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Photos: Billy does it again!

Billy Butler followed Friday’s pinch-hit homer with a go-ahead two-run blast in the fifth last night, capping KC’s comeback from a 5-0 deficit.  The Royals have won five in a row overall.  A win today would mark the first four-game sweep of the Indians at home and second overall, the other coming in 1973 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

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Ned Yost media session: July 26, 2014

The Royals’ lineup shuffle will continue tonight when the club takes on Cleveland in the third game of a four-game set.  Nori Aoki will re-assume his customary place atop the order, with Lorenzo Cain sliding down from first to seventh. Billy Butler returns to the starting lineup, playing first and batting sixth.

Manager Ned Yost said it’s tough to establish continuity in the absence of key contributors.

“It’s more difficult when you’ve got one of your major guys out of the lineup,” he said. “Like when Alex [Gordon] missed time, and now Hoz is missing time, it’s more difficult.”

Yost said that Eric Hosmer continues to recover from right hand weakness and could potentially return as early as tomorrow.

“He’s feeling better. We’ll see tomorrow,” said Yost. “Half of me says, ‘Yeah.’ The other half of me says, ‘Just take advantage of tomorrow and the off day and be ready to go Tuesday.’ We’ll look at it and see. He’s feeling better. He wanted to try to test it today and swing and I said no. I want to get it over with and behind us.”

Hosmer had a career-long 16-game hitting streak snapped when he was forced to leave the game early on July 23 at Chicago. He is batting .410 (25-for-61) with two home runs and 10 RBI during the month of July.

By Kolby Paxton

Friday photos: Billy’s big home run

The Royals won a 6-4 thriller on Friday night as Billy Butler delivered a two-run pinch-hit homer in the eighth.  It was Billy’s second career pinch-hit home run and the 75th in Royals history.  Also below:  Omar Infante made a nice play on the final out of the game; Danny Duffy and Brett Hayes snuck up on Butler during postgame interview as Aaron Crow looked on; Crow received a Gatorade bath during his interview.

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Ned Yost media session: July 25, 2014

When Kansas City and Cleveland resume action this evening, one day after a wild 14-inning series-opening affair, the Royals will do so without the services of Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer.

With Hosmer ailing as the result of a right hand injury, it was Butler taking his place at first base for the majority of last night’s contest. Tonight, however, the Royals will turn to Raul Ibanez to man the bag and bat sixth, while Nori Aoki remains in Butler’s customary designated hitter role. According to manager Ned Yost, the decision to keep Butler out of the lineup in favor of Ibanez and Aoki was made with an eye toward improving upon the club’s offensive output.

“It’s the offense,” said Yost. “We’re looking for offense. I mean, we played 14 innings last night and got five or six hits. We’re looking for offense. We score some runs and we’ll win some games, and it’s been a struggle for Billy lately.”

In 20 games since June 28, Butler is 15-for-75 (.200) with 18 strikeouts and just two RBI.

“It’s puzzling for him,” said Yost. “It’s puzzling for everybody. Billy has been working his tail off trying to figure this thing out. He feels fine, he’s just not getting results. It’s something that he will continue to work through and, hopefully, get through.

“We’re at a point now where we’re running out of time. We’re past the 100-game mark. Offense needs to be a premium for us. We need to score some runs. We’ve given a number of guys some extended periods to work through some non-productivity, if you will. But it just gets to a point when you’ve got to do something a little bit different.”

One key offensive component that has been afforded opportunities to work through “non-productivity,” third baseman Mike Moustakas, has rewarded Yost’s patience. Moustakas has been one of the team’s most productive hitters this month, hitting .281 (16-for-57) with four home runs and 10 RBI since June 30.

“All along we felt like, at the end of the year, his numbers were going to be okay, especially his power numbers,” said Yost. “He did this last year. He really struggled until the middle of June, first of July, and then he played extremely well. We’re hoping, and we’re pretty convinced, that he’s going to do the same thing [this year].”

Yordano Ventura will be on the hill for Kansas City this evening as he looks to match an outstanding performance by Danny Duffy a night ago. Duffy was dominant through seven innings, allowing just two hits, and striking out seven.

“He’s just commanding the baseball,” said Yost. “He’s always been a fierce competitor, but he’s duplicating his mechanics which means he’s more consistent in the strike zone. His breaking ball has been very consistent. He’s had the ability to throw strikes with the fastball and get ahead in the count, manage his pitch count and go deeper into games. How, why, I don’t know. Young guys, it clicks for them. When Bruce got hurt, all of a sudden, something clicked for Danny.”

By Kolby Paxton

Ned Yost media session: July 24, 2014

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will miss another game because of a bruised right hand as Kansas City opens a four-game series with Cleveland at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday. Hosmer, who was hit by a pitch in the opening inning by Jon Lester in the series finale on Sunday in Boston, started Wednesday’s afternoon affair against the White Sox but was removed because he lacked strength in his hand, according to manager Ned Yost. The situation remains day-to-day.

This weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y., six people will have their names enshrined in the Hall of Fame, including Bobby Cox, who Yost worked under from 1991-2002 as the bullpen coach and then as the third base coach in Atlanta. Ned recalled Cox’s ability to remember everybody’s name, from the parking lot attendant to everyone he passed on the way to the clubhouse and eventually the field.

Yost acknowledged the talent Atlanta had during their run of 14 consecutive division titles from 1991-2005 but said the players played so well for Bobby because of the respect they had for him.

Yost also said Cox’s ability to not hold a grudge helped him to be so successful as well. “Something would happen and Bobby would be over it just like that.”

Cox will be inducted this weekend with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre.

