey Hillman for today’s game against the Tigers.  He is suspended for his brief confrontation with an umpire during Monday’s game against Detroit.  Unlike the players, a coach or manager has no option to appeal.  Hillman said, “I am shocked at the suspension, and that I was notified by e-mail five hours prior to today’s game.” He then stated, “I respect the rules of the game as well as authority, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.” Why he might be a little upset could be because he was told that the suspension was delivered because spit had made it from Trey’s mouth into the eye of the umpire involved.  “If they think I spit on the umpire on purpose, I am highly offended by that accusation,” Hillman said.  For today’s game Hillman will be unable to suit up, be around the clubhouse or the dugout.  He is however allowed to sit in another area of the stadium.

 

Misc.

 

Coco Crisp will be sitting out today’s game, and along with the off day tomorrow that should give his shoulder some time to heal.  Look for him to be ready to go against the White Sox on Friday.  Joakim Soria is on schedule to pitch today in a live game in Arizona.  As reported prior, he has a pitch limit that may not exceed 15 pitches, so look for an inning or less from Soria today.  

Gates to open at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday

Monarchs jersey.jpgRoyals fans – all Kauffman Stadium gates will open at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.  The first 20,000 fans will receive a replica 1924 Monarchs jersey.  We encourage you to arrive early to receive your jersey at any gate (medium and extra large sizes are available while quantities last, no exchange tables).  One jersey will be distributed per fan, per ticket.  Fans wishing to obtain multiple jerseys must exit and re-enter with a new ticket.  Enjoy the game!

Wednesday matinee lineup

Today’s game starts at 1:10.  Come on out to “The K”!  It’s College “Night” – Outfield Box or Field Plaza tickets are just $7 with a high school or college ID!  Here’s your KC lineup:

Maier – CF

DeJesus – LF

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Jacobs – DH

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Buck – C

Hernandez – SS

Davies – P

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: May 26

Bring on the runs

 

A sizeable portion of the questions aimed at manager Trey Hillman this afternoon were all about the lack of run production in the line-up.  Hillman responded with a common response directed towards this issue, “It’s all about confidence with these gentlemen.”

He also made it abundantly clear that the teams hitting or lack there of is in no way a reflection of the job that hitting coach Kevin Seitzer is doing.  “He never panics, he is an impressive hitting coach, and an even more impressive person to be around in the locker room and on the bench,” Hillman stated. 

 

Luck of the Royals?

 

“I am not afraid to say it, we could use some luck around here, it definitely wouldn’t hurt to see some balls drop in our favor,” says Hillman.  More importantly he referred to the team needing to get going with regards to their line-up, and that some good situational baseball is needed with this team, “It is just very difficult to execute with two out and a man on first all the time,” said Hillman.  He stated he would like to hit-and-run more and be more aggressive on the bases, “It just hasn’t been in the cards lately.”

 

Misc.

 

Infielder Luis Hernandez is penciled in to start tonight against the Detroit Tigers. Hillman said, “We need to see more than 200 at-bats (thus far in his Major League career) from this kid, he deserves to get in there and prove his worth.” Trey said he just wants to see a little bit more of him but that he loves his hands in the field, he manipulates the ball very well with his bat, and he is a good solid baseball player.  Joakim Soria is scheduled to throw 15 pitches in Arizona on Thursday, and 15-25 on Saturday.  The reasoning for send him to Arizona is “It is a great place to reduce stress, relax, and the weather is more conducive and reliable to rehab in.”

Tuesday lineup and Royals Wives Food Drive

A full week of events for the Royals Wives Food Drive continues tonight with food collection points and Gates B and D.  They are looking for “kid-friendly” non-perishable items.  Suggested food items for donation include peanut butter and canned soups, pastas, canned fruits and vegetables. 

Your Kansas City lineup:

Crisp – CF

DeJesus – LF

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Jacobs – DH

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Hernandez – SS

Greinke – P

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session

Looking good & feeling good

Royals reliever Joakim Soria was said to have thrown the ball very well today and that he feels terrific.  Manager Trey Hillman says, “Wednesday we’re looking at about 15 pitches thrown down there in Arizona, and if everything goes well, 20-25 on Saturday.  Hillman stated, “He is just doing better all around, both physically and mentally, this time with his injury.”  He went on to say that the less people that are watching Soria during his rehab, the better he does. There isn’t that added pressure that he doesn’t take to very well.

Welcome Tug, to the “New” K!

What can we expect from the new call-up Tug Hulett?  Manager Trey Hillman, says, “We are getting a ballplayer, someone who hits to contact, plays hard, is a smart base-runner, and can be a very effective situational hitter.  He is a smart baseball player who should be able to contribute to our team while he is up here.”

So good to see you, John B.

John Bale had quite the comeback yesterday afternoon against the Cardinals, striking out outfielder Rick Ankiel on three pitches in the seventh and pitching a perfect eighth inning.  Manager Hillman was asked if he was surprised by Bale’s performance and if we expect him to be used as a left-handed hitter specialist.  His response was, “Did you see the game?  If he pitches like that, we’ll pitch him whenever and wherever, he did fantastic.”                  

Memorial Day lineup, Buck 'Night', Royal 'Nite'

We have some great specials today – it’s Buck ‘Night’ – $1 hot dogs, Pepsis, peanuts, and Gameday Magazines with Zack and Gil on the cover.  Plus, the matinee is a Royal ‘Nite’ – you can buy a View Level seat for just $5!  That’s right, tickets for $5 and food starting at a $1!

Here’s your KC lineup:

Crisp – CF

DeJesus – LF

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Jacobs – DH

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Buck – C

Bloomquist – SS

Meche – P

Sunday lineup

1:15 start today in St. Louis…the game is on FSKC in HD and on the Royals Radio Network (980 KMBZ in Kansas City.)

Crisp – CF

DeJesus – LF

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Bloomquist – SS

Bannister – P

 

Saturday in St. Louis: Royals lineup

Crisp – CF

DeJesus – LF

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Aviles – SS

Hochevar – P

Royals lineup for I-70 opener

Crisp – CF

Callaspo – 2B

Teahen – 3B

Guillen – RF

Jacobs – 1B

Buck – C

DeJesus – LF

Aviles – SS

Davies – P

 

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