Out of his league
After returning from Cincinnati, Yost said he “kinda enjoys” the National League style because it’s different and more people get involved, but he also acknowledged that it’s always nice to come home. Yost also pointed out that he has really enjoyed the AL so far.
Out of his mind
Billy Butler’s hitting was another topic of discussion. Yost claimed he was never concerned about Butler at the plate, saying all players go through ups and downs. Yost credits Butler’s recent offensive success to a mindset adjustment, specifically a right-center mindset because that’s where Butler hits best.
Out of commission
Gil Meche played catch this afternoon, and while Yost hasn’t been able to sit down and discuss future plans with the pitcher, he said Meche is feeling much better and is definitely turning the corner. Yost also noted that Rick Ankiel is doing fine, but John Parrish felt something in his shoulder the other day during a game with Omaha and he is now back in Kansas City with the club after having been returned from his rehab assignment. Parrish remains on the D.L.
The Texas League announced last night that nine players from the Northwest Arkansas Naturals plus three members of the coaching staff will represent the Royals’ Double-A affiliate on June 30 at the Texas League All-Star Game in Midland, Texas.
More than half of the starting lineup of the North Division squad will be Naturals, as five Northwest Arkansas players were voted into the starting lineup: second baseman Johnny Giavotella, third baseman Mike Moustakas, outfielders Paulo Orlando and Derrick Robinson, and designated hitter Clint Robinson. In addition, left-handed pitchers Mike Montgomery and Edgar Osuna as well as right-hander Mario Santiago were selected to the North Division staff. Montgomery will not pitch after being activated from the 7-Day Disabled List yesterday with left elbow soreness. Naturals’ outfielder Tim Smith was added to the club due to an injury to Tulsa outfielder Jeff Kindel.
Northwest Arkansas manager Brian Poldberg, in his third year with the club, as well as hitting coach Terry Bradshaw and trainer Tony Medina will also represent the Naturals at the All-Star Game, serving in the same capacities for the North Division.
The 24-man All-Star rosters for the North and South Divisions were selected by a voting panel which includes the Texas League President as well as the league’s managers, coaches, radio broadcasters, and newspaper beat writers.
The Royals have announced that the DRI DUCK Fountain Seats for the Royals-St. Louis Cardinals series, June 25-27, will be available for purchase at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 17. The special pre-sale is attributed to the high demand for the popular I-70 Series. On Thursday, all available DRI DUCK Fountain Seats for June 25-27 will be available for purchase exclusively at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office Gate C Ticket Windows.
Fans will be able to purchase up to four (4) DRI DUCK Fountain Seats for each of the three games. For this series only, the limit was changed from six to four per game to accommodate more fans.
Please note that the Saturday, June 26 contest has a special start time of 1:10 p.m.
In addition, fans purchasing DRI DUCK seats in advance for the Cardinals series this Thursday are eligible for a special offer, “Buy One Get One Free” tickets in the Hy-Vee Infield or Field Plaza for that night’s 7:10 p.m. contest between the Royals and Astros.
Interleague Play returns to Kauffman Stadium as the Kansas City Royals host the Houston Astros for a three-game series, June 15-17, before heading back on the road. The brief homestand is filled with special events and promotions, including a T-Shirt Tuesday and first-ever Free Hot Dog Night.
Tuesday, June 15 – Houston Astros vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· T-Shirt Tuesday – The first 20,000 fans receive an exclusive Royals script T-shirt presented by Sprint.
Wednesday, June 16 – Houston Astros vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· Special on-field announcement from Major League Baseball – The Royals are inviting fans with tickets for Wednesday’s game to join us for a special announcement from Commissioner Bud Selig at 5:00 p.m. Gates to Kauffman Stadium will open early at 4:30 p.m.
· Free Hot Dog Night – All fans in attendance will receive a free hot dog courtesy of Farmland Foods! Fans will receive a voucher good for a free hot dog as they enter Kauffman Stadium.
Thursday, June 17 – Houston Astros vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· Youth Night – Hy-Vee Infield seats are just $3 for youth 14 and under at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office. There is a limit of three discounted tickets for every one regularly-priced ticket for the same game. www.royals.com/fanvalue.
· Top Gun Night – The Royals are bringing back that lovin’ feeling for Top Gun Night at The K. A Top Gun-themed costume contest and trivia showdown will take place in the Outfield Experience prior to the game with special prizes awarded to contest winners in both categories. And because being a “wingman” is more enjoyable on a full stomach, the Royals have paired up this event with INK College Night. www.royals.com/topgun.
· INK College Night – www.royals.com/college.
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.
We’ve entered the final week of voting for the 2010 “PEOPLE All-Stars Among Us” campaign. This is your chance to send a local community “All-Star” to this year’s game in Anaheim!
