May 2011

Ned Yost media session: May 31

Heading into Tuesday’s 7:10 contest against the Los Angeles Angels, Royals manager Ned Yost spoke about making a switch in the closer role, explaining why the move became necessary. Following yesterday’s loss, Yost announced that rookie Aaron Crow will now handle those duties, taking over for Joakim Soria.

Yost said that Crow was the logical choice to take over because of his makeup and track record in his young career.

“He’s got a lot of confidence in himself, he’s got great stuff and he’s had great success to this point,” Yost said. “He’s been the eighth inning guy and he moves up.”

The skipper said Soria will be used in situations where he can throw multiple innings. Yost explained that he wants his former closer to have an opportunity to throw more pitches to regain his form on the mound.

As far as the rest of the bullpen, Yost emphasized that he would like to see the starting rotation work later into games to give the relievers some rest. He noted that there is a concerted effort being made not to overwork his young relief staff.

Tuesday lineup: 7:10 vs. Angels at Kauffman Stadium

(Gordon – LF), (Cabrera – CF), (Hosmer – 1B), (Francoeur – RF), (Butler – DH), (Betemit – 3B), (Pena – C), (Getz – 2B), (Escobar – SS), (Francis – P)

Broadcast auction set for June 8

If you would like to throw out a first pitch at Kauffman Stadium, run in the Hot Dog Derby, or have a suite night with George Brett, take a look…those are a few of the awesome experiences available in the Broadcast Auction, set for Wednesday, June 8.

 
The second annual event will feature a special on-air auction, giving viewers the opportunity to bid on 10 unique ballpark experiences.  The auction begins at 6:30 p.m. during the Hy-Vee Royals LIVE pre-game show and continues throughout the game telecast.  All proceeds from the event will benefit Royals Charities.

Fans will have an opportunity to support Royals Charities by phoning in bids for unique experiences including ceremonial first pitch honors, a suite night with George Brett, or private lessons with Billy Butler, Bruce Chen or Jeff Francoeur. Most experiences include game tickets in the BATS Crown Club.

Experiences scheduled to be auctioned off are listed below.

• Television/Radio Broadcast Experience for Two
• Hitting Lessons with Billy Butler for Three
• Pitching Lessons with Bruce Chen for Three
• Fielding Lessons with Jeff Francoeur for Three
• Ceremonial First Pitch Honors with Opportunity to Run in the Kauffman Stadium Hot Dog Race
• Let’s Play Ball: Batting Practice Session at Kauffman Stadium for Six
• Behind the Scenes at the Ballpark:  Visits with Dayton Moore & Ned Yost; Clubhouse & Batting Practice Tour
• Suite Night with George Brett – Tuesday, August 16 vs. New York Yankees
• Spring Training Trip for Two to Surprise, Ariz.
• U2 Concert at Busch Stadium Package

Bids may be placed that evening by calling (816) 504-4040.  Fans are encouraged to visit www.royals.com/broadcastauction for complete package details.

In addition, Royals Charities will also offer a limited number of exclusive Royals ticket packages during the Broadcast Auction.  Fans may purchase the package – valued at over $330 – for just $99 and choose from the following game dates:

• Saturday, July 23 vs. Tampa Bay Rays – 6:10 p.m.
• Monday, August 15 vs. New York Yankees – 7:10 p.m.
• Saturday, September 17 vs. Chicago White Sox – 6:10 p.m.

Each package includes:

• Four Loge Box Tickets   ●  Four All-Day Passes for Outfield Experience Games
• Royals T-Shirt  ● Reserved Parking Pass
• Royals Gray Replica Jersey ● Game-Used Autographed Baseball

Ballpark Blueprint: Royalty Fields

In this Ballpark Blueprint, we highlight the Royalty Fields program, part of Royals Charities: 

The Royals family wants to pass along our love of baseball to future generations and help give ALL kids the opportunity to get on the field.  That desire led to the creation of the Royalty Fields program back in 2006. 

This ongoing Royals Charities effort strives to improve baseball and softball facilities across the Midwest.  Any independent, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization or local government unit that operates a youth baseball and/or softball program in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas or South Dakota can apply for a Royalty Fields matching grant of up to $5,000 for major renovations. 

To date, Royals Charities has distributed over 40 Royalty Fields grants in five states.  To apply for a Royalty Fields grant, visit www.royals.com/royaltyfields.

Ned Yost reflects on Memorial Day

Before beginning an 11-game homestand beginning with Monday’s 3:10 first pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Royals manager Ned Yost reflected about the importance of Memorial Day and his appreciation for the work of men and women in the military.

