August 2010

Thursday lineup: Yankees in town

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Kansas City hosts New York at 7:10 tonight.  It’s College Night at Kauffman Stadium!  Show your high school or college ID at the box office for a ticket deal on seats in the Field Plaza, Outfield Box or Hy-Vee Infield areas.  Here’s the lineup, which we’ll also put in picture format.

(Blanco – CF), (Kendall - C), (Butler – 1B), (Ka’aihue – DH), (Betancourt – SS), (Gordon – LF), (Aviles - 2B), (Maier – RF), (Bloomquist – 3B), (Chen – P) 

Royals 5K Run/Walk set for September 4

start_0034.JPGRoyals Charities announced today the second annual Royals 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, September 4 at Kauffman Stadium.

The run/walk, which begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends on the field at Kauffman Stadium, benefits the Autism Alliance of Greater Kansas City, an organization that reaches out to individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and Royals Charities.  The 2010 event will also feature a one mile Autism Awareness Walk around Kauffman Stadium that is set to begin at 8:15 a.m.  Both events take place prior to the club’s 6:10 p.m. matchup with the Detroit Tigers.

Fans can register for both the Royals 5K Run/Walk and the one mile Autism Awareness Walk online at www.royals.com/runwalk.  There is no race day registration, and the run/walk will be capped at 2,500 participants.  The Autism Awareness Walk will be capped at 1,000 participants.  Registration fees are as follows.

 

5K Run/Walk                                     Autism Awareness Walk

Until August 29                                           $30                                                                       $25

September 2-3                                             $35*                                                                     $30*

* No online registration available after August 29.  Fans may register September 2-3 during packet pickup at Kauffman Stadium.

 

All participants  will receive one Hy-Vee Infield ticket to that night’s game (value: $16) as well as a commemorative T-shirt, food and drinks following the race in the Outfield Experience at Kauffman Stadium, and the opportunity to purchase additional discounted tickets for the September 4 game.  Runners and walkers are welcome to have family members come out to Kauffman Stadium to watch them participate.  Select Outfield Experience games will be open for those family members to enjoy during the festivities.

Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in the 5K and to the top three finishers in each age bracket.  Awards will be distributed following the race in the Outfield Experience.  Visit www.royals.com/runwalk for a list of age brackets. 

In addition, Royals Charities and the Autism Alliance are encouraging fans to make a donation to help individuals and families touch by Autism.  Fundraising is available for teams, individuals and schools with all monies raised staying in the Kansas City area.  Donations can be made online at www.royals.com/runwalk, or participants may set up a personalized page through the online registration website to collect donations from family, friends and co-workers.

Royals Charities will provide a grant to be used specifically for autism-based services to the school district with the most registered walkers for the Autism Awareness Walk.  Prizes will also be awarded for the most money raised by a team (must consist of at least five individuals) and individual walker.

In conjunction with the Royals 5K Run/Walk, the Royals are also sponsoring a shadow run on September 4 at a U.S. military installation in Afghanistan with troops running in support of the Autism Alliance of Greater Kansas City.  Royals Charities will provide T-shirts and bib numbers for the shadow run. 

Presenting sponsors of the Royals 5K Run/Walk and Autism Awareness Walk are Hy-Vee and AT&T, while Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC supports the event as a Hall of Fame sponsor.  Additional sponsors include Pepsi, C&C Produce, Parisi Artisan Coffee, Sheridan’s Frozen Custard, Aramark, VML, KC Spectrum and Atwater Advertising.

 

Wednesday matinee lineup

KC plays the finale in Anaheim today at 2:35 Central.  The Royals return to face the Yankees on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 start).  Here’s the lineup for today’s game:

(Bloomquist – RF), (Maier – CF), (Butler – DH), (Ka’aihue – 1B), (Betemit – 3B), (Gordon – LF), (Aviles – 2B), (Pena – C), (Betancourt – SS), (Greinke – P)

 

Tuesday lineup in Anaheim

The Royals and Angels play at 9:05 Central start tonight, followed by a 2:35 game tomorrow.  Here’s your lineup:  (Getz - 2B), (Kendall – C), (Butler – DH), (Ka’aihue – 1B), (Betemit – 3B), (Gordon – LF), (Betancourt – SS), (Maier – CF), (Bloomquist – RF), (Bullington – P)

Homestand Highlights: August 12-22

The Royals return to Kauffman Stadium on Thursday, August 12 to begin a 10-game, 11-day homestand, the club’s longest of the season.  The New York Yankees make their only trip of the year to Kansas City for a four-game set to start the homestand, August 12-15, highlighted by the 1980 American League Championship Celebration on August 14.  Following an off day on August 16, the Royals host A.L. Central rivals in back-to-back series.  The Cleveland Indians visit for a three-game set, July 17-19, before the Chicago White Sox end the homestand with a three-game weekend series, August 20-22.

