Under the knife
According to Yost, everything went well and without complications during David DeJesus’s thumb surgery this morning. The fact that the surgery is rather common and has a high success rate leaves Yost hopeful that the outfielder will return in the expected 10 weeks. Yost said he would like to get David back before the end of the year.
Pick a side
Yost also discussed Alex Gordon’s time in the outfield, saying that he plans on rotating Gordon between left and right for the time being. The manager’s aim is to further develop Gordon as an outfielder and to eventually determine which side of the field he fits in best.
Fans will witness Jason Kendall’s 2,000th career game behind the plate tonight, a feat just four other catchers have accomplished, none faster than the Royals’ backstop. Yost said the most remarkable aspect of Kendall is his durability, which is hard to argue with since the catcher plays nearly every day. As Yost has noted before, he also credits Kendall’s accomplishment to the catcher’s mindset, which Yost said is focused on a marathon.
Yost was also questioned about how his team will finish out its 20 games in 20 days, which began on July 16. He replied by saying “you just have to get through it…it is what it is.” Yost believes stretches like these are what makes the Major League Baseball season so tough.
K.C. hosts Minnesota at 7:10 and it is Hy-Vee Royal Nite! Tickets in the Hy-Vee Level, excluding Hy-Vee Reserved Box, are just $5!
Zack Greinke gets the call for the Royals, with Francisco Liriano toeing the rubber for Minnesota.
Here’s your lineup: (Podsednik – DH), (Kendall – C), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – RF), (Betemit – 3B), (Aviles – 2B), (Gordon – LF), (Bloomquist – CF), (Betancourt – SS), (Greinke – P)
Issue 3 of Royals Gameday Magazine debuts today! This issue includes:
- A recap of the All-Star Game announcement
- Coaches Corner with Kevin Seitzer
- The Origin of a Name – examples – Getz, Hochevar, Yost…find out where the name came from!
- Farm Report – Blaine Hardy
- A page with puzzles for the kids
and much, much more! Buy your copy tonight at The K!
The Royals and Yankees play in another 12:05 start today. Sean O’Sullivan makes his KC debut and will face the Yankees for the second time this week. KC’s lineup looks a little different today as Chris Getz will be at third base and Wilson Betemit is at first:
(Podsednik – LF), (Kendall – C), (Betemit – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Ankiel – CF), (Aviles – 2B), (Gordon – RF), (Betancourt – SS), (Getz – 3B), (O’Sullivan – P)
Congratulations to Whitey Herzog, who will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame today. Herzog led the Royals to three consecutive division crowns from 1976-78 and is the franchise leader with 410 wins as a manager. Whitey’s KC connection began as a player, first in the minors with the Kansas City Blues in 1952, then again in the Majors with the Kansas City A’s from 1958-60.
Coverage of today’s ceremony runs from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. Central on MLB Network. We’ll have our DVR up and running so we can catch the Royals game (12:05 in New York) and Whitey’s speech.
Today’s game starts at 12:05 Central. Here’s your lineup: (Podsednik – LF), (Kendall – C), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – RF), (Gordon – DH), (Betemit – 3B), (Ankiel – CF), (Betancourt – SS), (Getz – 2B), (Davies – P)
The Royals and Yankees play tonight at 6:05 Central. Today’s game will air on Fox Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network. Alex Gordon will play the outfield for the first time in the Majors tonight. (He has played defensively at third base, first base and six innings at shortstop in his career). Here’s your lineup:
(Podsednik – LF), (Kendall – C), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Betemit – 3B), (Gordon – RF), (Aviles – 2B), (Ankiel – CF), (Betancourt – SS), (Bannister – P)
David DeJesus will undergo surgery on Monday to repair a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb. He suffered the injury last night while attempting to make a catch on a ball hit by New York’s Derek Jeter. The recovery time is a minimum of 10 weeks.
David’s .318 average on the year is his highest since he joined KC in 2003. DeJesus extended his record of errorless games by a KC outfielder to 241 last night, which is well ahead of the old record of 165 by Amos Otis. We wish David the best in his recovery!
On Tuesday, FSKC viewers will have the opportunity to bid on eight unique ballpark experiences during the Royals/Twins game. The auction begins at 6:30 p.m. during the Hy-Vee Royals LIVE pre-game show and continues throughout the game telecast. All proceeds from the event will benefit Royals Charities.
Fans will have an opportunity to support Royals Charities by phoning in bids for unique experiences including batting lessons with Billy Butler or a grounds crew experience in which the winner will get to change a base during the game. Most experiences include game tickets in the BATS Crown Club.
