FOX Sports Kansas City will televise its first Royals Spring Training game of 2015 tomorrow (Wednesday, March 25) at 8 p.m. CT from Surprise Stadium. Ryan Lefebvre, Rex Hudler and Joel Goldberg will call the action when the Royals host the White Sox. In addition, former Royal Bo Jackson is scheduled to join the telecast for an interview during the second inning.
The Royals play again on FOX Sports Kansas City on Friday, vs. the Mariners, with Steve Physioc handling play-by-play alongside Hudler and Goldberg for the 8 p.m. start.
FOX Sports Kansas City will also air Saturday’s game vs. the Diamondbacks, a FOX Sports Arizona production, and the Tuesday, March 31 game vs. the Padres, a FOX Sports San Diego production.
Royals Spring Training games on FOX Sports Kansas City
Wednesday, March 25 at 8 p.m. CT White Sox at Royals
Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m. CT Mariners at Royals
Saturday, March 28 at 3 p.m. CT Royals at Diamondbacks
Tuesday, March 31 at 9 p.m. CT Royals at Padres
All four games will air on FOX Sports Midwest in Mid-Missouri and Iowa.
Wednesday, March 25: Dish 446 or 412-34
Friday, March 27: Dish 442 or 412-30
Saturday, March 28: Dish 444 or 412-32
As always, Royals games will air on DirecTV 671-5 and AT&T U-verse 750 (SD) and 1750 (HD).
The Royals announced several roster moves prior to today’s Spring Training game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Royals have optioned pitcher Aaron Brooks, infielder Orlando Calixte and outfielders Lane Adams and Jorge Bonifacio to Triple-A Omaha. The club also reassigned eight players – pitchers Buddy Baumann, Brian Broderick, Casey Coleman and Joe Paterson, infielders Hunter Dozier, Matt Fields and Raul Mondesi and outfielder Bubba Starling – to minor league camp.
Following today’s roster moves, the Royals have 46 active players in Major League Spring Training, which includes 35 players from the 40-man roster and 11 non-roster invitees.
Congratulations to Mike Sweeney, who was elected to the Royals Hall of Fame today! Sweeney’s formal induction will take place this summer at Kauffman Stadium (date to be determined). You can read about his election here.
Mike was a Royals Hall of Famer on the field and in the community. Here are a few photos from his playing days, including Sweeney tipping his cap as he walked off the field in his final game as a Royal:
The Royals have signed free agent right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton to a minor league contract, with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
Blanton, 34, last pitched in the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Angels during the 2013 season, making 28 appearances, including 20 starts. The nine-year veteran is 85-89 in his big league career with a 4.51 ERA with 1086 strikeouts in 1567.1 innings. He recorded 16 wins for the Oakland A’s in 2006, which tied for eighth in the A.L., while he tied for the league-lead in starts (34) the following season. The right-hander was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies teams that won the World Championship in 2008 and were National League champs in 2009. He is 2-0 with a 4.02 ERA (18 ER in 40.1 IP) with 13 walks and 33 strikeouts in 10 career postseason outings.
Royals pitchers and catchers will report to Surprise for Spring Training next Thursday (February 19), with their first workouts scheduled for Friday, February 20. The remainder of the squad will report on Tuesday, February 24 and begin workouts for the 2015 campaign on Wednesday, February 25.
The Royals announced this morning that the club has come to terms with right-handed relief pitcher Greg Holland on a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Per club policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
Holland, 29, was named to the American League All-Star team for the second-straight season and earned the first Mariano Rivera Award as the league’s top relief pitcher in 2014. The righty finished third in the Major Leagues with 46 saves, to go along with a 1.44 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 62.1 innings over his 65 relief appearances. He enters the 2015 season ranked second among Royals relievers with 381 career strikeouts, trailing only Jeff Montgomery (720). Holland has converted 93 of his 98 save opportunities since the start of 2013 (94.9 percent), which is the highest percentage in baseball during that span.
The signing of Holland leaves first baseman Eric Hosmer as the Royals’ only arbitration-eligible player who has not agreed on a contract for 2015.