April 2011

“The Rookie”, Jim Morris, to speak at Faith & Family Day on May 1

The Royals are hosting the annual Faith & Family Day at The K on Sunday, May 1.  The event, hosted by KCTV5 Chief Meteorologist Katie Horner, will feature a postgame guest speaker, Jim “The Rookie” Morris, as well as appearances from select Royals executives and players.  Fans may purchase tickets online at www.royals.com/faith, by calling 1-800-6ROYALS, at area Hy-Vee stores or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.  Faith Day fans may purchase a Field Box or Field Plaza ticket for $15 or a Hy-Vee Reserved Box, Hy-Vee Infield or Hy-Vee Box ticket for only $10.

Faith & Family Day begins as the Royals host the Minnesota Twins in a 1:10 p.m. contest.  Shortly after the conclusion of the game, Morris will address the crowd inside Kauffman Stadium.  Seating for the speaking engagement will be general admission, and a game ticket is required for admittance.

Morris’ meteoric rise from a 35-year-old high school teacher to a flame-throwing big league pitcher in three months made cinematic history with the release of Disney’s “The Rookie” starring Dennis Quaid.  When coaching his Texas high school baseball team in 1999, Morris made a bet with his kids: if they won a district championship, he would participate in a tryout camp with a big league team.  The players came through with a district title, and Morris fulfilled his end of the deal by throwing 12 consecutive pitches at 98 miles per hour in front of Major League scouts.  Three months later, Morris was striking out big league hitters for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.  The movie blockbuster that followed about chasing your dreams and keeping your promises won the ESPY for Sports Film of the Year and was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the five greatest baseball films ever made.

Morris has now been a public speaker for 10 years and has participated in prestigious speaking events such as The Million Dollar Round Table and numerous other speaker showcases.  He is also the author of “The Rookie.”  Morris is living proof that you can transform yourself if you put others first and find a mentor in life.  No longer living in silence, Morris is the best inspirational speaker around as he draws on his own life experiences to inspire others to become leaders and mentors in life and business.

In addition to the Faith & Family festivities, fans attending the May 1 game will also be treated to Family FunDay Sunday events that include face painters, a balloon artist and live family-friendly entertainment in the Outfield Experience prior to the game.  Fans can also enjoy the All-Day Play Pass for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience for just $10.  For details, visit www.royals.com/sunday.  In addition, all fans can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting) as part of the Sprint Fun Run.

Ned Yost media session: April 21

Before wrapping up the four game series vs. the Cleveland Indians with tonight’s 7:10 game at Kauffman Stadium, Royals manager Ned Yost shared with the media the decision to bring in rookie right-hander Louis Coleman from Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers. Yost’s choice to bring in Coleman was to help stabilize the bullpen and balance out the workload for fellow relievers like Aaron Crow, Blake Wood, Tim Collins, and Jeremy Jeffress. The Royals manager admires Coleman’s aggressiveness and ability to command the ball, along with his excellent Triple-A numbers and Spring Training record. Yost remarked about the advantages of having an excellent farm system foundation. With a group of good arms in the minors, it gives the team options to make changes if need be and provide opportunities.

When asked a question regarding Kila Ka’aihue in the Royal’s lineup and possibly turning the corner in last night’s game (2-for-3 with a walk), Yost replied by saying that he doesn’t judge on just one game but admires Ka’aihue’s approach, a successful Spring Training, and diligent work ethic. Patience and opportunity are the key factors in producing quality players.

The Royals will enter the series finale tonight with a 1-2 record vs. the Indians and an 11-7 record on the season. The skipper complimented his squad’s hitting skills, finding ways to score runs, playing consistent baseball, and executing nice defensive plays. Yost’s acknowledges various situations in the Royals vs. Indians series have been a bit of a struggle such as stranding runners in scoring positions and a shaky bullpen at times, but the Royals continue to focus on playing impressive baseball on a day-to-day basis.

Thursday lineup and a roster move

The Royals and Indians conclude their series at Kauffman Stadium tonight.  First pitch is set for 7:10.   Earlier today, the Royals selected the contract of right-handed reliever Louis Coleman from Omaha.  Kanekoa Texeira was optioned to Omaha. 

The 25-year old Coleman was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA and two saves in six outings for the Storm Chasers.  He held batters to a .167 average while striking out 16 in 7.0 innings pitched, including five K’s over 2.0 shutout frames in his last outing on Monday vs. Nashville.

The Mississippi native was selected by KC in the 5th round of the 2009 June Free Agent Draft out of LSU, where he was the 2009 SEC Pitcher of the Year.  Coleman, a starter in college, led the Tigers to the College World Series and was on the mound in the championship win over Texas.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

(Getz – 2B), (Cabrera – CF), (Gordon – LF), (Butler – 1B), (Francoeur – RF), (Betemit – 3B), (Ka’aihue – DH), (Treanor – C), (Escobar – SS), (O’Sullivan – P)

Luncheon benefits City Union Mission summer camp

General Manager Dayton Moore and his wife, Marianne, co-chaired the “Women Who’ve Changed the Heart of the City” luncheon today, which benefited the City Union Mission’s summer camp.

Royals Hall of Fame second baseman Frank White presented one of the future campers with a cap.

For more information about City Union Mission, visit http://www.cityunionmission.org/.

Ned Yost media session: April 20

Heading into Wednesday’s 7:10 contest against the Cleveland Indians, Royals manager Ned Yost was still raving about the outfield play of Alex Gordon. In Tuesday’s 5-4 victory over the Tribe, Gordon made an outstanding diving catch in the 9th inning and also threw out a runner at the plate to end the 7th frame.

