May 2011

Danny Duffy to start on Wednesday vs. Texas

Prospect Danny Duffy will make his Major League debut on Wednesday vs. the Rangers (7:10 start).  A corresponding roster move will be made on Wednesday. 

Here are a few ways to save on tickets for Wednesday’s game…first, it is Ink Student Night!  Rivals Outfield Box or Hy-Vee Infield tickets are available  for high school and college students with valid ID at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office for just $7.

Also, fans can get the Spring Play Pack for $25.

The Spring Play Pack includes:

  • Two (2) Field Plaza tickets
  • $5 per ticket in loaded value
  • Free unlimited Outfield Plaza games

For more information, visit www.royals.com/playpack.

Follow our “Blog Your Way to The K” participants

On Tuesday, eight social media enthusiasts will take part in “Blog Your Way to The K” during KC’s game vs. Cleveland. 

Here are the websites and Twitter accounts of our participants.  Be sure to check out their coverage of this behind-the-scenes look at Kauffman Stadium and the Royals!

Name Website Twitter
Jeffrey Z. http://www.royalsreview.com/ @jeffwzimmerman
Sean N. http://nashworld.me @nashworld
Eric L. http://www.speakingofhistory.com/ @elanghorst
Aaron S. http://www.i70baseball.com/author/astilley/ @KC_Baseball
Kate C. http://www.columbiatribune.com/weblogs/not-so-perfect-parent/ @guavalicious
Michael E. http://KingsofKauffman.com @KingsofKauffman
Jordan S.   @jordankcfan
Chris K.   @fakenedyost

Ned Yost media session: May 16

Before Monday’s 7:10 series opener vs. the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium, Royals manager Ned Yost raved about the improvements his squad has made since he took over just over a year ago and explained that now it’s about playing good baseball.

“When I came in here last year we had areas that we had to address. We had to address defense, we had to address baserunning. Those were things that we worked on every single day. But we’ve pretty much addressed all those things, now it’s down to competition… every day we have to be better than the opposing team,” Yost comments.

The Royals skipper touched on the 2-3 mark on the road that started at Yankees Stadium last Tuesday by winning two of three and ended by dropping two against the Detroit Tigers with a rainout on Sunday at Comerica Park. Yost remarked about the Tigers’ starting pitchers and the Royals squad during the series.

 “If we’re facing mediocre pitching and we’re not scoring runs, then yeah we need to do something but when you’re facing really good pitching and not scoring runs you take your hat off to them and you come back and get them the next game,” Yost said.

Kyle Davies will take the mound tonight for his third start of the year against the Cleveland Indians. Yost said despite Davies’ few rough games this season, more often than not Davies does a great job of keeping his squad in the game and giving them a chance to win. The starting right-hander will face Cleveland Indians RHP Josh Tomlin who has a 4-1 record and 2.70 ERA thus far in the season.

Royal Nite lineup: 7:10 vs. Cleveland

Monday is Royal Nite!   All Hy-Vee Level tickets (excluding Hy-Vee Reserved Box) are just $5!  Join us for the 7:10 start at Kauffman Stadium!

Here’s a photo of the lineup:

Royals host online auction for tornado relief

 The Royals announced today that the club will host a special online auction with all proceeds directed to Heart to Heart International.  The locally-based emergency response organization will then use the funds to support the ongoing tornado relief effort across the southern United States. 

According to the National Weather Service, more than 300 tornadoes were spawned by a powerful storm system on April 26-27.  These twisters wiped out entire towns across a wide swath of the South, claiming nearly 400 lives, ravaging dozens of communities, displacing thousands of families and causing billions of dollars in damage to businesses, homes and schools.  Alabama’s state emergency management agency reported the most destruction, followed closely by Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia. 

In response, the Royals are partnering with Heart to Heart International to connect people and resources to those affected by these disasters.  The club is hosting a silent auction featuring unique baseball memorabilia, including game-used items from Eric Hosmer’s first Major League game on Friday, May 6.  Items up for bid, all authenticated by Major League Baseball, are listed below.  The auction is now open, and fans will have an opportunity to bid on these unique items by visiting www.royals.com/relief until Friday, June 3. 

