June 2012

Royals on FSKC channel numbers: June 22 to July 1

Friday, June 22: 445

Saturday, June 23: 440

Sunday, June 24: 444

Monday, June 25: 446

Tuesday, June 26: 445

Wednesday, June 27: no TV

Friday, June 29: 442

Saturday, June 30: 440

Sunday, July 1: TBA

Royals reinstate catcher Salvador Perez from the 60-Day D.L.; pitcher Felipe Paulino diagnosed with a torn UCL

The Royals today announced that the club has returned catcher Salvador Perez from his minor league rehab assignment and reinstated him from the 60-day Disabled List.  Perez will be in Kansas City and available for tonight’s game vs. St. Louis.  In order to officially add Perez to the active roster, the Royals will make a corresponding 25-man and 40-man roster move later today.  In addition, the Royals announced that right-handed pitcher Felipe Paulino has been diagnosed by team doctors with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Perez, 22, has missed the entire 2012 season thus far after undergoing surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee in March.  While on his rehab assignment with Omaha (AAA), he batted .340 (17-for-50) in 12 games with 11 runs scored, two doubles and seven RBI.

The 28-year-old Paulino will travel shortly to receive a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum.  Paulino made a rehab start with Class AA Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday, pitching three innings.  The right-hander was 3-1 with Kansas City this season in seven starts with a 1.67 ERA.

Royals trade pitcher Sean O’Sullivan to Blue Jays for cash considerations

 The Royals today traded minor league right-handed pitcher Sean O’Sullivan to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations.

The 24-year-old O’Sullivan was 5-4 with a 6.75 ERA in 17 appearances, including five starts, for Triple-A Omaha.  He pitched in the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Angels and Royals from 2009-2011, compiling a 10-14 record with a 6.13 ERA in 43 games (34 starts).

 

Homestand Highlights: June 22-27

 The Royals return Friday for a six-game homestand, highlighted by the return of the I-70 Series against the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend, June 22-24.  Great tickets are still available for all three games, including a special Saturday matinee beginning at 1:10 p.m.

The Royals will go “Hollywood” during the rivalry weekend when Kansas City natives Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle and Eric Stonestreet join other stars of television and film for a Celebrity Classic Wiffle Ball Game at the U.S. Toy Little K on Friday.  Gates to the ballpark will open early at 5 p.m. with the wiffle ball game set to begin at 5:30 p.m.  Fans are encouraged to arrive early as seating is limited. 

The homestand continues as the Tampa Bay Rays, postseason contenders three of the last four years, make their only visit of the season for a three-game series, June 25-27.  The series, highlighted by a vintage powder blue T-Shirt Tuesday giveaway, marks the final home games for the Royals until after the 2012 MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 10.

Friday, June 22 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.

·         Celebrity Classic Game presented by Big Slick Poker Tournament & Party – The Royals host Kansas City natives Paul Rudd, Rob Riggle, Jason Sudeikis and Eric Stonestreet, as well as other celebrity guests, for a Wiffle Ball Game at the U.S. Toy Little K.  Gates to the ballpark open early at 5 p.m. with the game set to begin at 5:30 p.m.  Limited seating will be available, so fans are encouraged to arrive early.

·         Fireworks Friday – A spectacular fireworks show after every Friday home game, presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi.

Saturday, June 23 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 1:10 p.m.

·         610 Saturday – Enjoy great activities and music from Noe Palma prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  www.royals.com/610saturdays.

·         Health Awareness Day: Strike Out Skin Cancer – The University of Kansas Hospital will address the importance of identifying and preventing skin cancer by distributing sunscreen at the gates to the first 15,000 fans and sponsoring a special CrownVision message from Sluggerrr.

Sunday, June 24 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 1:10 p.m.

Rally House/Kansas Sampler Gift Card Giveaway – The first 10,000 fans receive a $5 coupon for merchandise at any Rally House or Kansas Sampler location.
Family FunDay Sunday – This Sunday, the Royals welcome special guest Billy Unger from the Disney XD hit series, “Lab Rats,” for a Meet and Greet near the Outfield Experience Stage from 11:30am to noon.  Each Sunday home game features face painters, caricature and balloon artists and live family-friendly entertainment in the Outfield Experience courtesy of Radio Disney.  All-Day Play Passes for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience are available for just $10.  www.royals.com/sunday
·         Fun Run presented by Sprint – All fans can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).

