Ned Yost media session: July 25, 2014

When Kansas City and Cleveland resume action this evening, one day after a wild 14-inning series-opening affair, the Royals will do so without the services of Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer.

With Hosmer ailing as the result of a right hand injury, it was Butler taking his place at first base for the majority of last night’s contest. Tonight, however, the Royals will turn to Raul Ibanez to man the bag and bat sixth, while Nori Aoki remains in Butler’s customary designated hitter role. According to manager Ned Yost, the decision to keep Butler out of the lineup in favor of Ibanez and Aoki was made with an eye toward improving upon the club’s offensive output.

“It’s the offense,” said Yost. “We’re looking for offense. I mean, we played 14 innings last night and got five or six hits. We’re looking for offense. We score some runs and we’ll win some games, and it’s been a struggle for Billy lately.”

In 20 games since June 28, Butler is 15-for-75 (.200) with 18 strikeouts and just two RBI.

“It’s puzzling for him,” said Yost. “It’s puzzling for everybody. Billy has been working his tail off trying to figure this thing out. He feels fine, he’s just not getting results. It’s something that he will continue to work through and, hopefully, get through.

“We’re at a point now where we’re running out of time. We’re past the 100-game mark. Offense needs to be a premium for us. We need to score some runs. We’ve given a number of guys some extended periods to work through some non-productivity, if you will. But it just gets to a point when you’ve got to do something a little bit different.”

One key offensive component that has been afforded opportunities to work through “non-productivity,” third baseman Mike Moustakas, has rewarded Yost’s patience. Moustakas has been one of the team’s most productive hitters this month, hitting .281 (16-for-57) with four home runs and 10 RBI since June 30.

“All along we felt like, at the end of the year, his numbers were going to be okay, especially his power numbers,” said Yost. “He did this last year. He really struggled until the middle of June, first of July, and then he played extremely well. We’re hoping, and we’re pretty convinced, that he’s going to do the same thing [this year].”

Yordano Ventura will be on the hill for Kansas City this evening as he looks to match an outstanding performance by Danny Duffy a night ago. Duffy was dominant through seven innings, allowing just two hits, and striking out seven.

“He’s just commanding the baseball,” said Yost. “He’s always been a fierce competitor, but he’s duplicating his mechanics which means he’s more consistent in the strike zone. His breaking ball has been very consistent. He’s had the ability to throw strikes with the fastball and get ahead in the count, manage his pitch count and go deeper into games. How, why, I don’t know. Young guys, it clicks for them. When Bruce got hurt, all of a sudden, something clicked for Danny.”

By Kolby Paxton

Ned Yost media session: July 24, 2014

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will miss another game because of a bruised right hand as Kansas City opens a four-game series with Cleveland at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday. Hosmer, who was hit by a pitch in the opening inning by Jon Lester in the series finale on Sunday in Boston, started Wednesday’s afternoon affair against the White Sox but was removed because he lacked strength in his hand, according to manager Ned Yost. The situation remains day-to-day.

This weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y., six people will have their names enshrined in the Hall of Fame, including Bobby Cox, who Yost worked under from 1991-2002 as the bullpen coach and then as the third base coach in Atlanta. Ned recalled Cox’s ability to remember everybody’s name, from the parking lot attendant to everyone he passed on the way to the clubhouse and eventually the field.

Yost acknowledged the talent Atlanta had during their run of 14 consecutive division titles from 1991-2005 but said the players played so well for Bobby because of the respect they had for him.

Yost also said Cox’s ability to not hold a grudge helped him to be so successful as well. “Something would happen and Bobby would be over it just like that.”

Cox will be inducted this weekend with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre.

Art Stewart’s book: The Art of Scouting

Royals vs OaklandArt Stewart has been part of the Kansas City Royals organization since late 1969, just after the club’s inaugural season. Anyone that has ever met Art has heard at least one of his stories. He recalls them with such accuracy that he often remembers not just the date of the story but the day of the week it occurred. For years, the only way to hear those stories was from the man himself. Now, those stories of Stewart’s life as a scout can be found in a book, The Art of Scouting. With the help of Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star, the stories come to life as Art details the behind the scenes life of a professional baseball scout.

