April 2013

Royals Game Preview: Back at The K vs. Cleveland

KC hosts Cleveland tonight in the first of a 10-game homestand.  Tune in on FOX Sports Kansas City or 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

Trivia fact:  Billy Butler has 971 hits.  His next hit will put him past David DeJesus and into ninth place in Royals history.  Fred Patek is eighth with 1,036.

Royals game preview: April 24 at Detroit

The Royals look to get back into action tonight after a rainout on Tuesday.  Tune in on FSKC or the Royals Radio Network!

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

Detroit lineup: Jackson – CF, Hunter – RF, Cabrera – 3B, Fielder – 1B, Martinez – DH, Dirks – LF, Peralta – SS, Avila – C, Infante – 2B, Scherzer – RHP

Kansas City Game Notes:  Game_18_Detroit_4-24

Trivia Fact: Salvador Perez hit his first Major League home run on August 29 at Detroit.  The homer came against tonight’s starter, Max Scherzer.

FOX Sports Kansas City adds Thursday’s Royals-Tigers game to TV schedule

FOX Sports Kansas City will televise Thursday’s Royals-Tigers game in Detroit, to make up for Tuesday’s rainout. Pregame coverage will start at 11:30 a.m. CT, with first pitch scheduled for 12:05.

Royals ace James Shields and Tigers No. 1 starter Justin Verlander are scheduled to pitch in a big AL Central matchup.

Viewers in mid-Missouri and Iowa will see Thursday’s game on the FOX Sports Midwest main channel.

The Royals also take on the Tigers tonight on FOX Sports Kansas City, with pregame coverage starting at 5:30 p.m.

MLB’s Season of the #Whiff

Attention Royals fans: We need your help!

Major League Baseball and Head & Shoulders are teaming up for the “Season of the #Whiff”.

What is “Season of the #Whiff” you ask? It is national program in which Head & Shoulders will make a $1 donation to the national MLB Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program for every strikeout in the 2013 regular season, as part of the launch of new Head & Shoulders with the scent of Old Spice.

The RBI program was designed by Major League Baseball to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among underserved youth. The program encourages academic participation and achievement while teaching the value of teamwork. Additionally, RBI is designed to prepare athletes to play in college and the minor leagues.

Royals fans have the opportunity to help the local RBI program by taking part in the “Season of the #Whiff” on Twitter. The MLB Club with the highest total of #Whiff tweets each month will earn $10,000 for their local RBI chapters! The season-long cumulative champion will earn $20,000, making a total of $80,000 up for grabs!

How can you assist our local RBI chapters? Be an active Tweeter! When a Royals pitcher gets a strikeout, use the phrase “#WHIFF + @Royals” in your tweets.

You can track our progress by following @HSforMen on Twitter or by visiting the Head & Shoulders “Season of the #Whiff” page at www.mlb.com/whiff .

We could help raise thousands of dollars for the Kansas City area, so let’s get the tweets rolling!

Royals Game Preview: April 23, 2013 at Detroit

KC begins a division series at Detroit tonight.  Tune in on FSKC or the Royals Radio Network!

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

Detroit lineup: Jackson – CF, Hunter – RF, Cabrera – 3B, Fielder – 1B, Martinez – DH, Dirks – LF, Peralta – SS, Avila – C, Infante – 2B, Scherzer – RHP

Kansas City Game Notes:Game_18_Detroit

Trivia Fact: Chris Getz, a native of Grosse Pointe, Mich., attended the University of Michigan, where he was a two-time All-Big Ten First Team selection.

Dish Channel Numbers: April 23 to 28

FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast five of the six games from April 23 to 28.  Here are the channel numbers for Dish subscribers:

Tuesday, April 23: Dish 440

Wednesday, April 24: Dish 442

Thursday, April 25: no TV

Friday, April 26: Dish 444

Saturday, April 27: Dish 446

Sunday, April 28: Dish 444

Royals Game Preview: April 21 doubleheader at Boston

The Royals and Red Sox will play a split doubleheader today.  Game one starts at 12:35 Central, with the nightcap scheduled for 6:00.  BOTH games will air on FOX Sports Kansas City (check your local listings).

