The Royals travel to Goodyear today to play their second ‘road’ game of 2010 (it is the first game of outside of Surprise). Cincinnati is the opponent for the 2:05 CT, 1:05 MT start. The Reds are training in Arizona for the first time in their storied history after having spring homes all over the country – from Fort Worth to New Orleans to Miami and all points in between. Cincinnati had been stationed in Florida for all but three years since 1923, with the exception being from 1943-45 due to World War II.
Another note about today’s game – Cuban-born lefty Aroldis Chapman is scheduled to make his Cincinnati debut out of the bullpen.
Today’s game will be on 610 Sports in Kansas City and on MLB Gameday Audio.
Here’s your Kansas City lineup:
(DeJesus – RF); (Getz – SS); (Butler – 1B); (Ankiel – CF); (Callaspo – 2B); (Fields – 3B); (Pena – C); (Ka’aihue – DH); (Anderson – LF); (Bannister – P).
Fans in Kansas City are finally enjoying a weekend outdoors after a snowy winter. Unfortunately, Mother Nature isn’t cooperating in Arizona. Here’s a picture of a rain-soaked Surprise Stadium. Today’s game between the Royals and Giants has been cancelled. The Royals are scheduled to play the Reds on Monday in Goodyear. That game will air on 610 Sports in Kansas City, beginning at 2:05 Central.
Zack Greinke pitched 3.0 scoreless innings in his Spring Training debut as the Royals won 4-2 over Texas on Friday. Rick Ankiel hit a triple and added an outfield assist. Brad Thompson, Ankiel’s teammate in St. Louis, made his Kansas City debut in relief of Greinke. Adam Bostick and Roman Colon held Texas scoreless and Bryan Bullington worked the ninth for the save.
The 2010 Spring Training schedule is underway with the Royals and Rangers playing in Surprise! Listen live on 610 AM in Kansas City or anywhere in the world with MLB’s Gameday Audio (subscription required). Here’s a look at today’s anthem:
We’re less than two hours from the first Spring Training game and two days from single-game ticket sales! The Royals announced another cool event today – a Cy Young Celebration prior to the 7:10 p.m. game on Friday, April 9 vs. the Boston Red Sox. This will be a tribute to 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke. Plan on arriving early for a special pregame ceremony! Several Royals greats will be in attendance. Single-game tickets for this exciting event will also be available beginning Saturday.
The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on 2010 Major League contracts with first baseman Billy Butler and infielder Alberto Callaspo. Consistent with club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. All players are now signed for the 2010 season.
The 23-year old Butler, the 2009 Les Milgram Player of the Year, led the club with a .301 average, 93 RBI and 51 doubles last season. He also belted 21 home runs in tying for sixth in the league with 73 extra-base hits. The first baseman’s 51 doubles were second in the Majors and the second-most all time in Royals history behind Hal McRae’s 54 in 1977. The 2009 A.L. Player of the Month for September was selected by the Royals in the first round (14th overall) in 2004.
Callaspo, 26, was named the 2009 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner after batting .300 with 41 doubles, eight triples, 11 home runs and 73 RBI. Entering his third season with the Royals after being acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitcher Billy Buckner on December 14, 2007, the Venezuelan has hit .302 in 229 games for Kansas City.
The Royals announced today that the club has claimed right-handed pitcher Gaby Hernandez off waivers from the Boston Red Sox. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Royals placed right-handed pitcher Henry Barrera on the 60-day D.L. as he continues to rehab from “Tommy John” surgery on his right elbow. Barrera will be eligible for reinstatement on June 3.
The 23-year old Hernandez was 10-9 with a 5.23 ERA in 26 starts for Tacoma (AAA) in the Seattle Mariners organization in 2009. He was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox on February 10, 2010 before being designated for assignment on March 1. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder is 46-45 with a 4.27 ERA in a six-year professional career after being selected by the New York Mets in the third round of the 2004 June Draft. He was dealt to the Florida Marlins on December 9, 2005 for All-Star catcher Paul LoDuca. Born and raised in Miami, Hernandez pitched in the Marlins chain for two and a half seasons. He was a Southern League All-Star (Double-A) in 2007. The Marlins traded him to the Mariners for veteran pitcher Arthur Rhodes on July 31, 2008.
Barrera, 24, made only four relief appearances for Wilmington (A) in an injury-shortened season in 2009.
The Royals and Rangers play tomorrow in Surprise at 2:05 Central/1:05 Mountain time. Thursday’s game can be heard locally on 610 Sports in Kansas City and on participating Royals Radio Network stations. Manager Trey Hillman has announced his lineup for the game:
(Podsednik – LF)
(Kendall – C)
(Butler – 1B)
(Ankiel – CF)
(Guillen – RF)
(Callaspo – DH)
(Gordon – 3B)
(Betancourt – SS)
(Getz – 2B)
(Davies – P)
Rich Harden will be the starter for Texas.
The Royals are gearing up for the spring slate with a pair of intrasquad games. Tuesday’s highlights included David DeJesus going 3-for-3, Rick Ankiel hitting two home runs and Aaron Crow throwing two scoreless frames. Here are some photos:
- Getz attended Wake Forest University for one year before transferring to the University of Michigan. Now the former maize and blue star will wear Royal blue!
- Chris played in the Futures Game in 2008.
- He stole 25 bases last season in 27 attempts for the White Sox. The 92.6 percent success rate was the best in the American League among players with at least 10 attempts!