April 2013

School Day at The K pregame activities rescheduled for June 12

The Kansas City Royals and FOX 4 WDAF-TV have rescheduled the 15th annual School Day at The K pregame program focused on science and weather. With cooler temperatures and possible precipitation forecast for Thursday, May 2, the educational experience led by Fox 4 Chief Meteorologist Mike Thompson and the FOX 4 Weather Team has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 12 prior to the club’s 1:10 p.m. contest against the Detroit Tigers. The change will allow children to watch FOX 4’s program under milder conditions.

The Royals game versus Tampa Bay on Thursday remains scheduled for 1:10 p.m., as only the School Day at The K demonstration has been rescheduled. Below is the policy for tickets purchased for Thursday’s game utilizing the School Day at The K discount.

SCHOOL DAY AT THE K TICKET POLICY:

OPTION 1

Although FOX 4’s School Day at The K pregame show has been cancelled due to possible inclement weather conditions, the Royals versus Rays game is still scheduled to be played on Thursday, May 2 at 1:10 p.m. The Royals will make every attempt to play the game as scheduled weather permitting. Please note that your School Day at The K ticket is still valid for the scheduled game on Thursday, May 2. If fans decide to attend the game and the above mentioned possible inclement weather conditions would force the Royals to postpone the game before its completion, you may exchange your tickets in accordance with the Royals rainout policy.

OPTION 2

If you decide not to attend the game on Thursday, May 2, the Royals encourage you and your group to exchange your original May 2 – School Day at The K ticket for the rescheduled School Day at The K program now set for Wednesday, June 12 when the Royals host the Detroit Tigers at 1:10 p.m.

School Day at The K Rescheduled Game – Wednesday, June 12:

· 8:30 a.m. Kauffman Stadium gates open

· 9:15-10 a.m. Attendees find open seating in the lower bowl

· 10-11 a.m. FOX 4 meteorology lesson (in the stadium)

· 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch break

· 1:10 p.m. Game time vs. Detroit Tigers

OPTION 3

If you are unable to attend the originally scheduled game on Wednesday, May 2 or the rescheduled School Day at The K on Wednesday, June 12, your original School Day at The K ticket can be exchanged for any Sunday through Thursday regular season home game through August 25 at Kauffman Stadium, excluding May 27 and May 28, in a comparably priced seating category. This option provides fans with an opportunity to see one of over 30 home games. All seating is subject to availability at time of exchange.

HOW TO EXCHANGE YOUR SCHOOL DAY AT THE K TICKETS

If your group purchased School Day at The K tickets from a Royals Group Sales representative and would like to return for the rescheduled program or another mutually agreed upon game as a group, please contact your Royals Group Sales representative.
If your group purchased your School Day at The K tickets as part of a group and would like to attend the rescheduled School Day at The K event or another mutually agreed upon game as individual tickets (not part of the original group), please visit the Kauffman Stadium Box Office to exchange your ticket(s).
If you purchased your School Day at The K tickets online and would like to attend the rescheduled School Day at The K event or another mutually agreed upon game, please visit the Kauffman Stadium Box Office to exchange your tickets(s).
If your group is unable to attend the originally scheduled School Day at The K on May 2 or the rescheduled School Day at The K on June 12, or any other Sunday through Thursday regular season home game through August 25 (excluding May 27 and 28), you can request a refund on tickets as long as all of the original School Day at The K tickets purchased are returned to your Royals Group Sales representative. You may also mail your ticket(s) to the following address with your name, phone number and your one choice of eligible games:

Kansas City Royals

Ticket Services – School Day at The K

One Royal Way

Kansas City, MO 64129

Please Note: All seating is subject to availability at time of exchange. The Royals will make every effort to provide seating as close to your original seat(s) as possible. If seats in your seating category are unavailable for your game of choice, the Royals will make every effort to accommodate you in comparably priced seats.

Ned Yost media session: April 30, 2013

Ned Yost held his usual pre-game presser this afternoon. He joked that everyone in attendance should enjoy the beautiful weather today because the forecast is for cooler temps later in the week.

James Shields was the obvious topic of discussion this afternoon. Anytime a pitcher faces his old teammates for the first time, there is going to be hype. With Shields facing the Rays tonight, it is no different. When asked if James has a book on the Rays, Yost had this to say, “He knows them inside and out. He is very observant on the bench during the games. I think he has pretty good idea of how he wants to go about his business today.” Ned also noted it is nice to have an ace like Shields on the mound because it usually gives the bullpen a chance to get some rest.

Luis Mendoza was the second topic of discussion. Yost was asked if Mendy would be ready to go after having such a long lay off in between starts. “He is a guy who doesn’t freak out and over analyze a situation. He just goes out, grabs the ball and does what he does. It’s a good mindset to have and a perfect mindset for a number five starter.”

Royals Game Preview: April 30 vs. Rays

Tampa Bay and KC will battle for the first time since the big offseason trade.  Two of KC’s acquisitions will be on the field – Big Game James is on the mound and Elliot Johnson is at second base.  The 7:10 game vs. the Rays will be on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network.

Tampa Bay lineup:  Jennings – CF, Joyce – LF, Zobrist – RF, Longoria – 3B, Loney – 1B, Escobar – SS, Scott – DH, Molina – C, Roberts – 2B, Cobb – RHP

KC lineup:  Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Butler – DH, Hosmer – 1B, Cain – CF, Moustakas – 3B, Francoeur – RF, Perez – C, Johnson – 2B, Shields – RHP

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_24_vs._Tampa_Bay

Royals Trivia Fact:  James Shields left Tampa Bay as the club’s leader in several categories, including wins (87).

