March 2014

DirecTV and Dish channels for FSKC, March 31 – April 6

DirecTV and Dish channels for the week ahead are below. Please note that on DirecTV, Royals games are now airing on channel 671-5.

Monday, March 31: DirecTV 671-5 | Dish 444 or 412-32
Wednesday, April 2: DirecTV 671-5 | Dish 440 or 412-28
Thursday, April 3: DirecTV 671-5 | Dish 441 or 412-29
Friday, April 4: DirecTV 671-5 | Dish 447 or 412-35
Saturday, April 5: DirecTV 671-5 | Dish 443 or 412-31
Sunday, April 6: DirecTV 671-5 | Dish 442 or 412-30

Information for carriers besides DirecTV and Dish can be found at: http://mlb.mlb.com/kc/schedule/fsn_faq.jsp

Everett Teaford’s contract purchased by LG Twins

everett teaford_2461 The Royals announced today that left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford’s contract has been sold to the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization.
Teaford, 29, was invited to Major League spring training this year, but was assigned to minor league camp on March 14. The left-handed hurler went 4-6 with a 3.49 ERA in 31 appearances (14 starts) at Triple-A Omaha in 2013 and made one appearance at the Major League level. Teaford is 3-5 with a 4.25 ERA in 45 big league outings in his career – all with Kansas City.  He was selected by KC in the 12th round of the 2006 June Free Agent Draft.

Royals Season Preview debuts Monday on FOX Sports 1, Tuesday on FOX Sports Kansas City

2014 zimmerA one-hour preview of the 2014 Kansas City Royals season premieres Monday on FOX Sports 1 and Tuesday before the Royals spring training game vs. Seattle on FOX Sports Kansas City.  A complete listing of air times for the special is listed below:

Royals Season Preview on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports Kansas City (times Central)
Monday, March 24 at 11 a.m. on FOX Sports 1
Tuesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City
Wednesday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City
Friday, March 28 at 5 p.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest
Saturday, March 29 at 5 p.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest
Sunday, March 30 at 10 a.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest
Monday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City

Jimmy Paredes optioned; Jon Rauch and Adam Moore assigned to minor league camp

The Royals announced that three players have been reassigned at Spring Training prior to today’s game vs. the Colorado Rockies.  After the transactions, the Royals have 31 players (30 active) in Major League camp.

Outfielder Jimmy Paredes has been optioned to Triple-A Omaha, while right-handed pitcher Jon Rauch and catcher Adam Moore have been assigned to minor league camp.

Duffy, Joseph optioned; Wade and Walters assigned to minor league camp

The Royals announced made four Spring Training roster moves on Sunday morning.  After the transactions, the Royals have 34 players (33 active) in Major League camp.

Left-handed pitchers Danny Duffy and Donnie Joseph have been optioned to Triple-A Omaha, while right-handed pitchers Cory Wade and P.J. Walters have been assigned to minor league camp.

Looking at the hoops bracket – Royals style

There are multiple ways to fill out a basketball bracket and if you’re looking for help…well…your guess is as good as ours.  We’re here to have some fun with Royals trivia and connections to this year’s tournament.

First, three questions.

Gordon hit 6-26We’ll start with a layup:

1.  Which local school, in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament for the first time since 1998, is the alma mater of a current Royals player?
The answer is Nebraska, represented by left fielder Alex Gordon.  (Catcher Adam Moore also redshirted at Nebraska before transferring).

We move to the free throw line:

2.  This 2014 tournament entry’s baseball alums include former Royals pitcher Floyd Bannister and Royals Hall of Fame lefty Larry Gura (pictured, with a Hall of Fame third baseman in the background).
The correct answer is Arizona State.  Bannister earned National PlayeLarry_Gura_S_0i001r of the Year honors with the Sun Devils in 1976 and Gura was on ASU’s College World Series Championship teams of 1967 & 1969.

Can you make the three pointer?

3.     Name the current Royals player who attended two entrants in the 2014 basketball tournament.

If you guessed Jeremy Guthrie, then you really know the 2014 Royals.  The righty attended BYU for one year, went on a church mission, then completed his college career at Stanford.  Jeremy is also an Oregon native and a fan of the University of Oregon Ducks, who play BYU in the Round of 64 opponent is BYU.  It will be interesting to see who Jeremy pulls for in this game!
We move on to our affiliates.  KC’s minor league cities are well represented in the tournament – three times!  And all three universities have a relation to blue.

