September 2009

Saturday lineup: Fan Appreciation prizes, Shirts Off Their Backs, Brett figurines

Brett-figurine.jpgFan Appreciation Weekend continues tonight with George Brett figurines for the first 20,000 fans and all sorts of great prize giveaways!  It’s also Shirts Off Their Back night.  Fans can purchase scratch off tickets with the chance to win a jersey from one of the Royals.  All winners get to go down on the field to receive the jersey from the player or coach.  Come on out to The K for the 6:10 start as we salute you, our fans.

Here’s your lineup for tonight’s game:

(Bloomquist – RF)

(Maier – LF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Pena – C)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Anderson – CF)

(DiNardo – P)

Photos: Futures' Night participants make community visits

Ronald McDonald.jpgThe Royals minor league pitchers and players of the year toured the Kansas City community today.  The morning started with a stop at Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City, where the players assembled special kits for the “There’s a Monkey in My Chair” program.  The program, started in January in Salina, Kan., provides “monkey kits” to pre-school and elementary-aged children who are diagnosed with cancer.

Childrens Mercy.jpgThe next stop was Children’s Mercy Hospital, where the guys signed autographs and drew pictures with the kids.

Negro Leagues.jpgToday’s tour wrapped up with a visit to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.  Here, Bob Kendrick, Vice President of Marketing at the NLBM, talks to the group on the Field of Legends.

Revised Royals lineup

(Bloomquist – RF)

(Maier – LF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Buck – C)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Anderson – CF)

(Tejeda – P)

Friday lineup: Twins in town

Tonight is the final Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Friday of the year.  It’s also Futures’ Night, with top prospects from every Royals minor league club being honored.  Come on out to The K to see your Royals battle the Twins!  Before we get to the lineup, here’s a trivia question:

Question:  What pitcher has the lowest opponent batting average in Major League Baseball in September (minimum 20.0 innings pitched)? 

 

 

Answer:  It is a Royal, but not Zack Greinke.  Tonight’s starter, Robinson Tejeda, has held opponents to a .117 average this month!

(Bloomquist – LF)

(Maier – CF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Teahen – RF)

(Buck – C)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Tejeda – P)

Photos: Minor league award winners tour Royals Hall of Fame

Tonight is Futures’ Night at The K.  Come out early before the 7:10 start to meet the players and pitchers of the year from all the Royals minor league clubs!  They will be participating in a Q&A/autograph session from 5:15 to 6:15 near Gate A (outside of the Royals Hall of Fame.)  The award winners will be recognized in an on-field ceremony prior to the game.

Curt HOF tour.jpgYesterday, the award winners watched batting practice and toured the Royals Hall of Fame.  Each of the award winners has their picture included in the minor league display at the RHOF.  As you can see, this was a popular photo-op for our minor league stars!

Today, the group made several visits in the Kansas City community.  Check back for pictures of the tour!

 

Minor League Display.jpg
Taking Picture.jpg

Brett display.jpg

 

 

 

Relief Pitcher Display.jpg

Trey Hillman Media Session: Boston finale, Callaspo

Positive Momentum

“We win tonight we win the series, we split the season with Boston and we hold our heads high.  That is a playoff bound team over there that we have competed hard with for the entire season, and we held our own against them.  Fourth place is much better then fifth place, we are looking for bright spots this late in the season, and they are becoming not too difficult to find.  It is always a plus to play good baseball against teams bound for the playoffs, and more importantly to play good baseball against teams made up of solid baseball players.  This baseball we are playing is a catapult into the off season and the coming 2010 season,” said Manager Trey Hillman.

Coming along Callaspo

Hillman says he is very impressed with his second baseman, Alberto Callaspo’s ability to improve and progress at his position this late in the year.  “The last couple of months he has really come around in the field, he is working extremely hard and it is starting to pay off.  With regards to the double play, he is becoming very efficient at both the front end and back end of the double play.  Alberto is relaxing and becoming more comfortable at second base, giving him the time to make the routine and unconventional plays.  The agility program we have set up for our players is helping out tremendously, and it will continue to improve our player’s abilities leading into the off season and beyond.”

