September 2012

Royals Game Preview: September 13

Kansas City looks to wrap up a winning road trip with possible sweep of Minnesota tonight!  The game starts at 7:10 on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network.

Kansas City lineup:  Lough – RF, Escobar – SS, Gordon – LF, Butler – DH, Perez – C , Moustakas – 3B, Cain – CF, Hosmer – 1B, Giavotella, 2B, Mendoza – RHP

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_143_Minnesota

Royals Trivia Fact:  KC’s last sweep at Minnesota was a four-gamer from May 7-10, 1999.  The last three-game sweep was from August 4-6, 1998.  The Royals swept the Twins in Kansas City in 2011.

Royals Game Preview: September 12

The Royals are 3-1 on the road trip as they enter tonight’s game at Minnesota.  The game will be on FOX Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network.

Kansas City lineup:  Lough – RF, Escobar – SS, Gordon – LF, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Cain – CF, Hosmer – 1B, Giavotella – 2B, Hochevar – RHP

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_142_Minnesota

Royals Trivia Fact:  Salvador Perez enters Wednesday with a 15-game hitting streak, the longest ever by a Kansas City catcher.  Darrell Porter had a 14-game streak, though it spanned over two seasons (1977-78).  Jason Kendall also had a 14-game stretch in 2010.

Royals announce 2013 regular season schedule

 In conjunction with Major League Baseball, the Royals today announced their 2013 regular season schedule.  Opening Day is scheduled for Monday, April 1 when the Royals visit the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.  It marks the seventh time in franchise history that the Royals have opened against the White Sox (1972, 1976, 1987, 2003, 2004 and 2009), the third time in Chicago (’76 and ’09).  Kansas City will begin the home schedule on April 8 vs. Minnesota.  All game times will be announced at a later date.

2013 will mark the first season that each league will consist of 15 teams with the Houston Astros joining the American League West.  The Royals and every other Major League club will play 19 games against each divisional opponent, consisting of 76 division games total.

Kansas City will play 20 Interleague contests played over eight series, four home and four on the road.  The Royals will compete against their “prime rival”, the St. Louis Cardinals, in back-to-back two-game series spanning both cities from May 27-30, with the Cardinals visiting Kansas City on May 27-28 and the Royals returning the strip on May 29-30. The club also will host Interleague matchups against Atlanta (June 25-26), Miami (August 12-14) and Washington (August 23-25).  The visit to Kansas City will be the first in franchise history for the Braves.  The Nationals franchise played in Kansas City in 2004 as the Montreal Expos.  The road Interleague schedule also consists of visits to Philadelphia (April 5-7), Atlanta (April 16-17) and the club’s first-ever trip to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets (August 2-4).

Kansas City’s holiday schedule sees the Royals at home on Mother’s Day vs. the Yankees (May 12), Memorial Day vs. St. Louis (May 27), July 4th vs. Cleveland and on Labor Day vs. Seattle (September 2); and on the road at the Rays on Father’s Day (June 16).

The month-by-month home game totals are: April – 11; May – 14; June – 14; July – 13; August – 16; September – 13.  The Royals will host a pair of 10-game homestands, first from April 26 to May 5 and again from August 5-14.  The club’s longest road trips are a pair of nine-game journeys from May 13-22 and July 26-August 4.

To view the 2013 schedule, click here.

Homestand Highlights: September 14 – 23

A nine-game homestand kicks off this Friday, September 14!  Let’s take a look at the promotions as KC hosts the Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians.

As a thank you to fans for their tremendous support during the 2012 campaign, the Royals have a number of fun promotions and special events planned for the homestand.  Highlights include the annual Futures Night festivities, a salute to our service men and women with Armed Forces Night, an INK Student Night and Local Music Showcase, Singles Night and the final Frenchy Quarter Thursday of the season.  The final home weekend of the season features George Toma’s induction into the Royals Hall of Fame, a fan-favorite Buck Night and Fireworks Finale Spectacular, Oktoberfest, Fan Appreciation Night presented by Sprint and more!

Friday, September 14 – Los Angeles Angels vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         Futures Night – The Royals salute the Pitchers and Players of the Year from each minor league affiliate prior to the game.  A majority of the players are expected to participate in an autograph session from 5:30-6:15 p.m. at Gate A near the Royals Hall of Fame before receiving their awards in a special pregame ceremony.

·         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.

·         University of Kansas Hospital Health Awareness Night: Prostate Cancer Prevention –The University of Kansas Hospital will address the importance of prostate cancer screenings by distributing information cards at the gates and sponsoring a special CrownVision message.

Saturday, September 15 – Los Angeles Angels vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.