 

“I always try to make a point during the National Anthem to remember [the military],” Yost said. “I am thankful for their service and what they provide for us. It’s a day that we can stop as a nation and keep them in our thoughts.”

 

Yost also elaborated about recent plays at home plate involving contact between a runner and catcher. A former catcher himself, Yost said he hasn’t given much thought to whether the rule needs to be examined.

 

“[Catcher] is the only position on the field that you can make contact with legally, but that’s always been the job description,” Yost said. “That’s always the way the game has been played.”

 

The skipper noted that newly-acquired right-hander Felipe Paulino will get a shot in the starting rotation because he features three above-average pitches that were on display during his Royals debut Friday at Texas.

 

“His fastball got up to 98 miles an hour, [he] had a good, heavy two-seamer at 94, had a very sharp breaking slider, and threw some good changeups,” Yost said. “If he throws strikes like he did the other night, this kid can have some success. So, let’s find out.” 

 

 

 
 

 

Memorial Day lineup: 3:10 vs. Angels

Kansas City starts an 11-game homestand today with the first of three vs. the Angels.  Today’s game is a “Royal Nite” – all Hy-Vee Level tickets (excluding Hy-Vee Reserved Box) are just $5!

Here is the lineup:  (Gordon – LF), (Cabrera – CF), (Hosmer – 1B), (Francoeur – RF), (Butler – DH), (Betemit – 3B), (Treanor – C), (Getz – 2B), (Escobar – SS), (Hochevar – P)

Saturday’s game to air regionally on the FOX Network

Saturday’s game, a 6:10 start, will air regionally via the FOX Network with the Royals’ own Ryan Lefebvre calling the play-by-play with the Rangers’ Tom Grieve.  The game can be viewed in Kansas City on FOX 4 at 6:14 p.m.  Tomorrow’s game will not air on FOX Sports Kansas City.

Also, a reminder:  The Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City have added next Wednesday’s 3:10 game at home against the Angels to the television schedule to make up for the rained out telecast in Detroit on May 15.

Reminder – tornado relief donations being accepted from 9:30 to 8:30 today

The Royals and Heart to Heart International will continue to accept donations today at Kauffman Stadium’s Lot M. 

Cash donations are encouraged as Heart to Heart can use funds to purchase exactly what is needed at the disaster sites.  However, fans wanting to donate items are encouraged to bring items for hygiene care kits such as washcloths, hand towels, bar soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and adhesive bandages.  More details on items needed can be found at www.royals.com/relief or www.hearttoheart.org.

Royals acquire pitcher Felipe Paulino from Rockies for cash considerations, designate Tejeda

Late on Thursday evening, the Royals announced that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Felipe Paulino from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for cash considerations.  Paulino, who will wear #59, is expected the join the Royals bullpen tonight as they open a three-game series in Texas against the Rangers.  In a corresponding move, the club designated right-handed pitcher Robinson Tejeda for assignment.

Paulino, 27, was 0-4 in 18 relief appearances for Colorado this season with a 7.36 ERA in 14.2 innings before being designated for assignment on May 22.  In parts of a four-year Major League career with the Houston Astros (2007, 2009-10) and Rockies (2011), the 6-foot-2, 270-pounder is 6-25 with a 5.93 ERA in 65 games, including 34 starts.  In 223.0 innings, he has struck out 201 and walked 97.  Paulino was the Astros number two prospect prior to 2008 but missed that entire season with a pinched nerve in his right arm.  He bounced back in 2009 to record 93 strikeouts in 91.2 innings, the most by a Houston rookie since 2003.

Paulino was acquired by the Rockies in exchange for infielder Clint Barmes on November 18, 2010.  Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, he was originally signed by Houston as an undrafted free agent shortstop on July 2, 2001.  He currently resides in Pearland, Texas, with his wife, Paola, and daughter, Victoria.

The 29-year-old Tejeda was 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA in nine relief appearances for Kansas City in 2011.

Homestand Highlights: May 30 – June 9

The first 20,000 fans on June 4 will receive a Willie Wilson bobblehead from Farmland.

 

 

The Royals embark on the longest homestand of the season with a special Memorial Day matinee set for 3:10 p.m. against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, May 30.

During the 11-game homestand, which features other 3:10 p.m. starts on Wednesday, June 1 vs. the Angels and Thursday, June 9 vs. the Toronto Blue Jays, the Royals will celebrate Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson with his bobblehead giveaway on Saturday, June 4 and give the kids sweet dreams with a Royals Pillow Case featuring Sluggerrr on Sunday, June 5.   Fans will also have a chance to meet Royals stars from the past and present as Eric Hosmer meets fans on June 4 followed by an Autograph Afternoon featuring Royals Alumni on June 5.  In addition, the homestand features a number of great ticket deals and special events for the entire family.

