The Kansas City Royals look to complete their first series sweep of the season on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox. They will do so without third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Nori Aoki in the starting lineup. Omar Infante will bat lead off for the first time this season, as Aoki has started the first five games of the year atop of the Royals’ order.
Danny Valencia and Justin Maxwell start for the first time in 2014 and manager Ned Yost says not to read too deep into the changes. Yost said Valencia and Maxwell are “everyday guys” that need to play to stay fresh but acknowledged with White Sox lefty Chris Sale on the hill that keeping fresh is “easier said than done.”
Yost did say pregame that Wade Davis and Aaron Crow will be unavailable Sunday and that there are a few guys in the bullpen that haven’t worked for a few days. He also said that he would check with Greg Holland, who has registered a save on Friday and Saturday, to see how he feels should a potential save situation present itself.
The Kansas City Royals have played in two openers this year (March 31 at Detroit and yesterday vs. Chicago). Manager Ned Yost is happy to have the pageantry of openers behind him.
“It just takes you out of your routine,” Yost said speaking to the media before Saturday afternoon’s game. “I think the players, the coaches, everybody are creatures of habit and we pretty much stick to our routine every day during the season and when you have things that kind of take you out of your routine, it’s different. Now we just go play baseball every single day.”
Yost was also appreciative of the fans who showed up on Friday, braving temperatures in the mid-40s and wind gusts that reached close to 30 miles per hour.
“It was great that we got the win yesterday in front of an enthusiastic crowd that really had to bear with the elements.”
By Nate Rowan
After starting the season with a three-game road trip in Detroit, the Kansas City Royals make their 2014 home debut by hosting the Chicago White Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. During their first homestand, the Royals introduce a new contest, bring back fan favorite events and offer great ticket deals. Please see below for more information.
Friday, April 4: OPENING DAY – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 3:10 p.m.
• 2014 Magnetic Schedule – All fans will receive a 2014 magnetic schedule courtesy of Sprint.
• Hy-Vee Stage – Start the game on the right note with Project Mayhem! The local band will perform a pregame concert on the Hy-Vee Stage located near Gate B.
• Special Entertainment in the Outfield Experience – Free pregame face painting and balloon art along with a live performance by the Grain Valley High School Jazz Band.
• Play It Forward Contest presented by Missouri Lotto – Fans can help select the 2014 sixth-inning sing-along song through a new bracket-style contest! From April 4th through June 7th, fans in the ballpark will vote for one of two songs that will be announced during pregame by KMBZ Radio’s Dana Wright and Scott Parks of “Dana & Parks” on CrownVision. The song with the most votes will be played during the sixth inning of that same game, and the overall contest winner will be played in the remaining games of the 2014 season. http://www.royals.com/playitforward
Saturday, April 5 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 1:10 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. http://www.royals.com/610saturday.
Sunday, April 6 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
• 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 with 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 include 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! http://www.royals.com/sunday.
• Sunday Fun Run – All fans 14 and under can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).
Monday, April 7 – Tampa Bay Rays vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Play It Forward Contest presented by Missouri Lotto – The Play it Forward contest continues as “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks tries to continue its reign as Kauffman Stadium’s sixth inning song when it goes up against Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Fans can vote during the game and the winner will be played during the sixth inning and move on to the next round of the bracket. http://www.royals.com/playitforward
• Value Monday – All Hy-Vee Level tickets, excluding Hy-Vee Box, are just $8 courtesy of Hy-Vee. http://www.royals.com/fanvalue.
Tuesday, April 8 – Tampa Bay Rays vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Tampa Bay Rays vs. Royals, 1:10 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 for the first showcase of the season will be the local indie pop rock band, Antennas Up. 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.
The Royals announced today that they have secured outright waivers on outfielder Carlos Peguero and assigned him to Triple-A Omaha.
Peguero, 27, was acquired by the Royals from Seattle on January 29, and hit .313 with 2 homers and 8 RBI in 18 games for KC during Spring Training. He was designated for assignment on March 25. Kansas City’s Major League roster remains at 39 players.
DirecTV and Dish channels for the week ahead are below. Please note that on DirecTV, Royals games are now airing on channel 671-5.
Monday, March 31: DirecTV 671-5 | Dish 444 or 412-32
Wednesday, April 2: DirecTV 671-5 | Dish 440 or 412-28
Thursday, April 3: DirecTV 671-5 | Dish 441 or 412-29
Friday, April 4: DirecTV 671-5 | Dish 447 or 412-35
Saturday, April 5: DirecTV 671-5 | Dish 443 or 412-31
Sunday, April 6: DirecTV 671-5 | Dish 442 or 412-30
Information for carriers besides DirecTV and Dish can be found at: http://mlb.mlb.com/kc/schedule/fsn_faq.jsp
The Royals announced today that left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford’s contract has been sold to the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization.
Teaford, 29, was invited to Major League spring training this year, but was assigned to minor league camp on March 14. The left-handed hurler went 4-6 with a 3.49 ERA in 31 appearances (14 starts) at Triple-A Omaha in 2013 and made one appearance at the Major League level. Teaford is 3-5 with a 4.25 ERA in 45 big league outings in his career – all with Kansas City. He was selected by KC in the 12th round of the 2006 June Free Agent Draft.
A one-hour preview of the 2014 Kansas City Royals season premieres Monday on FOX Sports 1 and Tuesday before the Royals spring training game vs. Seattle on FOX Sports Kansas City. A complete listing of air times for the special is listed below:
Royals Season Preview on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports Kansas City (times Central)
Monday, March 24 at 11 a.m. on FOX Sports 1
Tuesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City
Wednesday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City
Friday, March 28 at 5 p.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest
Saturday, March 29 at 5 p.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest
Sunday, March 30 at 10 a.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest
Monday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City
The Royals announced that three players have been reassigned at Spring Training prior to today’s game vs. the Colorado Rockies. After the transactions, the Royals have 31 players (30 active) in Major League camp.
Outfielder Jimmy Paredes has been optioned to Triple-A Omaha, while right-handed pitcher Jon Rauch and catcher Adam Moore have been assigned to minor league camp.
The Royals announced made four Spring Training roster moves on Sunday morning. After the transactions, the Royals have 34 players (33 active) in Major League camp.
Left-handed pitchers Danny Duffy and Donnie Joseph have been optioned to Triple-A Omaha, while right-handed pitchers Cory Wade and P.J. Walters have been assigned to minor league camp.