Thursday, August 12 – New York Yankees vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.

∑         INK College Night – www.royals.com/college

Friday, August 13 – New York Yankees vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.

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

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

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

Saturday, August 14 – New York Yankees vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 6:10 p.m.

∑         1980 A.L. Championship Celebration – The Royals celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the 1980 American League Championship with a special pregame ceremony.  Members of the 1980 A.L. Championship team scheduled to attend include Willie Aikens, George Brett, Dennis Leonard, John Wathan and Willie Wilson.  In addition, fans can enjoy videos highlighting the three-game championship series against the Yankees throughout the evening.  www.royals.com/alchamps.

CoasterStack.jpg∑         1980 A.L. Champion Coaster Set (at left) - The first 20,000 fans through the gates receive a coaster set presented by AT&T commemorating key moments from the 1980 A.L. Championship Series. 

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

∑         Jackie Stiles First Pitch – Jackie Stiles trades a basketball for a baseball for the ceremonial first pitch.  Stiles, who attended Claflin (Kan.) High School and Missouri State University, is the all-time leading scorer in women’s college basketball history and a WNBA Rookie of the Year award winner.

Sunday, August 15 - New York Yankees vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 1:10 p.m.

∑         hoops&yoyo Day – It’s hoops&yoyo Day at The K, presented by Hallmark in celebration of their centennial.  Fans can get up close and personal with hoops&yoyo, Hallmark’s popular dynamic duo, as they take in the game at The K.

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

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

Tuesday, August 17 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.

CrownR_t-shirt.JPG∑         T-Shirt Tuesday: Fan Vote Winner – The fans have sided with outfielder David DeJesus and selected the “Crown R” t-shirt (at right) as the winner of the T-Shirt Tuesday fan vote promotion.  The first 20,000 fans will receive the winning t-shirt courtesy of Sprint. (photo attached) www.royals.com/tshirtvote.

Wednesday, August 18 – Cleveland Indians 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.

∑         Super Fan Night – Calling all fans that bleed Royal blue!  Join us for Super Fan Night at The K.  In addition to music from 98.1 KUDL, the event includes a Royals trivia contest at 6:15 p.m. and a “Mr. Royal Super Fan” costume contest at 6:50 p.m.  All events will take place at the Main Stage located in the Outfield Experience.  www.royals.com/superfan.

Thursday, August 19 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

∑         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, August 20 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

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

∑         Long Haul Bombers – The fireworks start early as the Long Haul Bombers, a group of some of the best slow-pitch softball hitters in the country, put on a home run hitting performance immediately following the game.  Discounted tickets, which include $6 in loaded value for concession or retail purchases, are available.  With a ticket purchase, fans will be entered into a drawing for great Royals prizes.  www.royals.com/bombers.

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

Saturday, August 21 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.

Jersey_Cooler.jpg∑         Royals Jersey Cooler – Beat the heat with this jersey-inspired cooler for the first 20,000 fans.  

∑         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, August 22 – Chicago White Sox 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. 

 

Royals Back to School Drive set for August 13-14


School_Drive.jpgThe Royals will host the sixth annual Back to School Drive to benefit T.A. Edison Elementary School in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday, August 13 and Saturday, August 14.  Stacy Meche, wife of pitcher Gil Meche, and Katie Davies, wife of pitcher Kyle Davies, will serve as co-chairs for this year’s drive.

The Royals encourage fans to donate new backpacks and school supplies for disadvantaged children in the community as they begin a new school year.  In addition to collecting supplies, Royals Wives and community volunteers will sell mystery bags and autographed player photo cards from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on August 13 and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on August 14.  The groups will be stationed outside of the Diamond Club and in the Outfield Experience of Kauffman Stadium during both days of the drive.

All items collected and funds raised will go to benefit students at T.A. Edison Elementary School, located at 1000 Locust in Kansas City, Kan.  The school primarily serves low-income families with 90 percent of students qualifying for free or reduced lunches.  It is part of the Kansas City (Kan.) Public School District, which serves the poorest school population in the metropolitan area and whose families have been hit by the recent economic recession and subsequent cuts to area social service providers. 

All school supplies sold at local retailers are needed including crayons, colored pencils, folders, Kleenex, notebooks, pencils, scissors and rulers.  For a complete list of items, visit www.royals.com/community.

 

Guillen designated for assignment, Humber contract selected

The Kansas City Royals today designated outfielder/DH Jose Guillen for assignment and selected the contract of righthanded pitcher Philip Humber from Omaha.  The designation gives the Royals 10 days to trade, release or outright Guillen while opening a 40-man roster spot that is taken by the selection of Humber.