Grounds Crew Experience for Two
Television/Radio Broadcast Experience for Two
Royals Deluxe Autographed Hall of Fame Package
Suite Night with George Brett – Friday, July 30 vs. Baltimore Orioles
Hitting Lessons with Billy Butler for Three
Outfield Experience Kids Birthday Party for 20
Ceremonial First Pitch Honors
Fans are encouraged to visit www.royals.com/broadcastauction for package details. The site will also feature some additional auction items available exclusively through the royals.com. The online auction began at 9:00 a.m. today and will close at midnight on Tuesday, July 27.
Bret Saberhagen Autographed Jersey
Zack Greinke Autographed Cap
George Brett Autographed Pole Banner
Billy Butler Autographed Jersey
Yuniesky Betancourt Autographed Jersey
In addition, Royals Charities will also be offering a limited number of exclusive Royals ticket packages during the Broadcast Auction. The package, valued at over $200, includes:
Four Field Box Tickets for either September 17 vs. Cleveland or October 2 vs. Tampa Bay
Four All-Day Passes for Outfield Experience Games
$25 Blanc Burgers + Bottles Gift Card
$5 Sheridan’s Frozen Custard Gift Card
A Blue Reserved Parking Pass
A Royals T-Shirt
A Royals Cap
Visit www.royals.com/broadcastauction for more details!
After a brief four-game road trip to New York, the Royals return home for a seven-game homestand beginning Monday, July 26. The Royals host the Minnesota Twins in a three-game series, July 26-28, before the Baltimore Orioles make their only trip of the season to Kansas City for a four-game set, July 29-August 1.
Monday, July 26 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· Hy-Vee Royal Nite – All Hy-Vee Level tickets (excluding Hy-Vee Reserved Box) are just $5. www.royals.com/fanvalue.
Tuesday, July 27 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· Royals Charities Broadcast Auction – Royals Charities and Fox Sports Kansas City partner for a special on-air auction, giving viewers the opportunity to bid on unique ballpark experiences or purchase an exclusive Royals ticket package. www.royals.com/broadcastauction.
Wednesday, July 28 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
· Business at the Ballpark – www.royals.com/kcbusinessjournal.
· All You Can Eat Seats – www.royals.com/allyoucaneat.
Thursday, July 29 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· Buck Night – Hot dogs, small Pepsi products, peanuts, Twinkies, Gameday Magazines and scorecards for just $1 each all night long. www.royals.com/fanvalue.
· Hair Band Night – Brush up on your Van Halen and break out your bandanas for Hair Band Night! The event includes music from 98.9 The Rock, a trivia contest beginning at 6:15 p.m., and a costume contest at 6:50 p.m. All events will take place at the Main Stage located in the Outfield Experience. www.royals.com/hairbandnight.
· INK College Night – www.royals.com/college.
· Youth Night – Hy-Vee Infield seats are just $3 for youth 14 and under at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office. There is a limit to three discounted tickets for every one regularly priced ticket for the same game. www.royals.com/fanvalue.
Friday, July 30 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Fridays – A spectacular fireworks show after every Friday home game.
· Bases Loaded 4-Pack – www.royals.com/basesloaded.
Saturday, July 31 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.
** Note: Gates A&E in the Outfield Experience will open early at 3:00 p.m. All gates will open at 4:30 p.m.
· Salute to the Negro Leagues – The Royals and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum pay tribute to Kansas City’s rich baseball tradition with this annual salute. A pregame party presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi, featuring $1 Farmland hot dogs and Pepsi products, will take place near the All-Star Barbeque in right field beginning at 3:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Fans are invited to visit with former Negro Leagues players during an autograph session from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The group will then be recognized during pregame ceremonies.
On the field, both teams don Negro League uniforms provided by Sprint with the Royals wearing the 1949 Kansas City Monarchs home uniforms and the Orioles wearing the Baltimore Elite Giants road uniforms from the early 1950s. Following the game, the game-worn uniforms will be donated to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. www.royals.com/negroleagues
· Monarchs Cap – The first 20,000 fans receive a replica Monarchs cap courtesy of Pepsi.
· 610 Saturday – Enjoy great food, live music from Marty Wall and activities for fans of all ages prior to the game in the Outfield Experience. www.royals.com/610saturday.
Sunday, Aug. 1 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
· Fun Run presented by Sprint. All fans can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).
· Bases Loaded 4-Pack – www.royals.com/basesloaded.
TRAFFIC REMINDER: The Royals would like to remind fans that Stadium Drive is currently closed at Raytown Road. To access parking on the west side of Kauffman Stadium, fans may proceed on Raytown Road past Stadium Drive and will be able to enter the Truman Sports Complex through Gate 5. To access parking on the east side of Kauffman Stadium, fans may continue on Raytown Road approximately one mile past Gate 5 and enter the complex through Gate 4.
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.