July 2012

Photos: Escobar homers twice

Alcides Escobar homered twice on Saturday – a feat last accomplished by a Royals shortstop in 1997 (Jay Bell).  Escobar joined Bell, Kurt Stillwell and U.L. Washington as the only KC shortstops to homer twice in a game (Washington did it two times).  Escobar also tied a career high with three RBI – his second straight game with three RBI!

 

Ned Yost media session: July 14

Lorenzo Cain’s absence from tonight’s lineup was the first topic of discussion when Royals’ manager Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon.  Yost said Cain is doing fine, but they wanted to give him the day off because a right hander is throwing for Chicago and he just came off the disabled list where he spent half of the season.  Yost said they will be facing two lefties back-to-back the next two days, therefore they want Cain in the lineup both of those days for sure so some rest will be good for him after a 14-inning game last night.  Yost went on to say they do not want to push him too hard just yet either and they need to build him back up to playing five to six games a week and they will go from there.  He said they will give him the rest today then stretch him out starting tomorrow for maybe three games in a row then go from there.  Ned then reassured everyone that Cain is feeling great and could undoubtedly play tonight, but they do not want to rush anything.

Pitching was the next topic brought up by the media following the marathon game last night.  The bullpen was very active throughout the game with Louis Coleman and Tim Collins both throwing a decent amount of pitches, but Yost said they are resilient and he has no doubt they can both return on the mound again tonight if needed.  Yost said they did a pretty good job of keeping guys at a low pitch count last night in order to somewhat preserve the bullpen for tonight’s game so they are in pretty good shape out there.  He said most guys stayed at or under 15 pitches aside from Coleman and Collins, but he knew they would be able to bounce back and still throw today even with the slightly higher pitch counts.

Alcides Escobar was the final topic the media brought up with Ned this afternoon.  Yost complimented Escobar’s numbers and production in the two-spot and said he is doing everything they want him to do in that spot.  He also said that they were seeing great production out of him when he was hitting in the bottom of the order as well which speaks to how good off a ballplayer Escobar is.  Yost said he can see Escobar hitting in the two-spot for a championship caliber team therefore they need to develop him there for when that time comes and so far it is an excellent fit.    

 

 

Ned Yost media session: July 13

Ned Yost met with the media today before the first game of the 10-game homestand which opens the unofficial second half of the season. The Royals welcome back Chris Getz and Lorenzo Cain after being on the disabled list. Yost will be taking it day-by-day with which games Getz will be playing, as Yuniesky Betancourt in in the lineup tonight. Cain is coming back with no limitations and is starting in center. “He feels pretty good right now. We still want to mix (Jarrod) Dyson in, we don’t want to leave him out of the mix, and we have (Jason) Bourgeois, but I imagine Lorenzo will play five days a week. I just want to give him the opportunity to be the player we think he can be. He is an above-average defender out there and we think he has the ability to swing the bat and drive in some runs,” said Yost.

Bruce Chen will be taking the mound against the Chicago White Sox in tonight’s game. Chen has been the club’smost consistent pitcher the past two years, but to this point of the season, he has not met that standard. Yost said, “Bruce’s struggles have been in day games, I don’t really know why, but his numbers are pretty different in day games and pretty effective in night games.”  To help Chen better understand his numbers during day games it was suggested he may just have to start his routine earlier before he takes the mound. Since tonight is a night game, the club is expecting great things with Chen as the starting pitcher.

 

Homestand Highlights: July 13-22

After the 2012 MLB All-Star Game festivities, the Kansas City Royals continue a great month of baseball in Kansas City with a 10-game homestand against the Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins, July 13-22.

The upcoming homestand features something for every Royals fan with great giveaways, fan favorite promotions and popular special events.  Highlights include the Viva Los Royals celebration with an exclusive Royals Chip & Dip Platter giveaway on Saturday, July 14 and the annual Salute to the Negro Leagues festivities and Buck O’Neil bobblehead giveaway on Saturday, July 21.  

Friday, July 13 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.

