March 2011

Ned Yost media session: Opening Day 2011

Royals manager Ned Yost touched on the excitement surrounding Opening Day as his team prepared to take batting practice Thursday at Kauffman Stadium. He said one great part of his managerial role is getting to see rookies who are enthusiastic about making their big league debuts. When asked if he could remember a similar experience during his playing career, Yost likened the feeling to a 10-year-old child on Christmas morning.

Yost commented that his club is ready to compete “when it counts” and said he expects his squad to play hard while continuing their great work ethic that was displayed in spring training. He noted that his starting pitchers should comfortably be able to throw around 100 pitches with that number gradually expanding as the season moves along.

With Thursday marking Yost’s first home opener as the Royals skipper, he acknowledged that he is thrilled for his players who will play in front of an energetic sellout crowd.

It’s Opening Day! Here’s the lineup:

(13                     MIKE AVILES                3B)

(53                     MELKY CABRERA        CF)

  (4                    ALEX GORDON             LF)

(16                     BILLY BUTLER             DH)

(30                    KILA KA’AIHUE             1B)

(21                    JEFF FRANCOEUR       RF)

( 2                     ALCIDES ESCOBAR     SS)

(15                     MATT TREANOR           C )

(17                     CHRIS GETZ                 2B)

(44                     LUKE HOCHEVAR        RHP)

Media session with Opening Day starter Luke Hochevar

Right-handed starting pitcher Luke Hochevar is gearing up for Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium and looking to start the season off the right way. Hochevar, who will be making his first Opening Day start, is confident when it comes to approaching hitters and is looking to become more of a leader on and off the mound. He repeatedly expressed a desire to establish his own identity as the ace of the pitching staff.

Despite having a young bullpen, Hochevar believes that the Royals have a good, solid group. With a 20-10-1 spring training record under their belt for 2011, Hochevar knows that the club starts the season with a new level of confidence and a belief in the guy next to you. Hochevar said that with a more aggressive focus on scoring runs combined with better speed and athleticism out of Spring Training, it should give Royals fans everywhere a glimpse of what to expect throughout the season.

Hochevar acknowledged that there will be added emotions for Opening Day, but he expects to thrive off those high expectations which allow for him to pick up his focus and makes his role that much more important.

Royals Opening Day on FOX Sports Kansas City

FOX Sports Kansas City’s fourth season as the exclusive TV home of Royals baseball starts on Thursday with a full day of Royals opening day programming. Live coverage from Kauffman Stadium starts at 2 p.m. with the Royals Live pregame show, which will include the pregame on-field ceremonies. The Angels-Royals game telecast begins at 3 p.m. Here’s the complete slate of FSKC Royals programming for Opening Day:

Royals opening day on FOX Sports Kansas City (times Central)

12:30 p.m.       Royals Rewind – condensed versions of the best games of 2010

                               12:30 p.m.: June 4, 2010: C’Mon Chen

                               1 p.m.: July 30, 2010: Gordon’s Walk-off

1:30 p.m.         Royals Season Preview

2 p.m.              Hy-Vee Royals Live pregame show

                                Includes live coverage of pregame ceremonies at Kauffman Stadium.

3 p.m.              Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City Royals

                                Ryan Lefebvre, Paul Splittorff and Frank White call the action.

6 p.m.              Boulevard Royals Live postgame show

6:30 p.m.         Replay: Angels at Royals

9:30 p.m.         Boulevard Replay: Royals Live postgame show

Homestand Highlights: March 31 – April 6

The Kansas City Royals celebrate the start of the 2011 campaign with a homestand packed with special events and promotions.  The opening homestand features fan-favorite giveaways, live entertainment for the entire family, great ticket promotions, and special events including the Royals’ Futures Game and a KU vs. MU baseball showdown.

Thursday, March 31: OPENING DAY – Los Angeles Angels vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 3:10 p.m.

Friday, April 1 – Los Angeles Angels 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 for $80 – Get four Hy-Vee Infield tickets and $10 in loaded value per ticket.  www.royals.com/basesloaded.

Saturday, April 2 – Los Angeles Angels vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 12:10 p.m.

·         2011 Magnetic Schedule – All fans will receive a 2011 magnetic schedule courtesy of Sprint.

·         Royals’ Futures Game – Fans can catch a glimpse of the future as the Omaha Storm Chasers and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals match up for an exhibition game at Kauffman Stadium.  With a Royals game ticket for the 12:10 p.m. game against the Angels, fans are invited to stay for the Minor League action set to begin approximately 30 minutes after the Major League game.  For more information, visit www.royals.com/futuresgame.

·         610 Saturday – Enjoy great activities and live music from County Road 5 prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  For details, visit www.royals.com/610saturdays.

Sunday, April 3 – Los Angeles Angels vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 1:10 p.m.

