April 2014

Ned Yost media session: April 30, 2014

With wind and possible rain in the forecast for the second time in as many nights, Royals starter Yordano Ventura will be expected to fight through the elements, as well as the Toronto Blue Jays potent lineup on Wednesday.

“I bet you we’ve had maybe three nice days since the season started where it’s been comfortable and nice and warm,” said Yost. “It’s difficult to hit on nights like last night. It’s really miserable, and it’s not going to be much better tonight.”

Yost doesn’t expect the cold and precipitation to be an issue for his 22-year-old right-hander, however.

“It was nasty and miserable in Baltimore the other day and he pitched eight great innings, so it’s not going to affect him,” said Yost. “(Toronto) is a really good fastball hitting team, so he’s going to have to have his change-up and his curve ball working tonight, and if he does, he’s going to be in good shape.”

According to Yost, Kansas City continues to hold out hope that an ailing Bruce Chen will be available to make his scheduled start on Saturday vs. Detroit.

“We’re going to wait and see how Bruce feels tomorrow before we start talking about any names or anything like that,” he said. “We’ve got some different scenarios.”

One of those scenarios is the left arm of Lompoc, Calif., native Danny Duffy, who is 1-1 in 8.1 innings of work out of the Royals’ bullpen in 2014.

“We could start Duffy if we don’t use him (today),” said Yost. “But we’re not going to jeopardize a game tonight for a game tomorrow.”

With Lorenzo Cain on the disabled list, Jarrod Dyson has seen an increase in playing time of late, and the 29-year-old outfielder has seized the opportunity, going 11-of-24 since the start of the team’s last road trip.

“He’s a much better player this year,” said Yost. “He’s really starting to understand what his abilities are and how to take advantage of his speed. He’s understanding that people pay to come in here and see him get on base, not fly out. He’s taking pitches, he’s working walks. He’s putting his bunts down and staying up the middle really, really well. He’s definitely made a lot of improvements this year from last year.”

By Kolby Paxton

Saturday’s Royals game airs on FOX Sports 1

The Royals make their first appearance on FOX Sports 1, America’s newest 24-hour sports network, on Saturday, May 3, when they host the Detroit Tigers. Justin Kutcher and Eric Karros call the action to a national audience. Coverage starts at 6 p.m.

FOX Sports 1 can be found on:
AT&T U-verse 652 (SD) and 1652 (HD)
Cable One (Joplin) 66 and 304 (SD) and 493 (HD)
Centurylink (Columbia, Omaha) 620 (SD) and 1620 (HD)
Charter (Kansas City area) 43 and 211 (SD) and 811 (HD)
Charter (Nebraska) 70 (SD) and 811 (HD)
Comcast (Independence) 43 (SD) and 223 and 878 (HD)
Comcast (Olathe) 32 (SD) and 223 and 878 (HD)
Cox (Kansas) 60 (SD) and 2060 (HD)
Cox (Nebraska) 78 (SD) and 1078 (HD)
DirecTV 219 (SD and HD)
Dish 150 (SD and HD)
Google Fiber 207 (SD and HD)
Mediacom (Iowa) 74 (SD) and 861 (HD)
Mediacom (Mid-Missouri) 163 and 408 (SD) and 761 (HD)
Mediacom (Springfield, Mo.) 72 (SD) and 760 (HD)
Suddenlink (Branson) 57 and 734
Suddenlink (Boonville) 48 and 248
Suddenlink (St. Joseph) 62 and 664
Surewest/Consolidated (Lenexa) 34 (SD) and 668 (HD)
Time Warner (Kansas City, Lincoln) 75 and 317 (SD) and 1317 (HD)
WOW (Lawrence) 150 (SD) and 227 (HD)

Other cable subscribers locate FOX Sports 1 channel information here.

Ned Yost media session: April 29

Royals left-hander Bruce Chen was moved back in the rotation for the second time this season on Tuesday after experiencing pain in his lower back and leg. Yordano Ventura will now start on Wednesday, with Chen scheduled to take the mound vs. Detroit on Saturday.

“He’s still bothered with the pain that’s running down his leg a little bit,” said manager Ned Yost. “It’s a disc that’s bulging against a nerve.”

Chen received an MRI and an epidural aimed at reducing the size of the bulging disc and alleviating the pressure being applied to the nerve. According to Yost, the recovery time is 72 hours.

“We go day-to-day,” said Yost. “If this is going to do what we think it’s going to do, he’s going to throw a side on Thursday and pitch his game Saturday.”

With just 10 home runs through the first 24 games of the season, Royals manager Ned Yost was asked to address his team’s power on Tuesday on the heels of a series win at Baltimore that evened Kansas City’s record at 12-12.

“My whole goal and focus is, if we can stay at .500 until we get hot,” said Yost. “Then we’re going to go on a nice run, and we know that’s going to be the case.”

Four of the bottom 11 home run hitting teams in Major League Baseball come from the American League Central. The Royals (.361 SLG, .674 OPS) and Indians (.359 SLG, .674 OPS) have encountered virtually identical offensive struggles – statistics not lost on Yost.

