July 2012

Yost discusses Broxton trade

Ned Yost met with the media before tonight’s game again the Cleveland Indians.  Today right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton was traded for Cincinnati Reds’ minor league left-hander Donnie Joseph and right-hander J.C. Sulbaran.

“He (Broxton) came in here with the focus of getting his career back on track and I think he did a great job of doing that. I think he will do fine. He is going to a team that is three games up in their division and the chance to go to the playoffs and I am excited about that for him,” said Yost.  About the new pitchers, Yost said, “They are two nice young prospects. Our scouts like them a lot and I have heard a lot of good things about them.” Greg Holland will now be taking Broxton’s place in closing games. Yost said, “He’s been very solid down there and we will give him the opportunity to close games out. We feel that his stuff is all the way back to where it was last year when he was really successful.”  Broxton was a leader on the field and he will be leaving a legacy on this team. “I think his ability to stay calm and cool in every situation; it didn’t matter how rough it got out of there, he maintained his composure and I think that’s a great example to all the young guys out there,” said Yost.

Mike Moustakas is back in the lineup after his right knee sprain during Saturday night’s game against the Mariners.  “I was pretty optimistic he would be back Tuesday (tonight) because he is such a tough kid. I was really nervous when he did it. I thought it could be some tearing of his meniscus and that made me nervous. When we found out that wasn’t the case, our training staff worked on him yesterday, the day before all day and into the night that he did it. I figured the chances of him being back on Tuesday, today would be very very good.”

Jeff Francoeur is not in the Royals’ lineup in tonight’s game. Yost says, “His production has fallen off and was really struggling at the plate. We need to get him back. We need to get him back productive. The reason we are where we are is because we are not getting production out of Jeff and Hos (Eric Hosmer) has been struggling. Alex (Gordon) has done a great job average wise and hitting doubles, but we don’t have power production in our lineup outside of Moose (Mike Moustakas) and Billy (Butler) and that’s production we counted on going into the season. We need to find ways to get more of that back.”

Royals Game Preview: July 31

Cleveland lineup:

Choo – RF, Cabrera – SS, Kipnis – 2B, Brantley – CF, Santana – C, Hafner – DH, Damon – LF, Kotchman – 1B, Hannahan – 3B, Lowe – RHP

Kansas City lineup:

Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Cain – RF, Butler – DH, Moustakas – 3B, Perez – C, Hosmer – 1B, Getz – 2B, Dyson – CF, Hochevar – RHP

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):

Game 102 vs. Cleveland

Trivia Fact: 

Three Royals have recorded a five-hit game against Cleveland: 

Amos Otis (May 1, 1970 at KC; four singles and a double)

Joe Zdeb (July 1, 1977 at Cleveland; two singles, two doubles and a home run)

Angel Berroa (September 16, 2003 at Cleveland; four singles and a triple)

Royals acquire pitchers Joseph and Sulbaran from Reds for Jonathan Broxton

 The Royals today prior to the 3 p.m. CDT non-waiver trade deadline acquired minor league left-handed reliever Donnie Joseph and right-handed starter J.C. Sulbaran (SOOL-buh-ron) from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton.

Joseph, 24, has appeared at both the Double and Triple-A levels in 2012, most recently recording a 4-1 record with five saves and a 2.86 ERA in 18 relief appearances for Louisville (AAA).  The 6-foot-3 southpaw was 4-2 with 13 saves and a 0.89 ERA in 26 outings for Pensacola (AA).  In 52.1 combined innings, the Buda, Texas native walked 17 and struck out 68, holding the opposition to a .188 batting average.  Originally a third-round selection by the Reds in 2009 out of the University of Houston, Joseph was the Reds’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2010 and has appeared in Major League camp with Cincinnati the last two seasons.

The 22-year-old Sulbaran, whose full name is Juan Carlos but goes by J.C., is 7-7 with a 4.04 ERA in 19 starts for Pensacola this season.  In 104.2 innings, the 6-foot-1 right-hander has allowed 101 hits and struck out 111.  Born in Willemstad, Curacao, Sulbaran pitched for the Dutch National Team in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.  He attended American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla., where he was a teammate of Royals’ first baseman Eric Hosmer and went 11-1 in 2008 as the club won the state championship.  A pitcher on the World squad at the 2009 Futures Game, he has struck out 449 batters in his 413.2 minor league innings.  Sulbaran, who was ranked by Baseball America prior to the season as having the “Best Curveball” in the Reds organization, was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 30th round of the 2008 Draft.

