Happy Father’s Day! The Royals look to take three of four from Tampa Bay as the series at Tropicana Field wraps up today. Florida native Wade Davis faces his former team for the first time, with the first pitch set for 12:40 CT on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network.
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Perez – C, Butler – DH, Lough – CF, Moustakas – 3B, Johnson – 2B, Francoeur – RF, Escobar -SS, Davis – RHP
Rays lineup: Joyce – RF, Zobrist – 2B, Scott – LF, Longoria – DH, Loney – 1B, Jennings – CF, Johnson – 3B, Molina – C Escobar – SS, Hernandez – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_67_Tampa_Bay
Royals Trivia Fact: Three father/son combinations have played for the Royals: The Bannister’s (Father Floyd and son Brian), the McRae’s (Hal and Brian), and the Wathan’s (John and Dusty). Another note – Hal McRae managed both the Royals and the then-Devil Rays (1991 – 94 in KC and 2001 – 02 in Tampa Bay).
KC’s hot streak continued last night with a second straight win at Tampa Bay and ninth victory in 10 games. Today’s game will start at 3:10 Central. Tune in on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network!
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Perez – C, Butler – DH, Cain – CF, Lough – RF, Moustakas – 3B, Johnson – 2B, Escobar – SS, Guthrie – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_66_Tampa_Bay
Royals Trivia Fact: KC has held opponents to no more than three runs in each of the last 13 games. It is the longest streak in the Majors since 2010 (San Francisco).
Here’s a look at the channel numbers for Dish subscribers:
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The Royals wrapped up a 7-2 homestand with a dramatic 10-inning win over Detroit yesterday. Now it’s on to St. Pete for four and Cleveland for three.
Let’s take a look at the lineups for tonight’s 6:10 CT start at Tropicana Field:
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Perez – C, Butler – DH, Cain – CF, Lough – RF, Tejada – 3B, Johnson – 2B, Escobar – SS, Santana – RHP
Rays lineup: Joyce – RF, Zobrist – 2B, Johnson – 3B, Longoria – DH, Loney – 1B, Jennings – CF, Fuld – LF, Molina – C, Escobar – SS, Hellickson – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_64_Tampa_Bay
Royals Trivia Fact: Current Royal Elliot Johnson recorded his first career hit in 2008 at Tropicana Field vs. the Yankees.
Though the Royals hit a snag last night in their attempt to win seven straight, they have been playing well on this homestand, going 6-2 with a game left. At Ned Yost’s pregame press conference today, the skipper was asked about KC’s recent play. “We feel good. We thought last night was a great game. We matched up with (Max) Scherzer. Wade Davis continues to get better and better each time he goes out. We like how our offense is starting to turn the corner a little bit and our defense has been spectacular,” said Yost.
There is always big anticipation when two aces lock horns. Today’s matchup, Justin Verlander vs. James Shields, features a pair of aces who happen to be two of the best pitchers in baseball. Ned was asked about the matchup and about Verlander. “It was a great matchup the last time they met. It is the same thing today. You have two of the best pitchers going against each other.” The manager when on to say, “If Verlander is on you will be lucky to get one pitch (to hit) the entire day. That is why you have to battle and compete.”
The Royals wrap up a nine-game homestand in today’s rubber match vs. Detroit. The 1:10 game has been picked up by MLB Network – so check your local listings (it will not air on FOX Sports Kansas City).
Here are today’s lineups:
Tigers lineup: Garcia – CF, Hunter – RF, Cabrera – 3B, Fielder – 1B, Martinez – DH, Peralta – SS, Tuisosopo – LF, Pena – C, Santiago – 2B, Verlander – RHP
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Perez – C, Butler – DH, Cain – CF, Lough – RF, Moustakas – 3B, Johnson – 2B, Escobar – SS, Shields – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game #63 vs Detroit
Royals Trivia Fact: Wade Davis went 6.2 innings last night, marking the 46th time in 62 games that a KC starter pitched at least 6.0 innings.
Last night, Salvador Perez hit a two-run triple in the third inning that tied the game at two runs apiece. The hit was an opposite field shot that split right-center field. Today at Ned Yost’s daily press conference, he was asked what makes Perez such a good opposite field hitter. “It’s all in his approach. He has a very good, loose and relaxed approach at the plate. He has very quick hands. He is a kid that makes contact with power. It’s his ability to wait on the ball, especially the ones down and away and then drive it that way. It is just a natural ability. It is a tough thing to do but to be able to hit the ball to all fields you have to have great hand-eye coordination, great pitch recognition and quick hands. He has all three,” said Yost.
Coming into the day the Royals were ranked first in the American League in ERA. The skipper was asked if he was aware of where his pitching staff ranked. “I wasn’t until someone just told me, but it just goes to show how good our pitching has been. That doesn’t mean anyone is just going to give us a game because of that though. It just shows how good they have been.” The manager went on to say, “I am proud of our pitchers and the body of work they have put forth so far. Being at the top of American League states to me how good they have been.”
Kansas City extended its winning streak to six last night! They face another tough hurler tonight in former Mizzou pitcher Max Scherzer. Come on out to The K for the 7:10 first pitch! It’s a warm evening, so make sure you stay hydrated!
Tigers lineup: Dirks – LF, Hunter – RF, Cabrera – 3B, Fielder – 1B, Martinez – DH, Peralta – SS, Avila – C, Infante – 2B, Kelly – CF, Scherzer – RHP
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Perez – C, Butler – DH, Cain – CF, Lough – RF, Moustakas – 3B, Getz – 2B, Escobar – SS, Davis – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_62_vs._Detroit
Royals Trivia Fact: KC looks to win seven in a row for the first time since September 10 – 17, 2011.
Royals’ first-round draft pick, Hunter Dozier, signed with the club today and met with the media this afternoon. Dozier first addressed what it will be like playing with the expectations of being a first-round draft pick, “I’m not going to put any extra pressure on myself, I’m just going to go out and play as hard as I can, work as hard as I can, and whatever happens will happen.”
Dozier then discussed what he believes his biggest strengths are and how Stephen F. Austin University helped prepare for the Majors. “My bat is probably my biggest strength, Dozier stated. “College ball let me grow into my body, and just playing more games and getting more at-bats during the summer and during the college year.”
Royals General Manager Dayton Moore also spoke to the process of selecting Dozier as the club’s number one pick this year. “We first noticed him early on in the scouting process, his name came across my desk early in the scouting season, and just listening to Lonnie (Goldberg) and JJ (Picollo) speak about his character, his passion to play along with his ability, he was a guy that I was really, really hoped that we were going to get to draft and sign. He would have been a guy that if we weren’t able to select we would have been very disappointed.”