August 2010

Homestand Highlights: August 30 – September 5

The Royals return to Kansas City on Monday, August 30 for a six-game homestand.  The American League West-leading Texas Rangers visit Kauffman Stadium for a three-game series, August 30-September 1.  Following an off day on September 2, the Royals host the Detroit Tigers for a three-game weekend set, September 3-5.

Monday, August 30 – Texas Rangers vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
? Hy-Vee Royal Nite – All Hy-Vee Level tickets (excluding Hy-Vee Reserved Box) are just $5.

Tuesday, August 31 – Texas Rangers vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday, September 1 – Texas Rangers vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
? INK College Night –
? All You Can Eat Seats –

Friday, September 3 – Detroit Tigers vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.
? Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Fridays – A spectacular fireworks show after every Friday home game.
? Bases Loaded 4-Pack –

Saturday, September 4 – Detroit Tigers vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 6:10 p.m.
? 610 Saturday – Enjoy great food, live music from Project DNA and activities for fans of all ages prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.

Sunday, September 5 – Detroit Tigers vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 1:10 p.m.
? Fun Run presented by Sprint.  All fans can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).
? Bases Loaded 4-Pack –

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

Wednesday matinee in Detroit

The Royals and Tigers wrap up a three-game set with a 12:05 Central start in Motown today.  The game will air on Fox Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network.  Let’s take a look at the lineup:

(Blanco – CF), (Aviles – SS), (Bloomquist – 3B), (Butler – DH), (Ka’aihue – 1B), (Pena – C), (Maier – RF), (Miller – LF), (Getz – 2B), (O’Sullivan – P)


Chukars combine for no-hitter

IdahoFalls.JPGThree members of the Idaho Falls Chukars, Kansas City’s rookie team in the Pioneer League, combined for a no-hitter last night in a 3-0 win over Missoula.  It was the first no-no by a Pioneer League squad since 2008 and the first by an Idaho Falls team since 1996.  At that time, Idaho Falls was affiliated with the Padres and KC area native Rick Sutcliffe was the club’s pitching coach.

Back to last night’s game…Brian Peacock, a 31st-round pick in 2009, retired the first 16 batters he faced.  Peacock fanned eight and allowed a walk over seven innings.  Jason Mitchell, a 15th-round selection in 2010, worked a 1-2-3 eighth.  He picked up the win as Idaho Falls scored all three runs in that inning.  Alex Rivers, a 39th-rounder this year, struck out all three batters in the ninth to earn the save.

Congratulations to the pitchers, rookie manager Brian Buchanan and all members of the Chukars on the combined no-hitter!

For more news from the farm, check out today’s minor league report:

Tuesday at the Tigers

Kansas City and Detroit play tonight at 6:05 Central at Comerica Park.  Here’s a look at the lineup:

(Blanco – CF), (Kendall – C), (Ka’aihue – DH), (Butler – 1B), (Betemit – 3B), (Gordon – LF), (Maier – RF), (Betancourt – SS), (Getz – 2B), (Davies – P)


Monday lineup in Motown

The Royals are in Detroit, kicking off a three-game series against the Tigers.  Tonight’s game is at 6:05 Central.  Tune in on Fox Sports Kansas City or the Royals Radio Network!  Here’s the lineup: (Blanco – CF), (Kendall – C), (Ka’aihue – DH), (Butler – 1B), (Betemit – 3B), (Gordon – LF), (Maier – RF), (Betancourt – SS), (Getz – 2B), (Chen – P)


Photos: Kendall walk-off celebration

What a weekend of baseball!  The Royals and White Sox played 31 innings in just over 22 hours.  The Royals played three consecutive extra-inning games for the first time since June 9 to 11, 2000 vs. Pittsburgh.  Jason Kendall caught two of those three games for Pittsburgh in Kansas City in 2000.  Today’s hero?  Jason Kendall, who again caught two of the three extra-inning games.  Kendall delivered a walk-off single in the 10th, lifting Kansas City to a 3-2 win.



