Royals & FOX Sports Kansas City unveil “Forever Royal Fan Express” for 2015

Bus_Back and FrontThe Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City are once again offering fans across the Midwest the chance to enjoy a game at Kauffman Stadium this season with a grand ride. The “Forever Royal Fan Express presented by FOX Sports Kansas City” now reflects the 2015 Royals slogan and gives fans who follow the Royals on their local Royals Radio Network affiliate and on FOX Sports Kansas City an opportunity to travel to Kansas City and experience the excitement of a game.

Through a contest with select Royals Radio Network affiliates, fans in designated markets will have the opportunity to win a complimentary bus pass, which will allow them to travel to Kauffman Stadium on the Forever Royal branded bus and receive a ticket to the Royals game. Each pass will also include a game program, a Royals t-shirt and Royals hat.

The Forever Royal Fan Express is scheduled for the following dates:

Saturday, May 16 – Topeka, KS
6:10 p.m. vs. New York Yankees – Royals Totebag presented by MLB Network
Radio Partner – WIBW-AM / Cable Partner – Cox

Saturday, May 23 – Springfield, MO
6:15 p.m. vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Radio Partner – KADI-AM / Cable Partner – Mediacom

Saturday, June 6 – Manhattan, KS
1:10 p.m. vs. Texas Rangers – Lorenzo Cain ALDS Bobblehead presented by Farmland
Radio Partner – KMAN-AM / Cable Partner – Cox

Saturday, June 20 – St. Joseph, MO
6:15 p.m. vs. Boston Red Sox – Mike Moustakas ALCS Bobblehead presented by Pepsi
Radio Partner – KKJO-FM / Cable Partner – Suddenlink

Saturday, July 4 – Des Moines, IA
6:15 p.m. vs. Minnesota Twins – Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular and Trucker Style Baseball Cap presented by The Kansas City Steak Company
Radio Partner – WHO-AM / Cable Partner – Mediacom

Saturday, July 11 – Omaha, NE
1:10 p.m. vs. Toronto Blue Jays – Faith & Family Day presented by Hobby Lobby
Radio Partner – KOZN-AM / Cable Partner – Cox

Saturday, July 25 – Columbia, MO
6:10 p.m. vs. Houston Astros – Yordano Ventura World Series Bobblehead presented by FOX Sports Kansas City
Radio Partner – KZJF-FM, KFRU-AM / Cable Partner – Mediacom

Saturday, August 8 – Lincoln, NE
6:10 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox – Huskers Night presented by FOX Sports Kansas City and Rally House
Radio Partner – KNTK-FM / Cable Partner – TBA

Saturday, August 15 – Lawrence, KS
6:10 p.m. vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – Retro Night and Replica Retro Powder Blue Jersey presented by FOX Sports Kansas City
Radio Partner – KKSW-FM, KLWN-AM / Cable Partner – TBA

Saturday, September 5 – Wichita, KS
6:10 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox – Wichita State Night presented by FOX Sports Kansas City and Rally House
Radio Partner – KFH-FM/AM / Cable Partner – Cox

Bus_Passenger Side_GordonApproximately one week leading up to each designated game, the respective Royals Radio Network affiliate will run a daily “sounder” contest during morning and/or afternoon drive-time programs, and listeners will have the opportunity to call into the station to win. Specific contest details will be announced by the affiliate stations in the coming weeks. Each station will receive 20 passes to give out during the promotion.

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Along with the slogan change, the bus will also have a new design. Each side of the bus is made to look like an outfield wall – leftfielder Alex Gordon making a great catch on one side and centerfielder Lorenzo Cain making a diving catch on the other. The “bus riders” are displayed as the fans above the outfield walls and include some notable Kansas Citians and Royals characters. Featured on both sides of the bus is Royals broadcaster Rex Hudler, while Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Sly James, Kansas City, Kan. Mayor Mark Holland and the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Bob Kendrick, are also depicted. Royals fans, including Superfan Chris and The Catsuit Fans, are also shown cheering. In addition, Gordon’s and Cain’s gloves will include 3-D baseballs that will be fitted onto the bus.

