FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast five of the six games from April 23 to 28. Here are the channel numbers for Dish subscribers:
Tuesday, April 23: Dish 440
Wednesday, April 24: Dish 442
Thursday, April 25: no TV
Friday, April 26: Dish 444
Saturday, April 27: Dish 446
Sunday, April 28: Dish 444
The Royals and Red Sox will play a split doubleheader today. Game one starts at 12:35 Central, with the nightcap scheduled for 6:00. BOTH games will air on FOX Sports Kansas City (check your local listings).
Kansas City lineup for game one: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Butler – DH, Hosmer – 1B, Cain – CF, Moustakas – 3B, Francoeur – RF, Perez – C, Getz – 2B, Santana – RHP
Boston lineup for game one: Ellsbury - CF, Nava - RF, Pedroia - 2B, Ortiz - DH, Napoli - 1B, Saltalamacchia - C, Middlebrooks - 3B, Drew - SS, Gomes - LF, Dempster – RHP.
Kansas City Game Notes (PDF file – one file for both games): Games_16_17_Boston
Trivia Fact: Johnny Damon recorded 894 hits as a Royal and 730 with Boston.
FOX Sports Kansas City will televise both games of tomorrow’s (Sunday, April 21) day-night doubleheader between the Royals and Red Sox.
Game one from Boston will take place at 12:35 p.m. (pregame at 12 p.m.). Friday’s originally scheduled game, postponed to support efforts of law enforcement officers, will be played at 6 p.m. CT. (pregame at 5 p.m.).
Viewers in mid-Missouri and Iowa will see both games on the FOX Sports Midwest main channel. In Kansas, outside the Kansas City market, the Oklahoma City Thunder playoff game at 8:30 p.m. will move to FOX Sports Plus.
Alex Gordon joins CC Sabathia, Matt Kemp and Andrew McCutchen as Guest Panelist for Honorary Bat Girl Contest
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon has been selected as a Guest Panelist for the Honorary Bat Girl Contest. Other panelists include CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees, Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Maria Menounos of Extra TV and Sam Ryan, MLB Network host and reporter. The 2013 Honorary Bat Girl program recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease.
The Guest Panel will aid in the selection process of one Honorary Bat Girl for each of the 30 MLB teams. Winners will be recognized by their respective Club between Mother’s Day, May 12th, and May 31st. The program includes strong support from countless players throughout the League who are personally committed to the fight against breast cancer.
The Guest Panel features Sabathia, who is a returning Honorary Bat Girl panelist and who has dealt with cancer within his family; Kemp, who has been a long-time champion of the cause and who is inspired by fans like friend Katie Ortega, an 18 year old in remission from AML Leukemia; McCutchen, whose grandmother is a breast cancer survivor; and Gordon, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor. The Guest Panel will also include Menounos, whose cousin is a breast cancer survivor; and Ryan, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor.
Fans are encouraged to share inspirational stories that they or loved ones may have or currently are experiencing that provide hope and motivation in the fight against breast cancer, as well as the reasons they or their nominees should represent their favorite team. Entries can be submitted by men and women who are breast cancer survivors, advocates and/or supporters of the cause at honorarybatgirl.com, a website powered by MLB.com, and will be accepted until the submission period closes on April 22 at 12:01am ET.
During MLB’s annual Mother’s Day national day of recognition, one Honorary Bat Girl per MLB Club will take part in pre-game activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony and receive pink MLB merchandise with two tickets to the game. For Clubs that are away on Mother’s Day, another home game in May will be selected to recognize their Honorary Bat Girl.
The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. In four years, over 4,000 testimonials have been submitted and more than 10 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by its charitable partners Stand Up to Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative has set out to raise awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support life saving breast cancer research.
On every Mother’s Day since 2006, hundreds of MLB players have used pink bats by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. To further demonstrate their support for the breast cancer cause, players and on-field personnel have worn the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative dugout lineup cards also have been pink. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother’s Day games have been auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer.
KC has a quick turnaround – today’s game starts at 11:10 a.m. Central! The contest is not on FOX Sports Kansas City, however, you can watch on MLB Network.
Kansas City lineup: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Butler – 1B, Perez – C, Cain – CF, Francoeur – RF, Moustakas – 3B, Getz – 2B, Davis – RHP
Atlanta lineup: B. J. Upton – CF, Heyward – RF, Justin Upton – LF, Gattis – C, Uggla – 2B, Francisco – 3B, Johnson – 1B, Simmons – SS, Minor – LHP
Kansas City Game Notes (PDF file): Game_14_Atlanta_rfe55d3h
Trivia Fact: Atlanta and Kansas City have made 12 trades over the years. The last one came in 2010, when KC acquired a then-minor league reliever named Tim Collins along with Gregor Blanco, Jesse Chavez and cash in exchange for Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth.
