The Royals will look to follow last night’s 4-2 win as they play game two in Cleveland at 6:05 Central.
Here’s a look at the KC lineup: (Blanco – CF), (Aviles – 3B), (Butler – DH), (Betemit – 2B), (Ka’aihue – 1B), (Pena – C), (Gordon – LF), (Betancourt- SS), (Maier – RF), (Hochevar – P)
The Kansas City Royals wrap up the 2010 season with a seven-game homestand against two probable American League postseason contenders. The Royals first welcome the Minnesota Twins, who have clinched the A.L. Central title, to Kansas City for a three-game series, September 27-29, before the Tampa Bay Rays make their only trip of the season to Kauffman Stadium for a season-ending four-game series, September 30-October 3. The Rays continue to battle the New York Yankees for the A.L. East lead.
As a thank you to fans for their tremendous support during the 2010 campaign, the Royals have a number of fun promotions and special events planned for the final homestand, highlighted by the annual Futures Night festivities on October 1 and Fan Appreciation Night presented by Sprint on October 2.
Monday, September 27 – 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, September 28 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, September 29 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· All You Can Eat Seats – www.royals.com/allyoucaneat.
Thursday, September 30 – Tampa Bay Rays 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, October 1 – Tampa Bay Rays vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· Futures Night – The Royals salute the Pitchers and Players of the Year from each minor league affiliate prior to the game. The prospects will participate in an autograph session from 5:30-6:15 p.m. at Gate A in the Outfield Experience before receiving their awards in a special pregame ceremony.
· Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Friday – A spectacular fireworks show after every Friday home game.
· Kurt Busch First Pitch – Penske Racing’s Kurt Busch, 2004 NASCAR Cup Champion, is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game. Busch, who currently ranks fifth in the 2010 Sprint Cup standings, will be participating in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods at the Kansas Speedway on October 3.
· Bases Loaded 4-Pack – www.royals.com/basesloaded.
Saturday, October 2 – Tampa Bay Rays vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.
· Fan Appreciation Night presented by Sprint – The Royals reward fans for their tremendous support throughout the season with prize giveaways throughout the game. All fans in attendance have a chance to win autographed memorabilia, tickets to the club’s 2011 Opening Day game, Crown Seats and a Dugout Suite for a 2011 home game, gift certificates to the Majestic Team Store, MLB.com’s online shop, Hy-Vee and local restaurants, and gifts from DRI DUCK, Miller, Commerce Bank, Sprint, Anheuser-Busch and Aquafina.
· 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. www.royals.com/610saturday.
· Shirts Off Their Backs – Royals Charities fundraiser in which fans can win a jersey straight from a Royals player! www.royals.com/shirts.
Sunday, October 3 – Tampa Bay Rays vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
· Fun Run presented by Sprint. All fans can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).
· Royals 2011 Early-Bird Schedule & 2010 Team Photo – All fans in attendance receive a 2011 team schedule plus a 2010 team photo.
Bark at The K – In conjunction with MetroPet Magazine, the Royals are hosting the second annual Bark at The K. Proceeds from the event, which begins at 11:30 a.m., benefit the Greater Kansas City Humane Society, Half Way Home Pet Adoptions and Wayside Waifs. All three charities will offer adoptions during the event. All Bark at The K tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information and to purchase a package, which includes an exclusive Royals dog bowl, visit www.royals.com/bark. The dog bowl is part of the Bark at the K ticket package and not a general promotion.
· 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.
Kansas City and Cleveland open a four-game set at 6:05 tonight. Billy Butler carries an unusual streak into the game. He has hit safely in his last 100 series, which is four more than the previous club record of 96 by Willie Wilson. Here’s the KC lineup:
(Dyson – CF), (Aviles – 2B), (Butler – 1B), (Betemit – 3B), (Ka’aihue – DH), (Betancourt – SS), (Gordon – LF), (May – C), (Maier – RF), (O’Sullivan – P)
The Royals Radio Network will feature a father and son duo for tonight’s 6:05 Central start in Cleveland. The radio team of Bob Davis and Steve Stewart will be joined by a second Davis, Bob’s son Steven. The younger Davis just finished his third season as the voice of the Double-A NW Arkansas Naturals. Steven Davis spent the previous three seasons calling the action for Kansas City’s rookie affiliate in Idaho Falls.
While Steven will help the radio team throughout the weekend, Thursday will be the only pairing with his father. Bob will return home to call Saturday’s football game between KU and New Mexico State.
