July 2011

Royals acquire Navarro and Volz from Boston for Aviles

 The Royals today acquired infielder Yamaico Navarro and minor league right-handed pitcher Kendal Volz from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for infielder Mike Aviles.

Navarro, 23, opened the season with Pawtucket (AAA) and was promoted to the big league club on June 30, hitting .216 (8-for-37) in 16 games. The Royals got a first hand look at Navarro this week when he participated in all four games during KC’s just completed trip to Fenway Park, going 4-for-12 (.333) with a double, walk, two runs scored and RBI. The native of San Pedro de Macoris, DR, who will report to the Royals in Cleveland, hit .258 (33-for-128) in 34 games for Pawtucket with a .362 on-base pct. He was originally signed out of the Dominican Republic by the Red Sox in 2005.

Volz, 23, has worked exclusively in relief for Salem (A) this season, going 2-3 with two saves and a 3.33 ERA in 31 appearances. He has struck out 56 batters in 51.1 innings and held the opposition to a composite .222 batting average, and has been assigned to Wilmington (A). The Bulverde, TX, native was Boston’s ninth-round choice in the 2009 draft out of Baylor University. His professional career began last year with Greenville in the South Atlantic League, working mainly as a starter, appearing in 26 games (24 starts), going 6-5 with a 3.71 ERA, fanning 94 in 116.1 innings. He played for Team USA in 2008.

Aviles hit .222 in 53 games for the Royals this year with five home runs and 31 RBI. He had two stints with the big league club, also spending a little over a month at Omaha (AAA). The 30-year old infielder was Kansas City’s seventh-round pick in the 2003 draft and made his first appearance in the majors in 2008, hitting .325 in 102 games. He missed virtually all of the 2009 campaign and a portion of 2010 due to Tommy John surgery on May 24, 2009.

Homestand Highlights: August 2 – 7

 The Kansas City Royals honor our country’s service men and women with a special Armed Forces Night during the club’s upcoming six-game homestand, August 2-7.  The military salute is scheduled for Saturday, August 6 prior to the Royals-Detroit Tigers game set for 6:10 p.m.

The upcoming homestand also features fan favorites such as T-Shirt Tuesday, Buck Night, Fireworks Friday and the Sprint Fun Run, as well as a special Royals batting helmet giveaway for the kids.                                   

Tuesday, August 2 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.

·         T-Shirt Tuesday – The first 10,000 fans receive an exclusive Kansas City skyline Royals t-shirt presented by Sprint.  For details, visit www.royals.com/tshirttuesday.

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

Wednesday, August 3 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Music Night Giveaway – All fans receive a card presented by Loopt that may be redeemed for five free song downloads from the entire Universal Music Group catalog, including new releases. 
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.  Soft Reeds will be performing prior to the Orioles-Royals game.  For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.   
·         $84 Summer Play Pack for $25 – www.royals.com/playpack.

Thursday, August 4 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

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

Friday, August 5 – Detroit Tigers vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.

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

·         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, August 6 – Detroit Tigers vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 6:10 p.m.

·         Armed Forces Day presented by the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial – Join us for a special pregame tribute to honor our Armed Forces.  The event will include a special pregame ceremony featuring the U.S. Army Honor Guard Drill Team from Washington D.C. and a fly-over courtesy of the Whiteman Air Force Base T-38s (conditions permitting) to honor our service men and women.  Retired General Richard B. Myers, a graduate of Kansas State University who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – the nation’s highest-ranking military officer – from 2001-05, will be the featured speaker.  Groups of 20 or more may purchase special discounted tickets by emailing jordan.lopez@royals.com. For event details, visit www.royals.com/armedforcesday

·         610 Saturday – Enjoy great activities, including a balloon artist and music from The Mickey Finn Band, prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  For details, visit www.royals.com/610saturdays.

Sunday, August 7 – Detroit Tigers vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 1:10 p.m.

·         Kids Helmet – The first 8,000 kids ages 14 years and under receive a Royals batting helmet presented by Chevrolet. 

·         Family FunDay Sunday – The August 7 festivities feature face painters, a balloon artist and live family-friendly entertainment from Dino O’Dell.  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.

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. 

 

Ned Yost media session: July 24

Before wrapping a three game series vs. the Tampa Bay Rays with today’s 1:10 finale, Royals manager Ned Yost praised outfielder Mitch Maier for his versatility in the outfield. Maier will be starting in right field in today’s contest and batting fifth in the lineup.

