Here are the upcoming channel numbers for Dish Network subscribers:
Friday, July 19: Dish 442
Saturday, July 20: Dish 442
Sunday, July 21: Dish 442
Monday, July 22: Dish 441
Tuesday, July 23:Dish 442
Wednesday, July 24: Dish 442
Thursday, July 25: Dish 441
Friday, July 26: Dish 441
Saturday, July 27: Dish 442
Sunday, July 28: Dish 441
The Royals return from the All-Star Break today and it’s a busy day! There’s Celebrity Wiffle Balll, it’s Mizzou Night, Buck Night and Summer Fireworks!
Let’s take a look at the lineups for KC’s 7:10 start vs. Detroit:
Tigers lineup: Jackson – CF, Hunter – RF, Cabrera – 3B, Fielder – 1B, Martinez – DH, Peralta – SS, Dirks – LF, Avila – C, Santiago – 2B, Sanchez – RHP
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Cain – CF, Lough – RF, Escobar – SS, Getz – 2B, Santana – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_93_vs._Detroit
Royals Trivia Fact: Billy Butler enters tonight with a .331 career average against Detroit (133-for-402).
Following the All-Star break, the Royals return home for a seven-game homestand against the Detroit Tigers (July 19-21) and the Baltimore Orioles (July 22-25). Throughout the homestand, the Royals will host several exciting events including the Celebrity Classic Game on July 19 that will feature celebrities including Paul Rudd, Rob Riggle and Jason Sudeikis and friends playing a wiffle ball game at the Little K. July 19 will also be highlighted by another University Night, as Mizzou fans will be able to come out and show their pride. Kids and families can come and participate in KidsFest, a pregame event full of fun and entertainment, on July 21.
Fans can also get great giveaways when they come out to Kauffman Stadium this homestand, including the final hotdog bobblehead, Relish, on July 20. On July 21, in conjunction with KidsFest, the first 5,000 kids under 14 will receive Sluggerrr banks, and another edition of T-Shirt Tuesday will take place on July 23.
Friday, July 19 – Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Celebrity Classic Game presented by Big Slick Poker Tournament & Party – The Royals host Kansas City natives Paul Rudd, Rob Riggle, Jason Sudeikis, as well as other celebrity guests, for a Whiffle Ball Game at the Blue KC Little K. Gates to the ballpark open early at 5 p.m. with the game set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Limited seating will be available, so fans are encouraged to arrive early.
• Mizzou Night – Supporters of Mizzou can join fellow Tigers for a night of big league action presented by FOX Sports Kansas City and Rally House. To join fellow Tigers, fans can visit www.royals.com/mizzou for details or to purchase discounted tickets. The first 2,000 Tiger fans who bring their Mizzou Night discounted ticket to the Mizzou table located inside Hy-Vee Gate B will receive a limited edition black, white and gold KC Royals Mizzou cap. Gates open at 5 p.m. To reserve a group of 20 or more tickets, call (816) 504-4174.
• Buck Night – Hot dogs, small Pepsi products and peanuts are just $1 each all night long. www.royals.com/fanvalue.
• Summer Fireworks – Fans will enjoy a spectacular fireworks show, presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi, after the game.
Saturday, July 20 – Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.
• Relish Bobblehead – Relish, the third of a set of three condiment bobbleheads, will be given out to the first 10,000 fans, courtesy by Hy-Vee and Farmland.
• 610 Saturdays – The Royals have teamed up with Entercom and 610 Sports Radio for special pregame festivities outside Rivals Sports Bar that include 610 Sports Radio personalities, special guests, food and drink specials and much more. Fans can enjoy the 610 Saturday Appetizer Special – Jalapeno Poppers for just $6.10 – in Rivals Sports Bar from the time the gates open until the first pitch. Listen to 610 Sports Radio and receive a coupon code to purchase a ticket for only $6.10 in the Hy-Vee Infield. www.royals.com/610saturday.
Sunday, July 21 – Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
• Sluggerrr Bank – The first 5,000 kids, 14 and under, will get a Sluggerrr Bank, courtesy of the Kansas City Zoo.
