Homestand Highlights: June 4 – 11

The Royals return to Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday, June 4 to host an eight-game homestand against the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees and division foe Cleveland Indians.  Great tickets remain for all three series.  Throughout the homestand, fans can get some fantastic giveaways including a tote bag, gift cards, a Nori Aoki poster and the next T-shirt Tuesday design.  The Royals will also honor Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter with a special pregame ceremony on June 9.  Please see below for more information.

MLB Network Tote Bag_June 5Wednesday, June 4 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Thursday, June 5 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
•    Royals Tote Bag – The first 20,000 fans will receive a Royals Tote Bag, courtesy of MLB Network.
•    First Responders Night – The Royals and GovX are proud to salute members of the military and first responders.  During select games throughout the season, including two during this homestand, members will be honored during a pregame presentation.  In addition, specially-priced tickets will also be available throughout the season.  For more information, visit http://www.GovX.com/Royals.

Friday, June 6 – New York Yankees vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
•    Mystery Gift Cards – The first 5,000 fans receive a mystery card with great discounts to Rally House.  One lucky fan will receive a card worth $1,000 to be redeemed at any metro Rally House or Kansas Sampler location.
•    First Responders Night – The Royals and GovX are proud to salute members of the military and first responders.  During select games throughout the season, members will be honored during a pregame presentation.  In addition, specially-priced tickets will also be available throughout the season.  For more information, visit http://www.GovX.com/Royals.
•    Summer Fireworks – Fans will enjoy a spectacular fireworks show, presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi, after the game.

Saturday, June 7 – New York Yankees vs. Royals, 6:15 p.m.
•    Play It Forward Contest presented by Missouri Lottery – After voting throughout the first 31 home games, the new sixth-inning sing-a-long song will be decided.  The song, which was voted by fans through a bracket-style contest, will be the overall contest winner and played in the remaining games of the 2014 season.  For more information, visit http://www.royals.com/playitforward
•    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 Infield. http://www.royals.com/610saturday.

Nori Aoki Poster Giveaway_June 8Sunday, June 8 – New York Yankees vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
•    Norichika Aoki Poster – The first 10,000 fans will get a poster of Royals right fielder Norichika Aoki, courtesy of Magniflex and Pittcraft Printing.
•    Father/Daughter Day ¬– Fathers and daughters 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 http://www.royals.com/family.
•    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 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!  http://www.royals.com/sunday.
•    Sunday Fun Run – All fans 14 and under can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).

Monday, June 9 – New York Yankees vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
•    Royals To Honor Jeter – The Royals will salute the stellar playing career of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter in a special pregame ceremony prior to the series finale.  The game marks the last regular-season contest at Kauffman Stadium for Jeter, who is retiring at the end of the 2014 season.  The Royals are offering a special Dynamic Deal featuring 45 percent savings for that night as fans can purchase Hy-Vee Infield tickets for just $20.  Fans can take advantage of this deal by purchasing tickets at http://www.royals.com/dynamicdeals.

T-Shirt Tuesday 3_June 10Tuesday, June 10 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
•    T-shirt Tuesday – The first 10,000 fans will receive a powder blue Kansas City baseball t-shirt.

Wednesday, June 11 – Cleveland Indians 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 during this showcase will be the band, She’s A Keeper.  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.

Royals select contract of pitcher Wilking Rodriguez

Rodriguez, Wilking 2The Royals announced today that they have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Wilking Rodriguez and optioned right-handed reliever Louis Coleman to Omaha (AAA).  To make room on the 40-man roster for Rodriguez, left-handed pitcher Justin Marks has been designated for assignment.
Rodriguez, 24, had made just two one-inning, scoreless appearances for Omaha (AAA) since being promoted from Northwest Arkansas (AA) a little over a week ago.    While with the Naturals, he made 11 appearances totaling 11.0 innings allowing 11 hits, three runs, (two earned) with four walks and 12 strikeouts.
A native of Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, Venezuela, Rodriguez joined the Royals’ organization as a minor league free agent last November 19 after spending seven seasons with the Tampa Bay organization.  His time with the Rays was interrupted with stints on the disabled list due to shoulder surgery in October, 2010.  He was on the Rays’ 40-man roster during the 2012 season and ranked as their 23rd best prospect by Baseball America entering that year.

Blake Wood returns to Royals organization

blake wood_2734The Royals announced today that they have claimed right-handed pitcher Blake Wood on outright waivers from the Cleveland Indians. Wood will be assigned to Omaha (AAA). To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Luke Hochevar has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Wood, 28, was originally selected by the Royals in the third round of the 2006 June Free Agent Draft. He spent his first two Major League seasons in Kansas City, going 5-3 with a 3.75 ERA in a career-high 55 appearances during the 2011 season. He was selected off waivers by the Indians on November 2, 2012 and has pitched in parts of the last two seasons with Cleveland, including seven games this year.

Royals-FSKC channel numbers for Dish, May 30 – June 8

Friday, May 30:  Dish 441 or 412-29
Saturday, May 31: Dish 441 or 412-29
Sunday, June 1:  Dish 441 or 412-29
Monday, June 2:  Dish 441 or 412-29
Tuesday, June 3:  Dish 441 or 412-29
Wednesday, June 4:  Dish 441 or 412-29
Thursday, June 5:  Dish 441 or 412-29
Friday, June 6:  Dish 441 or 412-29
Saturday, June 7: on FOX
Sunday, June 8: Dish 441 or 412-29

Royals to honor Derek Jeter prior to June 9 game

The Royals will recognize the stellar playing career of New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter prior to the series finale between the two teams on Monday, June 9.  The game marks the last regular-season contest at Kauffman Stadium for Jeter, who is retiring at the end of the 2014 season.