Broxton, 28, was 1-2 with 23 saves and a 2.27 ERA in 35 relief appearances for the Royals after signing as a Major League free agent on November 30, 2011.

Royals launch “Let Loose Your Inner Moose” contest

Created by fans in support of Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, the “MOOOOOOOOSE” call has become a staple at Royals home games.  The Royals are now giving fans the opportunity to show the world their best moose calls through the “Let Loose Your Inner Moose” contest. 

The club encourages fans to visit www.royals.com/moosecontest to upload videos highlighting their most innovative and creative calls in honor of “Moose.”  Submissions will be accepted now through Monday, August 20.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday, August 29. 

The winning fan will receive two tickets to the game on Saturday, September 1 when the Royals host the Minnesota Twins at 6:10 p.m.  The first 10,000 fans through the gates that evening will receive exclusive “Moose”-takas Antlers courtesy of the Kansas City Zoo. 

In addition, the winner and a guest will participate in a pregame meet and greet with the third baseman, receive recognition as the moose call winner at the game and be guaranteed two of the soon-to-be highly coveted “Moose”-takas Antlers.

For complete contest rules, please visit www.royals.com/moosecontest.

Billy Butler named A.L. Player of the Week

From Major League Baseball:

Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period
ending July 29th. This is Billy’s fourth career weekly honor, last accomplishing the feat on August 1, 2011. The announcement was
made earlier today on MLB Network.

In a seven-game West Coast trip, Butler batted .458 (11-for-24) with three doubles, one home run, five walks, six RBI and
four runs scored. Among A.L. leaders for the week, Butler was first in on-base percentage (.552), tied for first in hits, tied for second
in batting average and doubles, tied for third in walks and total bases (17) and tied for fourth in slugging percentage (.708).

On Wednesday, the 2012 A.L. All-Star delivered a two-run homer and a run-scoring single in a losing effort at Angel Stadium.
Butler’s fifth-inning blast off Jered Weaver was his 20th of the season, one shy of tying his career high set in 2009. In Thursday’s
series-opener against Seattle at Safeco Field, the 26-year-old doubled twice and added a walk in four plate appearances as the
Mariners topped the Royals. Butler’s two doubles were the only hits registered by Kansas City, with his first two-bagger marking the
200th of his six-year career. He became just the eighth player in franchise history to reach the milestone. The Florida native has 16
doubles this season, giving him 156 since 2009 – the second most in the A.L. over that stretch trailing only Robinson Cano (164) of the
Yankees. Butler has registered at least 22 doubles in each of his first five seasons in the Majors, including a career-best 51 doubles in
2009. In Saturday’s tilt with the Mariners, the Royals’ first round pick (14th overall) in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Wolfson
High School in Jacksonville singled three times, marking his fourth consecutive multi-hit game, which tied a season high. In the fourgame
set with the Mariners, the right-handed-hitting slugger batted .615 (8-for-13) with two doubles, three walks and three RBI.
Heading into play today, Butler is second in the A.L. with 39 multi-hit games, tied for ninth with 115 hits, is 10th with a .307 batting
average and tied for 10th with 64 RBI.

Other noteworthy performances last week included Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko (.435, 3 HR, 7 RBI); Baltimore
Orioles infielder Omar Quintanilla (.423, 11 H, 4 XBH); Minnesota Twins center fielder Denard Span (.458, 11 H, 4 2B) and starter Scott
Diamond (SHO vs. Cleveland on July 27th); Texas Rangers starter Scott Feldman (2-0, 0.60 ERA, 15.0 IP, 10 SO); and Seattle Mariners
closer Tom Wilhelmsen (4 SV, 6 SO).

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Billy Butler will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the
leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

Homestand highlights: July 31 – August 5

The Royals finish an exciting month of baseball and turn the calendar to August during a six-game homestand against the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers, July 31-August 5. 

The Indians series features a T-Shirt Tuesday, INK Student Night/Local Music Showcase and Frenchy Quarter Thursday.  In addition, the club will host its first-ever Social Media Night on Wednesday, August 1.

The Texas Rangers then make their first visit to Kauffman Stadium in 2012 with a three-game weekend series.  The weekend begins with a special Retro Night, featuring a Mr. Royal Retro Lunchbox giveaway on Friday, followed by Faith & Family Night on Saturday and KidsFest on Sunday.

