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Ned Yost media session: August 25, 2014

The New York Yankees return for the final in the regular season on Monday, playing a rescheduled game from June 9th. For longtime shortstop Derek Jeter, it will be the last trip to Kauffman Stadium of his 20-year Major League career. In his final tour, Jeter has received numerous items from a surf board to golf clubs. Kansas City will donate $25,000 from Royals Charities to Derek’s foundation, Turn-2, which “creates and supports signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “TURN 2″ healthy lifestyles.” In 66 games at “The K” entering Monday, Jeter hit .315 (90-for-286) with 45 runs scored, 13 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs and 32 RBI.

Royals manager Ned Yost reflected on Jeter during pregame today.

“For me he’s the consummate professional, he’s the ultimate professional,” Yost said. “He’s a guy that plays the game to an extremely high degree but it seems to me like he’s never changed who he was, he’s never forgotten who he was, he’s never forgotten where he came from, he’s never forgotten this game is played to have fun and he looks like he has fun when he plays the game. I think he’s a tremendous role model for young baseball players all over the country.”

Kansas City returns after a 6-3, 10-day road trip to Minnesota, Colorado and Texas. With a 2.0 lead in the American League Central, Yost was asked what he expects from the crowd tonight; “Excitement. A buzz. Energy. I think it should be an electric-type energy.”

Since July 22, the Royals have dropped just seven out of 31 games. The team is on a roll and playing well.

“There’s a lot of confidence,” Yost said. “They had confidence in themselves even when we think of it as treading water. They knew they were capable, as a group, of doing special things. Now the confidence level has been increased knowing that they’ve got what it takes to take this thing all the way through.”

In injury-related news, first baseman Eric Hosmer, who has been on the disabled list since August 2  with a fractured right wrist, could begin hitting off a tee as early as Thursday, according to Yost.

Homestand Highlights: August 25 – September 3

The Kansas City Royals return home for a ten-game homestand to host the New York Yankees (August 25), Minnesota Twins (August 26-28), Cleveland Indians (August 29-31) and Texas Rangers (September 1-3). The single game against the Yankees is the make-up game from June 9 that was postponed due to rain and will have a 6:10 p.m. start time. In addition, the game against the Indians on August 31 has been selected for ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.” The game will be televised on ESPN2 and first pitch is now 7:07 p.m.

Throughout the homestand, there will be many great theme nights, including Irish Heritage Night (August 27), #RoyalsSocial Media Night (August 28), Water Awareness Night (August 29), Retro Night (August 30) and KU Night (August 31). In addition, fans can pick up fantastic giveaways including a Royals Green Cup Set (August 27), an Eco-Friendly Baseball Cap (August 29) and the Mr. Royal Bobblehead (August 30). Please see below for more information.

Monday, August 25 – New York Yankees vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.
• Royals To Honor Jeter – The Royals will salute the stellar playing career of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter in a special pregame ceremony prior to the series finale. The game marks the last regular-season contest at Kauffman Stadium for Jeter, who is retiring at the end of the 2014 season.

Tuesday, August 26 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday, August 27 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Irish Heritage Night presented by the Kansas City Irish Fest – Fans who are Irish or think they’re Irish can enjoy a special night at The K! Throughout the evening, fans can enjoy special entertainment and activities. Ticket packages start at $20 and include a ticket to that night’s game and a single day admission to Kansas City Irish Fest. For more information, visit http://www.royals.com/irish.
Green cup set_Aug. 27• Royals Green Cup Set – In conjunction with Irish Heritage Night, the first 10,000 fans will get a green Royals shamrock cup set, courtesy of FOX Sports Kansas City.
• 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 band, Flannigan’s Right Hook, performing authentic Irish music. For details, visit http://www.royals.com/studentnight.

Thursday, August 28 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
GordonationShirt2014_004b• GordoNation – Fans can enjoy being a 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 (photo attached). 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 are available. For details, visit http://www.royals.com/allyoucaneat.
• #RoyalsSocial Media Night presented by AOS Technology – For those who follow, like, and have the Royals in their Circle, #RoyalsSocial Media Night is for you! A special $30 ticket package includes a social hour at Rivals before the game featuring a special Q&A with Royals Live host Joel Goldberg, a ticket in the Dugout Plaza seating section, #Royalssocial sunglasses (photo attached) and chances to win great prizes throughout the night. For details, visit http://www.royals.com/royalssocial.

