Royals bring back Play It Forward contest

The Kansas City Royals are asking fans once again to help select the sixth inning sing-along song at Kauffman Stadium through the Play It Forward contest, presented by the Missouri Lottery.
Sixteen popular tracks that received the highest vote totals last season have been selected for the bracket-style contest. During each home game beginning with Opening Day on Monday, April 6 and running through Wednesday, May 6, fans will be able to text to vote for one of two songs featured each game.
The two songs for each particular game, as well as instructions on how to vote, will be announced during pregame.  Please note that fans must be in the ballpark to vote and will be limited to one vote per game.  The winning song for each game will be played in the middle of the sixth inning and will advance to the next round until the winning song is revealed on May 6.  Fans can follow the progress at www.royals.com/playitforward.
The winning song of the Play It Forward contest presented by the Missouri Lottery will then be played during the sixth inning of each remaining 2015 home game.

PLAY IT FORWARD FIRST ROUND CONTEST MATCHUPS

Monday, April 6 – 3:10 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox
Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey vs.  Minnie the Moocher by Cab Calloway

Wednesday, April 8 – 7:10 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox
I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas vs. I Want You to Want Me by Cheap Trick

Thursday, April 9 – 1:10 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox
Small Town by John Mellencamp vs. Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi

Friday, April 17 – 7:10 p.m. vs. Oakland Athletics
Summer Of ’69 by Bryan Adams vs. Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks

Saturday, April 18 – 6:10 p.m. vs. Oakland Athletics
I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty vs. Get Down Tonight by KC & The Sunshine Band

Sunday, April 19 – 1:10 p.m. vs. Oakland Athletics
Old Time Rock & Roll by Bob Seger vs. I Want to Rock and Roll All Night by KISS

Monday, April 20 – 7:10 p.m. vs. Minnesota Twins
Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash vs. Louie Louie by The Kingsmen

Tuesday, April 21 – 7:10 p.m. vs. Minnesota Twins
Twist and Shout by The Beatles vs. Centerfield by John Fogerty

Fans can visit www.royals.com/playitforward for a complete list of songs and an updated bracket.

FOX Sports Kansas City airs first Royals spring training telecast on March 25

FOX Sports Kansas City will televise its first Royals Spring Training game of 2015 tomorrow (Wednesday, March 25) at 8 p.m. CT from Surprise Stadium. Ryan Lefebvre, Rex Hudler and Joel Goldberg will call the action when the Royals host the White Sox. In addition, former Royal Bo Jackson is scheduled to join the telecast for an interview during the second inning.

The Royals play again on FOX Sports Kansas City on Friday, vs. the Mariners, with Steve Physioc handling play-by-play alongside Hudler and Goldberg for the 8 p.m. start.

FOX Sports Kansas City will also air Saturday’s game vs. the Diamondbacks, a FOX Sports Arizona production, and the Tuesday, March 31 game vs. the Padres, a FOX Sports San Diego production.

Royals Spring Training games on FOX Sports Kansas City
Wednesday, March 25 at 8 p.m. CT              White Sox at Royals
Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m. CT                       Mariners at Royals
Saturday, March 28 at 3 p.m. CT                   Royals at Diamondbacks
Tuesday, March 31 at 9 p.m. CT                   Royals at Padres

All four games will air on FOX Sports Midwest in Mid-Missouri and Iowa.

Royals on FSKC: Dish channel numbers, March 25, 27 and 28

Wednesday, March 25: Dish 446 or 412-34

Friday, March 27: Dish 442 or 412-30

Saturday, March 28: Dish 444 or 412-32

As always, Royals games will air on DirecTV 671-5 and AT&T U-verse 750 (SD) and 1750 (HD).

Royals announce spring roster moves for March 18

The Royals announced several roster moves prior to today’s Spring Training game against the Milwaukee Brewers.  The Royals have optioned pitcher Aaron Brooks, infielder Orlando Calixte and outfielders Lane Adams and Jorge Bonifacio to Triple-A Omaha.  The club also reassigned eight players – pitchers Buddy Baumann, Brian Broderick, Casey Coleman and Joe Paterson, infielders Hunter Dozier, Matt Fields and Raul Mondesi and outfielder Bubba Starling – to minor league camp.

Following today’s roster moves, the Royals have 46 active players in Major League Spring Training, which includes 35 players from the 40-man roster and 11 non-roster invitees.

Spring Training Photos: First Intrasquad Game

Just four months ago (October 29), the Royals were playing in Game 7 of the World Series.  The offseason went quickly as today marked the first game of sorts for KC since that night as the Royals played an intrasquad contest in Surprise.

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Spring Training photos: The Right Stuff

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Spring Training photos: Autographs

A visit to Spring Training allows fans to watch their favorite Royals at field level.  A few young fans had the opportunity to get autographs from Brandon Finnegan and Kris Medlen today.

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Spring Training photos: New Royal Alex Rios

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Mike Sweeney elected to Royals Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Mike Sweeney, who was elected to the Royals Hall of Fame today!  Sweeney’s formal induction will take place this summer at Kauffman Stadium (date to be determined).  You can read about his election here.

Mike was a Royals Hall of Famer on the field and in the community.  Here are a few photos from his playing days, including Sweeney tipping his cap as he walked off the field in his final game as a Royal:

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Royals sign veteran RHP Joe Blanton to minor league deal

The Royals have signed free agent right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton to a minor league contract, with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Blanton, 34, last pitched in the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Angels during the 2013 season, making 28 appearances, including 20 starts. The nine-year veteran is 85-89 in his big league career with a 4.51 ERA with 1086 strikeouts in 1567.1 innings. He recorded 16 wins for the Oakland A’s in 2006, which tied for eighth in the A.L., while he tied for the league-lead in starts (34) the following season. The right-hander was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies teams that won the World Championship in 2008 and were National League champs in 2009. He is 2-0 with a 4.02 ERA (18 ER in 40.1 IP) with 13 walks and 33 strikeouts in 10 career postseason outings.
Royals pitchers and catchers will report to Surprise for Spring Training next Thursday (February 19), with their first workouts scheduled for Friday, February 20. The remainder of the squad will report on Tuesday, February 24 and begin workouts for the 2015 campaign on Wednesday, February 25.

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