KC wraps up a weekend road trip at Minnesota today. It’s a 1:10 start on FOX Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network.
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Perez, C, Moustakas – 3B, Cain – CF, Lough – RF, Giavotella – 2B, Santana – RHP
Twins lineup: Thomas – CF, Mauer – C, Doumit – DH, Morneau – 1B, Plouffe – 3B, Arcia – LF, Parmelee – RF, Escobar – 2B, Florimon – SS, Correia – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_79_Minnesota
Royals Trivia Fact: Today’s starter, Ervin Santana, leads the Majors with a 1.56 ERA in June.
The Royals today announced that the club has recalled infielder Johnny Giavotella from Omaha (AAA) and designated outfielder Jeff Francoeur for assignment. Giavotella will be in uniform on Sunday when the Royals wrap-up their series in Minneapolis.
“Jeff made incredible contributions to our ballclub and our community,” said Dayton Moore, Royals’ Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. “I personally want to thank him for the winning attitude he brought to our clubhouse and our city.”
Giavotella, 26, was hitting .287 (83-for-287) in 77 games for the Storm Chasers with 40 runs scored, 18 doubles, seven homers and 38 RBI. He heads to the Majors riding a 10-game hitting streak in which he’s batted .472 (17-for-36). He has appeared in 99 career games for the Royals over the last two seasons hitting .242 with 41 runs scored, 16 doubles, five triples, three homers and 36 RBI.
Francoeur, on the last year of a two-year contract, was hitting .208 (28-for-183) with three homers and 13 RBI this year.
KC’s bats erupted for a season-high four home runs last night. Eric Hosmer posted his second career multi-homer game and Billy Butler tied Bo Jackson for 10th on KC’s all-time home run list.
The clubs will tangle in an afternoon game today – 3:10 p.m. This game will not be televised – we hope that you can get to the viewing party at the Power & Light District in downtown KC or listen on the Royals Radio Network.
Here’s a look at the lineup vs. former MU Tiger Kyle Gibson, who is making his Major League debut:
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Cain – RF, Tejada – 2B, Dyson – CF and Davis – RHP
Twins lineup: Thomas – CF, Dozier – 2B, Mauer – C, Morneau – 1B, Plouffe – DH, Arcia – LF, Parmelee – RF, Carroll – 3B, Florimon – SS, Gibson – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_78_Minnesota
Royals Trivia Fact: Billy Butler will pass Bo Jackson with his next home run (110). Who is next for Billy to catch? Steve Balboni, at 119.
James Shields takes the mound for a 7:10 start in Minnesota tonight. Tune in on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network (No TV on Saturday – be sure to join the watch party at Power & Light!)
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Cain – CF, Johnson – 2B, Lough – RF, Shields – RHP
Twins lineup: Thomas – CF, Mauer – DH, Doumit – C, Willingham – LF, Morneau – 1B, Arcia – RF, Plouffe – 3B, Dozier – 2B, Florimon – SS, Walters – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_77_Minnesota
Royals Trivia Fact: Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz joined the Twins in a trade from the White Sox on June 21, 1983.
The Royals are partnering with the Kansas City Power and Light District to host a Royals Watch Party presented by Miller Lite on Saturday, June 29. The Royals take on the Minnesota Twins at Target Field with first pitch scheduled for 3:10 p.m. The game will not be televised by FOX Sports Kansas City, so the watch party offers a great opportunity to catch the Royals in a special Saturday matinee. The viewing party, which is free for all fans, will be held at KC Live! in the Kansas City Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City with the game displayed on the area’s 192-square foot videoboard.
The party begins at 2 p.m. with entertainment and contests. The festivities will feature fun for Royals fans of all ages and great prizes, including Royals gear and autographed items. Members of the K Crew and Sluggerrr will also be on hand for the family-friendly event. Please note that all minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Parking is available in the KC Live! Garage, located at 13th St. and Grand Blvd., for just $2. For more information, please visit www.royals.com/watchparty.