·         Family FunDay Sunday – New in 2011!  Each Sunday home game will include face painters, caricature or balloon artists and live family-friendly entertainment in the Outfield Experience.  Fans can also enjoy the All-Day Play Pass for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience for just $10. www.royals.com/sunday.

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

·         Bases Loaded 4-Pack for $60 – Get four Hy-Vee Infield tickets and $10 in loaded value per ticket.  www.royals.com/basesloaded.

·         $84 Spring Play Pack for $25 – Purchase a Spring Play Pack for any Sunday-Thursday game from April 3 to June 2 (excluding 5/22) and receive two Field Plaza tickets (sections 206-210) with $5 in loaded value per ticket for concessions and merchandise.  The package also includes two Play Passes for access to free unlimited games in the Outfield Experience to use day of game – over an $80 value – all for just $25!  For details, visit www.royals.com/playpack.

Tuesday, April 5 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals presented by Pepsi Max, 7:10 p.m.

·         T-Shirt Tuesday – The first 10,000 fans receive an exclusive Royals logo baseball T-shirt presented by Pepsi Max. (Photo attached.)  For details, visit www.royals.com/tshirttuesday.

·         $84 Spring Play Pack for $25 – www.royals.com/playpack

Wednesday, April 6 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

INK Student Night – Rivals Outfield Box or Hy-Vee Infield tickets are available for all Wednesday home games for high school and college students with valid ID at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office for just $7.  Seating is subject to availability.  New in 2011, all Student Nights will feature live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  All Student Nights include a $7 hot dog and beverage special at the Crown Classic concession stand in the Outfield Experience.  For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.
INK Local Music Showcase – Catch a free pregame concert on us.  Every Wednesday Student Night will feature live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  Performing for the first showcase of the season will be Sons of Great Dane.  For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.
·         KU vs. MU Baseball Game – Kauffman Stadium will once again be the site of a Big 12 Conference baseball showdown between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the University of Missouri Tigers presented by Hy-Vee.  With a Royals game ticket for the 1:10 p.m. game against the Chicago White Sox, fans are invited to stay for the college action following the Major League game. 

·         $84 Spring Play Pack for $25 – www.royals.com/playpack.

TRAFFIC REMINDER:  The Royals would like to remind fans that the new Blue Ridge Cutoff Bridge will be open with limited exit ramp access for the start of the 2011 season.  However, the club anticipates heavy traffic backups through this construction zone.  Fans are encouraged to visit www.royals.com/parking for information on the best routes to access the Truman Sports Complex.

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 make four moves to set Opening Day 25-man roster

 The Royals have announced today that the club has placed catcher Jason Kendall on the 15-day D.L., retroactive to March 22, as he continues his rehab from right shoulder surgery.  The Royals selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Tim Collins.  In addition, the club has designated for assignment catcher Lucas May and outrighted outfielder Gregor Blanco to Omaha (AAA).  Following the moves, the Royals have set the Opening Day 25-man roster and have 39 players on the Major League 40-man roster.

 The Opening Day 25-man Major League roster is as follows:

Pitchers (12): Nate Adcock, Bruce Chen (L), Tim Collins (L), Aaron Crow, Kyle Davies, Jeff Francis (L), Luke Hochevar, Jeremy Jeffress, Sean O’Sullivan, Joakim Soria, Robinson Tejeda, Kanekoa Texeira.

                Catchers (2): Brayan Pena (S), Matt Treanor.

                Infielders (6): Mike Aviles, Wilson Betemit (S), Billy Butler, Alcides Escobar, Chris Getz (L), Kila Ka’aihue (L).

                Outfielders (5): Melky Cabrera (S), Jarrod Dyson (L), Jeff Francoeur, Alex Gordon (L), Mitch Maier (L).

                Disabled List: RHP-Henry Barrera (60-day), C-Jason Kendall (15-day).

Ned Yost media session: March 30

Fresh off a Cactus League championship, Royals manager Ned Yost expressed excitement for the 2011 season while meeting with the Kansas City media Wednesday afternoon, prior to the club’s workout at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals finished 20-10-1 overall in spring training, finishing with a string of six consecutive victories.

Yost attributed the spring training success to consistency on both offense and defense, along with an aggressive approach on the base paths. Specifically, KC scored 220 runs and only allowed opponents to cross the plate 151 times. In the field, he said the squad only endured one tough game the entire spring.

A popular topic pertaining to the Royals this spring has been the development of young players. Yost emphasized that the sooner these players get experience, the quicker the club can improve. In particular, three members of the bullpen will soon be making their big league debuts in Nate Adcock, Tim Collins and Aaron Crow. According to the skipper, these live arms earned spots on the Opening Day roster by having good command of the strike zone throughout spring training.

Perhaps the most impressive spring performance came from left fielder Alex Gordon. Yost said that Gordon worked extensively with hitting coach Kevin Seitzer to revamp his swing. After a slow start, Gordon caught fire and his at-bats eventually became something that no spectator in Arizona wanted to miss. 