Please note that the Saturday, August 4 game vs. the Texas Rangers will begin at 5:10 p.m. to accommodate the Faith & Family Night postgame events.

Tuesday, July 31 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         T-Shirt Tuesday – The first 10,000 fans get a royal blue t-shirt featuring the Kansas City skyline courtesy of Sprint. 

Wednesday, August 1 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Social Media Night – The Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City host the first-ever Social Media Night.  Fans who follow the Royals official Twitter feed, @Royals, or “like” the Royals official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/royals may purchase a special ticket package for $35.  In addition to a ticket in the Outfield Box, the package includes a pregame social hour on the Budweiser Party Deck starting at 5:30 p.m., an exclusive @Royals t-shirt, $10 in loaded value for concession or merchandise purchases and a chance to win Royals prizes throughout the event.  Pitcher Danny Duffy and FSKC’s Joel Goldberg will take part in a special Q&A session during the pregame social hour.  For more information, visit www.royals.com/socialmedianight.  

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.  Apples for Archers will be performing prior to the Indians-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.

Thursday, August 2 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         Frenchy Quarter Thursday – Be part of the newest fan section!  For select Thursday home games, fans will be able to purchase a $21 ticket that includes a Frenchy Quarter T-Shirt, blue Mardi Gras beads and a seat in Jeff Francoeur’s cheering section in the right Outfield Box.  This is a $35 value.  www.royals.com/frenchy.

·         All You Can Eat Seats – 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 $40 per seat!  Individual and group discount tickets available.  For details, visit www.royals.com/allyoucaneat.

Friday, August 3 – Texas Rangers vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         Cain to Meet Fans at Taco Bell – Outfielder Lorenzo Cain will meet fans and sign autographs at Taco Bell, located across from Kauffman Stadium at 4017 Blue Ridge Cut-Off in Kansas City, Mo., from noon-1 p.m.  Fans are invited to come out and meet Cain during this free event.

·         Retro Night – Relive the 1980s with Retro Night at Kauffman Stadium!  The event features 1980s ticket pricing with Hy-Vee Infield tickets priced at only $7!  Retro entertainment will include a pregame concert by ‘80s cover band, The Shanks, at the Outfield Experience stage and special in-game features.  www.royals.com/retro

·         Mr. Royal Retro Lunchbox – In conjunction with Retro Night festivities, the first 20,000 fans receive a Mr. Royal Retro Lunchbox courtesy of FOX Sports Kansas City.

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

Saturday, August 4 – Texas Rangers vs. Royals, 5:10 p.m.

Faith & Family Night – The annual Faith & Family Day celebration presented by Hobby Lobby features a postgame appearance and speech by Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who credits his Christian faith with helping overcome his battles with substance abuse.  The event also features a postgame performance by top performing Christian pop/rock band Building 429.  The festivities will take place inside Kauffman Stadium following the Rangers-Royals game.  A game ticket is required for admittance.  Faith & Family Night fans may purchase tickets starting at just $8 by visiting www.royals.com/faith.  To purchase discounted group tickets, call (816) 504-4040, option 4, or email groupsales@royals.com.
·         610 Saturday – Enjoy great activities and live music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  www.royals.com/610saturdays

Sunday, August 5 – Texas Rangers vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

·         KidsFest – Join us for a special day at Kauffman Stadium for all young Royals fans and kids at heart!  Gates to the ballpark will open at 11:30 a.m. for the KidsFest festivities in the Outfield Experience, which include a pregame concert by the School of Rock, an autograph session with Sluggerrr and members of the K Crew, and interactive booths presented by Royals partners.  Fans can also enjoy Family FunDay Sunday activities.

·         Kids Sports Necklace – The first 5,000 kids 14 years and under receive an exclusive Royals Kids Sports Necklace presented by Chevy.

·        Family FunDay Sunday – 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).

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. 


Jason Kendall announces retirement

Veteran catcher Jason Kendall announced his retirement today at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Ark., home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.  Kendall, 38, played in two games for Kansas City’s Double-A affiliate after signing a minor league contract last Thursday.  He missed the final month of 2010 and all of 2011 with shoulder surgery.

Kendall was a three-time National League All-Star (1996, 1998, 2000) and a career .288 hitter in 2,085 games for Pittsburgh (1996-2004), Oakland (2005-07), Chicago Cubs (2007), Milwaukee (2008-09) and Kansas City (2010).  Kendall ranks fifth all-time in baseball history with 2,025 games caught.

