February 2013

Royals Spring Training Report debuts Thursday on FOX Sports Kansas City

Gear up for the season (and warm up) with the Royals Spring Training Report, a 30-minute special, on FOX Sports Kansas City!

The show first airs this Thursday, February 28 at 10 p.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City.

The show includes:

· A one-on-one interview with new Royals ace James Shields

· An interview with GM Dayton Moore on the Royals new acquisitions

· Infielder Elliot Johnson – mic’d up for photo day

· A feature on the battle for the fifth spot in the rotation

If you can’t catch the Royals Spring Training Report on February 28, tune in on:

Friday, March 1 at 5 p.m.

Monday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m.

Saturday photos: Royals walk off in style

Brandon Wood delivered a two-run homer in the ninth as KC picked up a 4-2 win over Texas on Saturday.  Here’s the celebration:

 

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Jarrod Dyson tracks down a fly ball.

Jarrod Dyson tracks down a fly ball.

 

Prospect Donnie Joseph impressed by striking out the side in the seventh.

Prospect Donnie Joseph impressed by striking out the side in the seventh.

 

James Shields threw in a side session today.

James Shields threw in a side session today.

Photos: Spring opener

Kansas City opened the spring slate with the first of three against Texas.  Today’s game ended in a 5-5 tie.  Let’s take a look at the pictures!

The Royals were the visitors today.  Alex Gordon began the spring with a single.

The Royals were the visitors today. Alex Gordon began the spring with a single.

Gordon scored KC's first run on Eric Hosmer's grounder.

Gordon scored KC’s first run on Eric Hosmer’s grounder.

Will Smith followed with 2.0 scoreless innings.

Will Smith followed with 2.0 scoreless innings.

We'll give the gloves some love:  Here are Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas.

We’ll give the gloves some love: Here are Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas.

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We conclude with power - Adam Moore's leadoff homer in the fifth.

We conclude with power – Adam Moore’s leadoff homer in the fifth.

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It’s gameday! First, some photos from Friday morning

This is a great site!  Danny Duffy throws off the mound as he continues his recovery from "Tommy John" surgery.

This is a great sight! Danny Duffy throws off the mound as he continues his recovery from “Tommy John” surgery.

Gameday is here!  Manager Ned Yost held his daily morning media briefing.

Gameday is here! Manager Ned Yost speaks at his daily morning media briefing.

Spring Training photos: Thursday workout

 Thursday was Photo Day in Surprise. After hitting all of the photo stations on a cool morning (by Surprise standards), it was time for the day’s workout. Let’s take a look:

Yes, that’s a towel.  New Royals righty Wade Davis took part in a practice drill under the watchful eye of pitching coach Dave Eiland.

Yes, that's a towel.  New Royals righty Wade Davis did some fine tuning on his pitching during this drill.

Tim Collins threw alongside Davis.  Collins will be joining Team USA for the WBC.  Congrats to Tim!

Tim Collins threw alongside Davis. Collins will be joining Team USA for the WBC. Congrats to Tim!

 

Alex Gordon gets ready to hit.

Alex Gordon gets ready to hit.

 

New Royal Ervin Santana.

New Royal Ervin Santana.

Spring Training photos: February 19 intrasquad game

Here are additional photos from yesterday’s intrasquad game:

Mike Moustakas

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Alex Gordon

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Miguel Tejada in Royal blue

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Sugar Ray Marimon

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Spring Training Photos: February 19

Team photographer Chris Vleisides has touched down in Arizona.  Here are a few photos from today’s intrasquad game, the first of 2013.  Check back for more pictures! 

 

Nate Adcock tossed a 1-2-3 first.

Nate Adcock tossed a 1-2-3 first.

Veteran lefty Bruce Chen

Veteran lefty Bruce Chen

20-year old prospect Cheslor Cuthbert impressed with a home run.

20-year old prospect Cheslor Cuthbert impressed with a home run.

 

 

Royals with six overall TV exposures this spring

The Kansas City Royals will appear on television six times during Spring Training, with telecasts on both FOX Sports Kansas City and MLB Network.

FOX Sports Kansas City, the exclusive local television home of Royals baseball, will air the March 25 game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers and the March 27 contest vs. the Chicago Cubs, both from Surprise Stadium at 8 p.m. Central.  The spring telecasts kick off a schedule that features 142 Royals games on FOX Sports Kansas City, including the Opening Day contest on April 1 at the Chicago White Sox.  A complete list of FOX Sports Kansas City telecasts for the 2013 season is available at royals.com.

All MLB Network games will be carriage of local telecasts, including local announcers. The Royals March 25 and 27 contests, in addition the being telecast on FOX Sports Kansas City, will also be carried on MLB Network, but will be blacked out in the Kansas City market.

The Spring Training telecasts are as follows (all times Central):

Sunday, March 17 8:00 a.m. Royals at Chicago Cubs (ss) (MLB Network, tape-delayed of 3/16 game)

Tuesday, March 19 12:00 a.m. Royals at Texas Rangers (MLB Network, tape-delayed of 3/18 game)

Friday, March 22 3:00 p.m. Royals at Los Angeles Angels (MLB Network, Live)

Sunday, March 24 11:00 p.m. Royals at Chicago White Sox (MLB Network, tape-delayed)

Monday, March 25 8:00 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers at Royals (FOX Sports Kansas City, Live)

8:00 p.m. MLB Network, Live (blacked out in Kansas City market)

Wednesday, March 27 8:00 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Royals (FOX Sports Kansas City, Live)

Thursday, March 28 1:00 a.m. MLB Network, tape-delayed of 3/27 game, blacked out in

Kansas City market)

Royals agree to terms with seven players on one-year contracts for 2013

The Royals have announced that the club has agreed to terms on 2013 Major League contracts with left-handed pitchers Chris Dwyer, Donnie Joseph, Justin Marks and Everett Teaford, right-handed pitcher Nate Adcock, infielder Irving Falu and outfielder Jarrod Dyson.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

The Royals now have 17 unsigned players on the 40-man roster who are non-arbitration eligible: right-handed pitchers Aaron Crow, Louis Coleman, Kelvin Herrera, Greg Holland, Luis Mendoza and Guillermo Moscoso; left-handed pitchers Francisley Bueno, Tim Collins, Danny Duffy, John Lamb and Will Smith; infielders Johnny Giavotella, Eric Hosmer, Elliot Johnson and Mike Moustakas; and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and David Lough.

The Royals full squad began workouts for the 2013 campaign this morning and will play the Texas Rangers to open the Cactus League season on Friday, February 22.

Davis steps away from Royals broadcasts

bob davis_8119Broadcaster Bob Davis is stepping away after 16 seasons in the Royals broadcast booth.  Davis will continue in his role as the voice of the Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball and football teams, a post he has held for 29 years.

On a personal note, I’ll miss his great stories away from the microphone.  Bob is one year older than my Dad, so I could always relate to his radio show references (The Green Hornet, The Lone Ranger, etc.).

Bob would join the team for spring training after his KU basketball duties were done for the season.  I was his driver from the Phoenix airport to Surprise on a few of these occasions.  He was always upbeat, even when his beloved Jayhawks had just suffered a tough defeat in the NCAA Tournament. 

Best wishes Bob, we look forward to seeing you around The K!

 

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