Memorial Day: Monday, May 30 – Los Angeles Angels vs. Royals, 3:10 p.m.

·         Royal “Nite” – All Hy-Vee Level tickets (excluding Hy-Vee Reserved Box) are just $5.  www.royals.com/fanvalue.

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

Tuesday, May 31 – Los Angeles Angels vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

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

Wednesday, June 1 – Los Angeles Angels vs. Royals, 3:10 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.  All Student Nights feature live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience and include a $7 hot dog and beverage special at the Crown Classic concession stand in the Outfield Experience prior to the game.  For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.
INK Local Music Showcase – Catch a free pregame concert on us.  With support from 96.5 The Buzz, every Wednesday INK Student Night features live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  The Barclay Martin Ensemble will be performing prior to the Angels-Royals game.  Gates open at 2 p.m.  For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.   
·         $84 Summer Play Pack for $25 – www.royals.com/playpack.

Thursday, June 2 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         Massage Envy Night at The K – Fans can be treated to a free massage courtesy of Massage Envy from 6 p.m. until the end of the second inning in the Outfield Experience.

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

 Friday, June 3 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

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

·         Buck Night – Hot dogs, small Pepsi products and peanuts are just $1 each all night long.  www.royals.com/fanvalue.

·         Bases Loaded 4-Pack for $80 – Get four Hy-Vee Infield tickets and $10 in loaded value per ticket.  www.royals.com/basesloaded.

 Saturday, June 4 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.

·         Willie Wilson Bobblehead – The first 20,000 fans receive an exclusive bobblehead of Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson presented by Farmland. 

Meet Hosmer at Majestic Team Store – First baseman Eric Hosmer will meet fans and sign autographs from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Majestic Team Store at Kauffman Stadium. 

Mizzou Night at The K– Supporters of the University of Missouri can join fellow Tigers for a night of big league action.  The festivities include a reserved tailgate location in Lot N and appearances from Kansas City area Tiger student-athletes.  Also, the first 700 Tiger fans who bring their special Mizzou Night ticket to the MU table inside Hy-Vee Gate B will receive a limited edition KC Royals Mizzou Cap.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.royals.com/mizzou.  To reserve a group of 20 or more tickets, call (816) 504-4165.   

·         610 Saturday – Enjoy great activities, including a balloon artist and music with DJ Kirby, prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  For details, visit www.royals.com/610saturdays.

Sunday, June 5 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

·         Kids Pillow Case – The first 8,000 kids 14 and under will have sweet dreams after receiving an exclusive pillow case featuring Sluggerrr courtesy of Fox Sports Kansas City. 

·         Autograph Afternoon – Meet your favorite former Royals during Autograph Afternoon.  The one-hour autograph session, featuring Willie Aikens, Brian McRae and Marty Pattin, will take place at Gate A near the Royals Hall of Fame from noon to 1 p.m. Alumni appearances subject to change.

·         Family FunDay Sunday – New in 2011!  The June 5 festivities feature face painters, a caricature artist and live family-friendly entertainment from Vince Vega the Juggling Wonder 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 Summer Play Pack for $25 – www.royals.com/playpack.

Monday, June 6 – Toronto Blue Jays vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         Royal Nite – All Hy-Vee Level tickets (excluding Hy-Vee Reserved Box) are just $5.  www.royals.com/fanvalue.

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

Tuesday, June 7 – Toronto Blue Jays vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

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

Wednesday, June 8 – Toronto Blue Jays vs. Royals, 7:10 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.  All Student Nights feature live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience and include a $7 hot dog and beverage special at the Crown Classic concession stand in the Outfield Experience prior to the game.  For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.

INK Local Music Showcase – Catch a free pregame concert on us.  With support from 96.5 The Buzz, every Wednesday INK Student Night features live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  The Grisly Hand will be performing prior to the Blue Jays-Royals game.  Gates open at 6 p.m.  For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.   
·         $84 Summer Play Pack for $25 – www.royals.com/playpack.

Thursday, June 9 – Toronto Blue Jays vs. Royals, 3:10 p.m.

·         All You Can Eat Seats – It’s another All You Can Eat Seats night!  Fans can purchase All You Can Eat Seats located in the Loge Level (Sec. 318 – 325), which include unlimited ballpark fare.  All the hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, pretzels and Pepsi products you can handle for one low price!  Individual and group discount tickets available.  For details, visit www.royals.com/allyoucaneat.

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

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.

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