Game-used third base from May 6 vs. Oakland A’s (Eric Hosmer’s MLB debut)
Game-used baseball from May 6 vs. Oakland A’s (Eric Hosmer MLB debut)
Game-used first base from May 7 vs. Oakland A’s (Eric Hosmer’s first Major League hit)
Game-used baseball from May 7 vs. Oakland A’s (ball pitched to Eric Hosmer during game in which he
    recorded first Major League hit)
Mike Aviles autographed jersey
George Brett autographed baseball
Billy Butler autographed cap
Jarrod Dyson autographed locker plate
Jeff Francoeur autographed baseball
Alex Gordon autographed jersey (#7)
Mitch Maier autographed green batting gloves (designed for March 17 Spring Training game)
Kevin Seitzer autographed locker plate from Spring Training
2011 Opening Day game-used baseball – March 31 vs. Los Angeles Angels

Heart to Heart is a global humanitarian organization that specializes in mobilizing volunteers and providing humanitarian assistance to alleviate human suffering.  Started in 1992 as a volunteer-based organization, Heart to Heart has grown into one of the world’s most efficient and effective humanitarian groups.  To date, Heart to Heart has delivered $850 million in aid to more than 100 countries worldwide, including the United States.  For more information on Heart to Heart or how to get involved, check out the organization’s website at www.hearttoheart.org.

Homestand Highlights: May 16-22: Keep The K Blue!

The Royals return Monday for a seven-game homestand, highlighted by the return of the I-70 Series.  Great tickets are still available to cheer on the Royals and “Keep The K Blue” as Kansas City takes on the St. Louis Cardinals in a three-game weekend series, May 20-22.

The homestand begins with great matchups against the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians, May 16-17, and the reigning A.L. Champion Texas Rangers, May 18-19.  The week is highlighted by great ticket deals, a T-Shirt Tuesday giveaway, an INK Student Night and Tourism Day at The K.

The rivalry weekend against the Cardinals features Fireworks Friday after the series opener, live music prior to a special 1:10 p.m. matinee on Saturday, and a Family FunDay Sunday and Sprint Fun Run for Sunday’s series finale.

Monday, May 16 – Cleveland Indians 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 Spring Play Pack for $25 – www.royals.com/playpack.

Tuesday, May 17 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         T-Shirt Tuesday – The first 10,000 fans receive an exclusive powder blue KC T-shirt presented by Teva Neuroscience.  For details, visit www.royals.com/tshirttuesday.

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

Wednesday, May 18 – Texas Rangers 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.  New in 2011, all Student Nights will feature live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  All Student Nights also 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 will feature live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys will be performing prior to the Rangers-Royals game.  For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.   
·         $84 Spring Play Pack for $25 – www.royals.com/playpack.

Thursday, May 19 – Texas Rangers vs. Royals, 7:10 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.

·         Tourism Day at The K – The Royals, the Greater Kansas City Attractions Association and the Kansas City Conventions & Visitors Association partner for an exclusive ticket deal for the series finale with the Rangers.  Fans may purchase four Hy-Vee Infield seats with $10 in loaded value on each ticket – a $108 value – for just $60.  www.royals.com/tourism.

·         Kansas City Attractions Coupon Book – In conjunction with Tourism Day, the first 10,000 fans receive a KC Attractions Pack courtesy of the Greater Kansas City Attractions Association with valuable offers for attractions all over town, including Worlds of Fun, Schlitterbahn, Powell Gardens, Paradise Park and other parks, theaters and historical sites.

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

Friday, May 20 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.

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

·         Health Awareness Day – The University of Kansas Hospital presents the first of three Health Awareness Days during the 2011 season.  Health professionals from the hospital will be on hand to distribute information and gifts to fans while helping them learn valuable information about staying healthy.

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

 
Saturday, May 21 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 1:10 p.m.

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

Sunday, May 22 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 1:10 p.m.

·         Family FunDay Sunday – New in 2011!  Each Sunday home game includes face painters, balloon or caricature artists and live family-friendly entertainment in the Outfield Experience.  DJ Rich Linden will be a featured entertainer on May 22. 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 – www.royals.com/playpack.

