July 2013

Royals Community Blood Drive continues through Saturday

CBC LOGOS 001Royals Week -Come to Give- Blood DriveJoin the Royals for the annual Royals Blood Drive at the Community Blood Centers in Kansas City, St. Joseph, and Topeka!  All registered donors receive a pair of tickets to an upcoming Royals home game and a commemorative t-shirt (while supplies last).

To schedule an appointment to donate visit savealifenow.org

Royals Blood Drive Locations:
Kansas City, MO – 4040 Main Street
Overland Park, KS – Time Square Shopping Center, 105th & Metcalf
Gladstone, MO – 7265 N. Oak Trafficway
Blue Springs, MO – 1124 W. Highway 40
Topeka, KS – 800 SW Lane
St. Joseph, MO – 3122 Frederick Avenue

Royals Game Preview: July 9 at New York

Jeremy Guthrie pitched on both sides of a 59-minute rain delay last night as KC won game one at Yankee Stadium, 5-1.  James Shields is on the mound tonight, and the former Ray is very familiar with New York, having faced the Yankees more than any other club.  Here are the lineups for the 6:05 Central start (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, Shields – RHP

Yankees lineup:  Gardner – CF, Suzuki – RF, Cano – 2B, Hafner – DH, Almonte – LF, Overbay – 1B, Nunez – SS, Cruz – 3B, Stewart – C, Sabathia – LHP

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_87_NYY

Royals Trivia Fact:  Greg Holland’s 15.62 strikeouts per 9.0 innings would rank fourth in baseball history if the season ended today (minimum 30.0 innings).  Greg set a Royals record last year at 12.22 strikeouts per 9.0 innings.


Royals Game Preview: July 8 at New York

KC starts a seven-game trip tonight with the first of four at Yankee Stadium.

Former Oriole Jeremy Guthrie takes the mound tonight for KC.  Let’s take a look at the lineups for this 6:05 start (FSKC and the Royals Radio Network).

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

Yankees lineup:  Gardner – CF, Almonte – LF, Can0 – 2B, Hafner – DH, Wells – RF, Ishikawa – 1B, Cruz – SS, Gonzalez – 3B, Romine – C, Hughes – RHP

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_86_NYY

Royals Trivia Fact:  Tonight’s starter, Jeremy Guthrie, made the first road appearance of his Major League career on August 31, 2004 at the old Yankee Stadium, throwing 2.0 scoreless innings in Cleveland’s 22-0 win over New York.



Royals recall pitcher Louis Coleman, option Will Smith to Omaha

The Royals announced today that right-handed pitcher Louis Coleman has been recalled from Triple-A Omaha. To make room on the roster, left-handed pitcher Will Smith has been optioned back to Omaha.

Coleman, a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher, had a 13-day stint with Kansas City earlier this year, making 4 scoreless relief appearances, which spanned 4.1 innings. He earned his second Major League win, pitching a perfect 8th inning in St. Louis on May 30. Coleman was recently selected to represent the Storm Chasers at the Triple-A All-Star Game in Reno, Nev. Smith was 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 6 appearances (one start) for the Royals this season.

Ballpark Food: Three Barbecue Must-Haves at Kauffman Stadium

Sometimes when the shoe fits, you just have to wear it.

Kansas City is known for its world famous barbecue so chefs at Kauffman Stadium figured the food at The K should be representative of the city. The chefs have come up with some unique ways to use the city’s trademark to make delicious ballpark food.

The K boasts its own barbecue pit. The smoker is fueled by wood
shipped in from the Ozarks.  The two woods used are hickory and

Located beyond Rivals in right field, the smoker can kick out some serious brisket,
pork and pretty much anything you may want to smoke. On busy
days they can crank out 400 pounds of barbecue!  The pit in right field
supplies all the smoked meat to the ballpark.

The Kauffman Stadium barbecue pit.

If you happen to make your way to a Royals game this season there
are a few things at the concession stands you have to try:

All-Star Dog1. The Kansas City All-Star Dog

It’s the king of hot dogs, with a barbecue twist. It consists of a delicious Farmland Hot
Dog on a bun smothered with smoked-pulled pork, homemade cole slaw, pickles
and is topped with some savory barbecue sauce. It’s a hot dog / barbecue lovers dream!

Nachos2. Cheesy Corn Brisket-Acho

It is the Kauffman Stadium take on nachos. Now these are not your typical nachos. They have
everything and are full of Kansas City flavor. Layers. That may be the best way to
describe these nachos.

Layer 1: Chips.
Layer 2: Smoked Brisket.
Layer 3: Cheesy Corn. (Another notorious KC side dish)
Layer 4: Homemade Cole Slaw.
Layer 5: Lettuce.
Layer 6: Salsa
Layer 7: Jalapenos

SAMSUNG CSC3. The Wurstle
This one believe it or not does have barbecue. It is your more traditional ballpark food, kind of…

The Wurstle is a European style dog, served on a fresh baked baguette from Farmto-Market, a local bakery.  The Wurstle comes with endless condiments and is a fan favorite. The baguette is hollowed out, stuffed with condiments of your choice and of course the hot dog. It is a unique twist on the hot dog and it is delicious!