Congratulations to Jason on a great career!

Ned Yost media session: July 22

When Royals’ manager Ned Yost met with the media inside his office this morning the first topic of discussion was the changes in the batting order for today’s game that brought Mike Moustakas up to the third-spot in the order.  Yost said they are trying to find someone who can fit in that spot until they can get Eric Hosmer going again and back in that role.  He also said that is going to be a while because they want to settle “Hos” down and get him back to what he is capable of again before they put him back in that spot.  They debated putting Lorenzo Cain into the third-spot because of what he has been doing with the bat recently, but they opted to put Moose in there.  Yost went on to say he feels he has several players who can hit in that three spot such as Alex Gordon and Cain, but they are going with Moose for right now and long-term they see Hos in that spot for many years once he gets going again.  He feels Moose will do a good job in that spot for them, but he does have options. 

 The Royals’ newest addition to the rotation and today’s starter against the Twins, right hander Jeremy Guthrie, was the next topic.  Yost said it is hard to judge a pitcher based on just one start because he is still trying to get settled in, there is a lot of excitement and it is a fresh start for him.  Yost is confident that new start will help Guthrie and he is looking for him to throw a good game today.  Guthrie has had good success in the past against the Twins (4-1, 2.70 ERA) and Yost thinks he will harness the change of scenery as well as the transition back to the A.L. and throw the ball well today.

The health of Cain after being off the disabled list since July 9 was the next question from the media.  Yost said he is still at about 85 percent, but he is feeling very good and doing fine.  He said he would like to give Cain a day off for some rest and maintained good health, but with the way he has been swinging the bat he just cannot do that right now.  They have to win ball games and put the best lineup together and right now that means they do not want Cain out of it.

Ned Yost media session: July 21

Before tonight’s game against the Minnesota Twins, Ned Yost met with the media. Today there was some change with Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain moving up in the lineup. “We are going day to day with it and he (Perez) has been swinging the bat good and Cain has been swinging the bat good, so we moved them up. In those spots you might get them one more bat than you would at the bottom of the order. So we can see if we can take advantage with that,” said Yost.

Yesterday, Yost mentioned he was having a difficult decision between Luis Mendoza and Everett Teaford on who would be taking the mound in tonight’s game. Yost ended up choosing Mendoza because “he has been throwing better. His last four starts have been really good. He has gone deep in the games and he just has real confidence in his pitching,” said Yost.  He then followed with “I think he is commanding the ball well. He’s pitching ahead in the count. He is starting to use the outside part of the plate and he is keeping batters off balance. His last four or five starts he has mixed in his curveball more effectively, he has mixed in a four-seam fastball down and away, a cutter, and a changeup so now the batters aren’t sitting on one pitch. It’s helped him in my view a great deal getting into the third time around (against the batting order).”


Jeremy Guthrie meets with the media at Kauffman Stadium

The Royals’ newest acquisition, right hander Jeremy Guthrie, spoke with the media this afternoon following batting practice prior to tonight’s game.  The Royals acquired Jeremy from Colorado through a trade that sent left hander Jonathan Sanchez to the Rockies on Friday.  Jeremy said he follows all of baseball, therefore he knew where the Royals were and where they were headed before the trade and he is excited to be here.  Jeremy had a bit of a rocky start with Colorado this season, but he cautioned there is no guarantee of success with a change of scenery.  He said you have to pitch well and he has felt good all season, but has not seen the results he has wanted.  He went on to say he just has to continue to work hard and give his best for the team and see what happens. 

A question was then asked involving what he is expecting out of his first start with the Royals tomorrow afternoon.  Jeremy commented that he is excited to put on the powder blue top tomorrow because he likes the way they look, but in all seriousness said he is looking to go out there and throw a good game and hopefully give the team a chance to win.  When asked about nerves for the first start with a new team he said there were none, however, he is just excited to get out there.  Jeremy spent eight years prior to moving over to Colorado in the American League, including three in the Central Division with Cleveland, so he is already somewhat familiar with it and the players.  He said it is good because he spent many years studying hitters and other aspects of the A.L. so he hopes to be able to pick back up where he left off a few months ago and go from there.  In his career against the Twins, who he faces tomorrow, he is 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA (46.2 IP, 14 ER) in six starts (eight appearances).


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