Mystery Gift Card Giveaway – The first 5,000 fans receive a mystery card with great discounts to Rally House.  One lucky fan will receive a card worth $1,000 to be redeemed at any metro Rally House or Kansas Sampler location.
·         Buck Night – Hot dogs, small Pepsi products and peanuts are just $1 each all night long.  www.royals.com/fanvalue.

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

·         Mizzou Night – Supporters of the University of Missouri can join fellow Tigers for a night of big league action presented by FOX Sports Kansas City and Rally House.  Fans can visit www.royals.com/mu for details or to purchase discounted tickets.  Special guests include University of Missouri coaches and KC-area Tiger student athletes.  The first 750 Tiger fans who bring their Mizzou Night discounted ticket to the MU table located inside Hy-Vee Gate B will receive a limited edition white KC Royals MU cap featuring Mizzou’s black and gold.  (photo attached)  Gates open at 5:30 p.m.  To reserve a group of 20 or more tickets, call (816) 504-4174.   

 

 

Saturday, July 14 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 6:10 p.m.

Viva Los Royals presented by Sprint – Join the Royals for the annual Viva Los Royals celebration.  The pregame party, presented by Sprint and supported by radio partner La Super X 1160, begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Outfield Experience.  Imperio Sierreno, Willy Vela y sus Aguilillos and El Grupo Atotonilco will entertain fans while local restaurants will compete for the title of “Best Salsa” in Kansas City during the second annual “Salsa Showdown.”  Fans can taste and vote on salsa samplings from local Mexican restaurants near Gate E in the Outfield Experience.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.royals.com/viva.  To reserve a group of 20 or more tickets, call (816) 504-4166. 
·         Royals Chip and Dip Platter – In conjunction with the Viva Los Royals celebration, the first 20,000 fans receive an exclusive Royals Chip and Dip Platter presented by Sprint. 

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

Sunday, July 15 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 1:10 p.m.

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).

Monday, July 16 – Seattle Mariners vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.

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

Tuesday, July 17 – Seattle Mariners vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday, July 18 – Seattle Mariners vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 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.  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.  Hearts of Darkness will be performing prior to the Mariners-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, July 19 – Seattle Mariners vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 1:10 p.m.

Nightlife KC.com Lounge – Experience a unique atmosphere and great deal on the Budweiser Patio.  On select Thursday dates throughout the season, fans will be able to purchase a $30 ticket and receive two free beverage vouchers.  In addition, guests will enjoy a live DJ before and after the game, an exclusive bar with top-shelf spirits, lounge furniture, custom photographs and much more.  Fans must be 21 and older to purchase tickets and enter the NightlifeKC.com Lounge and will receive a wristband for access to the lounge.  For more details, visit www.royals.com/NightlifeKC
·         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, July 20 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

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

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

·         Baseball Legends Immortalized with Postage Stamps – During a special pregame ceremony, the Royals will unveil artwork for a series of new 45-cent forever stamps issued by the United States Postal Service that immortalize four of MLB’s most revered Hall of Famers – Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby, Willie Stargell and Ted Williams.  The stamps dedication ceremony is taking place earlier in the day at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum as part of the opening day festivities for the Hall of Fame Weekend celebration in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Saturday, July 21 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.

·         Salute to the Negro Leagues – The Royals and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum pay tribute to Kansas City’s rich baseball tradition with this annual salute.  On the field, both teams don Negro League uniforms provided by Sprint with the Royals wearing Kansas City Monarchs home uniforms and the Twins wearing St. Paul Colored Gophers road uniforms.  The game-worn uniforms will be donated to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum for fundraising efforts.  Details will be released at a later date.

·         Buck O’Neil Bobblehead – In conjunction with the Salute to the Negro Leagues festivities, the first 20,000 fans receive a Buck O’Neil bobblehead courtesy of Hy-Vee.

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

Sunday, July 22 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

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).

Photos: Billy Butler All-Star Batting Practice

All-Star Billy Butler meets with the media

This afternoon players representing the American and National Leagues and their respective teams arrived in Kauffman Stadium for tonight’s State Farm Home Run Derby and tomorrow’s All-Star Game.  Among the array of talented All-Stars is Royals’ designated hitter Billy Butler and manager Ned Yost.  The players and coaches met with media today at Arrowhead Stadium.

