The Royals look to win a second straight at Angel Stadium tonight. Jeremy Guthrie takes his 5-0 mark, 10-decision winning streak and 18-start unbeaten stretch to the mound!
Royals lineup: Cain – CF, Escobar – SS, Gordon – LF, Butler – DH, Hosmer – 1B, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Francoeur – RF, Tejada – 2B, Guthrie – RHP
Angels lineup: Aybar – SS, Trout – CF, Pujols – 1B, Trumbo – RF, Hamilton – DH, Kendrick – 2B, Callaspo – 3B, Iannetta – C, Shuck – LF, Vargas – LHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game #36 @ Los Angeles
Royals Trivia Fact: Jeremy Guthrie can tie another club record tonight – he is going for his 11th consecutive winning decision, which would match Paul Splittorff and Rich Gale.
The Royals today announced that an organization icon, Fred White, has announced his retirement after a stellar career as a broadcaster and most recently the Director of Broadcast Services and the Royals Alumni. White has decided to step away from the organization due to recent health issues. White, an Illinois native who attended Eastern Illinois University, was a broadcasting staple in the Midwest highlighted by 25 years in the Royals’ radio booth. A sports anchor at nearby WIBW-TV in Topeka, White was the voice of Kansas State athletics until he joined the Royals in 1973. When not calling games for the Wildcats or the Royals, the popular announcer was the voice of the Big 8, later the Big 12, television network during basketball season, while also being summoned to work on the national stages of ESPN, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and Turner Sports. After leaving the Royals broadcast booth, Fred kept his hand in the industry by heading up the Royals Radio Network, which has grown to one of the largest in all of baseball, as well as supervising the Royals Alumni, assisting with clinics, appearances and the Royals Fantasy Camp.
All-time saves leader Mariano Rivera is making his farewell tour across baseball. At each stop, he has held a special meeting with a group of people, whether it be fans or team employees. On Saturday, he met with a diverse group of Royals fans. On Sunday, it was Kansas City’s turn to honor Rivera with a video tribute and special presentation. General Manager Dayton Moore and Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett presented Rivera with a check for his foundation. Best wishes to Mariano and his family in retirement!
KC starts a nine-game road trip tonight. All nine games are on FOX Sports Kansas City as the May 22 game was recently added. Here are this week’s channel numbers for Dish Network subscribers:
Monday, May 13: Dish 443
Tuesday, May 14: Dish 445
Wednesday, May 15: Dish 444
Friday, May 17: Dish 446
Saturday, May 18: Dish 446
Sunday, May 19: Dish 444
Happy Mother’s Day!
Ned Yost met with the media in his office before today’s game with the Yankees. He was asked if sometimes players are guilty of overthinking the game. “You can’t help it. It’s human nature. Everyone wants to be successful, especially when they know we have a good team. Everybody at times puts a little extra pressure on themselves and overthinks things. Pitchers do it. Fielders do it. Everyone does it. It can be a learning experience though. It is all part of playing the game of baseball,” said the skipper.
Another topic of discussion was Jarrod Dyson batting leadoff today. Yost was asked what Dyson needs to do to be successful in the leadoff spot. “To be successful and maintain that spot his approach is going to have to be taking pitches and taking walks. Getting him to understand people don’t come to watch him hit fly balls and home runs because they are too far and few in between. People pay to watch him get on base and create havoc on the bases. He is working really, really hard at it and you can see the growth in him from last year,” said the manager.
Alex Gordon and Ervin Santana were honored on the field tonight. Gordon is the Royals Majestic Player of the Month for April, while Santana won the Pitcher award in his first month with KC.
Royals fan Ashley had the opportunity to present the awards. You can register for that opportunity! Visit a local Rally House or Kansas Sampler location and sign up! One lucky fan will get to go on the field each month. Congrats to Ashley, Alex and Ervin!
KC Manager Ned Yost began today’s media conference discussing the club’s offense. Yost stated that after several games with low run production, he feels the Royals are swinging the bats really well, and the offense seems to be firing on all cylinders. “Guys are going to click when they click, sometimes you get an offense that’s struggling a little bit, and one big hit can blow it open.” The offense has generated at least six runs in each of the past two game to go with five home runs.
Yost then talked about the performance of the pitching rotation. The Royals skipper stated that although the rotation has had days where they don’t have their best stuff, they find ways to be successful. “You’re going to have days when you don’t have that great stuff, and it’s the competitive nature inside of you that allows you to get through those tough times. I’ve seen Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz do it for years, I’m seeing Shields, Santana and Guthrie and Wade Davis trying to do it, and that’s the mark of a good pitcher…always trying to find a way to get it done.”
The Royals and Yankees meet again tonight at 6:10. The game will be on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network.
Yankees lineup: Gardner – CF, Cano – 2B, Wells – LF, Hafner – DH, Suzuki – RF, Nix – SS, Overbay – 1B, Nelson – 3B, Stewart – C, Pettitte – LHP
Royals lineup: Escobar – SS, Cain – CF, Gordon – LF, Butler – DH, Hosmer – 1B, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Francoeur – RF, Johnson – 2B, Shields – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file):Game #33 vs NYY
Trivia Fact: James Shields is making his 27th career start vs. New York, third among active pitchers. Only Roy Halladay and Josh Beckett have made more starts against the Bronx Bombers.
Royals Manager Ned Yost began today’s media conference addressing the upcoming series with the New York Yankees. When asked about the different look of the Bronx Bombers this season Yost responded, “If you notice their record and where they stand, that’s a very good Yankee team. They are finding ways to get it done and win ballgames.”
Yost then addressed the performance of Eric Hosmer. Yost stated that although Hosmer hasn’t produced the power numbers this season, he is swinging the bat really well. The manager went on to say Hosmer is a player who can hit the ball to all fields, and it won’t be long before he’s putting balls over the fence.
Yost concluded by discussing the recent reshuffling of the Royals batting order. He stated that often lineup construction is highly overrated, and that the idea is to get your hottest guys as many at-bats as possible during the course of a game. While the Royals showed success in the new lineup last night, Yost stated that it won’t change what anybody does or how they approach the plate. Yost finished by saying, “this team is highly talented, and can having hitting success anywhere in the lineup.”