July 2009

Fourth of July photo recap

July 4 Flyover.jpgRoyals photographer Chris Vleisides sent us pictures from KC’s 6-4 win on the Fourth of July.  Yes, your Boys in Blue are wearing red hats (to honor veterans).  Thank you to the Missouri National Guard’s 139th Air Wing, which provided an incredible pregame flyover.

 

 

 

 

Hochevar July 4.jpg 
Brayan Pena HR July 4.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soria July 4.jpg
Royals win 2 July 4.jpg

Monday lineup: Teahen hitting fourth

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Butler – 1B

Teahen – 3B

Guillen – RF

Jacobs – DH

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Maier – CF

Meche – P

Picollo to chat on Tuesday at royals.com

Tomorrow you can ask J.J. Picollo about his thoughts on the 2009 First Year Player Draft and Kansas City’s minor league system.  Picollo, KC’s Assistant General Manager-Scouting & Player Development, joined the Royals in 2006 as Director of Player Development.  He has been in charge of the Royals minor league system since that time and 2009 was his first year to oversee Kansas City’s draft process. 

The chat starts a bit earlier this month – at noon.  Have your questions ready and log on to royals.com!

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/fan_forum/chat.jsp?c_id=kc

Royals acquire Ryan Freel from Cubs

This just in…the Royals have acquired infielder/outfielder Ryan Freel and cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named.  Freel is expected to join the club in Detroit in time for Tuesday’s game.  A corresponding 25-man roster move will be made at that time.

Freel, 33, played a majority of his career with the Cincinnati Reds after breaking into the Majors with the Blue Jays in 2001.  He is a .269 career hitter with 98 doubles, 17 triples, 22 home runs and 119 RBI in 576 games.  Freel has stolen 143 bases in 191 attempts over his career, including 37, 36 and 37 in three consecutive seasons with Cincinnati from 2004-2006.

The versatile right-handed hitter has started at five positions in his career, including appearing at 214 games in the infield at second and third base and 373 games in the outfield at all three positions.  Freel has played with the Orioles and Cubs in 2009, struggling with injuries to post a .140 (6-for-43) average in just 23 games.  He was traded from the Orioles to the Cubs for former Royal Joey Gathright on May 8.  Freel was designated for assignment by Chicago on July 2.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder joins Billy Butler as Royals from the Jacksonville, Fla. area.  He was a 10th round selection of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1995 draft.  We welcome Ryan to the club!

Hillman Interview: Zack an All-Star, Buck returns

Leader of the pack

8-27 Greinke.jpgWe all know what A.L. All-Star selection Zack Greinke (congratulations to Zack on the well-deserved honor!) is capable of, and the impact he has on the field, but what does his ability to stay so dominant all season long due to the rest of the pitchers on the team that have struggled to stay consistent?  “It brings out some very healthy competition amongst the boys, they push each other to be the best they can be.  Between them, they all know who is good at what, who can answer a certain question, and whom to ask for help or advice, it’s their own little team and they feed of each other to strive to be as successful as possible,” said manager Trey Hillman.

Buck is back

BuckHR2.26.jpgRoyals catcher John Buck made it back to the greater Kansas City area yesterday after a long drive home from Omaha, where he was rehabbing his injured lower back.  After catching back-to-back nine inning games (which is what was instructed by the Major League club) he was given the green light to come home, do some light working out, and have his back re-evaluated.  If everything goes well this afternoon with his workout and evaluation, most likely John Buck will be given the ok to go on the road trip to Detroit with the team. 

Sunday lineup: Finale vs. Sox

Today’s game starts at 1:10.  The game is on FOX Sports Kansas City, 980 KMBZ and the Royals Radio Network.  Here’s your Kansas City lineup:

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

Olivo – C

B. Pena – DH

Callaspo – 2B

Maier – CF

Bannister – P

Trey Hillman Media Session: Alex Gordon, Zack Greinke

Almost Flash Gordon

Royals third baseman Alex Gordon played for the Triple-A affiliate Omaha Royals last night, and according to manager Trey Hillman, things went about as expected.  “His game went kind of like we thought it would, a hit here, a walk there, heavy legs in the field and on the base paths.  There was no pain in his hip area and he was swinging the bat OK, he recorded one hit with two walks (one intentional).” 

All-Star starter, Zack Greinke?

Hillman still feels Royals pitcher Zack Greinke should start for Joe Maddon’s American League All-Star team.  “The innings he’s logged, his strikeout to walk ratio, his record is very respectable, his ERA is fantastic, I don’t think anyone could have kept up his pace, and sadly that has made him less appealing to some people,” said Hillman.  If he has had any problem at all this season, at times it has been location, otherwise his stuff is still the same, he has not lost any action on his pitches, Hillman went on to say.

Happy July 4th Kansas City, have fun during this special weekend, but remember to be safe!

Saturday lineup and Halter Top/Ringer Tee giveaway

The game starts at 12:10 today.  Come on out and get your halter top (first 10,000 ladies) or ringer tee (first 10,000 males).  Here’s your KC lineup:

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

Jacobs – DH

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Maier – CF

Hochevar – P

Lineup change

Willie Bloomquist has been scratched from the lineup due to a family emergency.  The new lineup is the following with Luis Hernandez moving to third and Tony Pena, Jr. starting at shortstop:

DeJesus

Callaspo

Butler

Guillen

Olivo

Jacobs

Hernandez (moves to 3B)

Maier

Pena, Jr. (SS)

Greinke

Alex in Omaha and Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session

Alex is back, just not here (yet)

Third baseman Alex Gordon is back, he’s just not in Kansas City…yet.  Gordon has been out since April 15 after surgery for torn cartilage in his hip, but continues his long awaited comeback tonight for the Triple-A affiliate, Omaha Royals.  “There is no pain to report of in his hip at the present moment, the swinging of a bat is not a problem, however, running and moving laterally is still a tedious and difficult process we are working through,” says Manager Trey Hillman.  “Running on the base paths seems to be the biggest hurdle we have to overcome with Alex, that and regaining the ability to maneuver comfortably.”  We certainly hope for an exciting and special homecoming tonight for Alex in his home state of Nebraska.

Baseball is FUN-damental

There seemed to be an emphasis put on the fundamentals of baseball today during afternoon practice.  With numerous blunders in the field and on the bases in recent weeks, Hillman made it especially clear that the fundamental mistakes that are continuing to hamstring this club are unacceptable and discouraging at the same time.  “On a scale of 1-10, I would say the mistakes that are being made are a 10 on the difficult to handle scale. This game isn’t without challenges, I know not every team can play fundamentally sound baseball like the Minnesota Twins, but you still have to work extremely hard at the basics of game, as you can see, it can cost you games.” said Hillman.

 

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