Monday, June 25 – Tampa Bay Rays vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         Water Awareness Night – The Royals partner with Grundfos, the Official Pump and Pump Systems Provider of the Royals, for Water Awareness Night.  The importance of water use and efficiency will be highlighted through information cards distributed at the gates.

·          Reusable Water Bottle – In conjunction with Water Awareness Night, the first 10,000 fans receive a reusable Royals water bottle courtesy of Grundfos. 

·         Value Monday – All Hy-Vee Level tickets (excluding Hy-Vee Box) are just $7.  www.royals.com/fanvalue

Tuesday, June 26 – Tampa Bay Rays vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         T-Shirt Tuesday – The first 10,000 fans get a powder blue, vintage logo t-shirt courtesy of Farmland. 

Wednesday, June 27 – Tampa Bay Rays vs. Royals, 1:10 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 include a $7 hot dog and beverage special at the Boulevard Grill in the Outfield Experience. 
INK Local Music Showcase – Catch a free pregame concert on us.  Every Wednesday INK Student Night also features live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  Quiet Corral will be performing prior to the Rays-Royals game.  For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.  
·         Youth Night – Hy-Vee Infield tickets are just $7 for youth 14 and under with an adult ticket.  www.royals.com/fanvalue

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.

Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi and Yordano Ventura named to XM All-Star Futures Game Roster

Kansas City Royals prospects Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi and Yordano Ventura today were named to the rosters for the 14th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.  The game, which will match Myers, Odorizzi and the U.S. squad against Ventura and the World roster, will begin at 4 p.m. CDT on Sunday, July 8 from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.  The Royals are the only organization in baseball to place three players in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. 

The game will be televised live on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and MLB.TV and is also available on the radio at MLB Network Radio (XM channel 89).  Tickets are still available for purchase for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game by visiting www.allstargame.com, calling 1-888-326-3378 or visiting the Royals box office at Kauffman Stadium.

Myers, 21, will be making his second-straight appearance at the XM All-Star Futures Game, also appearing last July at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz.  The 6-foot-3, 206-pound outfielder is currently tied with 31-year-old Brad Eldred for the minor league baseball lead with 24 home runs.  Myers opened the season with Northwest Arkansas (AA) before being promoted to Omaha (AAA) in mid-May.  He has combined to hit .336 (86-for-256) with 18 doubles, three triples, 24 home runs, 62 RBI and 60 runs scored in 68 games, posting a .416 on-base pct. and .711 slugging mark.  He is the Royals third-round selection from the 2009 June Free Agent Draft. 

The 22-year-old Odorizzi, like Myers, opened 2012 with Northwest Arkansas before a promotion to Omaha.  The 6-foot-2 right-hander has compiled an 8-2 record with a 2.89 ERA in 13 games (12 starts), recording 81 strikeouts in 71.2 innings while holding opponents to a .219 average.  Odorizzi was acquired along with shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielder Lorenzo Cain and pitcher Jeremy Jeffress from the Milwaukee Brewers on December 19, 2010 in exchange for pitcher Zack Greinke and infielder Yuniesky Betancourt.

Ventura, 21, worked a scoreless inning with a walk and a strikeout at the Carolina-California League All-Star Game on Tuesday.  The 5-foot-11 right-hander is 3-5 with a 3.10 ERA in 13 starts for High-A Wilmington, posting 78 strikeouts in 61.0 innings.  Born and raised in Samana, Dominican Republic, Ventura was signed by the Royals as a non-drafted free agent on October 8, 2008.

Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 MLB teams selected the 25-man rosters for each club.

 

George Brett to manage U.S. Futures team, will be joined by Jirschele, Wathan and DeLucia

Major League Baseball announced the coaching and support staffs for the 2012 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game today.  The game will take place on July 8 at Kauffman Stadium.

