July 2013

Royals Game Preview: July 23

Kansas City’s series vs. Baltimore continues tonight at 7:10.

Pitching matchup:  RHP Jason Hammel (7-6) vs. LHP Bruce Chen (3-0)

Lineups:  Orioles: McLouth – LF, Machado – 3B, Markakis – RF, Jones – CF, Davis – 1B, Hardy – SS, Valencia – DH, Roberts – 2B, Teagarden – C

Royals: Gordon – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Cain – CF, Butler – DH, Moustakas – 3B, Lough – RF, Kottaras – C, Escobar – SS, Getz – 2B

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City or MLB.TV

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_97_vs._Baltimore

Royals Trivia Fact:  Tonight’s starter, Bruce Chen, won a career-best 13 games in 2005 with Baltimore.

Royals team up for adaptive field groundbreaking

The Royals and Royals Charities, in partnership with Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, today broke ground on an adaptive baseball field for children with disabilities.  This field will be at McCoy Park in Independence, Mo.  Funds for the project came from the 2012 MLB Gatorade All-Star Workout Day.  Current Royals Tim Collins and Aaron Crow were on hand along with alumni Jim Eisenreich and Dennis Leonard.

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Ned Yost media session: July 22, 2013

Coming off the weekend series where the Royals saw one of the best hitters in baseball, Miguel Cabrera, they get to see another lethal bat in this series with the Orioles. That bat belongs to Chris Davis, the league leader in home runs.  Ned Yost was asked at his daily press conference about Davis. “He is definitely a dangerous hitter.  I think you can target two or three players in their lineup going into a game and he is one of them.” Yost went on to say, “He is one of those guys if you make a mistake, he can hit it out of the ballpark. You have to be aware of those kind of guys at certain parts of the game. You want to be careful with him for sure.”

During Yost’s media session, it was brought to his attention that his team has only committed three errors this month. He was asked how important the steady defense has been. “It is extremely important to play good defense. Pitching and defense helps you win games but you have to combine that with some offense. We feel like defense is a real strength of our team and we are really proud of it,” said the skipper.

 

 

Royals Game Preview: July 22 vs. Baltimore

The Royals host Baltimore tonight in the first of four at Kauffman Stadium.

Pitching matchup:  RHP Wade Davis (4-8) vs. RHP Scott Feldman (1-1 with Baltimore, 8-7 overall)

Lineups:  Orioles: McLouth – LF, Machado – 3B, Markakis – RF, Jones – CF, Davis – 1B, Wieters – C, Hardy – SS, Urrutia – DH, Roberts – 2B, Feldman – RHP

Royals: Gordon – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Cain – CF, Moustakas – 3B, Lough – RF, Tejada – 2B, Escobar – SS, Davis – RHP

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City or MLB.TV

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game #96 vs Baltimore (2)

Royals Trivia Fact:  Royals starter Wade Davis recorded his first career shutout and set a career high with 10 strikeouts on September 17, 2009 at Baltimore, while with the Rays.

Ned Yost media session: July 21, 2013

Royals skipper Ned Yost met with the media prior to today’s series finale with the Tigers.  Yost first addressed the status of second baseman Chris Getz following his knee injury in last night’s contest.  Yost stated that if the club needs Getz in an emergency, he is available today.

Yost then spoke of the ability of the bullpen to handle high leverage situations on a daily basis.  “It’s just about every day that they come in to high leverage situations, if look at the number of one run or two run games that we play.”  Yost went on to say that the staff has confidence in themselves to be able to succeed in any game situation they come in to.

Yost concluded by discussing what it would mean to the club to sweep the division leader.  “Our guys play hard every day.  We lost two in New York and three in Cleveland, they didn’t lose their confidence.  It wasn’t a confidence issue, they were mad that that happened.  These guys have confidence in their abilities and confidence in each other as a team.  Our goal every day is to win every single day.  We feel like we can compete with them, a game in the standings is huge.”

The Royals wrap up the series with the Tigers today and welcome the Orioles tomorrow evening for a three-game set.