Girls' Night Out lineup

Tonight is the second Girls’ Night Out of the season, with a pregame party starting at 4:00 p.m. in the Outfield Experience.  The first 10,000 ladies will receive a navy blue Royals T-shirt.  Please note that Gates A and E in the Outfield Experience will open at 4:00 today, all other gates will open at 5:30. 

Here’s your Kansas City lineup:

(DeJesus – LF)

(Maier – CF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Teahen – RF)

(Olivo – C)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Lerew – P)

 

Trey Hillman Media Session: September 23

Meet Mr. Lerew

The mystery surrounding Thursday’s starter against the Boston Red Sox is officially over.  Say hello to #54 Anthony Lerew, previously the ace of the Double-A affiliate Northwest Arkansas Naturals.  Lerew, 26, has pitched sparingly in three previous seasons with the Atlanta Braves compiling a 0-2 record with an 8.31 ERA.  He was signed by the Royals in Spring Training and collected a 10-6 record while pitching for Northwest Arkansas and then went 2-0 in the playoffs for the Naturals.  What can we expect from Mr. Lerew? Manager Trey Hillman says he hears good things about Anthony.  “I’ll be honest, I have not even seen him pitch to a live batter, nor have I seen him even throw a bullpen session, but I hear good things about him.  He is a big, strong kid who has good command and solid stuff.  Anthony has experience in the big leagues which is important. It will be interesting, and as you see him for the first time, I will be doing the same.”  

Injury Report

LHP Dusty Hughes-Feeling better, will be missing Thursday’s scheduled start but plans on a bullpen session. If and when he returns, look for him to return to the bullpen.

RHP Juan Cruz-Off the DL should be available as soon as tomorrow for the final game of the series against the Boston Red Sox.

LHP John Bale-Has been throwing batting practice, multiple bullpen sessions are in order leading him to eventually throw to live batting.  Hillman and the club continue to be very cautious with this lefty reliever, so there is not a guarantee he will pitch again this season.

RHP Kyle Farnsworth-Continues to be suffering from a sore lower shoulder (back), team is hoping to use his services before the end of the season, but again the cautious approach is being taken with Kyle.

LHP Bruce Chen-Done for the season and put on 60 day DL with torn left oblique muscle. 

Wednesday lineup: Buck Night at "The K"

Tonight is the final Independence Honda Buck Night of 2009.  Hot dogs, small Pepsis, peanuts and Royals Gameday Magazines are just $1 each, all night long.  Luke Hochevar, coming off of his first Major League shutout, will match up against Boston ace Josh Beckett in the 7:10 start.  Join us at “The K” for Buck Night!  Here’s your Kansas City lineup:

(DeJesus – LF)

(Maier – CF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Pena – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Teahen – RF)

(Buck – C)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Hochevar – P) 

Trey Hillman Media Session: September 22

Sir Zack Greinke

With Royals pitcher Zack Greinke getting the nod tonight against the Boston Red Sox, how concerned or cautious is manager Trey Hillman going to be with his ace so soon after being struck by a line-drive off the bat of Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera?  “There are a few more factors involved now with Zack, we might be a little tentative with him, but it ultimately comes down to trusting that Zack will let us know how he feels.  He has never given me a reason to doubt him, be it his ability or the seriousness of his health.  Zack knows his body so we don’t have to pull teeth to get an honest answer out of that kid.  He does not waver, his mentality does not change, and you always know what you are going to get from him both mentally and physically,” exclaimed Hillman.

The Same Yet So Different

The end of the season is shaping up to look eerily similar to that of the 2008 season.  Hillman agrees, but says to a certain extent there are some differences.  “In both years we were trying to leave a good taste in our mouths going into the offseason.  We have stayed consistent, worked hard, and not quit in both years.  However, this season has been much more challenging bringing on more difficult situations and more strenuous circumstances.  The injuries that have plagued us make this year’s final push much more different then last year’s.  The result hopefully will be the same, good baseball, hard work, and a consistent effort every night, but you never know, you just play as hard as you can.”

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