May 2010

Trey Hillman Media Session: May 11

The Kansas City Royals have returned home after an extended road trip and are looking to turn things around. When manager Trey Hillman addressed the media, he stated he expects better baseball out of his club during the homestand.

Hillman also commented on the state of his bullpen. Hillman said that the bullpen has been doing a poor job of getting to Royals’ closer Joakim Soria for the ninth inning. Hillman believes the key is too many walks from his relievers; whether it is a mechanical issue or out of fear, Hillman wants to see more competitiveness in the strike zone.

However, Hillman has been impressed by recent success of reliever Robinson Tejeda, who has not given up an earned run in his last seven appearances. Hillman credits the work by pitching coach Bob McClure in working with Tejeda to speed up his lower half, allowing his arm to catch up to his pitching motion.

Hillman also spoke briefly on the recent Royals’ call up, infielder Mike Aviles. Hillman said that as long as Aviles continues to swing the bat well, he will find his way into the lineup. Hillman continued by saying that he sees Aviles’ immediate future at second base due to the early production by shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.

Chelsea Handler sports Royal blue at Starlight

Handler1.jpg
Handler2.jpgChelsea Handler
, comedian and star of “Chelsea Lately” on E!, wore Royal blue during her Friday routine at Starlight Theatre.  A crowd of about 7,000 people enjoyed the show. 

Special thanks to Jeff Miller, Sponsor Relations Manager at Starlight, for sending the photos along.  Jeff was previously in group sales with the Royals.

T-Shirt Tuesday lineup

GreinkeFINAL_mockup_v1.jpgIt’s T-Shirt Tuesday!  The first 20,000 fans to tonight’s 7:10 game vs. Cleveland will receive this Zack Greinke shirt.

Let’s check out the lineup:

(DeJesus – RF), (Podsednik – LF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Callaspo – 3B), (Aviles – 2B), (Kendall – C), (Maier – CF), (Betancourt – SS), (Bannister – P)

Homestand Highlights: May 11-16

GreinkeFINAL_mockup_v1.jpgThe Royals return to Kauffman Stadium for a six-game homestand against American League Central rivals beginning on Tuesday, May 11.  The club welcomes the Cleveland Indians for a three-game series Tuesday-Thursday (May 11-13) followed by a three-game weekend set with the Chicago White Sox, May 14-16.

Tuesday, May 11 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

         Zack Greinke T-Shirt Tuesday – The first 20,000 fans in attendance receive an exclusive T-shirt featuring the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner presented by Hy-Vee.

Wednesday, May 12 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

         Buck Night – Hot dogs, small Pepsi products, peanuts and Twinkies for just $1 each all night long.  www.royals.com/fanvalue.

         INK College Night – www.royals.com/college

Thursday, May 13 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

         School Day at The K presented by Fox 4 – The Royals and FOX 4 WDAF-TV welcome more than 20,000 students to the 12th Annual School Day at The K.  www.royals.com/schoolday.

 

 WomensBlueKC001_b.jpgFriday, May 14 - Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

 

         Girls Night Out presented by Celsius Tannery – VIP ticket packages, which include a game ticket, Royals cap, early access to the pregame party in the Outfield Experience and a $5 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Kansas City, are still available.  In addition, the first 10,000 ladies receive a Royals T-shirt courtesy of Celsius Tannery. (photo attached)  www.royals.com/girlsnightout

         Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Fridays – A spectacular fireworks show after every Friday home game.

         Bases Loaded 4-Pack – www.royals.com/basesloaded.

         50/50 Friday – A new fundraiser from Royals Charities in which a lucky fan can win big! www.royals.com/5050.

 
Saturday, May 15 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.

         Armed Forces Day presented by the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial – Join us for a tribute to our Armed Forces beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The event will include a special video presentation, first pitch and fly-over courtesy of the Vance AFB T-6 Texans (conditions permitting) to honor our armed forces.  Fans also have until noon on Monday, May 10 to nominate veterans to be honored during the ceremony at www.theworldwar.org/royals.  Lieutenant General Robert Caslen, Jr., commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth (Kan.) will be the featured speaker.  www.royals.com/armedforcesday.

         610 Saturday – Enjoy great food, live music and activities for fans of all ages prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  www.royals.com/610saturday.

 
Sunday, May 16 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

         YMCA Healthy Kids Day – The Royals partner with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City and Children’s Mercy Family Health Partners for YMCA Healthy Kids Day at The K.  Special activities and information booths will be set up in the Outfield Experience to promote an active, healthy lifestyle.  Ticket discounts are available with a portion of each purchase going to the YMCA.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.royals.com/groupevents.

         Fun Run presented by Sprint.  All fans can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).

         Bases Loaded 4-Pack – www.royals.com/basesloaded.

 

Fans may purchase tickets online at royals.com, by calling 1-800-6ROYALS, at area Hy-Vee stores or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office. 

 

Sunday lineup in Texas

Happy Mother’s Day!  You can expect to see pink bats and wristbands today as MLB helps to strikeout breast cancer.  We’ll take this opportunity to remind you that Friday is the first Girls’ Night Out of 2010.  The Royals host Chicago that night and $5 from every Girls’ Night Out ticket package will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Greater Kansas City.