“He’s [Maier] good at all three. He works all three in pregame drills. He’s good in center, he’s good in right, he’s good in left, I don’t hesitate to put him anywhere,” Yost said.

When it comes to rookies, the Royals and Rays are familiar with a young roster for the 2011 season. The Rays have used 13 different rookies this season and both squad’s contain eight active rookies on their roster. Yost commented on the importance of youth on both squads and the wave of talent that comes through each season.

“It usually is a sign of promise for your organization,” Yost said. “That’s what Dayton [Moore] is doing here is setting up those waves coming up here and the first wave of the young talent is here now.”

Right handed starter Felipe Paulino will be taking the mound today facing up against Tampa Bay’s right hander Alex Cobb. Yost explained that he feels comfortable with the Royals six man rotation for starting pitching and is confident in Paulino’s endurance despite his high pitch counts. The Royals will be looking to sweep the three game series vs. the Rays today and will hit the road for a four game series at Fenway Park vs. the Boston Red Sox starting with tomorrow’s 6:10 (CT) contest.

Ned Yost media session: July 23

As the Royals prepared to go for their fourth consecutive win, manager Ned Yost updated the media on the injury status of shortstop Alcides Escobar and praised reliever Nate Adcock for his development of a secondary pitch.

Escobar left last night’s game in the sixth inning with a shin contusion following a hard slide by Tampa’s Sam Fuld. Yost explained that Escobar is fine and will start in tonight’s contest.

“He felt better today,” Yost said. “He’s still a little sore in the shin, but not to where it affects his movements.”

The skipper will give Escobar a day off on Sunday, which was already in the plans before last night’s injury. For the young shortstop, it will be his second start off (did not start on May 26 at Baltimore, but appeared in the game) in what will be the 101st game of the season.

Yost also commended long reliever Nate Adcock for his development and ability to perform even though he has not gotten a lot of opportunities lately. His Rule 5 right-hander has been working on sharpening his slider since the beginning of spring training.

“His slider at the beginning of the year was basically a cement mixer, one that just kind of spins but doesn’t really do much,” Yost said. “But now, he’s got some depth to it, he’s got a little bit of bite to it. He’s still working to command it, but he’s gotten a lot of swings and misses lately with that slider of his.”

 

Girls Night Out, KU Night, lineup

Tonight is Girls Night Out – be sure to check out the pregame festivities in the Outfield Experience!  Fans with a VIP ticket can enter the event at 3:30, with all gates opening at 4:30.  It’s also KU Night at The K!  Head football coach Turner Gill will be throwing out the first pitch.

Here’s the lineup: 

Gordon – LF

Cabrera – CF

Butler – DH

Hosmer – 1B

Francoeur – RF

Moustakas – 3B

Pena – C

Getz – 2B

Escobar – SS

Francis – P

Ned Yost media session: July 22

Prior to opening up a three-game series vs. the Tampa Bay Rays with tonight’s 7:10 contest, Royals manager Ned Yost discussed the lineup switch between first baseman Eric Hosmer and left fielder Jeff Francoeur. Hosmer will be batting fourth in the lineup and Francoeur will bat fifth. Yost said that he simply wanted to separate left-handed and right-handed hitters to make it difficult on Tampa Bay’s bullpen that sports three left-handed relievers in Cesar Ramos, Jake McGee, and J.P. Howell.

“You can set your lineup depending on a starting pitcher anyway you want but it’s the depth that they have in the bullpen with their lefty relievers, we’re just trying to make it a little more difficult,” Yost said.

Yost explained that veterans Billy Butler, Jeff Francoeur, and Matt Treanor are great hitters to place in between rookies such as Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas within the lineup. The Royals skipper commented that he wants the squad’s rookies to face left-handed pitching to help develop their hitting while giving the Royals squad protection with their veterans in the batting order.

“It doesn’t have anything to do with if he [Eric Hosmer] is hitting this week, is he hitting better today, is he hitting better tomorrow. I think he can hit, I think he can hit left-handed pitching,” Yost said. “I think Moose [Mike Moustakas] is going to be able to hit left-handed pitching really, really well. It’s just the protection issue around those guys.”

When it comes to the recently recalled infielder Mike Aviles from Triple-A Omaha, Yost says he sees Aviles as a utility player. Aviles will be used in various infielder positions and pinch hit and run situations. Yost praised Aviles for his versatility and good instincts on the bases and looks forward to giving infielders Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Chris Getz resting days throughout the season and placing Aviles in the lineup.  Yost mentioned Aviles will probably get the start this Sunday at shortstop to give Escobar a day off in the sweltering heat.