A special Dynamic Deal featuring 45 percent savings for the June 9 game is now available, as the Royals are offering Hy-Vee Infield tickets for just $20.  Fans can take advantage of this special offer and see the salute to Jeter by purchasing tickets at www.royals.com/dynamicdeals.
Royals Charities, the charitable arm of the Royals, will present Jeter with a $10,000 donation to his Turn 2 Foundation during a special pregame ceremony, which will feature a video tribute to the Yankees captain.

During his rookie year in 1996, Jeter established the Turn 2 Foundation to promote healthy lifestyles among youth.  While sharing a pizza in a Detroit hotel room, Derek announced to his father that he was ready to establish his own foundation.  Then and there, they laid the plans for Turn 2.  The name “Turn 2″ is symbolic of the dramatic double play made by infielders during a game.  It also represents Jeter’s wish to promote healthy lifestyles among young people and enable them to “Turn 2″ his foundation for guidance and the much needed help to avoid drugs and alcohol.

Ned Yost media session: May 28, 2014

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost was very candid with the media today, speaking for nearly 20 minutes in his office prior to the game. He spoke once again about the struggling offense but said last night he was frustrated by the way his players approached the game last night. That frustration boiled over in the sixth inning and Yost was ejected for the second time this season because of it.

“I wasn’t as frustrated with the umpiring as I was with the way that we played that game last night,” Yost said. “It’s not characteristic of who we are. Like all fans, like everybody and you get impatient. And I fell into that trap last night.”

With more struggles from the offense comes more questions about the offense. Yost said that his team revolves around the offense. He said when they’re not producing it makes every phase with his team more difficult. “The task is to get this thing turned around offensively and get to where they’re feeling good about themselves and it changes the whole complexion of the way we play.”

In an age when everything is dissected by anyone with a voice on radio, on the internet or in the newspaper, Yost said players today have a lot more to deal with. He acknowledged that every team is dealing with the same coverage but that “growing up is learning how to deal with it all and not trying to put too much pressure on yourself to perform because everybody’s got exceptional talent in [our clubhouse] and if they just play up to their talent level we’re going to be great.”

By Nate Rowan

Ned Yost media session: May 27, 2014

Most of manager Ned Yost’s pregame talk focused on the injuries to two young right-handers. Yordano Ventura’s MRI today revealed nothing significant but he will miss his next scheduled start in four days. Instead, Ventura will throw two side sessions before his next turn in the rotation in nine days. Ventura arrived at the ballpark “asymptomatic,” and felt fine today, according to Yost.

Kansas City prospect and one of the top minor leaguers in baseball, Kyle Zimmer, will be shut down for 6-8 weeks with a lat strain. While he hasn’t appeared in the Major Leagues yet, Yost said the team was looking down the road after the All-Star break or in September about possibly bringing Zimmer up if he was throwing well enough.  Yost said the injury is similar to what Ben Sheets, who he managed in Milwaukee, dealt with, though Zimmer’s is not believed to be as severe.

Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer to miss additional time with lat injury

The Royals announced today that right-handed pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer will miss additional time this season with a strain in his right latissimus dorsi muscle. Zimmer, the fifth overall selection in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, will begin playing catch again in six to eight weeks.

He earned a non-roster invite to Major League camp this season after going 6-9 with a 4.32 ERA (52 ER in 108.1 IP) in 22 combined starts between Class A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2013.

Ned Yost media session: May 26, 2014

Prior to Monday’s game the Kansas City Royals activated Omar Infante from the disabled list and optioned reliever Casey Coleman to Triple-A Omaha. Meanwhile Danny Valencia tested out his sore left wrist and was unable to swing in the cage and manager Ned Yost said it would be 3-5 days before Valencia would be back in the lineup. Bruce Chen also threw a bullpen today without his back acting up and the Royals will continue to take his situation day-by-day.

Kansas City will honor military members with Armed Forces Night before today’s game and a lengthy pregame program will include members of the Royals, including Yost, delivering baseballs to members of each of the five military branches. “To salute the troops, it’s always an honor,” Yost said.

The first 10,000 fans at tonight’s game will receive a Royals camouflage jersey courtesy of Fox Sports Kansas City.

Royals announce Charlie Hustle Ticket Package

Charlie Hustle t-shirt_July 11The Royals have announced a new offering – a Limited Edition Charlie Hustle T-Shirt Package – for the Royals game on Friday, July 11.  For a limited time, fans can purchase the special ticket package that includes a ticket to the July 11 game and a custom Royals Charlie Hustle “heart” t-shirt that is available exclusively through this ticket package.
Ticket packages are being offered in the Field Plaza and the Hy-Vee Box as the Royals take on the Detroit Tigers at 7:10 p.m., and pricing starts at $30 per package.  T-Shirt sizes available through the ticket package include adult small through adult XL.
Charlie Hustle is a Kansas City-based company specializing in vintage-style t-shirts.  Their KC heart shirts have gained popularity throughout the Kansas City metro and beyond.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (816) 504-4040, option 4, or visit www.royals.com/charliehustle.

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