Hall of Famer George Brett will manage the U.S. team.  Omaha manager Mike Jirschele is on the coaching staff, along with former KC manager John Wathan, who is currently a Special Assistant for Player Development & Scouting.  Chris DeLucia, Kansas City’s Medical Operations Coordinator, will serve on the U.S. Team’s support staff.

A full list of coaches for both the U.S. and World squads is available at mlb.com:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120620&content_id=33625504&vkey=pr_mlb&c_id=mlb

Royals renew player development contract with Omaha through 2016

The Royals announced today that the club has extended its Player Development Contract (PDC) with Omaha through the 2016 season. 

Triple-A Omaha, an affiliate from the inception of the two franchises in 1969, won the 2011 Pacific Coast League Championship after compiling a 79-63 regular season record.  Omaha is currently in first place in the PCL’s American North Division with a 44-27 mark on the season.  The Storm Chasers announced their new ownership group, Alliance Baseball Omaha LLC, on Tuesday.

“Omaha has an outstanding new facility and a great management team in place,” said Scott Sharp, Royals Director of Minor League Operations.  “The club announced new ownership partners today, making this a perfect time for the Royals to show our continued commitment to the Omaha area.”

“Having been affiliated with Kansas City since 1969, there was never a question of if we were going to extend the PDC, but when,” said Omaha President and General Manager Martie Cordaro.  “In my 14 years of Minor League Baseball, I have never personally experienced such a great relationship with a Major League affiliate. We are excited to extend our partnership with the Royals.”

Alice Cooper visits Kauffman Stadium

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper visited Kauffman Stadium on Thursday.  Cooper threw out the ceremonial first pitch and met with Royals players and staff.  Here’s Cooper visiting with third baseman Mike Moustakas:

Photos from a Wednesday walk-off!

Here’s a look at Alcides Escobar’s game-tying triple and Mike Moustakas’ walk-off walk:

Ned Yost media session: June 14

This afternoon, the Royals selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Roman Colon from Omaha and optioned first baseman Clint Robinson to the Storm Chasers. When Manager Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon, the transaction was the first topic.  The first question asked involved why the Royals brought up another pitcher even though they have more National League games to play this weekend.  Yost simply answered the question with the way the games have been going lately, their bullpen is quite over used; therefore, they desperately need another fresh arm out there in the pen.  He said Greg Holland and Aaron Crow have been used on two consecutive days and Kelvin Herrera was used for two frames last night.  This means they probably will not have Crow or Holland, or possibly Herrera either, available tonight so they needed another arm.  He went on to say it is not only protection for the team during the game, but also the players.  With the extra arm those who need rest will be able to do so and they will not have to worry about overuse or possible injury.  They don’t know how long Colon will be up here and it could be as little as a day, but it all depends on what happens over the course of the upcoming games including tonight.

Robinson’s short stay with the big league club in Kansas City was the next talking point.  Yost said it was tough since he was only up here for a small amount of time and only saw action in four pinch-hit at-bats.  He said every situation he was put in came against seventh inning guys or closers so it was tough for him.  He went on to say that it would not only be tough for a young guy like him, but any guy would have a difficult time pinch hitting in general and especially in those situations.  Yost felt that Robinson did a very good job while he was here and it would be a different story if they didn’t have the huge need in the bullpen. 

The Royals’ depth and impressive farm system was brought up next by the media.  Yost said it is very rare to have such a talented group of players around the farm system offering flexibility to the big league club like the Royals have.  He said general managers tend to strive to have that flexibility and that it was certainly Kansas City GM Dayton Moore’s intent.  He said Moore worked all winter to give them flexibility so that no matter what came up, they would be able to handle it and adjust off of it.  He then said they knew going into the season they would probably lean heavy on that flexibility the first half of the year and then the starters the second half.  So far that has held true for the Royals especially with injuries and shaky starts from pitchers and Yost believes they have done well to this point.

Yesterday’s walk-off win was the last topic of discussion during Yost’s media session this afternoon.  He said it was a very exciting way to win and especially since they had not had a walk-off win all season.  He said he believed all along the hitting would get better as the year progressed and you are starting to see signs of that now.  He said that was a win that lifts everyone’s spirits and it was huge.  He believes it is something you can build off of and see more success because of it.

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