Homestand Highlights: May 15 -24

The Royals return to Kauffman Stadium to host the New York Yankees (May 15-17), Cincinnati Reds (May 19-20) and St. Louis Cardinals (May 22-24).  The club will host many great events throughout the homestand including Salute to the Negro Leagues and Dressed to the Nines (May 17), Tourism Night (May 19), Legends Night (May 22) and the 1985 World Series Celebration (May 24).  Please see below for more details.
Additionally, tickets are still available for all games throughout the homestand.  The Royals do recommend purchasing early to ensure game and seat preference.  Tickets can be purchased online at royals.com, by calling 1-800-6ROYALS, at area Hy-Vee stores or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.

Friday, May 15 – New York Yankees vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Buck Night – Every Friday, fans can enjoy a special Buck Night, presented by Visit KC, as hot dogs and peanuts are just $1 each all night long. This Buck Night, Adam’s Mark Hotel will be the featured attraction – bring your Royals ticket from this night’s game to Coco Key Water Resort this weekend for a buy-one, get-one free admission. http://www.royals.com/fanvalue.
• Summer Fireworks – Fans will enjoy a spectacular fireworks show, presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi, after the game.

May 16 Royals MLBN ToteSaturday, May 16 – New York Yankees vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.
• Royals Reusable Tote Bag – The first 20,000 fans will receive a Royals Tote Bag, courtesy of MLB Network
• 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 – Southwest Egg Rolls 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 View seats. http://www.royals.com/610saturday.

Sunday, May 17 – New York Yankees vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
• Salute to the Negro Leagues – The Royals and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum pay tribute to Kansas City’s rich baseball tradition with this annual salute.  On the field, the Royals will wear Kansas City Monarchs uniforms that fans can bid on after the game at http://www.royals.com/NLBM or http://www.mlb.com/auction.  This year’s Monarchs uniform will be cream with navy blue pinstripes and piping along with large block lettering on the front.  This design is similar to one worn by the late Ernie Banks during his time with the Monarchs.  To honor his contributions to the game, both the Royals and Yankees will wear a commemorative sleeve patch featuring the number 28, Banks’ number when he wore this uniform.  Many of the game-worn and autographed Monarchs uniforms will be auctioned off to benefit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.  Additionally, some of the game-worn Monarchs hats will be available for auction at the Royals Authentics Store exclusively on this day.
• Dressed to the Nines – In celebration of the Negro Leagues, the Royals have also partnered with the museum for the second-annual “Dressed to the Nines” event.  All fans are encouraged to wear their Sunday best to the game in honor of the tradition of attending Negro Leagues games dressed to the nines!  A portion of each ticket sold at http://www.royals.com/NLBM will benefit the museum.
May 17 Monarchs Newsboy Hat• Monarchs Newsboy Hat – The first 10,000 fans will receive a Kansas City Monarchs Newsboy Hat, courtesy of KSHB-TV.
• Pre-game Salute to the Negro Leagues Brunch – The Royals will host the first-ever Salute to the Negro Leagues brunch in the Hall of Fame Pavilion.  A pre-purchased special events voucher is required and costs $25 but does not include entry into the game.  Entry into the exclusive event includes a brunch buffet, custom pair of Monarchs socks, a $5 donation to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, live jazz music by Kenny Glover and the BMW Band and a message from NLBM President Bob Kendrick and U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II.  The event begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at noon.  To purchase vouchers, visit http://www.royals.com/NLBM.
• Family FunDay Sunday – Each Sunday home game features pregame interactive kids entertainment plus face painters and caricature or balloon artists in the Outfield Experience.  All-Day Play Passes for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience are available for just $10.  Fans also have the opportunity to get pregame autographs from select players by the Royals dugout.  Throughout the season, 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 – more than $150 in value – for just $90!  4-Pack passes are sold out for this day but can be purchased for future Sunday games.  For more information, visit http://www.royals.com/sunday.
• Skippy Fun Run – All fans 14 and under can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).

Monday, May 18 – Off Day

Tuesday, May 19 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Tourism Night – The first 10,000 fans will receive a KC Attractions Coupon Sheet courtesy of the Greater Kansas City Attractions Association filled with valuable offers from attractions all over town.  In addition to in-game prize giveaways, fans can head out to the Outfield Experience to visit various booths and activities regarding area travel and events.

Wednesday, May 20 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Student Night presented by INK Magazine – Rivals Outfield Plaza or Hy-Vee View Level 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 Boulevard Grill.
• 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 Atlas.  For details, visit http://www.royals.com/studentnight.