“I don’t really look outside of our division much, but when you look at our division, we play in the coldest division in the American League,” he said. “We play in Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Cleveland, the weather in Kansas City hasn’t been great yet. So you’re playing in cold weather cities early in the year where it’s more difficult to hit. It’s tougher when it’s cold. Nobody is running off and doing anything. Everybody’s just kind of staying packed up real tight.”

Royals on FSKC: Dish Channel numbers for April 29 – May 4

Here are the Dish Network channels for April 29 and 30. We will post additional dates once available.

Tuesday, April 29: Dish 441 or 412-29
Wednesday, April 30: Dish 441 or 412-29
Thursday, May 1: Dish 440 or 412-28
Friday, May 2: Dish 41 or 412-29
Saturday, May 3: On FOX Sports 1
Sunday, May 4: Dish 441 or 412-29

Homestand Highlights: April 29 – May 4

The Royals return home tomorrow, Tuesday, April 29 for a six-game homestand against the Toronto Blue Jays and division foe Detroit Tigers, who make their first appearance of 2014 at Kauffman Stadium. Throughout this homestand, many popular programs make their debut including All You Can Eat Seats, Buck Night and Summer Fireworks. GordoNation also makes a return with a new t-shirt for fans who purchase a special ticket package. Please see below for more information.

Tuesday, April 29 – Toronto Blue Jays vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Career Fair – Visit the Royals and other area businesses to learn about full-time, part-time, seasonal positions and internships at the Career Fair. The event will be held inside the Kia Diamond Club from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is only $16 which includes admission to the Career Fair along with a game ticket and parking pass to the Royals vs. Blue Jays game at 7:10 p.m. For more event details and to reserve a spot, visit http://www.royals.com/careerfair.
• Play It Forward Contest presented by Missouri Lottery – Round one of the bracket-style contest continues as the fans vote for the new sixth inning sing-a-long song. During each game until June 7, fans in the ballpark will vote for one of two songs that will be announced during pregame by KMBZ Radio’s Dana Wright and Scott Parks of “Dana & Parks” on CrownVision. The song with the most votes will be played during the sixth inning of that same game, and the overall contest winner will be played in the remaining games of the 2014 season. http://www.royals.com/playitforward

Wednesday, April 30 – Toronto Blue Jays vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Student Night presented by INK Magazine – Rivals Outfield Box or Hy-Vee Infield tickets are available for Wednesday home games for youth and students with a valid ID at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office for just $8. Select tickets are also available online at http://www.royals.com/studentnight. Seating is subject to availability. All Student Nights include pregame food and beverage specials available at the Crown Classic concession area.
• Local Music Showcase presented by INK Magazine – Catch a free pregame concert on us. Every Wednesday Student Night also features live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience. Performing during this showcase will be the fifteen-year-old musical sensation, Gracie Schram. For details, visit http://www.royals.com/studentnight.

GordonationShirt2014_004bThursday, May 1 – Toronto Blue Jays vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• GordoNation – Fans can enjoy being part of GordoNation, a special seating section in left field that will be reserved for die-hard Alex Gordon fans on Thursday home games throughout the season. The first 100 GordoNation fans will also receive an Alex Gordon big head. Tickets cost $35 and come with a gold GordoNation t-shirt. For details, visit http://www.royals.com/gordonation.
• 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 http://www.royals.com/allyoucaneat.

Friday, May 2 – Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• First Responders Night – The Royals and GovX are proud to salute members of the military and first responders. During select games throughout the season, members will be honored during a pregame presentation. In addition, specially-priced tickets will also be available throughout the season. For more information, visit http://www.GovX.com/Royals.
• Buck Night – Hot dogs, small Pepsi products and peanuts are just $1 each all night long. http://www.royals.com/fanvalue.
• Summer Fireworks – Fans will enjoy a spectacular fireworks show, presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi, after the game.

TshirtTuesday1Saturday, May 3 – Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.
• Rawlings Gold Glove T-Shirt – The first 10,000 fans will receive a t-shirt, courtesy of Papa John’s, highlighting the three Royals players who received Rawlings Gold Glove awards for the 2013 season: first baseman Eric Hosmer, catcher Salvador Perez, and left fielder Alex Gordon. In addition, there will be a pregame on-field ceremony with a Rawlings representative to present the three winners their awards.
• 610 Saturday – 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 – Southwest Firecracker Egg Rolls 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. http://www.royals.com/610saturday.

Sunday, May 4 – Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
• Family FunDay Sunday – Each Sunday home game features pregame interactive kids entertainment by School of Rock, plus face painters, caricature or balloon artists in the Outfield Experience. New this season, fans also have the opportunity to get pregame autographs with select players each Sunday. 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 includes 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! http://www.royals.com/sunday.
• Sunday Fun Run – All fans 14 and under can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).

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.