Royals to place Bruce Chen on 15-day D.L. tomorrow, recall Vin Mazzaro

The Royals have announced today that the club will place left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen on the 15-day Disabled List tomorrow, retroactive to May 6, with a left lat strain and recall  right-handed pitcher Vin Mazzaro from Omaha.  Mazzaro, who will wear #32, will start tomorrow night for the Royals against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Mazzaro (muh-ZAIR-oh), 24, was 1-0 with a 4.97 ERA in five starts for the Omaha Storm Chasers.  The 6-foot-2 right-hander has allowed 15 runs (14 earned) on 31 hits in 25.1 innings, walking 13 and striking out 27.  Mazzaro was acquired by the Royals from Oakland with minor league pitcher Justin Marks on November 10, 2010 in exchange for outfielder David DeJesus.  A New Jersey native, Mazzaro is 10-17 with a 4.72 ERA in 41 career Major League appearances, including 35 starts, for the Oakland A’s in 2009 and 2010. 

Chen was 4-1 with a 3.59 ERA in seven starts for the Royals.  He will be eligible for reinstatement from the D.L. on May 21.

Viewing party for Royals/Yankees game tonight at Power and Light District!

Reminder – the Royals will partner with the Kansas City Power and Light District to host a viewing party as the Royals take on the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium tonight.  The game-watching party, which will be free for all fans, will be held at KC Live! in the Kansas City Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City with the game displayed on the area’s 192-square foot videoboard.

The party begins at 5:00 p.m. with entertainment and contests with first pitch set for 6:05 p.m.  The festivities will feature fun for Royals fans of all ages and great prizes, including Royals gear and autographed items.  Kauffman Stadium in-game host Tim Scott, members of the K Crew and Sluggerrr will also be on hand for the family-friendly event.  Please note that all minors must be accompanied by an adult. 

For more information, please visit www.royals.com/viewingparty.

KC Live!, located directly across the street from the Sprint Center in the heart of The KC Power and Light District, is the Midwest’s premier dining and entertainment destination.  Featuring world-class restaurants, taverns and night spots, KC Live! is where Kansas City goes to play.  KC Live! features a full-concert stage where the country’s most premiere musicians and bands perform weekly during the summer and for special events throughout the year.  For more information on the Kansas City Power and Light District’s restaurants and entertainment venues, upcoming events and parking availability, visit www.powerandlightdistrict.com.

Photos: Salute to the Kansas City A’s

Saturday’s pregame festivities featured a Salute to the Kansas City A’s.  Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda, a member of the 1956 A’s, was on hand.  (Side note – Lasorda spent time as a Royal, that is, in Montreal.  The Montreal Royals were the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate during Lasorda’s playing career.)

Let’s take a look at the photos:

  • Two young fans had their picture taken with a Missouri mule, which was outfitted with Charlie O.’s original blanket.  Charlie Finley anointed Charlie O as the Kansas City A’s mascot.
  • Two legends – Tommy Lasorda with groundskeeping great George Toma.
  • Lew Krausse, who debuted with the A’s at age 18, threw out a ceremonial first pitch.  Brayan Pena was his catcher for the first pitch.
  • Lasorda chatting with KC outfielder Jeff Francoeur.
  • Kansas City A’s alumni and former groundskeeper George Toma were honored during the pregame ceremony.

 

Ned Yost media session: May 8

Before wrapping up the three game series vs. the Oakland Athletics with today’s 1:10 game at Kauffman Stadium, Royals manager Ned Yost discussed with the media a few lineup changes and what to expect from today’s starting lefty, Jeff Francis. Yost commented that Billy Butler’s off-day in the lineup will give him time to relax and rest up since he has been struggling with his at-bats a bit.

“It’s a good time to take a day off…we’ve got an off day tomorrow so it gives us the benefit of two days,” Yost said.

When asked a question regarding the rare “steal of home” play, Yost replied by saying it depends on the situation. Timing is a factor for the Royals skipper as well as having all the right ingredients to execute the play with a slow wind-up pitcher and a speedy base runner.

The manager raved about Jarrod Dyson’s speed and instincts when it comes to running the bases and stealing. Dyson scored the game-winning run last night in the ninth.

“He [Dyson] has tremendous instincts, as good of base running instincts of any player I’ve ever been around…he does it on skill, he does it on courage, a lot of things that add up for him to be a dangerous  weapon,” Yost said.

Jeff Francis will start on the mound for KC today with 0-3 record thus far in the season along with four no decisions. The Royals manager acknowledges that Francis has struggled a bit on location but expects Francis to keep the ball down and change speeds today. Jeff enters today’s game eighth in the league in fewest walks per 9-innings at 1.82 and tied for fifth in fewest walks per batter faced at .045.

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