Thursday, May 21 – Off Day

Friday, May 22 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Legends Night – The Royals are excited to host the second annual Legends Night, courtesy of Royals Authentics.  Royals Hall of Famer and former manager Whitey Herzog will meet fans and sign autographs at the Royals Authentics store 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  For more information, visit http://www.royals.com/legendsnight.
• National Jersey Day presented by Majestic – Fans are encouraged to wear their authentic Majestic team jerseys and show their pride as Majestic debuts its new Cool Base jersey.
• Buck Night – Every Friday, fans can enjoy a special Buck Night, presented by Visit KC, as hot dogs and peanuts are just $1 each all night long.  This Buck Night, Kansas City Zoo will be the featured attraction.  Bring your Royals ticket from this night’s game to Kansas City Zoo over the weekend to receive a free children’s ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket. http://www.royals.com/fanvalue.
• Summer Fireworks – Fans can enjoy the first summer fireworks show of the season, presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi, after the game.

Saturday, May 23 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Royals, 6:15 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 – Buffalo Chicken Dip 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 View seats. http://www.royals.com/610saturday.

Sunday, May 24 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
• 1985 World Series Celebration – During the final game of the Kansas City portion of the 2015 “I-70 Series” at Kauffman Stadium, fans can relive historic moments from the 1985 World Series match-up between the Royals and the Cardinals. Throughout the game, a variety of video highlights and vignettes will be featured on CrownVision to celebrate the history of the two teams’ rivalry.
• Family FunDay Sunday – Each Sunday home game features pregame interactive kids entertainment plus face painters and caricature or balloon artists in the Outfield Experience.  All-Day Play Passes for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience are available for just $10.  Fans also have the opportunity to get pregame autographs from select players by the Royals dugout.  Throughout the season, 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 – more than $150 in value – for just $90!  4-Pack passes are sold out for this day but can be purchased for future Sunday games.  For more information, visit http://www.royals.com/sunday.
• Skippy Fun Run – All fans 14 and under can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).

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 recall Aaron Brooks, option Yohan Pino

The Kansas City Royals today recalled right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks from Triple-A Omaha. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed pitcher Yohan Pino has been optioned to Omaha.

Brooks, 25, started five games for the Storm Chasers, compiling a 3.51 ERA and 35 strikeouts to nine walks in 33.1 innings. He appeared in two games last season for Kansas City. Pino, 31, pitched 3.1 innings in last night’s game at Texas, his sixth appearance over two stints with the Royals.

Royals on FSKC: Dish channel numbers, May 12-17

Tuesday, May 12: Dish 442 or 412-30

Wednesday, May 13: Dish 441 or 412-29

Thursday, May 14: Dish 441 or 412-29

Friday, May 15: Dish 442 or 412-30

Saturday, May 16: Dish 446 or 412-34

Sunday, May 17: Dish 442 or 412-30

Commissioner Rob Manfred visits Kansas City

RobManfred.jpThe Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred, visited Kauffman Stadium today and was enthusiastic about the high levels of fan involvement in the greater Kansas City area since the World Series.  The Royals have shown that it is possible for a smaller market team to create and develop a successful strategy within the rules of the game. 

In respect to the increase in pace of play, Commissioner Manfred is extremely pleased with how well the players and umpires have adjusted their previous habits to accommodate to the new rules.  After the first month of the season game times are “significantly” down from previous years.  The Commissioner addressed the issue of player retaliations, which took place during the early stages of the Royals season, by allowing the “old school” you hit mine, I hit yours rule to stay.  However, when pitchers throw balls above the waist towards the neck and head area it becomes a much more serious issue and will not be tolerated. 

by Sal DeFeo

Royals acquire catcher Drew Butera from Angels

The Royals announced today that they have acquired veteran catcher Drew Butera from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for minor league infielder Ryan Jackson.  In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the Royals have transferred left-handed pitcher Tim Collins from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

Butera, 31, has played in 10 games for the Angels this season, batting .190 (4-for-21) with three runs scored.  He is a veteran of the American League Central, having come up through the Minnesota Twins’ minor league system, while he spent the first four years (2010-13) of his Major League career with Minnesota.  He appeared in 61 games for the N.L. West Champion Los Angeles Dodgers last season, batting .188 (32-for-170) with six doubles, a triple and three homers.  Since his debut in 2010, his 32.4 caught stealing percentage ranks ninth among active Major League catchers (minimum 225 games).

