While the Royals travel to Baltimore each year, this was their first trip to Washington since the Nationals began playing in D.C. in 2005. Royals players, staff members and family have had the opportunity to take special tours during their stay.
This morning, a group toured the U.S. Capitol as guests of Senator Kit Bond of Missouri. FSKC’s Joel Goldberg sent us photos of the tour. A second group that included Manager Ned Yost, Mike Aviles, Willie Bloomquist, Billy Butler and Luke Hochevar was set to visit patients at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
The Royals and Braves kick off an Interleague set at Turner Field tonight. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 Central. Tune into Fox Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network. Here’s your lineup:
(Podsednik – LF), (Kendall – C), (DeJesus – CF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – RF), (Callaspo – 3B), (Aviles – 2B), (Betancourt – SS), (Bannister – P)
Entering Thursday, eight of Scott Podsednik’s 37 career regular-season home runs had come vs. Houston, along with his biggest roundtripper, a walk-off blast that lifted Chicago to a win in Game Two of the 2005 World Series. Add to that the list of memorable events below and it’s no surprise that the Dallas resident came up with another big moment last night with a 3-run home run that lifted Kansas City to a 5-2 win:
- 3 of Podsednik’s 6 career leadoff home runs are vs. Houston
- his second career multi-home run game was on April 17, 2004 at Houston
- his lone career grand slam was on June 23, 2006 vs. Houston
Tonight’s pregame included Ned Yost presenting Billy Butler and Luke Hochevar with their awards as Kansas City’s Player and Pitcher of the Month for May. Butler batted .355 and finished tied for fourth in the majors with 39 hits. Hochevar led the club with three wins, including a complete game on May 20 at Cleveland. Congrats to Billy and Luke!
Georgia on my mind
Yost thinks it will be fun to play in Atlanta and looks forward to seeing his former boss, Bobby Cox. Yost spoke very highly of the Braves manager, saying that Cox is a very special person who doesn’t really even compare to anyone else.
Hey now, you’re an all-star
Having been to four All-Star games himself, Yost thinks the 2012 All-Star game will be a wonderful time that all of Kansas City can enjoy. He believes that a top-notch ballpark like Kauffman will without a doubt be the perfect venue for such a once in a lifetime experience–both for the spectators and the players.
Get your roll on
Yost also discussed the bullpen’s improvements, which he credits to the players’ confidence in and understanding of their rolls. He is especially pleased with Kyle Farnsworth who has pitched “spectacular” and has been on a “real nice run.” Yost would, however, like to get Joakim Soria in more games.
Hurt so good
Gil Meche is making progress and threw 10-15 pitches off the mound for the first time since being put on the DL due to bursitis in his pitching shoulder. Additionally, Luke Hochevar, who was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to June 12, feels much better and was symptom free yesterday.
Wear your aviator shades, it’s Top Gun Night at the K! Here’s your lineup for the 7:10 start:
(Podsednik – LF), (Kendall – C), (DeJesus – CF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – RF), (Callaspo – 3B), (Aviles – 2B), (Betemit – DH), (Betancourt – SS), (Lerew – P)
Fox Sports Kansas City has added the Royals game on Wednesday, June 23 at Washington to its telecast schedule. The Royals are scheduled to face Nationals rookie pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg that day.
Royals Live pregame coverage from Nationals Park will start at 3 p.m. CT, with the game broadcast at 3:30 p.m. Fox Sports Kansas City will replay the game in prime time, starting at approximately 6:45 p.m.
The June 23 game was not previously scheduled for TV. As part of the schedule change, the Royals Sept. 13 game vs. Oakland will not be televised.
A sign reading “Home of the 2012 All-Star Game” was unveiled during the ceremony.
Afterwards, ATH attended Selig’s press conference. He talked about his affinity for Kansas City and described it as a wonderful baseball city. He walked the renovated Kauffman Stadium today and was quite impressed. Selig believes that the All-Star Game will be great for Kansas City and the region.
The game is tentatively scheduled for July 10, 2012.
RAIN DELAY UPDATE – We are in a delay until at least 8:00 p.m. Stay tuned to FSKC, the Royals Radio Network and our Twitter account ( @aroundthehornkc ) for updates.
The top news during today’s interview concerned recent changes to the roster. Yost announced that Luke Hochevar will be placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to June 12, due to a right elbow sprain. Anthony Lerew arrived from Omaha earlier today to take over Hochevar’s starting spot in tomorrow’s contest. In order to make room for Lerew on KC’s 40-man roster, John Parrish was released. Yost hopes that Hochevar will only miss two starts.
Lerew then provided the media with a few words, mainly saying that he was surprised and happy to get the call, and he will be looking to beat hitters with his change, slider, and fastball.
Finally, Hochevar discussed his injury with the media. The grade one sprain was discovered after having an MRI on Monday. Hochevar said he felt tight this past Friday at Cincinnati, but really didn’t have any pain. He added that he is keeping the long-term in mind, so he won’t push it so far that he causes serious damage. Hochevar’s focus is now on being serious about his rehab, which will include a lot of ice and stim, a shoulder program, and forearm strengthening.
Reminder: The gates open early today (4:30 p.m.) as Commissioner Bud Selig will make a special announcement at 5:00 p.m.
Tonight is also the first “Free Hot Dog Night” at Kauffman Stadium. All fans will receive a voucher upon entering the stadium.
The Royals plated 15 runs on 20 hits last night. The same nine players are in the lineup tonight, with Bruce Chen on the mound:
(Podsednik – LF), (Kendall – C), (DeJesus – RF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Callaspo – 3B), (Aviles – 2B), (Maier – CF), (Betancourt – SS), (Chen – P)