A first-time All-Star, Butler excitedly addressed the media about what an honor it is to be chosen and the excitement that comes with the selection, especially since it is in Kansas City.  He said he has always known Kansas City and this is where he has grown as a Major League player, which just adds to the excitement.  He went on to say he is excited to see the fans and their reaction throughout the event as well as playing in a packed house.  Butler said he expects it to be similar to a playoff atmosphere with crowd size and excitement.  He said it will be like what the Royals will be striving to have at Kauffman following the break and throughout the future.

Another aspect Billy said is exciting about being selected to the All-Star team is playing against and around his childhood favorite, Braves’ third baseman and future Hall of Famer, Chipper Jones.  Billy said he was a huge Braves fan growing up and always loved watching Jones.  He also said it will be a lot of fun to be around him and playing with him this week.

This afternoon the All-Stars will be taking part in batting practice and other on-field workouts prior to the Home Run Derby.  Tomorrow, Butler will participate in the All-Star Red Carpet Show, which begins at The Plaza.

 

Pitcher Yordano Ventura promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas

The Kansas City Royals have announced that right-handed pitching prospect Yordano Ventura has been promoted to Class AA Northwest Arkansas.  Ventura started yesterday for the World Team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium, tossing a scoreless first inning.

Ventura, 21, was 3-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 16 starts for High-A Wilmington, allowing 66 hits and striking out a league-leading 98 against 28 walks in 76.1 innings.  He tossed a scoreless inning with a walk and a strikeout at the Carolina-California League All-Star Game on June 19.  The 5-foot-11, 167-pound right-hander, who was born and raised in Samana, Dominican Republic, was signed by the Royals as a non-drafted free agent on October 8, 2008.

Royals on FSKC channel numbers for DISH: July 6 to 15

Here are the upcoming channel numbers for DISH subscribers:

Friday, July 6: 440

Saturday, July 7: 443

Sunday, July 8: 440

Friday, July 13: 445

Saturday, July 14: 441

Sunday, July 15: 441

Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest set to kick off on Friday!

Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest starts on Friday at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City!  The event runs through Tuesday (9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday).  For more information, visit

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2012/index.jsp?content=fanfest

Area media members had the opportunity for a sneak peek today, and Royals photographer Chris Vleisides was there.  Let’s take a look at just a few of the exhibits!

 

 

 

 

FOX Sports Kansas City celebrates All-Star Week with Stars in KC marathon

FOX Sports Kansas City will televise more than 50 hours of baseball programming July 8-11 to celebrate All-Star Week in Kansas City.

The Stars in KC marathon features the 1973 All-Star Game highlight film, replays of the 1989 and 2011 All-Star Games, and other FOX Sports Kansas City and FSN baseball shows.

Stars in KC kicks into gear Sunday at 7 p.m. with the highlight film of the 1973 All-Star Game played at Royals Stadium, which featured 17 future Hall of Famers (and three Hall of Fame managers). Titled A New Generation of Stars: The 1973 All Star Game, the film was narrated by longtime baseball broadcaster Lindsey Nelson. It has a 1970s look and feel.

The 1989 All-Star Game, featuring Bo Jackson’s MVP performance, premieres Sunday at 7:30 p.m. It’s followed by a replay of the 2011 All-Star Game.

Also part of the Stars in KC lineup are replays of two of the most memorable Royals games of the first half of 2012: the June 14 walk-off win against Milwaukee, and the June 15 wild finish at St. Louis.

FOX Sports Kansas City is the television home of Royals baseball, airing 140 regular season games in 2012. The network will also bring fans online coverage of All-Star Week at FOXSportsKansasCity.com, Facebook.com/FOXSportsKansasCity and @FSKansasCity. The Stars in KC programming block will also air on FOX Sports Midwest.