Eco-Friendly cap_Aug. 29Friday, August 29 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Eco-Friendly Baseball Cap – The first 10,000 fans will receive an eco-friendly baseball cap made from 100% recycled water bottles, courtesy of Grundfos.
• Water Awareness Night – The Royals partner with Grundfos for Water Awareness Night at The K. The importance of water use and efficiency will be highlighted through information cards distributed at the gates with eco-friendly baseball caps.
• 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.
• 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.royals.com/govx.

Saturday, August 30 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 6:10 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 – Rivals Tacos 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. For more information, visit http://www.royals.com/610saturday.
Mr. Royal bobblehead_Aug. 30• Retro Night – Join us for Retro Night as the Royals celebrate the year 1974! Both the Royals and Cleveland Indians will wear throwback uniforms from the 1974 season. In addition, great events will take place throughout the night including a pre-game concert on the Hy-Vee Stage, Royals alumni appearances, a live organist, special in-game features and more! For more information, visit http://www.royals.com/retro.
• Mr. Royal Bobblehead– The first 10,000 fans will receive a bobblehead of Mr. Royal. Mr. Royal first appeared in the 1970s and could be found anywhere from the old crown scoreboard to pocket schedules and other promotional materials.

KU Day cap_Aug. 31Sunday, August 31 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:07 p.m.
• KU Night – Supporters of the University of Kansas can join fellow Jayhawks for a night of big league action presented by FOX Sports Kansas City and Rally House. To join fellow Jayhawks, fans can visit http://www.royals.com/ku for details or to purchase discounted tickets. The first 2,000 Jayhawk fans who bring their KU Night discounted ticket to the KU table located inside Hy-Vee Gate B will receive a limited edition crimson, blue and white KC Royals Kansas cap (photo attached). Gate B opens at 5:30 p.m. To reserve a group of 20 or more tickets, call (816) 504-4174.
• 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 from 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! Due to the time change, there will not be a Fun Run following the game. For more information, visit http://www.royals.com/sunday.

Monday, September 1 – Texas Rangers vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Value Monday – All Hy-Vee Level tickets, excluding Hy-Vee Box, are just $8 courtesy of Hy-Vee. http://www.royals.com/fanvalue.

Tuesday, September 2 – Texas Rangers vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday, September 3 – Texas Rangers 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 band, Victor & Penny. For details, visit http://www.royals.com/studentnight.

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.

Royals on FSKC: Dish channel numbers, August 23 to 31

Saturday, August 23:  Dish 442 or 412-30

Sunday, August 24:  Dish 441 or 412-29
Monday, August 25:  Dish 441 or 412-29
Tuesday, August 26: FOX Sports 1
Wednesday, August 27: Dish 441 or 412-29
Thursday, August 28: Dish 441 or 412-29
Friday, August 29:  Dish 441 or 412-29
Saturday, August 30: Dish 443 or 412-31
Sunday, August 31: ESPN

August 31 game time changed for ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball”

The Royals have been notified that ESPN2 will televise the Sunday, August 31 game at Kauffman Stadium against the Cleveland Indians at 7:07 p.m. (CDT), thus moving the game time from the previously scheduled 1:10 p.m. start.

The nationally televised game will feature Dan Shulman providing the play-by-play and John Kruk and Buster Olney serving as analysts.

August 31 will remain a Family FunDay Sunday with activities for kids of all ages as well as KU Day in which fans can purchase a special KU ticket package and receive a limited edition Crimson & Blue KC Royals KU Cap.

Gates will now open at 5:30 for the 7:07 first pitch

Ned Yost media session: August 14, 2014

Royals starting pitchers have gone deep into games of late, including a complete game by Jeremy Guthrie on the last road trip and two shutouts on the homestand (James Shields and Jason Vargas). Manager Ned Yost was asked about how the preparation of his veteran starters compares to pitchers that Yost worked with in Atlanta, particularly Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux. Yost said that the current pitchers do much more work in the weight room (a common trend across baseball compared to 20 years ago).

Yost talked about the balancing act of getting a pitching staff through a 162-game season (using relievers more early in the year, relying on starters now). He mentioned that the Royals will need to rely on their relievers as they mix-and-match with opponents late in the year, due to the many close games that the Royals play.

Yost was asked about Shields’ presence in the clubhouse and what makes him a leader.

“He’s got a ton of energy, he’s a tremendous competitor and he’s a great communicator,” said Yost. “He’s always talking to guys, he’s always encouraging guys and always upbeat with guys. He’s in it for the team more than he’s in it for himself.”