Rookie Jarrod Dyson played a big role in last night’s 9-6 win over Detroit. Dyson recorded his second three-hit game to go along with career highs of three runs and two doubles. He collected his first Major League RBI, a walk, a stolen base and a sac bunt. Jarrod is leading off again tonight. Let’s take a look at the lineup for the 6:05 Central start:
(Dyson – CF), (Blanco – LF), (Aviles – 2B), (Butler – 1B), (Betemit – 3B), (Ka’aihue – DH), (Betancourt – SS), (Maier – RF), (May – C), (Davies – P)
Congratulations to Joakim Soria, who recorded his 40th save of the season tonight. Soria had 42 saves in 2008. He becomes the second Royal with two seasons of 40+ saves, joining Dan Quisenberry (45 in 1983, 44 in 1984). The KC record for saves in a season is 45, set by Quisenberry and tied by Jeff Montgomery in 1993.
The Royals play in Detroit at 6:05. Tonight’s game will air on Fox Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network. Here’s a look at the lineup:
(Dyson – CF), (Aviles – 2B), (Butler – 1B), (Betemit – 3B), (Ka’aihue – DH), (Betancourt – SS), (Gordon – LF), (Miller – RF), (May – C), (Chen – P)
The Kansas City Royals have signed a two-year player development contract though the 2012 season with the Kane County Cougars of the Class A Midwest League. The Royals spent the 2001-2010 campaigns with the Burlington (Iowa) Bees.
“The Kansas City Royals are extremely excited to partner with the Kane County Cougars in signing a two-year Player Development Contract,” said Royals Director of Minor League Operations Scott Sharp. “In the short time we have had to interact with the Kane County management team, it is clear that the atmosphere and environment that they provide will help us develop Major League players. Kane County has a long history of community and fan support and the Royals are excited for our young players to be part of that history.”
“We are extremely excited about our new relationship with the Kansas City Royals,” said Cougars General Manager Jeff Sedivy. “Although the decision to change affiliations is never an easy one, after spending some time with J.J. Picollo and Scott Sharp, we felt that the Royals and their philosophies about the minor leagues were a great fit for our franchise. With the Royals player development philosophy, scouting, and player involvement in the community, we felt that they were a perfect fit for our great fan base.”
The Kane County Cougars are located in Geneva, Illinois, just a 45-minute drive from Chicago. Kane County had been affiliated with the Oakland Athletics since the 2003 season. The Cougars play their home games at Philip B. Elfstrom Stadium (capacity 7,400 with around 3,000 lawn seats). The stadium underwent a $10.5 million renovation project that was completed in 2009. The stadium was originally constructed in 1991, as the Cougars just completed their 20th anniversary season.
Kane County has consistently been among the elite in attendance in the Midwest League, drawing over 6,000 fans per game and topping the 400,000 mark for 17 straight seasons. The Cougars have played in the postseason six of the past eight years and produced more than 100 players who have reached the Major Leagues.
Mike Aviles and the Royals start their final road trek of 2010 in Detroit tonight. Aviles batted .520 last week with four home runs and seven RBI. Here’s a look at his home run on Saturday vs. Cleveland and the KC lineup for the 6:05 start:
(Blanco – CF), (Aviles – 2B), (Butler – DH), (Betemit – 3B), (Ka’aihue – 1B), (Pena – C), (Gordon – LF), (Betancourt – SS), (Maier – CF), (Greinke – P)
Catching up on Kendall
According to Yost, Jason Kendall is doing pretty well after having extensive shoulder surgery. He is currently still locked up in a sling and recently returned from a doctor’s visit in California where he performed minor rehab exercises. Yost believes the catcher is on schedule and may even be a bit ahead.
Pena’s positives and negatives
One goal of Yost’s in the past few weeks has been to look at new guys, but he also wants to achieve the main objective of winning games. Consequently, Yost has had to alter his plan of splitting playing time between Brayan Pena and Lucas May because he admits it has been difficult to take Pena’s hot bat out of the lineup. Yost added that he thinks Pena’s offensive performance has been good, but his defensive performance has been mixed. He thinks Pena needs to get in better shape and improve his agility behind the plate in order to become an everyday catcher. Yost also said his number one priority when it comes to catchers is finding someone who can catch the ball, throw guys out, block balls in the dirt, and call a good game–hitting takes a back seat.
Chris Getz passed his first stage of tests yesterday, which included trials on the treadmill and elliptical, and he is expected to move to the second stage, which consists of running outside. If all goes well, Yost said Getz will play in the next day or so.
Starting pitcher Luke Hochevar will throw without restrictions in today’s game. The manager anticipates Hoch tossing somewhere between 90-100 pitches.