The Royals face baseball’s hottest team tonight – the Braves have won nine in a row and are 11-1 on the season. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:10 Central. All uniformed personnel will wear number 42 tonight in honor of Jackie Robinson.
Kansas City lineup: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Hosmer – 1B, Perez – C, Cain – CF, Moustakas – 3B, Francoeur – RF, Getz – 2B, Guthrie – RHP
Atlanta lineup: B.J. Upton – CF, Heyward – RF, Justin Upton – LF, Gattis – C, Uggla – 2B, Francisco – 3B, Johnson – 1B, Simmons – SS, Medlen – RHP
Kansas City Game Notes (PDF file): Game_13_Atlanta_ppq3xbj5
Trivia Fact: Royals lefty Bruce Chen signed with Atlanta on July 2, 1993, just 13 days after his 16th birthday.
The Royals open the road trip tonight at Atlanta. Here are the Dish Network channel numbers for FOX Sports Kansas City through Sunday:
Tuesday, April 16: Dish 444
Wednesday, April 17: no TV (tune in on MLB Network)
Friday, April 19: Dish 441
Saturday, April 20: Dish 442
Sunday, April 21: Dish 443
KC’s first homestand wraps up today at 1:10 vs. Toronto. Manager Ned Yost met with the media this morning and was asked about giving Mike Moustakas a day off. Moose has had a slow start, though Yost has no worries. He talked about Moose being a phenomenal competitor and someone who lives to win baseball games. Expect to see Mike back in the lineup in Atlanta.
It is a WINDY day at The K. Yost was asked about whether home runs could be a factor. He said that today’s starter, Ervin Santana, just needs to keep the ball down, use his slider and fastball, and keep the ball on the ground.
The Royals embark on an eight-game road trip tomorrow, with the first game on Tuesday in Atlanta. This year, teams are playing Interleague contests throughout the season. Yost acknowledged that the N.L. style of baseball is different. He was asked if the early Interleague games and frequent switching back and forth from A.L. stadiums to N.L. stadiums is an issue. He said it is not – every team will have to play their Interleague games at some point. Yost noted that KC will face A.L. teams for several weeks as the next Interleague matchup is in late May.
Manager Ned Yost began this afternoon’s media conference being asked about the recent move to drop Mike Moustakas down to the sixth position in the batting order. Yost responded that he thinks Moustakas will be a major contributor this season, but he is struggling right now offensively. Yost is hoping the move will allow Moustakas to see better pitches and get his confidence at the plate back up.
Yost was then asked about the status of Eric Hosmer, after Hosmer was absent from the starting lineup for a second straight game. Yost stated that Hosmer is fine, and that after the last games against Minnesota with the cold and wet weather, he began to get some tightness in his quad, and that with two consecutive cold weather games he did not want to take a chance with a potential injury.
Yost went on to state that Lorenzo Cain’s move to the designated hitter position today allows the team the ability to rest Cain’s legs, and also give Jarrod Dyson the opportunity for some at-bats, to keep players as fresh as possible early in the season.
Yost’s final question regarded the preparation for going up against reigning Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey in tonight’s matchup, and if there was any way to prepare for a knuckleball pitcher. Yost responded that it is hard to prepare for a knuckleballer and that the best approach is to just approach the at-bat like any other. He commented on the uniqueness of Dickey’s knuckleball and its velocity compared to traditional knuckleball pitchers.
In Ned Yost’s pregame media conference before tonight’s matchup against the Blue Jays, he was asked about the current state of the team’s confidence. Yost replied that the team feels good and that they seem to have a bounce in their step, and that they’ve had that bounce in their step since the first day of Spring Training and have carried it with them into the regular season.
Yost was then asked the reason that Eric Hosmer and Chris Getz received the day off tonight. Yost responded that the move was made as part of the righty – lefty pitching matchup for today, but also to get Elliot Johnson and Miguel Tejada some at-bats early on in the season.
He was then asked about his thoughts on the new-look Toronto Blue Jays. Yost discussed the numerous moves the team made in the offseason and that the team really improved their pitching, team speed, defense, and offense. He then went on to comment on having spent some time with Blue Jays’ manager John Gibbons while Gibbons was the bench coach for the Royals from 2009-2011. Yost replied that the team just plays the game; that they go with their matchup and the opposing teams goes with their own. He stated that there are times when you may feel like you have a pretty good idea of what the other team’s decision may be, but in the end it’s the players that decide the game.