Ned Yost media session: April 20, 2014

All the talk in Ned Yost’s pregame media chat was about the Kansas City Royals bullpen and the success they’ve had over the last five games. Yost said earlier in the season that he would like to identify another eighth inning guy if Wade Davis would be unavailable but added today that “I think we have a whole bullpen that can complement Davis” and stated there are multiple guys he feels comfortable giving the ball to in big relief spots.

Danny Duffy tossed another scoreless outing and has started the season by throwing 6.1 innings of shutout ball. Yost said there are days when Duffy doesn’t necessarily need pinpoint control because he has such great stuff. Yost also acknowledged he is still figuring out how often he can use the left-hander but he would have no problem bringing him in to protect a lead in the eighth.

By Nate Rowan

Saturday photos: Bullpen starring in winning streak

The Royals have won five in a row and the bullpen has produced 14.0 scoreless innings over the stretch.  Let’s take a look at the three relievers who worked on Saturday:

Danny Duffy had two scoreless innings in the 5-4 win.  He has posted 6.1 innings of shutout baseball with KC, with nine strikeouts.

Duffy 4-19

Wade Davis followed with two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 eighth.  Wade is averaging 14.46 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, first in the A.L. among pitchers with at least 9.0 innings.

Davis 4-19

Greg Holland closed the win, striking out two for his sixth save.  He leads the A.L. in saves and is tied for the Major League lead entering Sunday.

Holland 4.19

Ned Yost media session: April 18, 2014

With Jarrod Dyson placed on the bereavement list Friday, Royals manager Ned Yost will be without two of his center fielders this weekend against the Minnesota Twins. Justin Maxwell will start tonight in center for Yost, who said it’s difficult for a guy like Maxwell only playing once a week so this will be a good opportunity for him. Yost was asked about Nori Aoki in center but said he likes the way Aoki is playing in right field and does not want to me alter that situation.

Kansas City hosts Minnesota just four days after getting swept at Target Field and Yost thinks this weekend is a chance for the Royals to “redeem themselves” following their play in that series.

Yost was asked pregame about Billy Butler’s struggles and answered by saying “Billy’s not a machine. This stuff happens to everyone.” He is confident that it is just a matter of time before Butler’s numbers improve.

By Nate Rowan

Royals on FSKC: Dish channel numbers for April 18-27

Friday, April 18:  Dish 443 or 412-31
Saturday, April 19:  Dish 441 or 412-29
Sunday, April 20:  Dish 441 or 412-29
Monday, April 21:  Dish 441 or 412-29 (note: Dish will not air the postgame show in HD)
Tuesday, April 22:  Dish 441 or 412-29 (note: Dish will not air the postgame show in HD)
Wednesday, April 23:  Dish 441 or 412-29
Thursday, April 24: no TV
Friday, April 25: Dish 442 or 412-30
Saturday, April 26:  Dish 440 or 412-28
Sunday, April 27:  Dish 441 or 412-29

Reminder:  DirecTV is now channel 671-5.

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS: APRIL 18-20

The Kansas City Royals will return home to host the Minnesota Twins in a three-game series over the Easter weekend. Both the Saturday and Sunday games will have afternoon starts and see the return of some fan-favorite programs. In addition, the Royals will debut Royals Memories, a new program available exclusively through the MLB.com At the Ballpark application, that allows fans to purchase one-of-a-kind ballpark experiences. Please see below for more information.

Friday, April 18 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Royals Memories Program Debuts – Fans can now purchase special on-field experiences exclusively through the MLB.com At the Ballpark app for Android and iPhone. All available Royals Memories experience packages, which are subject to availability and always changing, will be released at least two days prior to every homestand. During the Twins series, fans can purchase a Royals batting practice package, an opportunity to play catch on the field following the game or a postgame photo opportunity on the field by clicking on “upgrades” in the app.
• Focus on Driving Night presented by Sprint – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month, and the Royals are teaming up with Sprint to provide information on the dangers of distracted driving. The first 10,000 fans will also receive a Royals phone pouch courtesy of Sprint.
• Play It Forward Contest presented by Missouri Lottery – Round one of the bracket-style contest continues as the fans vote for the new sixth inning sing-a-long song. During each game until June 7, fans in the ballpark will vote for one of two songs that will be announced during pregame by KMBZ Radio’s Dana Wright and Scott Parks of “Dana & Parks” on CrownVision. The song with the most votes will be played during the sixth inning of that same game, and the overall contest winner will be played in the remaining games of the 2014 season. http://www.royals.com/playitforward

Saturday, April 19 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
• 610 Saturday – 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 – Mini Dog Slammers 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. http://www.royals.com/610saturday.

Sunday, April 20 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
• Family FunDay Sunday – Each Sunday home game features pregame interactive kids entertainment by School of Rock, plus face painters, caricature or balloon artists in the Outfield Experience. New this season, fans also have the opportunity to get pregame autographs with select players each Sunday. 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! http://www.royals.com/sunday.
• Sunday Fun Run – All fans 14 and under can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).

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.

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