Guillen, 34, was hitting .255 in 106 games for the Royals with 16 home runs and 62 RBI.  Kansas City was his ninth Major League stop in a career that began in 1997 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He signed a three-year free agent contract with the Royals prior to the 2008 season.

Humber, 27, was 5-6 with a 4.47 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) for AAA Omaha, with 20 walks and 80 strikeouts in 118.2 innings.  Some of his best work of the year came in the last week when he earned PCL Pitcher of the Week honors by tossing a complete game shutout at Nashville last Friday, allowing only four hits while fanning seven.  A native of Nacogdoches, TX, Humber was the third overall selection in the 2004 First Year Player Draft by the New York Mets.  He played his collegiate baseball at Rice University, where he was part of the 2003 National Championship club.  He will be in Seattle for Friday’s game and wear #59.

 

Tuesday in Oakland

The Royals play Oakland again at 9:05 Central tonight.  Tomorrow is a day game – the matinee starts at 2:35.  Here’s the lineup with Kyle Davies pitching:

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

 

Lineup and a movie…

The Royals are in Oakland tonight for a 9:05 Central start.  We were following tweets today from Mike Swanson of the Royals (@Swanee54) and Joel Goldberg of FSKC (@goldbergkc).  They mentioned that a crew from Hollywood was at the Oakland Coliseum, filming the movie Moneyball with Brad Pitt.  Once that work is done, it’s on to the game…and here’s the lineup!

(Getz - 2B), (Kendall – C), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Betemit – 3B), (Gordon – LF), (Maier – RF), (Betancourt – SS), (Blanco – CF), (Bannister – P)

Royals announce minor league awards for July

The Royals today announced their minor league Player and Pitcher of the Month awards for July.  The winners are as follows:

 Omaha (AAA) – Kila Ka’aihue (1B/DH) and Greg Holland (RHP):  Ka’aihue, 26, batted .343 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI.  He was promoted to Kansas City on August 1.  Holland, 24, limited opponents to a 0.59 ERA while recording 28 strikeouts in 15.1 innings of bullpen work before receiving his first call to the Majors on July 29.

Northwest Arkansas (AA) - Johnny Giavotella (2B) and Chris Dwyer (LHP):  Giavotella, 23, hit .361 with three home runs and 13 RBI.  The University of New Orleans product went 5-for-5 with a home run and four runs scored on July 22.  Dwyer, 22, won the award in his first month at the Double-A level after picking up the Pitcher of the Month honors with Wilmington in June.  He compiled a 2-1 record and a 3.06 ERA in four starts.

Wilmington (A) - Nick Francis (OF) and John Lamb (LHP):  Francis, 24, batted .278 with six home runs and 22 RBI in 25 games.  He hit a game-winning home run on July 7 at Lynchburg and produced a walk-off single on July 11 against Myrtle Beach.  Lamb, who turned 20 on July 10, dominated hitters to the tune of a 0.93 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 29.0 innings.  He was promoted to Northwest Arkansas after just two months with the Blue Rocks.

Burlington, Ia. (A)Carlo Testa (OF) and Tyler Sample (RHP):  Testa, 23, earned his second straight award after batting .311 with three home runs, 10 RBI and 14 stolen bases.  Sample, 21, was 2-3 with a 4.07 ERA.  A third-round selection in 2008, Sample allowed just one hit and three walks over seven shutout innings in a July 17 win.

Idaho Falls (Rookie) – Murray Watts (1B) and Greg Billo (RHP):  Watts, 22, hit .330 with three home runs and 23 RBI.  The Arkansas State product is currently second in the Pioneer League with 33 RBI on the year.  Billo, 20, was 3-2 with a 3.13 ERA in July.  He limited Ogden to one hit over six shutout innings on July 30.

Burlington, N.C. (Rookie) – Ryan Stovall (3B) and Leonel Santiago (RHP):  Stovall, 23, recorded a .330 average (36-for-109) in 26 games.  He is currently on a 10-game hitting streak.  Santiago, 20, posted a 3-1 record and a 1.51 ERA.  He recorded 33 strikeouts while yielding just seven walks in 35.2 innings of work.

Surprise (Rookie)Michael Antonio (SS) and Rudy Brown (LHP):  Antonio, 18, batted .261 in his first month as a professional.  Kansas City’s third-round pick hit safely in his first eight contests.  Brown, 22, was 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 21.2 innings of relief.

Dominican Summer LeagueJorge Bonifacio (OF) and Jose Brazoban (RHP):  Bonifacio, 17, batted .422 (27-for-64) with 15 RBI in 18 contests.  Brazoban, also 17, posted a 1-0 mark and a 1.29 ERA in 14.0 innings of work.

 

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