Jackson, 26, was acquired by the Royals from the Dodgers this offseason for cash considerations.

Ned Yost media session: May 6, 2015

Alcides Escobar will take the computer concussion test again tomorrow to see if his memory and reaction times are back to normal.  Manager Yost said that Escobar, “had a little test today were he took some batting practice in the cage and came out and took some ground balls and did some running and felt good”. 

Erik Kratz was placed on the disabled list today because of planter fasciitis, which became an issue on Sunday according to Yost.  The Royals manager also said that it is a good thing because it will help Kratz relieve most of the pain, but he has to get over the bleeding and bruising which is a “five to seven day deal”.  According to Yost, “he can catch, he can throw, he can hit, he just can’t run” and Yost didn’t feel that it was necessary to push him.

Today the Royals will get back Greg Holland (from injury) and Lorenzo Cain (suspension), on Friday they will get Yordano Ventura back from his suspension as well.  Manager Yost is excited to having the team close to full strength.  Luke Hochevar is another player who is close to returning from injury.  Yost expects Hochevar to be back soon as he has been throwing his fastball in the low to mid 90’s and all of his pitches for strikes.

Manager Yost expects to have an eight man bullpen for a extended period, mostly because once Hochevar is back, there is nowhere for any pitchers to go, given the quality of pitchers in the Minor League system.

Ned Yost media session: May 5, 2015

Manager Yost told the media today that Greg Holland will be activated tomorrow and will be ready if needed.  This move will give the Royals an extra day to get Chris Young back to full strength.

In regards to the increased focus on pace of play, Yost has not seen any significant change in the way the Royals play.  According to Yost, the MLB has done a good job of letting players with weekly reports know if they are slow either in-between innings or at the plate, which has kept any substantial alterations to a minimum.

Alcides Escobar will be coming off of the 7-day disabled list soon, and Manager Yost said it is up to the league to clear him to be eligible play if he is able to pass the reaction and memory tests.  As for Escobar’s progress Yost said, “He’s feeling better and the fogginess in his eyes is gone now, and he’s rearing to go”.

Yost was asked about Jason Vargas’ numbers at home compared to on the road, and Yost replied that Kauffman is a “pitchers park” and Vargas has been battling with his command a bit, in particular his glove side, which he has been making slight tweaks.

According to Yost, Mike Moustakas has been able to adjust his approach at the plate to beat the shift and hit more to the opposite field.  For a power hitter like Moustakas, this is a great accomplishment to be able to change his swing to accommodate to the shift that teams use on him.  Yost also said that when he played he could never make the type of adjustments that Moustakas has made, which shows how adaptable and versatile KC’s third baseman is as a hitter.

By Sal DeFeo

 

 

Ned Yost media session: May 3, 2015

The Royals skipper, Ned Yost, did not have much to say in today’s pre-game press conference. He did made it clear that today was a game that they had to win in order to take the series from the Tigers.

Lorenzo Cain will drop his appeal and begin serving his two-game suspension today. Yost said that he did this so he could essentially get three days of rest with the off-day on Monday.

Jeremy Guthrie (1-1) will take the mound today for the Royals instead of Jason Vargas, who was set to start today’s game. Yost implied that the Tigers had a lot more right-handed hitters and he wanted to have a right-handed pitcher on the mound.

Ned Yost media session: May 2, 2015

Ned Yost has been extremely pleased with the way his team has been playing to start the 2015 season. “We are playing with a lot of confidence. I have faith in everyone on our roster to go out there and get the job done.”

Ryan Madson has stepped up to give the Royals a big lift out of the bullpen this season. He came in for Chris Young and threw two perfect innings last night, bringing his ERA down to 1.38. “Keeping Madson was one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make as a manager,” said Yost, “He had opportunities to go elsewhere if we didn’t put him on the 25-man roster. I’m extremely glad we decided to keep him.”

In other Royals bullpen news, Greg Holland is looking to make his comeback next week. Holland threw a simulated game today.  Yost said that he has been looking great in his bullpens and is feeling better every day. So far, Holland has thrown four scoreless innings, recording four saves.

Last night, Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera matched up with Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera.  According to Yost, “You had one of the best hitters in baseball facing one of the best relievers in baseball, when the game was on the line. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

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