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

Boston lineup for game one: Ellsbury - CF, Nava - RF, Pedroia - 2B, Ortiz - DH, Napoli - 1B, Saltalamacchia - C, Middlebrooks - 3B, Drew - SS, Gomes - LF, Dempster – RHP.

Kansas City Game Notes (PDF file – one file for both games): Games_16_17_Boston

Trivia Fact: Johnny Damon recorded 894 hits as a Royal and 730 with Boston.

Royals Sunday doubleheader to air on FOX Sports Kansas City

FOX Sports Kansas City will televise both games of tomorrow’s (Sunday, April 21) day-night doubleheader between the Royals and Red Sox.

Game one from Boston will take place at 12:35 p.m. (pregame at 12 p.m.). Friday’s originally scheduled game, postponed to support efforts of law enforcement officers, will be played at 6 p.m. CT. (pregame at 5 p.m.).

Viewers in mid-Missouri and Iowa will see both games on the FOX Sports Midwest main channel. In Kansas, outside the Kansas City market, the Oklahoma City Thunder playoff game at 8:30 p.m. will move to FOX Sports Plus.

Alex Gordon joins CC Sabathia, Matt Kemp and Andrew McCutchen as Guest Panelist for Honorary Bat Girl Contest

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon has been selected as a Guest Panelist for the Honorary Bat Girl Contest.  Other panelists include CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees, Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Maria Menounos of Extra TV and Sam Ryan, MLB Network host and reporter.  The 2013 Honorary Bat Girl program recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease.

The Guest Panel will aid in the selection process of one Honorary Bat Girl for each of the 30 MLB teams. Winners will be recognized by their respective Club between Mother’s Day, May 12th, and May 31st. The program includes strong support from countless players throughout the League who are personally committed to the fight against breast cancer.

The Guest Panel features Sabathia, who is a returning Honorary Bat Girl panelist and who has dealt with cancer within his family; Kemp, who has been a long-time champion of the cause and who is inspired by fans like friend Katie Ortega, an 18 year old in remission from AML Leukemia; McCutchen, whose grandmother is a breast cancer survivor; and Gordon, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor. The Guest Panel will also include Menounos, whose cousin is a breast cancer survivor; and Ryan, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor.

Fans are encouraged to share inspirational stories that they or loved ones may have or currently are experiencing that provide hope and motivation in the fight against breast cancer, as well as the reasons they or their nominees should represent their favorite team. Entries can be submitted by men and women who are breast cancer survivors, advocates and/or supporters of the cause at honorarybatgirl.com, a website powered by MLB.com, and will be accepted until the submission period closes on April 22 at 12:01am ET.

During MLB’s annual Mother’s Day national day of recognition, one Honorary Bat Girl per MLB Club will take part in pre-game activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony and receive pink MLB merchandise with two tickets to the game. For Clubs that are away on Mother’s Day, another home game in May will be selected to recognize their Honorary Bat Girl.

The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. In four years, over 4,000 testimonials have been submitted and more than 10 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by its charitable partners Stand Up to Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative has set out to raise awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support life saving breast cancer research.

On every Mother’s Day since 2006, hundreds of MLB players have used pink bats by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. To further demonstrate their support for the breast cancer cause, players and on-field personnel have worn the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative dugout lineup cards also have been pink. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother’s Day games have been auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer.

Royals Game Preview: April 17 at Atlanta

KC has a quick turnaround – today’s game starts at 11:10 a.m. Central!  The contest is not on FOX Sports Kansas City, however, you can watch on MLB Network.

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

Atlanta lineup: B. J. Upton – CF, Heyward – RF, Justin Upton – LF, Gattis – C, Uggla – 2B, Francisco – 3B, Johnson – 1B, Simmons – SS, Minor – LHP

Kansas City Game Notes (PDF file): Game_14_Atlanta_rfe55d3h

Trivia Fact: Atlanta and Kansas City have made 12 trades over the years.  The last one came in 2010, when KC acquired a then-minor league reliever named Tim Collins along with Gregor Blanco, Jesse Chavez and cash in exchange for Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth.

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