Art Stewart’s book: The Art of Scouting

Royals vs OaklandArt Stewart has been part of the Kansas City Royals organization since late 1969, just after the club’s inaugural season. Anyone that has ever met Art has heard at least one of his stories. He recalls them with such accuracy that he often remembers not just the date of the story but the day of the week it occurred. For years, the only way to hear those stories was from the man himself. Now, those stories of Stewart’s life as a scout can be found in a book, The Art of Scouting. With the help of Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star, the stories come to life as Art details the behind the scenes life of a professional baseball scout.

“I dedicated the book to the scouts, past and present,” Stewart said at a press conference at Kauffman Stadium on July 10. “I really wanted to convey what a scouts life was like, the ups and downs and tell their story not just my own.”

Art 1“When [people] go out to a game, a lot of people don’t realize that every player on that field has been found by a scout,” said Stewart, who went on to note that players are discovered in small Nebraska towns, the inner-cities and developing nations like the Dominican Republic.

Stewart recalls conversations with Branch Rickey, who gave Art plenty of advice and words he still carries with him today, including that scouts are the “faceless men of baseball.” Behind the scenes, the game wouldn’t happen without them. To the public, most go unrecognized.

Whether it’s a story about being shot at in a foreign country, sneaking into a home so he could listen in on an opposing team’s offer to player, or the detailed description of the time and effort it took for the Royals to sign Bo Jackson, there’s a story for every baseball fan.

You may purchase a copy of The Art of Scouting at the Royals Majestic Team Store or online from Barnes and Noble

There will be a book signing this Saturday, July 26, at the Rally House in Independence, Mo., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  All-Star catcher Salvador Perez will make a special appearance during the signing.  Please note that fans must purchase a copy of the book to receive one additional autographed item (signed by either Stewart or Perez) at the publisher’s request.

By Nate Rowan


Saturday’s Royals game airs on FOX Sports 1

The Royals make their second appearance on FOX Sports 1 this Saturday, July 26, when they host the Cleveland Indians. Justin Kutcher and Rex Hudler 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) 54 (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 (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.

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Homestand Highlights: July 24-31

The Kansas City Royals will make their return to Kauffman Stadium following the All-Star break to host the Cleveland Indians (July 24-27) and the Minnesota Twins (July 29-31). Throughout the homestand, fans can be a part of some terrific events including Mizzou Night (July 25), Faith and Family Night (July 26) and Hunting and Fishing Night (July 29). Fans will also have the opportunity to get some great giveaways including a special edition Omar Infante poster (July 27) and another edition of T-Shirt Tuesday (July 29). Please see below for more details.

Thursday, July 24 – Cleveland Indians 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. For details, visit
• 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

Friday, July 25 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Mizzou Night – Supporters of The University of Missouri can join fellow Tigers for a day of big league action presented by FOX Sports Kansas City and Rally House. To join fellow Tigers, fans can visit for details or to purchase discounted tickets. The first 3,500 Mizzou fans whMizzou Night cap_July 25o bring their Mizzou Night discounted ticket to the Tigers table located inside Hy-Vee Gate B will receive a limited edition black and gold KC Royals Mizzou cap. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. To reserve a group of 20 or more tickets, call (816) 504-4174.
• Buck Night – Hot dogs, small Pepsi products and peanuts are just $1 each all night long.
• Summer Fireworks – Fans will enjoy a spectacular fireworks show, presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi, after the game.

Saturday, July 26 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.
• Faith and Family Night presented by Hobby Lobby – The postgame festivities include appearances by select Royals personnel and Scott Dawson. Contemporary Christian musician Matthew West will also perform. Tickets for the game and postgame event start at just $10!
• 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 – Ballpark Nachos 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.

Infante poster_July 27Sunday, July 27 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
• Omar Infante Poster – The first 10,000 fans will get a poster of Royals second baseman Omar Infante, courtesy of Pittcraft Printing and The Kansas City Steak Company.
• Mother/Son Day ¬– Mothers and sons can enjoy a special day at the ballpark by purchasing a ticket package that includes a limited edition hat and commemorative photo. For more information, visit
• 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! For more information, visit
• Sunday Fun Run – All fans 14 and under can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).

Monday, July 28 – Off Day

Fishing Lure_July 29T-Shirt Tuesday 5_July 29 (2)Tuesday, July 29 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Hunting and Fishing Night – The Royals have teamed up with Heartland Waterfowl to present Hunting and Fishing Night at The K that includes a special Field Plaza or Hy-Vee Infield ticket offer. The first 750 people who bring the Hunting and Fishing Night ticket to the Hunting and Fishing Night table will receive a limited edition KC fishing lure. For groups of 20 of more, please call (816) 504-4168. Visit for more information.
• T-shirt Tuesday – The first 10,000 fans will receive a heather blue vintage Royals t-shirt, courtesy of Sprint 

Wednesday, July 30 – Minnesota Twins 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 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, Katy Guillen & the Girls. For details, visit

Thursday, July 31 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• 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. For details, visit
• 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

Fans may purchase tickets online at, by calling 1-800-6ROYALS, at area Hy-Vee stores or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.

Royals on FSKC: Dish channel numbers, July 24-27

Thursday, July 24: Dish 440 or 412-28

Friday, July 25: Dish 441 or 412-29

Saturday: on FOX Sports 1

Sunday: Dish 441 or 412-29

Royals on FSKC: Dish Channel numbers, July 18 – 20

Here are your DISH channel numbers for the weekend.  Please not that Sunday’s game at Boston (July 20) will also air on TBS…so if you are in Florida, Washington state or any point in between, you can catch Royals baseball on Sunday!

Friday, July 18: Dish 441 or 412-29

Saturday, July 19: Dish 441 or 412-29

Sunday, July 20:  Dish 440 or 412-28


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