August 2013

Royals Game Preview: August 30 at Toronto

Pitching matchup:  RHP Ervin Santana (8-7) vs. LHP Mark Buehrle (10-7)

Lineups:  Royals:  Gordon – LF, Bonifacio – 2B, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Maxwell – RF, Dyson – CF, Escobar – SS, Santana – RHP


Blue Jays:  Reyes – SS, Goins – 2B, Encarnacion – DH, Lind – 1B, Lawrie – 3B, Arencibia – C, Sierra – RF, Gose – CF, Pillar – LF, Buehrle – LHP

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_134_Toronto

Trivia Fact:   KC went across a border to Toronto, however, the club traveled south.  Minnesota is the second-most northern stop in the A.L., with Seattle first.

New season of The Amazing Race to have Royal connection

Baseball and travel go hand in hand.  We’ve featured travel and geography on this blog through fan photos in our Around the World posts.  We interviewed an opposing coach who appeared on The Amazing Race with his daughter.  And we asked Royals which teammate would make the best contestant on The Amazing Race.  When we posed that question to second baseman Chris Getz in March, 2012, little did we know that his wife, Nicky, would be a contestant on the show.  Nicky will share the television experience with Kim DeJesus, wife of former Royal and current Tampa Bay Rays outfielder David DeJesus.  Congrats to Nicky and Kim, who are featured in a “Meet the Teams” video on!  The new season premieres Sunday, September 29 on CBS.

Royals 5K Run/Walk set for September 7

Royals Charities will host the Royals 5K Run/Walk at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, September 7.  The event, which begins at 8 a.m. and features a course that takes runners around the Kauffman Stadium warning track, benefits Royals Charities.
Fans can register for the Royals 5K Run/Walk online at  The registration fee is $35.  The event, USATF certified and chip timed, will be capped at 3,500 participants.
Fans may also register during packet pickup times, set for 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 5 and Friday, September 6 at UltraMax Sports, located at 6911 Tomahawk in Prairie Village, Kan., or at Rivals Sports Bar at Kauffman Stadium from 6-7:45 a.m. the morning of the race.
All participants will receive one Hy-Vee Infield voucher, valued at $18, which may be redeemed for a ticket to a remaining Royals home game in 2013 (Sept. 8-22), as well as the opportunity to purchase additional discounted tickets.  In addition, all participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt and complimentary food and drinks following the race.
Runners and walkers are welcome to have family members come out to Kauffman Stadium to watch them participate.
Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in the 5K and to the top three finishers in each age bracket.  Awards will be distributed following the race at Gate D.  Visit for a list of age brackets.
In addition, fundraising is available for teams, individuals and schools with all monies raised staying in the Kansas City area.  Donations may be made online at to support a specific runner, or participants may set up a personalized page through the online registration website to collect donations from family, friends and co-workers.  Prizes will also be awarded for the most money raised by a team (must consist of at least five individuals) and individual participant.

Sponsors of the Royals 5K Run/Walk include Hy-Vee, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Milbank, State Street, UltraMax Sports and The University of Kansas Hospital.

Royals Game Preview: August 28 at Minnesota

Pitching matchup:  LHP Duffy (1-0) vs. LHP Albers (2-1)

Lineups:  Royals:  Gordon – LF, Bonifacio – 2B, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Maxwell – RF, Carroll – 3B, Escobar – SS, Dyson – CF, Duffy – LHP

Twins:  Dozier – 2B, Ramirez – RF, Morneau – 1B, Willingham – LF, Plouffe – 3B, Herrmann – C, Colabello – DH, Thomas – CF, Florimon – SS, Albers – P

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_132_Minnesota

Royals Trivia Fact:   KC has defeated three different teams over the last three days.  According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this has happened just two other times in franchise history:  May 6-8, 1990 (win at home over the White Sox, in Cleveland, in Texas) and again August 27-29, 1995 (at home over Texas, at the Yankees and at home vs. Milwaukee).


KC acquires RHP Clayton Mortensen from Boston, signs free agent Carlos Pena

The Royals announced today that they have acquired minor league pitcher Clayton Mortensen from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Quintin Berry.  In addition, the Royals also agreed to terms with first baseman Carlos Pena on a minor league contract.  Both Mortensen and Pena will be assigned to Triple-A Omaha.

Mortensen, 28, a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher, has appeared in 24 games with Boston this season, posting a 1-2 record and a 5.34 ERA in 30.1 innings.  He’s held right-handed hitters to a .211 batting average (12-for-57).  He was optioned to Triple-A in late June and has a 3-0 record with a 2.47 ERA in 14 appearances for the Pawtucket Red Sox.  The right-handed reliever has pitched in 74 big league games in his career, going 6-11 with a 4.68 ERA with 112 strikeouts in 167.1 innings.

