Local troops serving in Afghanistan will get a taste of home this Saturday when FOX Sports Kansas City presents This One’s For You, a special telecast of Royals baseball.
Soldiers of the Missouri National Guard’s 548th Transportation Company, deployed in western Afghanistan, will be shown on TV and interviewed by FOX Sports Kansas City via a live satellite link. The 548th, and U.S. troops throughout the world, will watch the game live at 3:30 a.m. Afghanistan time on American Forces Network (AFN).
The 548th Transportation Company is a Missouri National Guard united based out of Trenton, Mo. Earlier this year 170 soldiers from the 548th deployed to Afghanistan. The majority of the soldiers in the Company are at an airfield base in western Afghanistan.
Families of many soldiers of the 548th will be at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday to cheer on the Royals and share a night of baseball with their loved ones serving in Afghanistan. Some families will be interviewed during the game so that soldiers in Afghanistan can see their loved ones on TV.
Saturday is Armed Forces Day at Kauffman Stadium, where the Royals will pay tribute to the military. Royals fans attending the game are encouraged to participate by bringing banners and signs. And fans watching on TV will be invited to send messages to the soldiers via social media.
This One’s For You is being produced by FOX Sports Kansas City in coordination with the Royals, American Forces Network, DVIDS and the Missouri National Guard.
The Royals host Detroit at 7:10. Here’s a look at the lineup:
Gordon – LF
Cabrera – CF
Butler – DH
Hosmer – 1B
Francoeur – RF
Giavotella – 2B
Moustakas – 3B
Escobar – SS
Pina – C
Paulino – RHP
Before finishing up a three game series vs. the Baltimore Orioles with tonight’s 7:10 rubber match, Royals manager Ned Yost praised rookie catcher Manny Pina about his outstanding performance in his Major League Debut in last night’s contest. Pina is back in the lineup again for tonight’s game batting ninth. The Royals skipper is confident in pairing Pina with tonight’s starting lefty Jeff Francis.
“He [Pina] held his own last night, he did a good job .There wasn’t a lot of shaking out there, there wasn’t a lot of indecision on his part,” Yost said. “We want to get a little look at Manny, he did a good job last night and we want to give him another shot tonight.”
Yost explained that bringing up Pina was the best decision for the squad and the roster setup. When it comes to roster changes, Yost said they have some difficult moves to make between now and the end of 2011 season.
“You look at where we are at right now, our roster is at 39 and we’ve got other guys that aren’t on the roster that we’re looking to promote sometime between now and after September,” Yost said. “We’re going to have some tough roster decisions to make.”
Infielder Yamaico Navarro is also another new face for the Royals. Yost spoke about Navarro’s versatility to play shortstop, third base, and second base. The Royals manager admires the 23-year-old’s ability to play various positions but also his approach at the plate. Navarro is in the lineup again in tonight’s game batting sixth and playing third base.
Before tonight’s 7:10 contest vs. the Baltimore Orioles, Royals manager Ned Yost discussed his decision to give rookie third baseman Mike Moustakas a few days off to refine his swing before getting back in the lineup. Yost plans to give Moustakas tonight and tomorrow off and head back into the batting order for Friday’s 7:10 game vs. the Detroit Tigers.
“It’s a lot of technical talk. He [Moustakas] is drifting with his front half which brings his hands forward, which doesn’t put him in a position to drive thru the ball and it’s affecting his power,” Yost said. “So we’re giving him a couple days to sit back and relax a little bit and work on these mechanics.”
Catcher Manny Pina will be making his Major League Debut tonight after being recalled from Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals. The Royals skipper is confident in the 24-year old rookie and is excited to watch him play in tonight’s contest.
“He’s [Pina] worked hard in his life to get here and the day’s arrived where he gets his chance to play in the big leagues,” Yost said.
First baseman Eric Hosmer was selected as the July recipient of the American League Rookie of the Month Award present by Gillette. During July, Hosmer led A.L. rookies with 34 hits and 12 doubles in 27 games and has a .358 OBP and .523 SLG during that time. Yost praised Hosmer for his outstanding hard work and earned recognition for the award.