·         Armed Forces Night presented by Budweiser and 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 military guest speaker, Brigadier General Eric Overturf, Commander of the 442nd Fighter Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, and will feature HCSC Donald Ballard, a Medal of Honor winner with the United States Navy.  For details, visit www.royals.com/armedforcesday.  

·         Camouflage KC Cap – In conjunction with the Armed Forces Night celebration, the first 20,000 fans will receive an exclusive camouflage KC cap courtesy of SportClips. 

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

·         Holland to Appear at Kansas Sampler – Pitcher Greg Holland will meet fans and sign autographs at Kansas Sampler, located at 9750 Quivira across from Oak Park Mall in Lenexa, Kan., from 11 a.m. to noon.  The event is free to the public.

Sunday, September 16 – Los Angeles Angels vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

·         Family FunDay Sunday – Enjoy 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).

Tuesday, September 18 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday, September 19 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 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.  Antennas Up will be performing prior to the White Sox-Royals game.  For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.  
College Fair – Join us for the College Fair inside of Gate A from 5:30 p.m. until first pitch.  Various colleges and universities will be in attendance including Kansas State, UMKC, Avila University and more.  Students are eligible to purchase INK Student Night tickets.
·         Youth Night – Hy-Vee Infield tickets are just $7 for youth 14 and under with an adult ticket.  www.royals.com/fanvalue.

Thursday, September 20 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         Singles Night – It’s Singles Night at the ballpark.  The pregame party, featuring one of KC’s hottest DJs, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Captain Morgan Bar.  The Singles Night package, priced at just $15, includes a Hy-Vee Infield ticket and $10 in loaded value to use at the Captain Morgan Bar on the View Level.  www.royals.com/singlesnight.

·         Frenchy Quarter Thursday – Join us for the final Frenchy Quarter of the season!  Fans can 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.

Friday, September 21 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.

·         Oktoberfest – October is just around the corner but there is always reason to celebrate early!  Join us for an exclusive pre-game event on the Budweiser Patio to celebrate Oktoberfest with the Royals.  There will be German-style beer samplings, a select menu of German tastings, and great giveaways, courtesy of Budweiser. Tickets are just $25. www.royals.com/oktoberfest.

·         Toma Inducted into Royals Hall of Fame – Former groundskeeper George Toma will become the 25th member of the Royals Hall of Fame when inducted during a special pregame ceremony, which was rescheduled due to the rainout on August 31.  Toma originally came to Kansas City in 1957 as head groundskeeper for the Kansas City Athletics and served as Royals Head Groundskeeper from the club’s inception in 1969 through the 1995 season.  Toma has also done extensive work with the Kansas City Chiefs and National Football League.

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

·         Fireworks Friday – The Royals will present a special Fireworks Finale Spectacular for the final Friday home game of the season, presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi.

Saturday, September 22 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 6:10 p.m.

·         Fan Appreciation Night presented by Sprint – The Royals reward fans for their tremendous support throughout the season with prize giveaways throughout the game.  All fans in attendance have a chance to win autographed memorabilia, tickets to the club’s 2013 home opener, Crown Seats and a Dugout Suite for a 2013 home game, gift certificates to MLB.com’s online shop, Papa Johns, Majestic, Rally House, KC Hopps restaurants, and much more.  For the entire list of prizes, visit www.royals.com/fans

·         Fan Appreciation Contest – As part of Fan Appreciation Night, the Royals are running a Fan Appreciation Contest via Twitter now through Thursday, September 13 at 11 a.m.  Fans can submit photos showing their Royals pride using #RoyalsFansRock for a chance to throw out the first pitch and win four seats in the Diamond Club for the September 22 game.  The Royals will select 24 additional winners whose images will be included on the Royals Facebook Cover.  Fans are encouraged to follow @Royals or visit www.royals.com/fans for more details.

·         Royals Fleece Blanket – In celebration of Fan Appreciation Night, the first 20,000 fans will receive a Royals fleece blanket courtesy of Sprint. 

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

Sunday, September 23 – Cleveland Indians 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).

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.

Royals Game Report: September 11

Kansas City opens a three-game set at Minnesota tonight.  The 7:10 start will be on FOX Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network.

Here’s the Kansas City lineup:

Cain – CF, Escobar – SS, Gordon – LF, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Francoeur – RF, Hosmer – 1B, Giavotella – 2B, Smith – LHP

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game 141 at Minnesota

Royals Trivia Fact: 
Minnesota’s first baseball venue was Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington.  The Royals visited “The Met” from 1969 to 1981.  A few Royals enjoyed their off day at the old site of Metropolitan Stadium yesterday as it is now home to The Mall of America!  Check out the tweets from Bruce Chen  Luis Mendoza and Will Smith!