Pena, 35, a left-handed hitting first baseman, played in 85 games for the Houston Astros this season before being released on July 31.  He was hitting .209 with 8 homers and 25 RBI for Houston.  The veteran first baseman has played with seven organizations in his 12-year career in which he’s hit .233 with 285 career homers and 816 RBI.  His best season came in 2007 with the Rays, when he hit .282 with 46 homers and 121 RBI in 148 games.
Berry, 28, was claimed by the Royals off waivers from Detroit in June.  He’s hit .193 with 28 stolen bases in 311 at bats in Triple-A between Omaha and Toledo.

Eight Royals to compete for Peoria in the 2013 Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League and the Kansas City Royals today named eight players from the Royals organization who will compete for the Peoria Javelinas in the 2013 Arizona Fall League.  Prospects from the Astros, Mariners, Padres, Phillies and Royals organizations make up the Peoria squad.  The Javelinas will train and play home games at the Royals complex in Surprise due to renovations at the Peoria Sports Complex.
The Royals prospects are right-handed pitchers Jason Adam, Angel Baez, and Malcom Culver, left-handed pitcher Noel Arguelles, shortstop Orlando Calixte, third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert and outfielders Lane Adams and Jorge Bonifacio.  Adams will be available to play on Wednesdays and Saturdays as a member of the taxi squad.
2013 marks the 22nd season of the Arizona Fall League, created by Major League Baseball in 1992 to serve as an off-season league for top prospects.  The season will begin on Tuesday, October 8, with the Rising Stars Game set for November 2 and the Championship Game scheduled for November 16.

Royals Game Preview: August 27 at Minnesota

Pitching matchup:  RHP Shields (8-8) vs. RHP Correia (8-10)

Lineups:  Royals:  Gordon – LF, Bonifacio – 3B, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Lough – RF, Getz – 2B, Escobar – SS, Dyson – CF, Shields – RHP,

Twins:  Dozier – 2B, Herrmann – RF, Morneau – 1B, Willingham – LF, Doumit – C, Colabello – DH, Plouffe – 3B, Thomas – CF, Florimon – SS, Correia – RHP

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_131_Minnesota

Royals Trivia Fact:   KC’s longest winning streak against Minnesota was from September 24, 1981, to June 9, 1982 (seven games).  The Royals won five in a row vs. Minnesota at one point this year.

Ned Yost media session: August 26, 2013

The Royals skipper met with the media in his office this morning before the makeup game vs. Tampa Bay. Ned Yost was asked about the long stretch of games they are playing and also the hot temperatures that his club has had to contend with. “Both clubs have to deal with it. The trainers and the conditioning staff do a great job making sure that everyone stays hydrated. You just have to go play the game. It’s not easy. It is smoking hot out there. We haven’t had a break in long time but these guys are geared for playing through this.” The manager went on to say, “It makes it a little easier when you can find times to give them a break and get them off the field for batting practice instead of using that energy they are going to need in the eighth and ninth inning. You try to conserve as much as you can for the games.”

Luke Hochevar will again miss today’s game since his wife and he welcomed a new little baby into their family. Her name is Lucy and the skipper said that everyone is doing great.

Royals Game Preview: August 26 vs. Tampa Bay

KC hosts Tampa Bay in a 1:10 makeup of a May 2 snow-out.  There will be no snow today!

Pitching matchup:  RHP Jeremy Hellickson (10-7) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (12-10)

Lineups:  Rays:  DeJesus – CF, Zobrist – 2B, Longoria – DH, Joyce – LF, Myers – RF, Loney – 1B, Johnson – 3B, Lobaton – C, Escobar – SS, Hellickson – RHP

Royals:  Gordon – LF, Bonifacio – 2B, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Moustakas – 3B, Perez – C, Maxwell – RF, Escobar – SS, Dyson – CF, Guthrie – P

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  No TV

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_130_vs._TB_4

Royals Trivia Fact:   The Rays have three players on their active roster who played in the big leagues with KC:  David DeJesus, Joel Peralta and Jamey Wright.

Ned Yost media session: August 25, 2013

Royals skipper Ned Yost met with the media before today’s game against the Nationals. One of the topics was today’s starters, Ervin Santana and Dan Haren, who played together for the Angels last season. Yost was asked why the Royals wanted to acquire Santana from the Angels. “We always liked his stuff. We knew that he had a tremendous slider and was a tremendous competitor. We felt he had more productive years ahead of him. Of course he has come in and proved that to be true.” The manager went on to say, “I expected him to be really good (this year). When we made this deal the Angels pitching coach, Mike Butcher, told me ‘Look, you guys are going to get a heck of a pitcher’.”

So far this season Santana has proved that to be true by posting a 3.13 ERA and having 19 quality starts in 25 outings.
The manager was then asked if he had ever been around another pitcher he could compare Ervin’s demeanor to. “Yeah, Tom Glavine. Tommy was totally unflappable and so is Ervin. Smoltzy was more like James Shields, in that he pitched with a lot of fire and competitiveness but Ervin is a lot like Tommy in the fact he is steady as-you-go. He never changes his expression. He never gets amped up in situations. He is just a very solid and steady competitor. It is amazing to watch his composure and demeanor on the mound,” said Yost.


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