July 2009

Let's play two: Game one lineup

As a reminder, the T-Shirt Tuesday giveaway will start when the gates open at 2:30 p.m.  Your ticket will be good for both games.  First pitch for game one is scheduled for 4:10 p.m.

(DeJesus –  LF)

(Bloomquist – CF)

(Butler – DH)

(Teahen – 1B)

(Guillen – RF)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Olivo – C)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Ponson – P)

Monday's game postponed; doubleheader on T-Shirt Tuesday

Eighties_v2.jpgTonight’s Royals/Angels game has been postponed due to rain.  A doubleheader is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. Tuesday.  All gates will open at 2:30 p.m.  It’s a T-Shirt Tuesday, so come out and watch two games for the price of one and take home this cool shirt!


Trey Hillman Media Session: July 20

Weather update – 7:20:  We are currently in a delay, with no scheduled start time at this point.

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Manager Trey Hillman was asked about the difficulty in finding spots for his extremely versatile trio of Mark Teahen, Ryan Freel, and Willie Bloomquist.  “It’s going to be very difficult in making sure each one of those individuals doesn’t rest too long and we find spots for them on the field.  You’ve got foot speed, athleticism, and ability in all three of those gentlemen, it’s my job to find a place for each of them in the line-up as often as I can.”

Alex Gordon

According to Hillman, third basemen Alex Gordon is feeling pretty good after coming back from his early season hip injury that had sidelined him since April 16.  “At the moment Alex is feeling good about where he is at and as a coaching staff we are constantly watching his every move to see how his body responds to different situations.   The maneuvering and running of the base paths continues to be the most difficult obstacle to overcome.  His conditioning is also a work in progress, there have been a couple of scenarios in the past few games that Alex’s body was not prepared for, that will be corrected in time.”

Monday lineup: Angels in town

It’s a Royal Nite at the ballpark – View Level Infield, Hy-Vee Box and and Hy-Vee View Level seats are just $5! 

(DeJesus – LF)

(Bloomquist – CF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Teahen – RF)

(Guillen – DH)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Olivo – C)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Ponson – P)  

Royals Blood Drive kicks off: Buck to visit on Tuesday


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The Royals are partnering with the Community Blood Center of Kansas City to host the 17th Annual Royals Blood Drive, July 20-24.  John Buck will visit the Community Blood Center at 4040 Main Street in Kansas City, Mo., from noon to 1:00 p.m.  from noon to 1 p.m. at 4040 Main Street in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, July 21.  Royals mascot Sluggerrr will also visit the center at 9 a.m.


On Wednesday, Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Jeff Montgomery and former Royals pitcher Jaime Bluma will visit the 4040 Main Street location on Wednesday, July 22 to greet donors.


All registered donors receive a pair of tickets to a 2009 Royals game as well as a commemorative T-shirt.  Donors can register for the Royals Blood Drive at blood center locations in Kansas City, St. Joseph, Jefferson City and Topeka.  Visit royals.com/community for specific location information.

Teahen, Buck take part in YMCA Challenger event

Youth from the YMCA’s Challenger Division Baseball Program were out at the John Deere Little K for a batting practice session on Saturday.  Challenger spokesman Mark Teahen and teammate John Buck paid a visit.  Here are some pictures:

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Hall of Fame Classic Photos

Some of your all-time favorite Royals played against a team of former MLB stars in the Hall of Fame Classic on Friday.  As the photos show, they had a great time at the “New” K as they raised money for TeamSmile and Royals Charities

Here’s what we noticed in a few of the pictures below:  Dennis Leonard has maintained his imposing look on the mound…Willie Wilson still has that great jump out of the batter’s box…George Brett played defense as a righty and as a lefty…Frank White connected on a couple of great hits…and Brett’s signature follow through looks the same as it did throughout his career.

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Hosmer, Van Stratten promoted to Wilmington

8-26 Hosmer.JPGThe Royals announced several minor league transactions today, including the promotions of Eric Hosmer (left), the third overall pick in the 2008 draft, and Nick Van Stratten, a Birmingham, Mo. resident and Winnetonka High School graduate, to Class A Advanced Wilmington.  Additionally, Marc Maddox has been transferred from Burlington to Northwest Arkansas and Adrian Ortiz was moved from Wilmington to Burlington.

Hosmer batted .254 with five home runs and 49 RBI for the Bees.  The first baseman walked 44 times, good for 12th in the league and sported a .352 on-base percentage. 

Van Stratten, a 10th round pick in 2006, made the Midwest League All-Star team in his second year with the Bees.  Van Stratten’s .318 batting average was seventh in the circuit.  The outfielder had one home run, 38 RBI, and 15 stolen bases.

Infielder Maddox played for Northwest Arkansas in 2008.  He is continuing to come back from a pinkie injury that was suffered during Spring Training.

Ortiz, a fifth round pick in 2007, was batting .238 this year at Wilmington.  Last season, the outfielder was third in the Royals minor league organization with a combined .309 average between Burlington and Wilmington.

Saturday lineup and Howser figurines

Howser figurine.jpg6:10 start tonight at Kauffman.  All-Star Zack Greinke is on the mound.  The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Jana Howser, daughter of the late Dick Howser.  The first 20,000 fans will receive a replica figurine of the Dick Howser statue.


(DeJesus – LF)

(Bloomquist – CF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Guillen – DH)

(Teahen – RF)

(Olivo – C)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Greinke – P)

Meche Placed on 15-day D.L.

8-5 Meche.jpgTrey Hillman announced this afternoon during his daily media briefing that starter Gil Meche was placed on the 15-day Disabled List with a left lower back strain.  The D.L. stint for Gil is retroactive to July 12, so that means his earliest reinstatement date is July 27.  In his place, the Royals activated right-hander Sidney Ponson from the D.L. Sidney will make the start for KC on Monday against the Angels. 


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