• KidsFest – Before the game, kids and fans young at heart can enjoy lots of entertainment and activities in the Outfield Experience including a concert by School of Rock, an autograph session with Sluggerrr and plenty more! There will also be a Toys for Tots collection set up at the entry gates for anyone who wants to drop off new and unopened toys. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. www.royals.com/kidsfest.
• Family FunDay Sunday – Each Sunday home game features face painters, caricature and balloon artists and live family-friendly entertainment in the Outfield Experience courtesy of Radio Disney. All-Day Play Passes for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience are available for just $10. In addition, the Royals are offering a Family FunDay Sunday 4-Pack that include four Hy-Vee Infield tickets, $10 in loaded value per ticket to use for concessions and merchandise, and four All-Day Play Passes – over $150 in value – for just $80! www.royals.com/sunday.
• Fun Run presented by Sprint – All fans can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).
Monday, July 22 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Value Monday – All Hy-Vee Level tickets, excluding Hy-Vee Box, are just $7 courtesy of Hy-Vee. www.royals.com/fanvalue.
Tuesday, July 23 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• T-Shirt Tuesday – The first 10,000 fans will receive a classic t-shirt depicting the KC logo with “American League” and “since 1969” text, courtesy of Microsoft. www.royals.com/tshirttuesday.
Wednesday, July 24 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• INK Student Night – Rivals Outfield Box or Hy-Vee Infield tickets are available for all Wednesday home games for high school and college students with valid ID at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office for just $7. Seating is subject to availability. All Student Nights include a $7 hot dog and beverage special at the Boulevard Grill in the Outfield Experience.
• INK Local Music Showcase – Catch a free pregame concert on us. Every Wednesday INK Student Night will also feature live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience. Not a Planet will entertain fans prior to the game against the Orioles. For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.
Thursday, July 25 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• All You Can Eat Seats – Fans can purchase All You Can Eat Seats located in the Loge Level (Sec. 318 – 325), which include unlimited ballpark fare. All the hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, pretzels and Pepsi products you can handle for $40 per seat! Individual and group discount tickets available. For details, visit www.royals.com/allyoucaneat.
Fans may purchase tickets online at royals.com, by calling 1-800-6ROYALS, at area Hy-Vee stores or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.
The Royals announced today that they have claimed shortstop Pedro Ciriaco off outright waivers from the San Diego Padres.
Ciriaco, 27, is batting .228 with eight stolen bases, three doubles, two triples and two homers in 51 games this season split between San Diego and Boston. He started this season with the Red Sox, but was traded to San Diego on June 10 for a player to be named later. He’s played all four infield positions this season, seeing a combined 26 games at shortstop and 10 at third base. The fourth-year infielder hit .293 with Boston last season, setting career highs in nearly every offensive statistical category, including 15 doubles, 19 RBI and 33 runs scored in 76 games. He is a career .279 hitter.
Major League Baseball announced today that Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland has been named a replacement on the American League All-Star team, taking the spot of Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma, who started today for the Mariners and will be unable to pitch on Tuesday night. Holland will join teammates Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez, who were named to the 84th Midsummer Classic at Citi Field in New York last week. All three are making their first career trip to the All-Star Game.
This marks the first time since the 1988 All-Star Game in Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium that the Royals have had three players selected, when George Brett made his 13th and final All-Star appearance, going as a first baseman, and was joined by infielder Kurt Stillwell and pitcher Mark Gubicza. This is the 11th time the club has had at least three players named to the American League squad.
Holland, 27, has served as the Royals’ closer since the second half of last season after Jonathan Broxton was dealt to the Reds at the trade deadline. Greg has made good on 38 of 42 save opportunities since taking over the roll full-time, including a current run of 15 in a row dating back to May 30. Since that date, Holland has posted a 0.95 ERA, allowing just two earned runs in 19.0 innings, while recording 34 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .111 average (7-for-63). He entered today leading the Majors in strikeouts per batter faced (.444) and strikeouts per 9-inning ratio at 15.43.
