April 2011

Ballpark Blueprint: T-Shirt Tuesday Mania!

Tonight’s 7:10 p.m. Royals-White Sox game kicks off the first T-Shirt Tuesday of the season.  The first 10,000 fans will receive a classic Royals baseball design presented by Pepsi Max.  T-Shirt Tuesday originated in 2006 and was well received by our fans.  From the famed Hot Dog Derby shirts to the Jersey T’s, T- Shirt Tuesdays have had a wide variety of designs.  Below are a few of the first shirts from 2006 – the Buck O’Neil jersey shirt and the Hot Dog Derby T!

In 2011, T-Shirt Tuesdays will incorporate this year’s theme of Major League Moments as well as a blast from the past t-shirt featuring Mr. Royal.  Be sure to collect all seven!  Visit our promotions page at http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=kc&y=2011 for more details!

Tuesday lineup vs. White Sox

It’s warming up outside…come on out to The K for tonight’s 7:10 start!  Here’s a photo of the lineup:

Royals offer special “Royal Nite” ticket prices for White Sox series

Tickets for tonight’s T-Shirt Tuesday start at just $5!  The Royals announced today that the club will offer its “Royal Nite” ticket promotion presented by Hy-Vee for both games of the Chicago White Sox series.  Through this special offer, fans will be able to purchase Hy-Vee Infield, Hy-Vee Box and Hy-Vee View seats for just $5.

The Royals open American League Central play tonight against the White Sox at 7:10 p.m.  The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive an exclusive Royals logo baseball T-shirt presented by Pepsi Max.  For details, visit www.royals.com/tshirttuesday.

First pitch for the series finale is set for Wednesday at 1:10 p.m.  The special weekday matinee game will be followed by a Big 12 Conference showdown between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and University of Missouri Tigers presented by Hy-Vee.  Fans with a ticket for the White Sox-Royals game are invited to stay for the college action.

Wednesday’s game also marks the first INK Student Night of the season and the debut of the INK Local Music Showcase, which will feature a pregame concert by Sons of Great Dane in the Outfield Experience.  For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.

Fans may purchase Royal Nite tickets by visiting www.royals.com or the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.

Opening series in photos!

What a weekend at Kauffman Stadium!  Here’s a photo-heavy post…we have so many to choose from that we’ll do an additional post on the Royals’ Futures Game!

Let’s take a look at the walk-off home runs, kids and adults in the Hot Dog Derby and Matt Treanor blocking the plate on two occasions!  We also have photos of Tim Collins and Aaron Crow – both pitchers earned win number one in the majors this weekend.  And in case you missed it, Bo Jackson was one of the many pregame guests of honor on Opening Day.

At top, teammates await Kila Ka'aihue at home plate after Friday's walk-off home run. Below, the Royals greet Matt Treanor after his walk-off home run on Sunday (look at the excitement on the face of Tim Collins, who pitched 3.0 scoreless innings and earned his first Major League win!)

Alcides Escobar goes high into the air...Escobar helped turn three double plays in the series.

Fan favorite Bo Jackson returned to Kauffman Stadium on Opening Day.

Here's the Opening Day flyover from the Hy-Vee Level! And below, a view from field level!

Topeka native Aaron Crow earned the win on Saturday. Here's a look at his first Major League pitch, which came on Thursday.

Tim Collins earned the win on Sunday. Here's his Major League debut on Thursday! Below we take a look at the two collisions at the plate. Matt Treanor held on and recorded the outs.

Mike Sweeney threw out the first pitch on Opening Day. George Brett was his catcher.

The Hot Dog Derby is fun for the kids...and the kids at heart!

We close with Joakim Soria receiving a handshake from Manager Ned Yost.


Royals sign pitcher Jeff Suppan to minor league contract; Suppan will report to Omaha

The Royals have announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Jeff Suppan to a minor league contract for 2011.  Suppan will report to Triple-A Omaha.

Suppan, 36, pitched for the Royals from 1998-2002, compiling a 39-51 record with a 4.73 ERA, leading the team in wins from 1999-2001 and serving as the club’s Opening Day starter from 2000-2002.  The 6-foot-2 right-hander spent 2010 with the Brewers and Cardinals, going 0-2 in Milwaukee before posting a 3-6 record with a 3.84 ERA in 15 outings (13 starts) for St. Louis.  A veteran of 16 Major League seasons with the Red Sox (1995-97, 2003), Diamondbacks (1998), Royals (1998-2002), Pirates (2003), Cardinals (2004-06, 2010) and Brewers (2007-10), Suppan is 138-143 with a 4.69 ERA in 442 career appearances, including 411 starts.

Photos: Treanor delivers KC’s second walk-off homer in three days

13 innings…469 total pitches…and a 12-9 KC win on a three-run home run from Matt Treanor!  The veteran catcher, acquired just six days ago from Texas, was originally drafted by the Royals in 1994.  He was traded to the Marlins in 1997 and spent a total of 10 years in the minor leagues before getting the call with Florida in 2004.  Congrats to Matt on his first walk-off home run in the majors!

Sunday lineup vs. Angels

It’s a 1:10 start today as the Royals look to take three of four from the Angels.  Come on out to Kauffman Stadium for “Family FunDay Sunday” and play all day in the Outfield Experience for $10 with the “All-Day Play Pass”.

Ned Yost media session: April 2

Prior to Saturday’s 12:10 p.m. first pitch against the Los Angeles Angels at Kauffman Stadium, Royals manager Ned Yost shared with the media that he was satisfied with the resilience his team showed in last night’s dramatic 2-1 victory that ended on a walk-off home run by Kila Ka’aihue.

Prior to Ka’aihue’s game-winner, KC showed aggressiveness on the basepaths in the late innings. Mike Aviles stole second base with two outs in the eighth inning and advanced to third on the play thanks to a throwing error. Aviles also legged out a triple earlier in the contest. Yost stated that he always wants his runners to force the opponent to make plays when they reach base.

The Royals skipper also said he expects Saturday’s starter Kyle Davies to build off his final spring training start when he tossed six scoreless innings against the Milwaukee Brewers, allowing only three hits. Yost noted that all pitchers must have command of the strike zone and that Davies is known for going out and competing well, which should continue this afternoon.

Royals lineup for 4-2

We have a different type of doubleheader on tap today!  At 12:10, the Angels and Royals will battle.  30 minutes after that game ends, it will be the Royals’ Futures Game, pitting Omaha against NW Arkansas.   Come on out to Kauffman Stadium for an afternoon of baseball!  Here’s the Kansas City lineup for today (check back for the Omaha/NW Arkansas lineup):

Walk-off, Hawaiian style!!!

What an exciting finish tonight as Kila Ka’aihue hit a walk-off home run, lifting the Royals to the 2-1 win.  We’re back at it tomorrow with a 12:10 start, followed by the Royals’ Futures Game between Omaha and NW Arkansas. (30 minutes after the conclusion of the Angels-Royals game).


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