The three Royals finalists include JoAnne Fluke of Ottawa, Kan., Marcia Merrick of Mission, Kan., and Kate Quigley of Kansas City, Mo. The 90 finalists (three per MLB Club) have been selected from thousands of online submissions by fans across the U.S. and Canada who nominated their local “All-Stars.” Fans are encouraged to log on to www.PeopleAllStars.com now through June 20 to vote for their favorite community “All-Stars” who go above and beyond to serve their communities.
A total of 30 “All-Stars,” one representing each MLB Club, will attend and be honored at 2010 All-Star Week in Anaheim, Calif., including during the pre-game ceremony of the All-Star Game on July 13 on FOX beginning at 5:00 p.m. PT (8:00 p.m. ET). One of the “All-Star Among Us” winners will be featured in PEOPLE during the week of the All-Star Game, the premier sporting event of the summer.
JoAnne Fluke: Fluke co-founded Groovability, Inc., which provides a venue for disabled individuals in the Greater Kansas City area to dance with non-disabled partners. Her program, which improves range of motion, flexibility and physical strength, also joins the disabled and non-disabled communities. Fluke hopes to take wheelchair ballroom dance to the 2012 Para-Olympics.
Marcia Merrick: Despite having no income of her own, Merrick spends 60 hours each week feeding the hungry and homeless on the streets of Kansas City. Each morning she rises before dawn to prepare more than 400 sack lunches, each with a sandwich, chips, cookies, water, and a note of encouragement. She spends the rest of the day distributing the sack lunches to those in need.
Kate Quigley: Quigley established Chain of Hope, a grassroots organization that provides essential items to neglected and abused cats and dogs in the urban center of Kansas City. Chain of Hope also educates pet owners, provides referrals for spaying or neutering, and in some cases, helps place an animal in a rescue group or permanent home.
The Royals announced today that the club has moved its game on Monday, September 13 vs. the Oakland Athletics to a 2:10 p.m. start to accommodate a time conflict with the Kansas City Chiefs Monday Night Football contest. The Royals game was originally scheduled at 7:10 p.m.
Fans that are interested in exchanging previously purchased tickets for Monday, September 13 may do so by contacting the Royals Ticket Services Department at (816) 504-4040 option 3, emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the Box Office at Kauffman Stadium in person.
A special ticket offer and details on parking for September 13 will be announced soon.
The Royals finish their series in Minnesota tonight. Here’s the lineup for the 7:10 start:
(Podsednik – LF), (Kendall – C), (DeJesus – RF), (Guillen – DH), (Callaspo – 3B), (Maier – CF), (Betemit – 1B), (Getz – 2B), (Betancourt – SS), (Chen – P)
Tonight’s game starts at 7:10 at Target Field. Here’s your lineup: (Podsednik – LF), (Kendall – C), (DeJesus – DH), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – RF), (Callaspo – 3B), (Aviles – 2B), (Maier – CF), (Betancourt – SS), (Davies – P)
The Royals completed the 2010 First-Year Rule 4 Player Draft today, selecting a total of 50 players over three days.
Kansas City selected Christian Colon, a shortstop from Cal State Fullerton, with the fourth overall pick on Monday. The 6’0″, 180 lb. right-handed hitter was recently named to the All-Big West First Team. Colon has compiled a .358 average with 16 home runs, 67 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 61 games for the Titans.
The 21-year old native of Cayey, Puerto Rico, played for Team USA’s Collegiate National Team in 2009. He became the first player in the history of the Collegiate National Team to earn the title of captain. Colon led Team USA in hits (34), home runs (5), RBI (37), runs (31) and stolen bases (24) and was named Summer League Player of the Year by Baseball America.
The Royals chose University of Arkansas centerfielder Brett Eibner in round two. The Houston native has batted .337 with 21 home runs and 69 RBI for the Razorbacks. Eibner was named to the watch list for the Olerud Award, which recognizes baseball’s best two-way player.
Kansas City selected 20 players on Wednesday, with the first nine selections being pitchers. The group included 38th round selection Nick Graffeo, stepson of hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. Graffeo, a graduate of Raytown High School, recently completed his senior year at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Other day three selections include Park University’s Darian Sandford in the 47th round and 50th round selection Joseph Jackson, the great-great-great nephew of Shoeless Joe Jackson.
Overall, the club selected nine players out of high school, 41 from the college ranks, including six junior college picks. The 50 players included five sets of teammates: Auburn’s Ryan Jenkins and Brian Fletcher, Eric Cantrell and Thomas Zebroski of George Washington University, Daniel Hernandez and Jose Rodriguez of Miami Dade CC, Middle Tennessee State’s Alex McClure and William Robertson, and South Carolina’s Whitley Merrifield, Parker Bangs and Jordan Propst. The position-by-position breakdown includes: 26 pitchers (21 right-handers, five left-handers), seven catchers, eight infielders and nine outfielders.