Congratulations to Greg!
The Royals wrap up the first half with a 12:05 Central start at Cleveland today.
Pitching matchup: RHP James Shields (4-6) vs. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (7-4)
Lineups: Royals: Gordon – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Cain – CF, Lough – RF, Giavotella – 2B, Escobar – SS, Shields – RHP
Indians: Bourn – CF, Cabrera – DH, Kipnis – 2B, Swisher – 1B, Brantley – LF, Santana – C, Aviles – SS, Chisenhall – 3B, Stubbs – RF, Jimenez – RHP
Radio: Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)
TV: FOX Sports Kansas City or MLB.TV
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_92_Cleveland
Royals Trivia Fact: The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game takes place today in New York. Royals prospects Miguel Almonte and Yordano Ventura will take part. What current Royals (players on the 40-man roster) participated in the Futures Game? Billy Butler, Danny Duffy, Alex Gordon, Luke Hochevar, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas all played for the U.S. squad. Alcides Escobar, Kelvin Herrera, George Kottaras and Ervin Santana all played on the World team.
Former Cleveland hurler Jeremy Guthrie takes the mound in tonight’s 6:05 Central start at Progressive Field.
Pitching matchup: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (8-6) vs. LHP Scott Kazmir (4-4)
Lineups: Please check @Royals on Twitter this afternoon for the lineups.
Radio: Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)
TV: Tonight’s game is exclusively on MLB.TV. FSKC will broadcast Sunday’s game.
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_91_Cleveland
Early Birthday Wishes: Royals reliever J.C. Gutierrez turns 30 on Sunday. Happy early birthday!
Royals Trivia Fact: Gutierrez is the only MLB reliever to inherit at least 10 runners this year and strand them all.
KC opens its final series before the All-Star Break tonight with a 6:05 start at Cleveland (FSKC and the Royals Radio Network, Saturday’s game will not be televised in KC).
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Lough RF, Escobar – SS, Johnson – 2B, Dyson – CF, Chen – LHP
Indians lineup: Brantley – LF, Cabrera – SS, Kipnis – 2B, Swisher – 1B, Santana – C, Reynolds – DH, Raburn – RF, Aviles – 3B, Stubbs – CF, Kluber – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_90_Cleveland
Royals Trivia Fact: Tonight’s starter, Bruce Chen, is 20-13 vs. the A.L. Central since the start of 2010.
KC looks for a winning series in today’s matinee at Yankee Stadium (12:05 CT, FSKC and the Royals Radio Network).
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Cain – CF, Tejada – 3B, Giavotella – 2B, Lough – RF, Santana – RHP
Yankees lineup: Ichiro – CF, Jeter – DH, Cano – 2B, Wells – RF, Overbay – 1B, Almonte – LF, Nunez – SS, Cruz – 3B, Romine – C, Pettitte – LHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_89_NYY
Royals Trivia Fact: Today’s starter, Ervin Santana, defeated New York in the 2005 ALDS clincher, winning game five for the Angels. He was a 22-year old rookie at the time.
July 10 – today is a little quieter at One Royal Way than 365 days ago when we hosted the 83rd MLB All-Star Game. Our Royals are looking for a third straight win in New York tonight. You can catch a watch party at The Granfalloon on the Country Club Plaza.
Let’s take a look at the lineups for the 6:05 start (FSKC and the Royals Radio Network):
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Moustakas – 3B, Cain – CF, Lough – RF, Giavotella – 2B, Kottaras – C, Davis – RHP
Yankees lineup: Gardner – CF, Suzuki – RF, Cano – 2B, Hafner – DH, Almonte – LF, Overbay – 1B, Nunez – SS, Cruz – 3B, Stewart – C, Nova – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_88_at_NYY
Royals Trivia Fact: David Lough homered last night, becoming the 111th player in Royals history to hit at least one regular season home run against the Yankees. George Brett has the most regular season home runs of any Royal vs. New York (29), plus six in the ALCS.