Omaha, Neb., home of the Triple-A Storm Chasers, is also home to Creighton University Bluejays, the third seed in the West Region.
Wilmington, Del., home of the High-A Blue Rocks, is a short drive from Newark, home of the South Regional #13 seed University of Delaware Blue Hens.  Blue is big in Delaware and that’s just fine with us!

Speaking of ‘Big Blue’ – Lexington, Ky., is Kansas City’s newest affiliate.  The Legends of the South Atlantic League represent the same city as the University of Kentucky, which has played in 15 Final Fours.  The blue variety Wildcats will battle our ‘Little Apple’ neighbors, the purple variety Wildcats of Kansas State.

Former affiliate hometowns are also well represented.  Close to home is Wichita (Wichita State), where future Royals were once Wranglers; Memphis (University of Memphis), where Bo Jackson was a Chick; the gem that is Mike Sweeney was once an Emerald in Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon); and Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga) where Carlos Beltran hit his first professional home run with the Royals as an Indian.  Additionally, the Royals once had an affiliate in Lansing, Mich., just down the street from East Lansing (Michigan State), which made several future Royals also former Lansing Lugnuts.

Good luck with that bracket!  And if you don’t take home first place, hopefully you learned a Royal connection!

Monday’s Royals-Rangers game airs on FOX Sports Kansas City

FOX Sports Kansas City kicks off its live coverage of 2014 Royals baseball when it televises the Royals spring training game against the Texas Rangers on Monday, March 17.

Coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. CT with a special edition of Royals Live from Surprise Stadium. The game telecast starts at 8 p.m. Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler call the game, with Joel Goldberg hosting Royals Live and reporting from the field.

Immediately following the game is FOX Sports Salutes the Troops, a 30-minute special chronicling the goodwill visit major league players and broadcasters made to Fort Bragg Army Base in North Carolina in February. FOX Sports Kansas City’s Rex Hudler was part of the group that brought spring training to the troops, participating in drills and sharing their big league experiences with the soldiers.

FOX Sports Kansas City airs its second spring training telecast on Tuesday, March 25 at 8 p.m. when the Royals host the Seattle Mariners. That game is preceded by a one-hour Royals Season Preview.

Royals sign reliever Ramon Troncoso to minor league deal

The Royals announced have signed right-handed relief pitcher Ramon Troncoso to a minor league contract.  The signing does not carry an invitation to Major League spring training.
Troncoso, 31, made 29 appearances out of the White Sox bullpen last season, going 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA (15 ER in 30.0 IP).  Prior to his stint with Chicago, he spent four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-11), where he was 8-8 with a 3.92 ERA (86 ER in 197.1 IP) in 175 outings.  He made a career-best 73 appearances for the Dodgers in 2009, helping the team win the National League West.

Royals make six roster moves on Friday; 38 players remain in Major League camp

The Royals announced two sets of moves on Friday, reassigning three players in the morning and three more in the evening.  Following the transactions, the Royals have 38 players in Major League camp.
Left-handed pitcher Justin Marks has been optioned to Triple-A Omaha.  In addition, left-handed pitchers Scott Alexander and Everett Teaford have been assigned to minor league camp.

Right-handed pitcher Michael Mariot, catcher Francisco Pena and infielder Christian Colon were all optioned to Triple-A Omaha after KC’s game with Oakland.

Royals prospects tour F-35 simulator

If you’ve attended Royals Spring Training in Surprise, Ariz., you have probably witnessed the sights and sounds of Air Force jets overhead.  The planes are from Luke Air Force Base, which is south of Surprise in Litchfield Park.

Jets are familiar to Royals prospect Shane Halley.  Shane has a direct connection to military flying as his father, Tom, served as a naval aviator, logging over 4,000 flight hours and 700+ carrier-arrested landings.  (Shane was actually born at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba).  Captain Halley now works in aerospace with Lockheed Martin.  That leads us to Wednesday, when Royals prospects Marten Gasparini, Hunter Haynes, Alec Mills and Sean Manaea joined Shane to take a first-hand look at Lockheed’s F-35 simulator at Litchfield Park.

FP140573 F-35 Luke AFB KC Royals at Sim

FP140573 F-35 Luke AFB KC Royals at SimFP140573 F-35 Luke AFB KC Royals at Sim

Thank you to Lockheed Martin for providing information and photos of this unique visit! (Photo credit: Todd R. McQueen)

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