Stars in KC baseball programming on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest

Times Central

Sunday, July 8

11:30 a.m.        Royals Live pregame show (Live)

12 p.m.            Royals at Tigers (Live)

3 p.m.              Royals Live postgame show (Live)

3:30 p.m.         Royals at Tigers (replay)

6:30 p.m.         Boys in the Hall: Bob Feller

7 p.m.              1973 MLB All-Star Game Highlights

7:30 p.m.         1989 MLB All- Star Game

10:30 p.m.        2011 MLB All-Star Game

1:30 a.m.          One on One with Ryan Lefebvre: Denny Matthews

2 a.m.              One on One with Ryan Lefebvre: Eric Hosmer

2:30 a.m.          Boys in the Hall: Buck O’Neil

Monday, July 9

6:30 a.m.          Royals Rewind: Royal Comeback 5/19/09

7 a.m.              One on One with Ryan Lefebvre: Jeff Francoeur

7:30 a.m.          The Game 365: 1986 World Series Moments

11 a.m.            Baseball’s Golden Age: When the Game Changed Forever

11:30 a.m.        Royals Rewind: Hochevar Masterpiece

12 p.m.            2011 MLB All-Star Game

3 p.m.              1989 MLB All-Star Game

6-11 p.m.         Non-baseball programming during Home Run Derby

11 p.m.            1973 MLB All-Star Game Highlights

11:30 p.m.        Baseball’s Golden Age #6

12 a.m.            One on One with Ryan Lefebvre: Jeff Francoeur

12:30 a.m.        Royals Rewind: C’Mon Chen

1 a.m.              The Game 365: Tommy Lasorda

1:30 a.m.          Boys in the Hall: Buck O’Neil

2 a.m.              Baseball’s Golden Age #5

2:30 a.m.          Boys in the Hall: Brooks Robinson

 

Tuesday, July 10

6:30 a.m.          Royals Rewind: Extra Inning Winner 5/2/09

7 a.m.              One on One with Ryan Lefebvre: Johnny Damon

7:30 a.m.          Boys in the Hall: Bob Feller

11 a.m.            The Game 365: Yogi Berra

11:30 a.m.        Halls of Fame: Vida Blue

12 p.m.            1973 MLB All-Star Game Highlights

12:30 p.m.        Boys in the Hall: Juan Marichal

1 p.m.              Kansas City Royals replay: Royals at Cardinals 6/15/12

3 p.m.              2011 MLB All-Star Game

6-11 p.m.         Non-baseball programming during All-Star Game

11 p.m.            Boys in the Hall: Buck O’Neil

11:30 p.m.        One on One with Ryan Lefebvre: Jeff Francoeur

12 a.m.            One on One with Ryan Lefebvre: Johnny Damon

12:30 a.m.        Royals Rewind: Gordon’s Walkoff

1 a.m.              Royals Rewind: Extra Inning Winner

1:30 a.m.          The Game 365: Gary Carter

2 a.m.              Baseball’s Golden Age #7

2:30 a.m.          Boys in the Hall: Whitey Ford

Wednesday, July 11

6:30 a.m.          Royals Rewind: Hochevar Masterpiece

7 a.m.              One on One with Ryan Lefebvre: Denny Matthews

7:30 a.m.          Baseball’s Golden Age: The Greatest All-Stars Ever

11 a.m.            Boys in the Hall: Warren Spahn

11:30 a.m.        Boys in the Hall: Robin Roberts

12 p.m.            Baseball’s Golden Age #8

12:30 p.m.        Boys in the Hall: Larry Doby

1 p.m.              Baseball’s Golden Age #10

1:30 p.m.         Boys in the Hall: Duke Snider

2 p.m.              Baseball’s Golden Age

2:30 p.m.         The Game 365: Willie McCovey

3 p.m.              Boys in the Hall: Frank Robinson

3:30 p.m.         Royals Rewind: Gordon’s Walkoff

4 p.m.              Royals Rewind: Royal Comeback 5/19/09

4:30 p.m.         One on One with Ryan Lefebvre: Eric Hosmer

5 p.m.              Kansas City Royals replay: Brewers at Royals 6/14/12

7 p.m.              Kansas City Royals replay: Royals at Cardinals (R) 6/15/12

9 p.m.              College Baseball: California Collegiate League All-Star Game ’12 (Live)

 

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