August 2009

Lineup for T-Shirt Tuesday

T-Shirt_August 25.jpgThe Royals host Cleveland tonight at 7:10.  The first 20,000 fans receive this powder blue Royals shirt!

Here’s your lineup:

(DeJesus – LF)

(Maier – RF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Teahen – 3B)

(Olivo – C)

(Anderson – CF)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Greinke – P)

Photos: Royals and Wizards visit one another

Chen.JPGThere’s still time to purchase the KC Blue Sports Pack for $30 online at royals.com/wizards.  The Royals half of the promotion will be Tuesday night as the package features a View Level Infield Ticket at Kauffman Stadium for the Royals-Indians 7:10 p.m. game tomorrow and a Bleacher Ticket at CommunityAmerica Ballpark for the Wizards-Real Salt Lake Major League Soccer contest at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, August 29.  Each ticket package also includes a Royals cap and a Wizards T-shirt..Tuesday’s game also features the fifth installment of T-Shirt Tuesday with the first 20,000 in attendance receiving a powder blue T-shirt with a classic Royals design presented by AT&T. 

Chen2.JPGMembers of the Royals and Wizards each saw how the other half lived as Billy Butler, Jamey Wright and Bruce Chen (right) attended the Wizards practice in Swope Park earlier today, then Jimmy Conrad, Jack Jewsbury, Davy Arnaud, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi participated in early batting practice here.  Fans can also purchase the KC Blue Sports Pack by calling the Royals Ticket Services Department at (816) 504-4040, option 3.

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Hillman Media Session: Mahay and Yabuta

One in and one out

Royals’ left-handed reliever Ron Mahay was designated for assignment this afternoon after almost two full seasons with the Royals.  Manager Trey Hillman said, “He just wasn’t performing like we had hoped for.  It just never really clicked and he never got into any kind of rhythm this season.  He had a couple of really strong months last year, but this season he just hasn’t been in command of his stuff.”  Taking his place on the roster will be Yasuhiko Yabuta, who was signed out of Japan in 2007.  He has spent all of 2009 with Triple-A affiliate Omaha, posting a 2-1 record with a 3.55 ERA (53 K in 45 2/3 IP). 

Monday lineup: Royals vs. Indians

Tonight’s game is at 7:10 p.m.  Come on out to the stadium, or tune in on FOX Sports Kansas City or the Royals Radio Network.  The Royals made a roster move before today’s game, selecting the contract of Yasuhiko Yabuta from Omaha.  Veteran lefty Ron Mahay was designated for assignment.

(DeJesus – LF)

(Bloomquist – RF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Pena – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Teahen – 3B)

(Buck – C)

(Maier – CF)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Meche – P)

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: Brayan and Brian

Brayan Pena

pena HR_2637.jpgRoyals catcher Brayan Pena continues to be a work in progress, but manager Trey Hillman says he sees a lot of upside.  “Offensively I love what I am seeing in Brayan, but there is work to be done behind the plate.  He’s an accurate thrower, he doesn’t fumble the ball, he blocks the ball very well, but we just need to continue to work with him on his release and his timing.  Brayan needs to pop up quicker and get the ball out faster, but other then that, we really couldn’t ask for much more out of him.  We will continue to evaluate Brayan through the rest of the season and see the progress that has been made at that point,” Hillman stated.

Bannister

Brian Bannister has had many quality starts this season but Hillman wants to see more consistency out of his starting pitcher. “It’s all about location with Brian, as his location goes so too goes his opportunity to record a win.  He does a great job with no one on and two outs, but when people are on base with two outs he seems to struggle.  Also, because of the accumulated innings to this point in the season, he is also having a tougher time throwing his cutter with the effectiveness that is necessary,” Hillman said. 

Sunday lineup

1:10 start time today…the game is on the Royals Radio Network (no local TV).

(DeJesus – LF)

(Pena – C)

(Butler – 1B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Teahen – 3B)

(Maier – CF)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Anderson – RF)

(Bannister – P)

Worlds of Fun Royals Baseball FanFest

2009_WOF_FanFest (24).JPGToday, John Buck, Billy Butler, David DeJesus and Mitch Maier joined Royals fans (and Sluggerrr) for a day of thrills at the 2009 Worlds of Fun Royals Baseball FanFest. The players met fans and signed autographs at the annual event, which celebrates two Kansas City summertime traditions. DeJesus and Buck also managed to squeeze in a ride on Worlds of Fun’s newest roller coaster, The Prowler, before heading to the ballpark for tonight’s game.

 

 

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A new tribute to Mr. and Mrs. K

Last night, a new statue honoring Ewing and Muriel Kauffman was unveiled at the stadium.  Here are pictures from the ceremony:
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At right, Julia Irene Kauffman stands in front of the statue with the sculptor, Harry Weber.

Trey Hillman Media Session: Eight-man pen, Jose Guillen

Eight Men In

An eight-man bullpen is not very customary, but manager Trey Hillman thinks at this point in the season it is very necessary.  “I know it leaves us a little short on the bench, but the leverage it gives us with regards to our starting pitching is substantial.  Our starters don’t have to eat up as many innings, it allows them to rest up, and the pressure to make it to a certain point in the game isn’t there either.  We can mix and match on a different level as well.”

Back So Soon

According to Hillman, Royals outfielder Jose Guillen, currently on the Disabled List, is looking to come back much sooner then later.  “He is coming with us to Seattle, and we are looking for him to be back on the field sometime around September 1.  Guillen is going to continue with his regular rehabbing routines as well as his daily workouts.  If everything goes well and the evaluation process runs its course accordingly, you will see Jose back with the club very soon,” exclaimed the manager.

Saturday lineup, plus hats and autographs from Denny

FanVoteHat_August 22.jpgThe first 20,000 fans at tonight’s game (6:10 start) get this Royals hat, selected by the fans!

Immediately after the game, Denny Matthews will be signing his book “Hi Anybody.  Why I Love Baseball and What I’d Do to Fix It” at the Royals Hall of Fame.

Here’s your Kansas City lineup for tonight:

 

 

 

 

(DeJesus – LF)

(Pena – DH)

(Butler – 1B)

(Olivo – C)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Teahen – 3B)

(Maier – CF)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Anderson – RF)

(Davies – P)

 

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