Today, the Royals finish the road trip with a 2:05 Central start in Texas.  Luke Hochevar is on the mound.  Here’s your Kansas City lineup:

(DeJesus – RF), (Podsednik – LF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Callaspo – 3B), (Aviles – 2B), (Kendall – C), (Maier – CF), (Betancourt – SS), (Hochevar – P) 

Saturday lineup

The Royals and Rangers play at 7:05 Central tonight.  Tune in on Fox Sports Kansas City or the Royals Radio Network!  Here’s your lineup:

(DeJesus – RF), (Podsednik – LF), (Butler – DH), (Ka’aihue – 1B), (Callaspo – 3B), (Kendall – C), (Maier – CF), (Betancourt – SS), (Getz – 2B), (Meche – P)

 

Friday lineup in Texas

Tonight’s game starts at 7:05 under the Friday night lights at Rangers Ballpark.  Here’s your lineup:  (DeJesus – RF), (Podsednik – LF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Callaspo – 3B), (Aviles – 2B), (Kendall – C), (Maier – CF), (Betancourt – SS), (Greinke – P)

 

 

Royals in the Community: May 11-16

The Royals return home for a six-game homestand beginning Tuesday, May 11 that features a three-game series versus the Cleveland Indians (May 11-13) followed by a three-game weekend set against the Chicago White Sox (May 14-16).  Below is a listing of the club’s community efforts during the upcoming homestand.

Tuesday, May 11 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday, May 12 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.


dream_factory_8358.jpgDream Factory
– Throughout the season, the Royals grant the wishes of Dream Factory children.  These youngsters, who face life-altering challenges, meet Royals players, watch batting practice from the dugout, and enjoy the game and refreshments.  Their Royals experience appears on the KMBC-TV (Channel 9) 10 p.m. newscast.

Thursday, May 13 - Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

Friday, May 14 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Royals Support Hy-Vee Food Drive – Select Royals will sign autographs for fans who donate $5 or five cans of food from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Independence Hy-Vee (4545 Noland Rd.) and Raytown Hy-Vee (9400 E. 350 Hwy.) locations in support of the Hy-Vee Food Drive to benefit the Bishop Sullivan Center food pantry.  The event precedes the annual Royals Wives Food Drive, which is scheduled for June 4-6.

50/50 Friday – A new fundraiser from Royals Charities in which a lucky fan can win big! Volunteers will sell $1 raffle tickets throughout Kauffman Stadium from the time gates open until the end of the fifth inning.  One winning ticket will be selected with the winner taking home half of the evening’s net proceeds.  The other half will be divided between Royals Charities and the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City.  For more information, visit www.royals.com/5050.

Girls Night Out presented by Celsius Tannery - Grab your girlfriends and come out to the first Girls Night Out event of 2010, which benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Kansas City. The first 10,000 females through the gates will receive a Royals t-shirt courtesy of Celsius Tannery. Details on ticket packages, which will include a $5 charity donation, are available at www.royals.com/girlsnightout.

Saturday, May 15 - Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.

Operation Blessing – The Royals join forces with the Kansas City Chiefs, Hy-Vee and Operation Blessing International to feed more than 3,000 needy families in Kansas City. Under the motto “Two Teams: One Goal,” the clubs join more than 200 community volunteers to distribute Operation Blessing’s food and toys to those who need it most.  The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Hostess Brands lot, located at East 30th St. and Troost Ave. in Kansas City, Mo.

Sunday, May 16 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day – YMCA of Greater Kansas City and Children’s Mercy Family Health Partners team up with the Royals to offer kids and families the opportunity to play fun games together, learn cool exercises and get tips on choosing healthy foods, all while enjoying the fun of Kauffman Stadium.  Special activities and information booths to promote a healthy, active lifestyle will be set up in the Outfield Experience beginning at 10 a.m.  YMCA Healthy Kids Day is celebrated across the country and is the nation’s largest health day for children and families.  As part of the program, the Royals are offering special ticket discounts with a portion of each purchase going to the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.  Visit www.royals.com/groups to purchase tickets.

 


Trevors_Troopers.jpgTrevor’s Troopers
– Royals Director-Groundskeeping and Landscaping Trevor Vance will host select children who have a parent deployed through the United States military efforts overseas to join the Royals Grounds Crew as part of the Trevor’s Troopers program.  The honored kids will help prepare the field prior to the Royals game and will receive game tickets and Royals merchandise.

Mike Montgomery wins Double-A debut

Montgomery.jpgThe Royals have had a pair of pitchers by the name of Montgomery over the years…Monty Montgomery was drafted by K.C. in 1968 and pitched in the big leagues from 1971-72.  Jeff Montgomery recorded 304 saves on his way to the Royals Hall of Fame.  A third Monty has taken another step on the road to Kansas City.

Mike Montgomery made his official Double-A debut today for NW Arkansas (his first start ended in a rainout).  While he walked four, Monty struck out eight and held Springfield to a pair of hits and a run over 5.2 IP.  He picked up the win in a 3-1 game, the sixth straight overall for NW Arkansas.  Mike was promoted to NW Arkansas after a sizzling start to the year – he earned Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honors in each of the first two weeks.  Thank you to the Naturals for sending this photo from today’s game!

5-5 (Cinco de Mayo)

Brett_Uhlich_5.jpgIn honor of Cinco de Mayo, here is one of our favorite pictures from last year’s opening of the Royals Hall of Fame.  Hall of Famer George Brett and Kevin Uhlich, Royals’ Senior Vice President-Business Operations, are taking a look at the giant number ‘5’.  3,154 baseballs are in the display – one for every hit in Brett’s career. 

If you haven’t been to the Royals Hall of Fame, we suggest going before a game.  If you toured the RHOF last year, it’s time to go back!  The RHOF staff is continuously updating the exhibits.  For example, Joakim Soria recently set the record for saves by a Mexican-born pitcher.  His hat from that game was on display a few days later!

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