August 2013

Royals Game Preview: August 25 vs. Washington

Pitching matchup:  RHP Dan Haren (8-11) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (8-7)

Lineups:  Nationals:  Span – CF, Zimmerman – 3B, Harper – RF, Werth – DH, Desmond – SS, LaRoche – 1B, Ramos – C Moore – LF, Rendon – 2B, Haren – RHP

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

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_129_vs_Washington

Royals Trivia Fact:   The Montreal Expos began play as the Washington Nationals in 2005.  There are 10 former Expos in the Major Leagues and two of them are Royals:  Jamey Carroll and Bruce Chen.  No former Expos play on the Nationals.  The other eight current big leaguers who played for the Expos are Luis Ayala, Bartolo Colon, Endy Chavez, Scott Downs, Maicer Izturis, Brendan Harris, Ted Lilly and Jon Rauch.

Coach Ken Carter throws out ceremonial first pitch

Ken Carter, the inspiration for the 2005 movie Coach Carter, threw out a ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.  Coach Carter is a supporter of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.  Tonight is the annual “Salute to the Negro Leagues”.  The Royals are wearing uniforms patterned after the 1942 Kansas City Monarchs, while Washington has donned the classic 1942 Homestead Grays look.  The Monarchs and Grays faced off in the 1942 Negro Leagues World Series.

Carter is pictured with:  Jamey Carroll, Jarrod Dyson, James Shields, Bruce Chen, Salvador Perez, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas.  Thanks for taking part in this year’s tribute, Coach Carter!

Coach Carter with Royals

Ned Yost media session: August 24, 2013

Royals skipper Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon prior to KC’s middle game vs. Washington.  Yost first discussed the progression of Eric Hosmer this season, and how people around the league are beginning to take notice of his potential.  Yost stated that he believes Hosmer is beginning to transition in to the role of a prototypical number three hitter.  “When he first came up I always thought he’d be a number three hitter, and the numbers have definitely bared that out, this year especially.  I think over the last couple months he’s been one of the best hitters in all of baseball.”

Yost then talked about what new Royal Emilio Bonifacio can bring to the table for the club as they look to make a final run to the postseason.  “(He’s) a switch hitter, he can bunt, he can do some things, he can run.  When Toronto went on their good run this year, Bonifacio was hitting second in their lineup, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Yost concluded by discussing the club’s tough 11-10 loss last night.  While the club’s pitching struggle, the offense came back to life.  “As hard as that game was to swallow last night, the one positive was the offense.  It felt really good, it felt like here we go we go we’re getting back on track again.  We don’t pitch many games like that, we haven’t done it all year long, so the key was getting the offense back.  If we get the offense back and going again we could get another good run going.”

The Royals and Nationals wrap up the series tomorrow.  KC will host Tampa Bay in a one-game makeup on Monday.

 

Royals Game Preview: August 24 vs. Washington

Pitching matchup:  RHP Jordan Zimmerman (14-7) vs. RHP Wade Davis (6-9)

Lineups:  Nationals:  Span – CF, Zimmerman – DH, Harper – RF, Ramos – C, Desmond – SS, LaRoche – 1B, Moore – LF, Tracy – 3B, Lombardozzi – 2B, Zimmermann – RHP

Royals:  Gordon – LF, Bonifacio – 2B, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Moustakas – 3B, Maxwell – RF, Lough – CF, Kottaras – C, Escobar – SS, Davis – RHP

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_128

Royals Trivia Fact:   Last night’s 11-10 final marked the first time that the Royals and their opponents have scored double-digits in runs since May 6, 2010 at Texas (13-12 Rangers win).