Royals Game Preview: April 29 vs. Cleveland

KC’s wrap-around series with Cleveland concludes tonight. Wade Davis toes the rubber in a 7:10 start. All seven games this week are on FSKC. Let’s take a look at the lineups:

Cleveland: Brantley – LF, Kipnis – 2B, Cabrera – SS, Swisher – 1B, Reynolds – DH, Santana – C, Raburn – RF, Chisenhall – 3B, Stubbs – CF, Jimenez – RHP

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

Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game #23 vs. Cleveland

Royals Trivia Fact:  Tonight’s starter, Wade Davis, is from Lake Wales, Florida.  Former big league catcher and World Series MVP Pat Borders is also from Lake Wales.

Ned Yost media session: April 29

Royals’ Manager Ned Yost began today’s media conference discussing the large role that the top of the batting order has had on the club’s success. Yost stated that his philosophy has always centered on capturing bases, and that both Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar have been incredibly consistent this season. With Gordon and Escobar consistently getting on base, Yost stated that it has created great opportunities for players later in the lineup with power to drive in more runs. He then mentioned the tremendous growth of Escobar as a consistent whole-field hitter, which is a huge asset for the team. Yost also mentioned the unbelievably steady work ethic of Gordon, and how that has parlayed directly in to his success.

Yost then went on to discuss the importance of capitalizing on the club’s opportunity to win the series tonight. He said that setting a goal of winning every single game is not realistic, but the club always has the goal of winning every series they play. It was the same goal that Yost carried while with the Braves and Brewers.

Yost wrapped up his press conference discussing James Shields’ much anticipated start against his former club, the Rays, on Tuesday. Yost indicated that Shields may have the tendency to feel too amped up for the game, but that is a natural response to facing your former teammates. Yost then went on to discuss the tremendous leadership Shields has brought to the clubhouse. Yost stated that Shields’ great attitude and high energy bleed over to his teammates, and that has meant a great deal to the rotation, and his teammates.

Royals unused ticket policy for April 26, 2013 postponement

In accordance with the Royals 2013 Season Ticket Holder policy, any Season Ticket Holder with an unused ticket from the rained out game originally scheduled for Friday, April 26th that is part of a full, 41 or 21-season ticket plan may redeem that ticket for any of the previously published Season Ticket Holder redemption dates.

For fans who purchased April 26 tickets as part of a mini-plan, group or individual game sales and were unable to attend the make-up game on Sunday night, tickets may be redeemed for any of the remaining seven games during the current homestand. The Royals host Cleveland April 29 (7:10 pm), Tampa Bay April 30 (7:10 pm), May 1 (7:10 pm) and 2 (1:10 pm) and Chicago May 3 (7:10 pm), 4 (6:10 pm) and 5 (1:10 pm). The Kauffman Stadium Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

In addition, unredeemed parking vouchers will also be good for any remaining game on the current homestand.

Ned Yost media session: April 28, 2013

 

Ned Yost met with the media for a short time after game one of today’s twin billing. The skipper was happy with the 9-0 win but also stated there is another game in a few hours.

One of the first topics of discussion was the pitching. Jeremy Guthrie headlined most of the conversation. “I think if you take a combination of all the pitches that he threw for balls it might add to three feet. He was just missing by that much. His command was really good. He never gave in, never tried to overcompensate and hit more of the plate. He did a great job of getting us through 6.2 innings,” said the skipper.  Guthrie, with the win today, kept his streak of consecutive starts without a loss intact (16) and tied the Royals all-time record previously help by Paul Splittorff.

With another game tonight coming a few hours, Ned was asked if the momentum from today could carry over to tonight’s game. Yost said that there w a lot of good feelings about the way they played in this afternoon’s game. “I think it can carry over. Good feelings about a well pitched game, good defense and swinging the bats the way we did. Yeah, that can carry over,” said Yost.

Ned Yost media session: April 27

Manager Ned Yost began today’s media conference by addressing who will start tomorrow’s second game. Yost stated that Will Smith will be recalled tomorrow from Triple-A Omaha. Yost said that Smith has been performing very well in Omaha this season, and with the doubleheader’s “26th man”, it afforded him the opportunity to get Smith an appearance.

Yost then discussed the challenge of the recent rainouts in making personnel and lineup decisions. He also alluded to potential problems with a club having extra rest early in the season. He stated that the players need the repetition of playing games to build a rhythm and routine.

Royals Game Preview: April 27 vs. Cleveland

KC hosts Cleveland tonight at 6:10 p.m.  Here’s the preview:

TV/Radio:  FOX Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network

Cleveland lineup: Brantley – LF, Kipnis – 2B, Cabrera – SS, Swisher – RF, Giambi – DH, Santana – C, Reynolds – 1B, Chisenhall – 3B, Stubbs – CF, Kazmir – LHP

Kansas City lineup: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Butler – DH, Hosmer – 1B, Cain – CF, Francoeur – RF, Perez – C, Tejada – 3B, Johnson – 2B, Santana – RHP

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game #20 vs Cleveland (2)

Trivia fact: Alcides Escobar needs two hits to reach 500 for his career!

Royals-Indians postponed due to rain

Tonight’s game between the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians has been postponed due to rain. The game has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 28 at 7:10 p.m. CT as the second game of a split doubleheader. Both games will be carried live on 610 Sports Radio and the Royals Radio Network.

The first game of the split doubleheader will begin at 1:10 p.m. Following the game, Kauffman Stadium will cleared with gates reopening at 6 p.m. for the 7:10 p.m. game.

Fans with tickets to tonight’s game can use them for admission to the second game only on Sunday. Fans should maintain their parking receipts, which will be useable for the 7:10 p.m. game.

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