Editor’s note:  The media relations department welcomes our new interns, Sarah and Tyler.  They will be bringing you the majority of our media session posts this season.

All Royals telecasts on FOX Sports will be shown in Iowa

For the first time, all Kansas City Royals telecasts produced by FOX Sports will be available in Iowa. FOX Sports will televise 140 regular season games in 2011. Games will be shown on FOX Sports Midwest or an alternate channel in most of Iowa.  FOX Sports Midwest’s complete schedule of St. Louis Cardinals telecasts – 152 regular season games – is also available in Iowa.

 In previous seasons, FOX Sports Midwest distributed between 40 and 50 Royals games in Iowa. This year, all 140 games will be available:

·         On cable TV, 26 games will be shown on FOX Sports Midwest and the remaining 124 will air on a secondary channel where available, including Mediacom 22.

·         On DirecTV, all 140 games will air on channel 672, FOX Sports Kansas City.

·         On Dish Network all games will air on a sports alternate channel that varies (444-455 and 470s).

All Royals telecasts are produced in High Definition and are surrounded by the Hy-Vee Royals Live pregame show and Boulevard Royals Live postgame show. Ryan Lefebvre calls the play-by-play on Royals telecasts, alongside Royals Hall of Famers Frank White and Paul Splittorff. Joel Goldberg hosts Royals Live with analyst Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery and reporter Nate Bukaty.

Royals trim roster by six by optioning Mazzaro to Omaha and returning five to minor league camp

The Kansas City Royals have announced today that the club has optioned right-handed pitcher Vin Mazzaro to Omaha (AAA) and returned right-handed pitchers Louis Coleman, Luis Mendoza and Zach Miner, and infielders Irving Falu and Lance Zawadzki to minor league camp.  Following the moves, the Royals have 28 active players in Major League camp and 40 on the 40-man roster.

The 24-year-old Mazzaro is expected to join the Royals as a starter on April 16 when the club hosts the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium.

Additional moves to set the Opening Day 25-man roster are expected tomorrow following the club’s 3 p.m. workout at Kauffman Stadium.  The Major League roster as it stands today is:

Pitchers (12): Nate Adcock, Bruce Chen (L), Tim Collins (L), Aaron Crow, Kyle Davies, Jeff Francis (L), Luke Hochevar, Jeremy Jeffress, Sean O’Sullivan, Joakim Soria, Robinson Tejeda, Kanekoa Texeira.

                Catchers (4): Jason Kendall, Lucas May, Brayan Pena (S), Matt Treanor.

                Infielders (6): Mike Aviles, Wilson Betemit (S), Billy Butler, Alcides Escobar, Chris Getz (L), Kila Ka’aihue (L).

                Outfielders (6): Gregor Blanco, Melky Cabrera, Jarrod Dyson, Jeff Francoeur, Alex Gordon, Mitch Maier.

Ballpark Blueprint: Royals, Aramark asking fans to choose Kauffman Stadium’s signature sandwich

The Royals and ARAMARK, the club’s exclusive food and beverage partner, are asking fans to vote for a Kansas City-themed signature sandwich to add to the Kauffman Stadium menu in 2011.

Beginning today, fans can choose which of two signature sandwich finalists – developed with local flair by ARAMARK Executive Chef at Kauffman Stadium Dustin Miller – best represents Kansas City and the Royals by casting their vote at www.royals.com/sandwich.  The sandwiches also will be available for purchase throughout the first half of the 2011 season at the Hot Corner Grill inside Kauffman Stadium.  The winning sandwich – determined by total sandwiches sold and online voting – will be announced after the All-Star Break and remain on the menu for the rest of the season.

Royal Pork T (above left): Crispy pork tenderloin, caramelized onions, fried pickle chips, and Kansas City barbecue sauce.

KC Ribeye Stack (below right): Char-grilled ribeye, cheddar cheese, apple wood bacon, sautéed mushrooms, a crispy onion ring, lettuce, tomato and onion with Kansas City smoky and Gold barbecue sauces on a fresh potato bun. 
 
“Much like the Royals have used the offseason to prepare for the season, we’ve used consumer insights to enhance the menu at Kauffman Stadium,” Chef Miller said.  “Now it’s up to Royals fans to decide which sandwich is their favorite.”

“We are excited to involve our fans in creating our ballpark menu,” said Michael Bucek, Vice President-Marketing & Business Development.  “Our partnership with ARAMARK on this campaign is another step forward in offering the best fan experience in baseball.” 

Enhanced Food and Beverage Lineup

The signature sandwich contest is one of several food and beverage offerings debuting at Kauffman Stadium this season. Other new concepts include:

NEW! Jose Pepper’s: Tacos, nachos and burritos from the popular Kansas City restaurant will be available at KC Cantina concessions locations throughout the ballpark.

NEW! Combo Meals and Value Items: Hot dog or pizza and soda value-priced deals and an unlimited refill popcorn bucket.

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