September 16 Angels-Royals game added to FOX Sports Kansas City’s Royals TV schedule

FOX Sports Kansas City has added the Angels-Royals game on Sunday, September 16 to its Royals TV schedule. It replaces the August 31 game that was postponed by rain.

The Royals Live pregame show will start at 12:30 p.m., with the game broadcast at 1 p.m.

Viewers in mid-Missouri and Iowa will see the game on FOX Sports Plus.

 

Royals Game Preview: September 8

Lorenzo Cain hit two homers last night, lifting the Royals to an opening win at U.S. Cellular Field.  Kansas City has won six straight against the White Sox for the first time since 1982.  Today the Boys in Blue look to extend that mark in a 3:05 start on the FOX Network (regional broadcast, WDAF FOX 4 in Kansas City).  If you’re on a Saturday drive, tune in on the Royals Radio Network.

Kansas City lineup:  Cain – CF, Escobar – SS, Gordon – LF, Butler – 1B, Perez – DH, Francoeur – RF, Moustakas – 3B, Pena – C, Giavotella – 2B, Chen – LHP

Chicago lineup:  Wise – CF, Ramirez – SS, Viciedo – LF, Konerko – 1B, Rios – RF, Pierzynski – DH, Flowers – C, Olmedo – 3B, Beckham – 2B, Sale – LHP

Game_139_Chicago

Royals Trivia Fact:  Alex Gordon set a new personal best with his 46th double of the year last night.  Gordon tied Hal McRae (1982) and Mike Sweeney (2001) for fourth on KC’s single-season list.  He trails McRae (54 in 1977), Billy Butler (51 in 2009) and Jeff Francoeur (47 last season).

Royals Game Preview: September 7

The Royals have just two road trips left, with visits to each A.L. Central opponent.  The division tour kicks off tonight in Chicago with a 7:10 start.  Tonight’s game is on FOX Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network.  (Saturday’s 3:05 start will be on the FOX Network.)  Here are the lineups:

Kansas City:

Cain – CF, Escobar – SS, Gordon – LF, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Francoeur – RF, Hosmer – 1B, Giavotella – 2B, Mendoza – RHP

Chicago:
 
De Aza – CF, Lopez – 3B, Wise – LF, Konerko – 1B, Rios – RF, Pierzynski – C, Viciedo – DH, Ramirez – SS, Beckham – 2B, Liriano – LHP
 
Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_138_at_Chicago
 
Royals Trivia Fact:  KC’s pitching staff went over the 1,000 strikeout plateau on Thursday.  This is the seventh time that KC pitchers have recorded 1,000+ strikeouts in a season and the fifth straight year.  The other years:  1990, 1991, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.  The club record is 1,153 in 2009.

Ned Yost media session: September 6

Before tonight’s final game of the 10-game homestand, Ned Yost met with the media. Luke Hochevar will be taking the mound in tonight’s game against the Texas Rangers. Yost said, “It is about execution, execution (of) quality pitches in a quality part of the strike zone. If he does that, he’s going to be in great shape. This club right here (Rangers) is not very forgiving if you make a mistake, especially if you make a mistake up in the zone and out over the plate. They will take advantage of that. But I feel good about Luke’s start tonight, so we will see what happens.” 

On a side note, Darren Ivey, the police officer that  stands outside of the Royals dugout, will patrol his last game tonight. He has been working the Kansas City Royals games for 18 years. In his honor, the team made him a special jersey with 18 on the back and signatures from all of the players. “He has done a great job and we are going to miss him. He has been here 18 years. He got a great promotion, but I wish he could be here for when we get this thing turned around since he has been here for so long. But he will be watching it from up there (in the stands) instead of standing right there (on the field),” said Yost. The Royals wish him the best of luck and he will be truly missed here at “The K”.

Royals Game Preview: September 6

Kansas City wraps up a 10-game homestand tonight at 7:10 vs. Texas.  The game will be on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network.

Here’s a look at the lineups:

Texas:  Kinsler – 2B, Young – SS, Hamilton – DH, Beltre – 3B, Cruz – RF, Murphy – LF, Soto – C, Moreland – 1B, Gentry – CF

Kansas City:  Cain – CF, Escobar – SS, Gordon – LF, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Francoeur – RF, Hosmer – 1B, Abreu – 2B

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game 137 vs. Texas

Royals Trivia Fact:  Eric Hosmer swiped two bases last night, becoming the first KC first baseman to do so since Jeff King on September 14, 1997.  According to STATS, Inc., which has records to 1974, Hosmer became the sixth KC first baseman to record two or more steals since ’74.  George Brett and John Wathan each posted a three-steal game while playing first base.

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