September 2009

Tuesday lineup: Greinke vs. Red Sox, T-Shirts (photo)

Royals Sept t-shirt.jpgBilly Butler clubbed two more doubles last night, giving him 49 on the year as the Royals rallied for a 12-9 win.  Tonight is T-Shirt Tuesday for the first 20,000 fans (here’s the T-Shirt).

Zack Greinke will take the mound looking for win number 15.  Greinke has 224 strikeouts, 20 shy of Dennis Leonard’s record. 

Greinke, Royals vs. Red Sox, T-Shirts, Billy in search of his 50th double – it’s a great night for baseball at “The K”, so come on out!

 

 

  

Here’s your Kansas City lineup: 

(DeJesus – LF)

(Maier – CF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Callaspo -2B)

(Teahen – RF)

(Olivo – C)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Greinke – P)

Trey Hillman Media Session: Greinke's Cy chances, Wakefield's knuckleball

Cy Young Support

Manager Trey Hillman was asked about his stance on the possibility of his ace (Zack Greinke) receiving the Cy Young award in the American League this season.  “I am a little prejudiced here, but I have not seen anyone this season pitch as well as Zack has.  I by no means have seen every contender for the award pitch this season, but what Zack has done this year is incredible.  Both mentally and physically, I think he has separated himself from every other pitcher in the league.  As every start nears, I look forward to the opportunity he has to garner more acclaim and make more believers out of people.  I hope his lack of run support does not diminish his chances of winning, this is an individual award, and he should not have to suffer because of our lack of run production.”

Knuckleball 101 

So what do you do when Tim Wakefield comes to town to face your team? “It isn’t easy man, when a knuckleball pitcher is on it is extremely difficult to manufacture runs.  You do the best you can, taking an attack approach while simultaneously trying for a middle of the field approach.  It’s tough because there has to be some sort of batting adjustment, meaning you will have to compromise your stance a little.  Most players are unwilling or not comfortable with that so the advantage goes to the pitcher, he already has you off balance.  When the ball is moving all over the place, fluttering, and sinking like a rock, you just hope for the best,” said Hillman.

Monday lineup: Red Sox in town

The Boston Red Sox are in town for a four-game set.  Tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 7:10.  Here’s your Royals lineup:

(Bloomquist – RF)

(Maier – LF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Olivo – C)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Anderson – CF)

(DiNardo – P)

Sunday lineup

Today’s game starts at 1:05 Central on the Royals Radio Network.  The Royals return to “The K” on Monday to face Boston.  We’re celebrating “Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day”.  Tuesday is “T-shirt Tuesday” and Zack Greinke is scheduled to pitch.  Check out the entire homestand schedule.

(Bloomquist – RF)

(Maier – LF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Callaspo – 3B)

(Buck – C)

(Hernandez – 2B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Anderson – CF)

(Tejeda – P)

Aaron Crow Introduced (photos)


Crow 1.JPGAaron Crow
is a lifelong Royals fan whose dream has been to play in the big leagues for the Royals.  Today, he took a step toward that dream as he was introduced at an afternoon press conference. 

Crow 2.JPGCrow is ready to get out onto the field, and he will have that opportunity soon as he will report to the Royals’ instructional league team in Arizona on Sunday.  Workouts begin on Monday.

He has stayed in shape with workouts, bullpen sessions, simulated games and side sessions.  Crow says that he is just older and wiser than last year.  His pitching repertoire is mainly a fastball and a sinker, with a slider and change-up mixed in.  He has worked a lot on improving his change-up over the last year.

Crow 4.JPGWhen asked if the Major League contract put pressure on him, Aaron calmly said he doesn’t see it as pressure but a challenge. 

General Manager Dayton Moore said that the Royals will not put limitations on Aaron.  As a player in Major League camp, he will be given the opportunity to make the team out of Spring Training.  However, the overall goal is for Aaron to have a 15+ year career in the Majors.  Moore sees a tremendous competitor with great drive.

Assistant General Manager-Scouting & Player Development J.J. Picollo mentioned that signing the first-round pick was a priority.  He is anxious to get Crow into the mix.

Jose Guillen was placed on the 60-day D.L. to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Crow.

Friday lineup: Windy City opener

The Royals play in Chicago tonight, the third stop on a three city trek that takes them to every A.L. Central opponent except Minnesota (we’ll save that one for the Metrodome finale, October 2-4).  The game starts at 7:11 on FOX Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network.

Here’s your Kansas City lineup:

(DeJesus – LF)

(Bloomquist – RF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Olivo – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Maier – CF)

(Buck – C)


(Gordon – 3B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Hochevar – P)

ROYALS COME TO TERMS WITH CROW

It’s official!  The Royals just announced that they have reached an agreement with first-round draft choice Aaron Crow, the 12th overall selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.  The agreement covers a three-year Major League contract, beginning in 2010.  Consistent with team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Crow, a native of Wakarusa, Kan. and a graduate of Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, was the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and a Golden Spikes Award finalist in 2008 after going 13-0 with a 2.35 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 15 starts for the University of Missouri.  Crow has pitched in each of the last two seasons for the Fort Worth Cats of the independent American Association.  This season, Crow won all three of his starts, posting a 1.06 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 17.0 IP with the Cats. 

Aaron’s formal introduction to the club will take place at a press conference on Friday.  Check back for a recap.

We welcome Aaron to the Royals! 

Motown matinee lineup

Zack Greinke will continue his march toward Dennis Leonard’s franchise record for strikeouts in a season today (check out the Zack Tracker on royals.com). The game starts at 12:05 and will be on the MLB Network and the Royals Radio Network.  Here’s your lineup for the matinee:

(Bloomquist – RF)

(Maier – LF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Olivo – C)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Anderson – CF)

(Greinke – P)

Wednesday lineup

Alberto Callaspo, David DeJesus and Miguel Olivo hit 3-run blasts last night as the Royals won 11-1 over Detroit.  Tonight, Kansas City faces Tigers rookie Eddie Bonine.  The first pitch is scheduled for 6:05 Central.  Be sure to watch the special edition of Royals Live, featuring KC’s Latin American players.  Here’s your lineup:

(DeJesus – LF)

(Maier – RF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Olivo – C)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Anderson – CF)

(DiNardo – P)

FSKC's Royals Live is "Los Reales en Vivo" tonight

In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, tonight’s Royals Live pregame show on FOX Sports Kansas City will take a look at the Latin American presence in baseball and in the Royals organization. 

The show will include:
• Dayton Moore talking about the Royals Dominican Academy
• A look at Latino history in Kansas City
• A look at the Guadalupe Center, the longest continuously operating Latino organization in the country.  The Royals and David DeJesus are heavily involved with the center.
• Paul Splittorff and Frank White talking about their favorite Latino teammates
• The Royals Latino players talking about the role baseball has played in their lives (Royals players represent six different Latin American countries and territories)

Tune in tonight at 5:30 Central for this special edition of Royals Live!

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