Ned Yost media session: August 13, 2014

Jason Vargas will make his third start tonight since undergoing an appendectomy on July 9. Vargas has a 5.79 ERA in two starts following surgery but manager Ned Yost believes he’s back to being the pitcher he was prior to surgery.

“He’s back to full strength,” Yost said. “It’s just getting his sharpness back. His first two starts he had his good stuff but his command was off a little bit. The progression is going to come with his command and sharpness. His stuff’s good.

Vargas will oppose Oakland lefty Scott Kazmir, who the Royals beat in Oakland on August 3.

Christian Colon will spell Mike Moustakas at third base tonight and could possibly start at second base to give Omar Infante a break tomorrow, according to Yost. Colon has embraced a role that most young guys are unfamiliar with; a bench player.

“It’s tougher for a younger guy,” Yost said. “The older guys know what’s expected of them. But he acts like an older guy.”

“He keeps himself prepared every single day for anything that could happen. He takes ground balls at short, at second, at third. You’ll see him before his group hits running the bases in case we need him to be a pinch-runner. He does a great job of keeping himself prepared so that when his name is called he’s going to be ready to for whatever we need him to do.”

Colon will be making his fourth start of the season and has batted .364 (4-for-11) with three doubles, a triple, and an RBI with the Royals going 2-1 in those contests.

By Nate Rowan

Royals superfan SungWoo Lee welcomed at “The K”

If you live in KC, you’ve seen him on the news or in the paper…and if you live outside of KC, you’ve probably seen him on social media.  SungWoo Lee is enjoying his first trip to Kansas City – and the Royals are on a hot streak with him in town!  On Monday, SungWoo watched batting practice from the field, met players and Manager Ned Yost, threw out a first pitch, posed for a selfie with George Brett, then had the honors of placing the ‘W” on the Royals Hall of Fame after the win.

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Ned Yost media session: August 12, 2014

The pitching has been there all season for the Kansas City Royals and manager Ned Yost. The bullpen, which has a 1.46 ERA since July 22, has been among the best in baseball and the starters have the fourth-best ERA (3.70) in the American League while limiting Royals relievers to the fourth-fewest innings in the Majors. When Eric Hosmer was placed on the disabled list with a right-hand fracture on August 2, many wondered where the offense would come from. During the current eight-game winning streak it has been a total team effort.

“We got guys hot at the right time,” Yost said. “Billy got hot at the right time, Gordy got hot at the right time, Cain was hot earlier then cooled off and got hot again, Esky’s swinging the bat well.”

“I think what’s most impressive to me is we’re really taking advantage with runner in scoring position we’re making it count.”

And taking advantage is putting it lightly. Kansas City is hitting an absurd .450 (27-for-60) with runners scoring position since the beginning of the streak on August 3 in Oakland. The stretch has propelled the Royals into first place by a half game in the American League Central after falling 8.0 games behind the division lead following play on July 21 behind both Detroit and Cleveland in the standings.

The winning streak has created a buzz among Kansas City fans, who have filled Kauffman Stadium the past four games to the tune of over 110,000. In the ninth inning on Monday night, the noise and energy was apparent.

“That’s your home field advantage,” Yost said. “If we can pack this place every night and have the energy and cheering for us it definitely is an advantage to home team. They feel it, they sense it, it’s almost like they crave it and helps them take their game to the next level. It’s a special time.”
The Royals have won six games in a row at “The K,” pushing their home record to 31-27.

By Nate Rowan

Royals move into first!

Four Pitchers 8-11

KC moved into first place on Monday behind outstanding outings from the four pitchers above:  Yordano Ventura, who tossed 6.0 innings, followed by Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland, who went an inning apiece.

Davis has a 17.2 inning scoreless streak, second to Oakland’s Ryan Cook among active streaks.  Herrera is right behind Davis, sporting a 17.1 inning streak.  Holland has nine saves since July 26 and 35 on the year, just one behind the Major League lead.

Royals on FSKC: Dish channel numbers, August 11 – 17

Monday, August 11:  Dish 441 or 412-29

Tuesday, August 12: Dish 441 or 412-29

Wednesday, August 13:  Dish 441 or 412-29

Thursday, August 14: no TV

Friday, August 15:  Dish 441 or 412-29

Saturday, August 16:  Dish 441 or 412-29

Sunday, August 17:  Dish 441 or 412-29

 

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