Hosmer led A.L. rookies with 34 hits and 12 doubles in 27 games during the month of July. The 21-year-old also added five home runs, 19 RBI, 12 runs scored and three stolen bases with a .523 slugging percentage and a .358 on-base percentage. Hosmer, who was the third overall selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, recorded a career-best 11-game hitting streak from July 19th-30th, batting .426 (20-for-47) during the streak with a home run, five doubles, eight RBI and seven runs scored. The left-handed-hitting slugger posted 10 multi-hit contests during the month, including a four-hit contest on July 3rd at Colorado in which Hosmer tied a career-best with four RBI. Hosmer has now collected 27 multi-hit games on the season to lead all A.L. rookies.
On July 15th at Target Field in Minnesota, Eric connected on a game-winning, two-out, two-run home run in the top of the ninth to give the Royals a 2-1 victory over the Twins. In a four-game set against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park from July 25th-28th, Hosmer batted .421 (8-for-19) with two doubles, a home run and five RBI. Of Hosmer’s 10 home runs since being called up to the Majors on May 6th, four have given the Royals a lead while two have tied the game. The Florida native leads the Royals with 16 go-ahead RBI and nine game-winning RBI this season. Among A.L. rookies, Hosmer ranks first in on-base percentage (.333) and walks (23); second in hits (89), doubles (19) and total bases (142); third in batting average (.284), home runs (10), RBI (47), slugging percentage (.454) and extra-base hits (31); and fourth in runs (33).
Congrats to Eric!
Tonight’s game starts at 7:10. Here’s a look at the lineup, which includes a Major League debut (Manny Pina) and a Kansas City debut (Yamaico Navarro).
Gordon – LF, Cabrera – CF, Butler – DH, Hosmer – 1B, Frenchy – RF, Navarro - 3B, Getz - 2B, Escobar - SS, Pina - C, Hochevar - P
The Royals announced today that a fan vote will decide the design of an upcoming T-Shirt Tuesday promotion. Fans are encouraged to visit www.royals.com/tshirtvote and the Royals Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/royals to support their favorite design.
The winning design will be featured on the T-Shirt Tuesday giveaway for the first 10,000 fans on September 13. The Royals will begin a two-game series against the Twins that night with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Four designs, each on a long-sleeve white shirt, are up for vote.
All voters are eligible to receive a special ticket offer for $5 Hy-Vee Reserved Box seats to attend the September 13 game. Voting ends at noon on Thursday, August 11.
The countdown to July 10, 2012 is on! Today, the Royals, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, unveiled the logo for next year’s All-Star Game. Above (and below): Team president Dan Glass and Tim Brosnan of Major League Baseball unveil the logo for the crowd of media members, community leaders and Royals’ associates who were on hand. Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City and Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders look on along with Joakim Soria (2008 and 2010 All-Star), Aaron Crow (2011 All-Star) and Manager Ned Yost.
Prior to opening up a three game series vs. the Baltimore Orioles with tonight’s 7:10 contest, Royals manager Ned Yost explained to the media the decision to bring up lefty Everett Teaford after starting right-hander Kyle Davies was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a right shoulder impingement.
“We’ve been using our young guys (in the bullpen) a lot, we’re in August and an extra arm wouldn’t hurt us right now,” Yost said. “So we brought Teaford back to give us a little extra cushion down there in the pen.”
Yost commented on Triple-A Omaha’s second baseman Johnny Giavotella who holds a current .339 AVG with 72 RBI and a .391 OBP. The Royals skipper informed the media that bringing up Teaford was a better fit for now to help strengthen the bullpen.
“We looked at a bunch of different scenarios and the best was the bullpen for the strength of our team,” Yost said. “Gia’s [Giavotella] is going to be here. He’s coming, he’s done everything that he needs to do to get here. The time’s not right, we need to protect our pitching.”
Since adding infielder Yamaico Navarro and minor league pitcher Kendal Volz to the Royals roster in a Mike Aviles trade with the Boston Red Sox, Yost sees infielder Navarro filling the role as a utility player for the squad. Yost has confidence in Navarro to start him in the third base or second base position for playing time.
The Royals also showed their excitement to host the 2012 MLB All-Star Game set for Tuesday July 10, 2012 with the unveiling of the official logo today (above).