Royals on FSKC: Dish channel numbers, August 24-30

Saturday, August 24: Dish 441
Sunday, August 25: Dish 442
Tuesday, August 27: Dish 443
Wednesday, August 28: Dish 443
Friday, August 30: Dish 441
Sunday, September 1: TBA

Ned Yost Media Session: August 23, 2013

The Royals have hit a bump in the road over the last week losing five of their last seven. Baseball can go in spurts and Ned Yost was asked at his daily press conference if the ups and downs of a season can be frustrating. “Yeah. It is very frustrating. When you break it all down the issue has been the offense. Since our losing streak began we have went 11-for-90 with runners in scoring position. Defensively we have been very complete to go along with the starting pitching and bullpen. Our approach at the plate in crucial times can make the difference in a win or a loss. Those are some of the things we are trying to stay focused on and ironed out,” said Yost.

Royals Game Preview: August 23 vs. Nationals

Pitching matchup:  LHP Bruce Chen (5-1) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (7-6)

Lineups:  Nationals:  Span – CF, Zimmerman – 3B, Harper – RF, Werth – DH, Desmond – SS, Ramos – C, LaRoche – 1B, Moore – LF, Rendon – 2B, Gonzalez – LHP

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

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_127_vs._Washington

Royals Trivia Fact:   Kansas City is hosting the Nationals for the first time.  The franchise was here in 2004 as the Montreal Expos.

Royals participate in Players for the Planet

Interstate 1The Royals, Interstate Batteries, Players for the Planet and Bridging the Gap have joined forces for an e-waste recycling drive this weekend.

Infielders Chris Getz and Mike Moustakas participated today in Overland Park.  Pitcher Jeremy Guthrie will take part tomorrow (Saturday) at Kauffman Stadium.

You can recycle old electronics and used batteries in exchange for ticket vouchers to a Royals game.  The first 200 cars at tomorrow’s event will receive two View Level tickets to an upcoming 2013 regular season Royals game, while supplies last.

For a complete list of recyclable items, please visit www.royals.com/battery.  In compliance with R2 certification, all hard drives will be destroyed.  To offset recycling costs, a donation of $10 per CRT monitor, TV or car is suggested.

Saturday’s drive is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Guthrie is scheduled to appear from noon to 1:00.  The drive will take place in Lot L of the Kauffman Stadium parking lot.  Please enter the complex through Gate 3 or 4.

Ned Yost media session: August 22, 2013

The Royals are looking to prevent the sweep in tonight’s series finale vs. the White Sox. During the club’s current four-game losing streak they have averaged just 2.5 runs per game. In response, Royals manager Ned Yost has done some reshuffling to the batting order, and provided the reasons during his press conference this afternoon.

“Just trying something different. We’ve been struggling a little bit offensively, and everyone once in a while this might work. Get some things changed, putting Alex (Gordon) back in the one spot, Sal (Perez) in the three and Billy (Butler) in the four; just trying to get our offense going. Every once in a while they need something to get them going, just a change of something to get them going. Helps to get them refocused on what they’re trying to accomplish every time they step in that batter’s box. We’re hoping to get those guys back on track to help us get back on track.”

Yost then discussed the team’s “streaky” nature this season, and how when the club gets stuck in a rut it is often hard to bring every player back out at the same time. The skipper stated, “When we go through these streaks we do it as a team. It’s not one or two or three guys, we struggle as a team to score runs. A lot of times it just takes that one big hit for everybody to relax and start performing and moving forward.”

The Royals conclude the Chicago series this evening, and open a three-game set against Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals tomorrow.

By Henry Wear

Royals Game Preview: August 22 vs. White Sox

Pitching matchup:  RHP James Shields (8-8) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (7-4)

Lineups:  White Sox:  De Aza – CF, Beckham – 2B, Ramirez – SS, Dunn – DH, Konerko – 1B, Garcia – RF, Gillaspie – 3B, Viciedo – LF, Phegley – C, Quintana – LHP

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

Radio:  Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC)

TV:  FOX Sports Kansas City

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_126_vs._CWS

Royals Trivia Fact:   Tonight’s starter, James Shields, leads the Majors with 14 August wins since 2010.

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