By Kent Klooster

Royals on FSKC: Dish Channel numbers, July 8 – 14

The Royals kick off a seven-game road trip tonight.  Six of the seven games will be televised on FSKC.  Here are the channel numbers for Dish subscribers:

Monday, July 8: Dish 441

Tuesday, July 9: Dish 442

Wednesday, July 10: Dish 441

Thursday, July 11: Dish 440

Friday, July 12: Dish 440

Saturday, July 13: no TV

Sunday, July 14: Dish 442

KC’s All-Stars meet with media

SAMSUNG CSCRoyals skipper Ned Yost met with the media prior to today’s series finale with Oakland.  The media conference today surrounded the recent news of the All-Star selections for left fielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez.  Yost first discussed what it means to the organization to have two players representing the team in New York.  “It was a huge sense of pride for all of us. It’s such a special accomplishment to be named an All-Star.  I’ve had the opportunity to go to five different All-Star Games and they are once in a lifetime deals.  You can’t explain to anybody how much fun and how special the All-Star Game is, but more than anything else is that for the rest of your life you’re known as a Major League All-Star.”

Both Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez were present at the conference, and they echoed Yost’s sentiments.  Perez stated, “I was extremely happy when Ned announced that Alex was going to the All Star game, I was somewhat surprised that Ned said he wasn’t going alone, and that I was going along.  It’s going to be something special.  Gordon followed by stating, “It’s a great honor especially to be picked by the players that’s a big honor.  It’s a huge honor for me and Salvy to get picked by the players.  I think Ned and Dayton have done a tremendous job in developing this team.”

The Royals begin a seven game road trip tomorrow that will lead them in to the All Star break.  Gordon and Perez are set to make their All Star debuts on July 16 at Citi Field in New York.

Kansas City A’s honored

On Saturday, the Royals honored alumni from the Kansas City Athletics (1955-67).  This year’s contingent was larger than the last few – 32 members of the A’s (players and staff) were on hand!  Fans had the opportunity to have their picture taken with a Missouri mule, which was outfitted with Charlie O’s original blanket.  The first 10,000 fans received a t-shirt, which honored Kansas City A’s mascot Charlie O.


Kansas City A's

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Royals Game Preview: July 7 vs. Oakland

KC hosts Oakland today in the final home game before the All-Star Break.  The Royals leave after today’s game for a seven-game trip to New York and Cleveland.  Let’s take a look at the lineups for the 1:10 start (FSKC and the Royals Radio Network).

Athletics lineup:  Crisp – DH, Lowrie – SS, Donaldson – 3B, Cespedes – LF, Moss – 1B, Jaso – C, Reddick – RF, Young – CF, Sogard – 2B, Griffin – RHP

Royals lineup:  Gordon – LF, Tejada – 2B, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Cain – RF, Moustakas – 3B, Kottaras – C, Johnson – SS, Dyson – CF, Mendoza – RHP

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game #85 vs Oakland

Royals Trivia Fact:  Aaron Crow picked up his sixth win of the year yesterday.  He’s tied with Washington’s Tyler Clippard for first among MLB relievers.

Royals Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez named American League All-Stars

Alex Gordon dropped a hit into left field...

2013 All-Star Alex Gordon

Major League Baseball announced today that Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez have been named American League All-Stars.  Both Royals will be making their first All-Star appearances at the 79th annual Midsummer Classic at Citi Field in New York on Tuesday, July 16.  Both Gordon and Perez were elected to the team via the player vote.

This marks the first time since the 2003 All-Star Game that the Royals have had more than one player representative.  Gordon is the first KC outfielder to be selected to the team since Jermaine Dye in 2000, while Perez is the first Royals’ catcher to be named an All-Star since Darrell Porter in 1980.  Porter was also selected in 1978, but did not play, while the only other catcher in franchise history to attend the All-Star festivities was the first Royal All-Star, Ellie Rodriguez in 1969.

Gordon, a six-year veteran with Kansas City, is batting .290 with 15 doubles, 8 homers and 46 RBI in 81 games.  He came into play Saturday leading the American League in 2-out hitting (.374), tied with Alex Rios for the league-lead in outfield assists (8) and was 10th in the league with 29 multi-hit games.  He had a 12-game hitting streak earlier this season and had walk-off hits against Toronto (April 14), the Chicago White Sox (May 5) and Atlanta (June 26).
Perez is in his second full year in the Major Leagues and is hitting .302 with 15 doubles, 4 homers, 36 RBI in 71 games.  He ranks second among A.L. catchers in batting average (.302) and is third in the league with a .403 average with runners in scoring position.  He has thrown out 10 would-be base stealers, which is tied for third-most in the American League.  He had an 11-game hitting streak from June 5-15 and has 21 RBI since June 1.



Salvador Perez makes his first All-Star team at age 23.

Salvador Perez makes his first All-Star team at age 23.


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