Photos: Diamond of Dreams

On Thursday night, Royals Charities hosted Diamond of Dreams: Taking the Field for Operation Breakthrough.  The annual event took place on the field at Kauffman Stadium and the entire team was on hand!  For more information on Operation Breakthrough, visit http://www.operationbreakthrough.org/.

Picture captions:

1) Evening view of Diamond of Dreams
2) Eric Hosmer, Kyle Davies, Tim Collins, Chris Getz

3) Billy and Katie Butler with event attendees

4) Group photo with Eric Hosmer

5) Ned and Deborah Yost, Luke and Ashley Hochevar

6) Mike Moustakas and Brayan Pena

 
 
 

 
 

Buck Night, Fireworks Friday, lineup

The Royals host Tampa Bay tonight at 7:10.  It’s Buck Night – hot dogs, small Pepsi products and peanuts are just $1 all night long!  Plus, stay after the game for Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi!

Here’s the lineup: 

Gordon LF

Cabrera CF

Butler DH

Hosmer 1B

Francoeur RF

Moustakas 3B

Treanor C

Getz 2B

Escobar SS

Hochevar P

Ned Yost media session: Betemit trade

Before the Royals and Chicago White Sox squared off in Wednesday’s 7:10 rubber match at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City manager Ned Yost announced that the club traded reserve infielder Wilson Betemit to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for minor leaguers Antonio Cruz and Julio Rodriguez.

Cruz, a 19-year-old left-handed pitcher, has pitched the entire season for West Michigan in the Class A Midwest League, compiling a 2-6 record with a 3.11 ERA in 22 games, including 10 starts. He was signed by Detroit as a non-drafted free agent out of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic on January 7, 2009. West Michigan is playing the Royals’ Class A affiliate Kane County this evening, so Cruz will switch clubhouses and be in uniform for the Cougars tonight.

Rodriguez, a 21-year-old catcher, is hitting .283 with 11 doubles, one home run, 27 RBI and 20 runs scored in 66 games for Lakeland in the Florida State League (A Advanced). He was named the Dominican Summer League Tigers Player of the Year in 2008 and was an All-Star in the New York-Penn League last season for Connecticut. Rodriguez will join the Royals’ High A affiliate in Wilmington.

Yost was complimentary of Betemit during his tenure in Kansas City and indicated that the veteran now enters a situation in Detroit where he has a chance to receive more playing time.

“Wilson did a great job for us,” Yost said. “He’s great on a club because he’s got great makeup [and] he’s got a great attitude.”

To fill Betemit’s roster spot, the club has recalled infielder Mike Aviles from AAA Omaha. Aviles was hitting .307 with nine home runs, eight doubles, two triples, 25 RBI and 21 runs scored in 35 games for the Storm Chasers. His .586 slugging percentage led the team. Aviles was on the Royals’ 2011 Opening Day roster and played in 47 games for the big league club with five home runs, 30 RBI and 10 stolen bases.

Aviles has played second base, shortstop and third base during his previous stints in the Majors and offers Yost the ability to give shortstop Alcides Escobar, second basemen Chris Getz and third basemen Mike Moustakas an occasional day of rest.

“Our intent was to get Aviles back here,” Yost said. “[The trade] gives Wilson a chance to go to a club where he’s going to play more, and it gives us better options in the infield.”

Royals acquire minor leaguers Cruz and Rodriguez from Tigers for infielder Wilson Betemit

 The Royals announced today that the club has acquired left-handed pitcher Antonio Cruz and catcher Julio Rodriguez from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for infielder Wilson Betemit.

The 19-year-old Cruz has pitched the entire 2011 campaign for West Michigan in the Class A Midwest League, compiling a 2-6 record with a 3.11 ERA in 22 games, including 10 starts.  The 5-foot-11, 199-pounder from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic was signed by Detroit as a non-drafted free agent on January 7, 2009.  West Michigan is hosting the Royals’ Class A affiliate Kane County this evening, so Cruz will switch clubhouses and be in uniform for the Cougars tonight.

Rodriguez, 21, is hitting .283 with 11 doubles, one home run, 27 RBI and 20 runs scored in 66 games for Lakeland in the Florida State League (A Advanced).  The 6-foot-1 right-handed hitter and thrower was named the Dominican Summer League Tigers Player of the Year in 2008 and was an All-Star in the New York-Penn League last season for Connecticut.  Rodriguez is expected to join the Royals’ High A affiliate in Wilmington.

The 29-year-old Betemit was hitting .281 in 57 games for the Royals.

 

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