Friday, May 30: Dish 441 or 412-29
Saturday, May 31: Dish 441 or 412-29
Sunday, June 1: Dish 441 or 412-29
Monday, June 2: Dish 441 or 412-29
Tuesday, June 3: Dish 441 or 412-29
Wednesday, June 4: Dish 441 or 412-29
Thursday, June 5: Dish 441 or 412-29
Friday, June 6: Dish 441 or 412-29
Saturday, June 7: on FOX
Sunday, June 8: Dish 441 or 412-29
The Royals will recognize the stellar playing career of New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter prior to the series finale between the two teams on Monday, June 9. The game marks the last regular-season contest at Kauffman Stadium for Jeter, who is retiring at the end of the 2014 season.
A special Dynamic Deal featuring 45 percent savings for the June 9 game is now available, as the Royals are offering Hy-Vee Infield tickets for just $20. Fans can take advantage of this special offer and see the salute to Jeter by purchasing tickets at www.royals.com/dynamicdeals.
Royals Charities, the charitable arm of the Royals, will present Jeter with a $10,000 donation to his Turn 2 Foundation during a special pregame ceremony, which will feature a video tribute to the Yankees captain.
During his rookie year in 1996, Jeter established the Turn 2 Foundation to promote healthy lifestyles among youth. While sharing a pizza in a Detroit hotel room, Derek announced to his father that he was ready to establish his own foundation. Then and there, they laid the plans for Turn 2. The name “Turn 2″ is symbolic of the dramatic double play made by infielders during a game. It also represents Jeter’s wish to promote healthy lifestyles among young people and enable them to “Turn 2″ his foundation for guidance and the much needed help to avoid drugs and alcohol.
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost was very candid with the media today, speaking for nearly 20 minutes in his office prior to the game. He spoke once again about the struggling offense but said last night he was frustrated by the way his players approached the game last night. That frustration boiled over in the sixth inning and Yost was ejected for the second time this season because of it.
“I wasn’t as frustrated with the umpiring as I was with the way that we played that game last night,” Yost said. “It’s not characteristic of who we are. Like all fans, like everybody and you get impatient. And I fell into that trap last night.”
With more struggles from the offense comes more questions about the offense. Yost said that his team revolves around the offense. He said when they’re not producing it makes every phase with his team more difficult. “The task is to get this thing turned around offensively and get to where they’re feeling good about themselves and it changes the whole complexion of the way we play.”
In an age when everything is dissected by anyone with a voice on radio, on the internet or in the newspaper, Yost said players today have a lot more to deal with. He acknowledged that every team is dealing with the same coverage but that “growing up is learning how to deal with it all and not trying to put too much pressure on yourself to perform because everybody’s got exceptional talent in [our clubhouse] and if they just play up to their talent level we’re going to be great.”
By Nate Rowan
Most of manager Ned Yost’s pregame talk focused on the injuries to two young right-handers. Yordano Ventura’s MRI today revealed nothing significant but he will miss his next scheduled start in four days. Instead, Ventura will throw two side sessions before his next turn in the rotation in nine days. Ventura arrived at the ballpark “asymptomatic,” and felt fine today, according to Yost.
Kansas City prospect and one of the top minor leaguers in baseball, Kyle Zimmer, will be shut down for 6-8 weeks with a lat strain. While he hasn’t appeared in the Major Leagues yet, Yost said the team was looking down the road after the All-Star break or in September about possibly bringing Zimmer up if he was throwing well enough. Yost said the injury is similar to what Ben Sheets, who he managed in Milwaukee, dealt with, though Zimmer’s is not believed to be as severe.
The Royals announced today that right-handed pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer will miss additional time this season with a strain in his right latissimus dorsi muscle. Zimmer, the fifth overall selection in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, will begin playing catch again in six to eight weeks.
He earned a non-roster invite to Major League camp this season after going 6-9 with a 4.32 ERA (52 ER in 108.1 IP) in 22 combined starts between Class A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2013.
Prior to Monday’s game the Kansas City Royals activated Omar Infante from the disabled list and optioned reliever Casey Coleman to Triple-A Omaha. Meanwhile Danny Valencia tested out his sore left wrist and was unable to swing in the cage and manager Ned Yost said it would be 3-5 days before Valencia would be back in the lineup. Bruce Chen also threw a bullpen today without his back acting up and the Royals will continue to take his situation day-by-day.
Kansas City will honor military members with Armed Forces Night before today’s game and a lengthy pregame program will include members of the Royals, including Yost, delivering baseballs to members of each of the five military branches. “To salute the troops, it’s always an honor,” Yost said.
The first 10,000 fans at tonight’s game will receive a Royals camouflage jersey courtesy of Fox Sports Kansas City.
The Royals have announced a new offering – a Limited Edition Charlie Hustle T-Shirt Package – for the Royals game on Friday, July 11. For a limited time, fans can purchase the special ticket package that includes a ticket to the July 11 game and a custom Royals Charlie Hustle “heart” t-shirt that is available exclusively through this ticket package.
Ticket packages are being offered in the Field Plaza and the Hy-Vee Box as the Royals take on the Detroit Tigers at 7:10 p.m., and pricing starts at $30 per package. T-Shirt sizes available through the ticket package include adult small through adult XL.
Charlie Hustle is a Kansas City-based company specializing in vintage-style t-shirts. Their KC heart shirts have gained popularity throughout the Kansas City metro and beyond.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (816) 504-4040, option 4, or visit www.royals.com/charliehustle.
The Royals announced today that they have optioned third baseman Mike Moustakas to Omaha. In a corresponding roster move, infielder/outfielder Jimmy Paredes will be recalled prior to Friday’s game in Anaheim.
Paredes, 25, has played in four games with the Royals this season, going 0-for-1 with two runs scored and two stolen bases as a pinch runner. He is hitting .327 (35-for-107) with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 3 homers and 17 RBI in 26 games with the Storm Chasers.
The Royals head into the series finale vs. Chicago with two impact players – infielder Omar Infante and catcher Salvador Perez – on the mend. Perez is day-to-day and expected back shortly, but manager Ned Yost says Infante’s recovery is on schedule, as well.
“Swinging he’s been fine,” said Yost. “Where it’s bothering him a little bit, or it has in the last couple of days, is bending over to catch ground balls. But he’s made really good improvements there. He came out early, ran the bases, felt really good. So he will take some ground balls on the field today and we’ll see where he’s at.”
Veteran backstop Brett Hayes handled the receiving duties in the absence of Perez on Tuesday, but was replaced by Francisco Pena in the ninth inning after being lifted for a pinch-hitting Mike Moustakas in the bottom of the eighth. Pena, making his Major League debut, also threw out his first would-be base stealer, cutting down Adam Eaton at second base.
“He’s got very soft hands,” Yost said of Pena. “He receives the ball well. In spring training, he did everything well. When I first saw him, he looked like a young catcher to me. But as spring training went on, I became more impressed with his ability to receive, I became more impressed with his throwing ability – that we got a little glimpse of last night – and the way he calls the game. He’s got life and energy like Salvy does back there.”
As for Moustakas, he popped up to third in his lone plate appearance of the evening, dropping his batting average to .152 (19-for-125). Danny Valencia will get his second consecutive start at third base tonight, but the plan for renewing Moustakas’s offensive prowess remains the same.
“He’s the first one in the clubhouse, the first one in the cage with Pedro [Grifol] and they’ve got their drills that they work on tirelessly,” said Yost. “He takes more swings than anyone on this team.”
By Kolby Paxton
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