Royals Game Preview: July 21 vs. Detroit

KC has an opportunity to sweep first-place Detroit today.  It’s a big game and James Shields is on the mound for the 1:10 start.

Pitching matchup:  RHP James Shields (4-6) vs. RHP Doug Fister (7-5)

Lineups:  Tigers:  Jackson – CF, Hunter – RF, Cabrera – 3B, Fielder – DH, Martinez – 1B, Peralta – SS, Dirks – LF, Pena – C, Santiago  – 2B, Fister – RHP

Royals:  Gordon – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Perez -C, Cain -RF, Moustakas – 3B, Tejada – 2B, Escobar – SS, Dyson – CF, Shields RHP

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City or MLB.TV

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_95_vs._Detroit

Royals Trivia Fact:  Royals manager Ned Yost won his 700th career game last night.  He has 243 wins with the Royals, sixth-most among KC managers (Herzog, Howser, Muser, Wathan, McRae).

Ned Yost media session: July 20, 2013

Kansas City manager Ned Yost met with the media prior to the second game of a three-game set with Detroit. Yost first discussed the defensive talents of All-Star catcher Salvador Perez and his ability to effect the running game on a daily basis. “If Sal’s given the opportunity, nine times out of ten he’s going to throw you out, but you have to have the opportunity. They’re going to try to be opportunistic, they’re going to try to steal on the pitcher more than Sal.” He’s very accurate, he’s very athletic for a big guy, his feet and his upper body work extremely well together, he’s very short in the bottom half of his delivery, he’s very quick footed for a big guy.”

Yost was then asked what keys would be important tonight for starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie in his matchup with sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. “The keys are the same every game for these guys. He’s going to have to be able to pitch down in the zone, use both sides of the plate, and change speeds effectively.”

Yost concluded by addressing how much the presence of Miguel Cabrera is on the minds of opposing managers. “A lot, we were going the whole way in the eighth inning trying to do everything we can do to avoid getting him up in the ninth inning.” The Royals held Cabrera to an 0-for-3 night on Friday.

Royals Game Preview: July 20 vs. Detroit

KC opened the post-All-Star schedule with a big 1-0 win last night over Detroit.  They’ll look for a second straight tonight, with a tough test against Detroit ace Justin Verlander.

Pitching matchup:  RHP Jeremy Guthrie (8-7) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (10-6)

Lineups:  Tigers:  Jackson – CF, Hunter – RF, Cabrera – 3B, Fielder – 1B, Martinez – DH, Peralta – SS, Dirks – LF, Avila – C, Santiago  – 2B, Verlander – RHP

Royals:  Gordon – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Cain – CF, Moustakas – 3B, Lough – RF, Escobar – SS, Getz – 2B, Guthrie – RHP

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City or MLB.TV

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_94_vs._Detroit

Royals Trivia Fact:  The Royals are 35-2 this year when leading after eight innings.

Ned Yost media session: July 19, 2013

The Royals are back at Kauffman Stadium after an eleven day stint away from the friendly confines. The team has made a few roster moves since the last homestand and Ned Yost discussed the most recent transactions at his afternoon press conference. One of the moves the skipper was asked about was deciding to recall Chris Getz and option Johnny Giavotella back to Omaha. “Getz was swinging the bat well down there (Omaha). We are looking for offense. We made the same move when Johnny was swinging the bat well and Getz was struggling. This is the same thing here. We are just trying to take advantage of the hot bat,” said the manager.

Yost went on to talk about why they need hot bats in the lineup, “One big hit can make a difference in the game. That is why we have to have as many hot bats in the game as we can. We are trying to put our best foot forward this second half. In some cases we can’t afford to wait two or three weeks for a guy to produce. If I have the option of playing a guy with a hot bat, that is the option I am going to take.”

Celebrities take batting practice prior to wiffle ball game

Kansas City natives Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis are headlining tonight’s wiffle ball game at the Little K.

The group had the chance to take some cuts on the field at Kauffman Stadium this afternoon.  Several Royals stopped by, including Jeremy Guthrie, George Kottaras, Elliot Johnson and Mike Moustakas (who threw b.p.).  Let’s take a look:

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