Yost said he was impressed with Gordon’s transition from third base to left field last season and likened the conversion to that of All-Star Ryan Braun, who went through the same process while Yost was manager of the Milwaukee Brewers.

“You knew that [Gordon] had enough speed and athleticism to roam left field,” Yost said. “It was just a matter of getting repetitions in the outfield and getting used to catching fly balls at all the angles.”

The skipper explained that Gordon has developed a great habit by chasing after fly balls at game speed during the first two rounds of batting practice each day.

Another defensive standout for the Royals this season has been shortstop Alcides Escobar, who was acquired in an offseason trade. Escobar has shown exceptional range and arm strength while consistently taking hits away from opponents with highlight-reel plays.

“He has so much athleticism that he continues to make great plays look routine,” Yost said.

Wednesday lineup: Student Night

The Royals earned a 5-4 win last night to even the series with Cleveland at a game apiece.  KC stands at 11-6, just a game behind the division-leading Indians.  Wednesday is Student Night – tonight’s pre-game band is Scratch Track.  The Outfield Experience opens at 5:30 and student tickets are just $7 with a valid high school or college ID!

Here is tonight’s lineup:

(Getz – 2B), (Cabrera – CF), (Gordon – LF), (Butler – DH), (Francoeur – RF), (Aviles – 3B), (Ka’aihue – 1B), (Treanor – C), (Escobar – SS), (Hochevar – P)

Ned Yost media session: April 19

Before Tuesday night’s 7:10 game against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium, Royals manager Ned Yost was unaffected by the weather conditions and touched on Kila Ka’aihue’s new spot in the Royals lineup. Despite the cold wind and misty weather environment, it’s just another day of playing baseball for Yost and the Royals squad. Turning on the heat in the bullpen and making sure the team is warmed up for tonight’s game are just a few of the adjustments the Royals are making to accommodate against the April chill.

When asked a question regarding Kila Ka’aihue moving down to the seventh spot in the Royal’s lineup, Yost replied by saying that the first baseman has simply been struggling. Kila has had decent at-bats and at times opposing pitchers make tough pitches on him but Yost wants to keep Kila in the lineup to provide him with opportunities to get him out of his hitting slump and get his bat going. The Royals skipper complimented Kila’s hard-working ethic and trusting his ability to do well. When it comes to the lineup, Yost’s strategy for the four-game series against the Indians has Kila sitting out for tomorrow night’s 7:10 game, but if he plays well tonight, the manager may put him right back in the lineup.

Starting lefty Bruce Chen will be taking the mound tonight against Indians’ right-hander Jeanmar Gomez. Chen’s skills to keep the ball down, change speeds, and disrupt opposing hitters are all factors to his success thus far in the season.  Yost notes that the indication of a good pitcher is to make adjustments to the weather and play with the elements, which we will expect to see in tonight’s game.

Ballpark Blueprint: Royals Baseball Insider

If you’ve been to Kauffman Stadium this season, you may have noticed the Royals’ new publication, Royals Baseball Insider.  This playbill-style magazine is exclusively available at the stadium and free to any fan attending a game at The K! 

If you haven’t made it to a game this year, we encourage you to pick up a copy of Royals Baseball Insider.  Features include:

• A cover story, player poster, team roster, and previews of upcoming opponents
• Information about upcoming promotions and events, the Royals in the community, a guide to dining at Kauffman Stadium and more!
• Great discounts to local businesses and venues, plus a chance to win prizes (including tickets) from royals.com!  This month, fans have the chance to win four field box tickets plus access to batting practice from royals.com…the promotion is on page 37!!)

We’ll have six action-packed issues this season!  Closer  Joakim Soria is featured in the debut issue, which also has an article about the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, KC’s Double-A affiliate.  A new edition will debut on April 29 for the Minnesota series!

T-Shirt Tuesday lineup: Royals vs. Indians


Tonight is T-Shirt Tuesday!  The first 10,000 fans for the 7:10 start will receive this shirt, courtesy of Farmland.

Let’s take a look at the lineup:  (Getz – 2B), (Cabrera – CF), (Gordon – LF), (Butler – DH), (Francoeur – RF), (Betemit – 3B), (Ka’aihue – 1B), (Pena – C), (Escobar – SS), (Chen – P)

Ned Yost media session: A.L. Central matchup with Cleveland

Before Monday’s 7:10 series opener with the Cleveland Indians, Royals manager Ned Yost talked about the matchup of the top two teams in the A.L. Central. Cleveland enters the 4-game set with an 11-4 record while the Royals sit just one game behind at 10-5. KC’s skipper confirmed that it will be a key series, but pointed out that every series and game is important.

“That’s the mindset you have to have over the course of a 162-game season. It doesn’t change depending on who you play,” Yost said.

Yost also spoke highly about the atmosphere in the Royals clubhouse. He noted that the vibe is as good as any team he has been around. He praised his squad’s desire to get better individually every day, which is translating to team success.

Kyle Davies will start on the mound for KC Monday night and is looking for his second consecutive victory. Yost said Davies has been throwing well and must continue to attack hitters with an emphasis on location. The 27-year-old right-hander enjoyed a personal 3-game winning streak against the Tribe from early 2008 through the end of the 2009 season, registering an exceptional 2.16 ERA (16.2 IP, 13 H, 4 ER) during that span.


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