KC Live!, located directly across the street from the Sprint Center in the heart of The KC Power and Light District, is the Midwest’s premier dining and entertainment destination. Featuring world-class restaurants, taverns and night spots, KC Live! is where Kansas City goes to play. KC Live! features a full-concert stage where the country’s most premiere musicians and bands perform weekly during the summer and for special events throughout the year. For more information on the Kansas City Power and Light District’s restaurants and entertainment venues, upcoming events and parking availability, visit http://www.powerandlightdistrict.com.
The Royals start a key four-game series at Minnesota tonight, entering with a 1.5 game lead over the Twins. Tonight’s game will air on FOX Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network.
Let’s take a look at the lineups for this 7:10 start:
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Lough – RF, Johnson – 2B, Dyson – CF, Guthrie – RHP
Twins lineup: Thomas – CF, Mauer – C, Willingham – DH, Morneau – 1B, Arcia – LF, Plouffe – 3B, Parmelee – RF, Dozier – 2B, Florimon – SS, Deduno – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_76_Minnesota
Royals Trivia Fact: Alex Gordon had both a leadoff home run and a walk-off single last night. According to the MLB Stat of the Day on Twitter (@MLBStatoftheday), he is the first Royals player to accomplish both in the same game since Gregg Jefferies on July 31, 1992.
KC won 4-3 over Atlanta in 10 innings! Let’s take a look at the photos:
It’s tough to believe – this is already the last home game of June! KC hosts Atlanta in a 7:10 contest that will air on FOX Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network. Here’s how the lineups stack up:
Braves lineup: Schafer – LF, Heyward – RF, Justin Upton – DH, Freeman – 1B, Laird – C, B.J. Upton – CF, Uggla – 2B, Johnson – 3B, Simmons – SS, Minor – LHP
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Cain – CF, Moustakas – 3B, Francoeur – RF, Tejada – 2B, Mendoza – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_75_vs._Atlanta
Royals Trivia Fact: The current 25-man roster has three players born in Georgia: Lorenzo Cain, Jeff Francoeur and Will Smith.
Royals skipper Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon prior to the series finale with the Atlanta Braves. Yost first addressed the lineup changes that were seen in yesterday’s contest. Yost stated that this lineup is what the club envisioned when the season began, and now that players are beginning to hit mid-season form, the Royals are able to put it into play. “When you look at a lineup you’re trying to find ways to score a bunch of runs…there’s a lot that goes in to it…until we get three or four guys going at one time it’s going to be the same. You can start to see Hoz coming out, Moose is swinging the bat better, (and) we all know what Billy can do. Just set it up the way you want and when it comes together we should be in pretty good shape.”
Yost then discussed the options that shortstop Alcides Escobar gives the club in the second spot of the batting order. He stated that having Escobar in the two spot gives the club more options and opportunities to score runs. Yost then went on to state that Escobar has shown proficiency in the two hole before, and that his ability to handle the bat gives the Royals greater options to score.
Yost concluded by discussing how Will Smith will fair in his new role out of the bullpen. “I think he’s going to adjust to that role really well, he’s still a really young guy, and he’s very durable and has tremendous competitiveness.”
Tonight the Atlanta Braves come to Kansas City for the first time in club history. Before the matchup, Ned Yost met with reporters in the Royals dugout.
Yost worked under Bobby Cox, Atlanta’s retired and future Hall of Fame manager, from 1991-2002. Yost was asked how much he learned about being a manager from his Atlanta days and Bobby Cox. “Just about everything. You are a product of your environment growing up and growing up as a baseball coach, learning from Bobby Cox, a (future) Hall of Fame manager, you learned a lot.” Ned went on to say, “Spending 12 years with him gave me the ability to watch closely how he handled situations and the baseball team. I would say everything I have learned about managing has come from trial and error and from Bobby Cox.”
Other than questions about Ned’s Atlanta days, the skipper was asked about the Royals’ roster moves on Tuesday that sent Kelvin Herrera to Omaha and recalled reliever Will Smith. Yost had this to say about the move, “Kelvin had been struggling a bit and Will Smith has been throwing the ball really well down there (at Omaha). Smith gives us an extra lefty to use down there (in the bullpen) with Tim Collins and Bruce Chen. He will gives us a little more depth until Kelvin gets right again.”