Ned Yost media session: August 22

Looking good in the ‘pen

Yost believes the bullpen has performed well on a fairly consistent basis. On an individual level, he said nearly everyone is matching the high standard of throwing 4.0 successful innings out of 5.0. Additionally, he thinks all those involved in yesterday’s doubleheader did a good job of keeping the team in the ballgame and making it exciting. He said that in regards to today’s game, everyone should be available.

Grab the bull by the horns

Yost is looking forward to giving Jai Miller a starting opportunity today and hopes to see what Miller is capable of doing. Today is Miller’s first career start in the big leagues. Yost added that this is a time of opportunity for several players, including Phil Humber, Bryan Bullington, and Greg Holland, all of whom pitched on Saturday.

Expecting consistency

Bullington didn’t quite seize his opportunity yesterday, allowing 11 hits in 5.0 innings pitched, a sizeable difference compared to his previous start against the Yankees in which he surrendered only two hits over 8.0 innings. According to Yost, consistency is a must and is not something you can teach. He strongly believes Bullington’s outing against New York was not a fluke, and he expects the pitcher (as well as all his players) to not simply hold his job but rather take full advantage of it.

Sunday lineup vs. White Sox

grounds8-22.jpgChicago and Kansas City will decide the series today with a 1:10 start after a pair of extra-inning contests last night.  Zack Greinke is on the mound and Jai Miller will play right field in his first Major League start.  We took this picture at 1:40 this morning as the grounds crew worked on the field after the doubleheader.

Here’s a look at today’s lineup: (Blanco – CF), (Kendall – C), (Ka’aihue – 1B), (Butler – DH), (Betemit – 3B), (Gordon – LF), (Miller – RF), ( Betancourt – SS), (Getz – 2B), (Greinke – P) 


Ned Yost media session: August 21


Last night’s events were frustrating for Yost because he had to burn a pitcher even though everyone knew a storm was blowing in. He said the team will try its best to get through tonight’s 18 innings without using yesterday’s starter, Sean O’Sullivan. Yost added that it wouldn’t be earth-shattering to use Sully and he knows the pitcher could do it, but he feels it is unnecessary to take that chance. Look for O’Sullivan to be available to toss a couple innings of relief work in tomorrow’s contest, if needed. That would be his normal side day.

Rehabbin’ it

Yost said Luke Hochevar looked great as he threw 25 pitches today. He also claimed the righty looked unhittable and without a doubt passed the test. The next step for Hochevar is to toss another session on Tuesday in Detroit. The number of pitches will increase to 30-35, and Hoch will throw 15-18, sit down for five minutes to simulate an inning break, and will then throw the rest. If all goes well, the pitcher will be sent on a rehab start next Saturday.

Additionally, Brian Bannister will make a rehab appearance on Monday in Omaha. Yost expects Banny to toss 25-30 pitches over 2.0 frames.  Gil Meche will pitch in relief tonight for Omaha as well.

Royals-White Sox postponed – rescheduled for August 21 as part of a doubleheader

Tonight’s scheduled game between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox has been postponed due to rain and inclement weather. The game will be made up tomorrow at 6:10 p.m. CT as the first game of a doubleheader. The second game will follow 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.  Both games will be televised on Fox Sports Kansas City with the pre-game show, Hy-Vee Royals Live, beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT.

Here are the starting pitchers for tomorrow’s games:

Game 1: RHP Freddy Garcia vs. RHP Phil Humber

Game 2: TBA vs. RHP Bryan Bullington

       All fans holding a ticket for Friday’s game can redeem their tickets for any remaining 2010 Royals regular season game, including tomorrow’s doubleheader.  Tonight’s ticket must be exchanged for a new ticket.  Tickets may be exchanged beginning tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office at Gate C.  Fans with ticket questions can contact the Royals Ticket Office at 1-800-6-ROYALS or 816-504-4040.

         Tonight is the first postponement of the year for the Royals.


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