“I dedicated the book to the scouts, past and present,” Stewart said at a press conference at Kauffman Stadium on July 10. “I really wanted to convey what a scouts life was like, the ups and downs and tell their story not just my own.”

Art 1“When [people] go out to a game, a lot of people don’t realize that every player on that field has been found by a scout,” said Stewart, who went on to note that players are discovered in small Nebraska towns, the inner-cities and developing nations like the Dominican Republic.

Stewart recalls conversations with Branch Rickey, who gave Art plenty of advice and words he still carries with him today, including that scouts are the “faceless men of baseball.” Behind the scenes, the game wouldn’t happen without them. To the public, most go unrecognized.

Whether it’s a story about being shot at in a foreign country, sneaking into a home so he could listen in on an opposing team’s offer to player, or the detailed description of the time and effort it took for the Royals to sign Bo Jackson, there’s a story for every baseball fan.

You may purchase a copy of The Art of Scouting at the Royals Majestic Team Store or online from Barnes and Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-art-of-scouting-art-stewart/1119450133?ean=9780991275618

There will be a book signing this Saturday, July 26, at the Rally House in Independence, Mo., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  All-Star catcher Salvador Perez will make a special appearance during the signing.  Please note that fans must purchase a copy of the book to receive one additional autographed item (signed by either Stewart or Perez) at the publisher’s request.

By Nate Rowan

 

Saturday’s Royals game airs on FOX Sports 1

The Royals make their second appearance on FOX Sports 1 this Saturday, July 26, when they host the Cleveland Indians. Justin Kutcher and Rex Hudler call the action to a national audience. Coverage starts at 6 p.m.

FOX Sports 1 can be found on:
AT&T U-verse 652 (SD) and 1652 (HD)
Cable One (Joplin) 54 (SD) and 493 (HD)
Centurylink (Columbia, Omaha) 620 (SD) and 1620 (HD)
Charter (Kansas City area) 43 and 211 (SD) and 811 (HD)
Charter (Nebraska) 70 (SD) and 811 (HD)
Comcast (Independence) 43 (SD) and 223 and 878 (HD)
Comcast (Olathe) 32 (SD) and 223 and 878 (HD)
Cox (Kansas) 60 (SD) and 2060 (HD)
Cox (Nebraska) 78 (SD) and 1078 (HD)
DirecTV 219 (SD and HD)
Dish 150 (SD and HD)
Google Fiber 207 (SD and HD)
Mediacom (Iowa) 74 (SD) and 861 (HD)
Mediacom (Mid-Missouri) 163 and 408 (SD) and 761 (HD)
Mediacom (Springfield, Mo.) 72 (SD) and 760 (HD)
Suddenlink (Branson) 57 and 734
Suddenlink (St. Joseph) 62 and 664
Surewest/Consolidated (Lenexa) 34 (SD) and 668 (HD)
Time Warner (Kansas City, Lincoln) 75 and 317 (SD) and 1317 (HD)
WOW (Lawrence) 150 (SD) and 227 (HD)

Other cable subscribers locate FOX Sports 1 channel information here.

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Homestand Highlights: July 24-31

The Kansas City Royals will make their return to Kauffman Stadium following the All-Star break to host the Cleveland Indians (July 24-27) and the Minnesota Twins (July 29-31). Throughout the homestand, fans can be a part of some terrific events including Mizzou Night (July 25), Faith and Family Night (July 26) and Hunting and Fishing Night (July 29). Fans will also have the opportunity to get some great giveaways including a special edition Omar Infante poster (July 27) and another edition of T-Shirt Tuesday (July 29). Please see below for more details.

Thursday, July 24 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
GordonationShirt2014_004b• GordoNation – Fans can enjoy being a part of GordoNation, a special seating section in left field that will be reserved for die-hard Alex Gordon fans on Thursday home games throughout the season. The first 100 GordoNation fans will also receive an Alex Gordon big head. Tickets cost $35 and come with a gold GordoNation t-shirt. For details, visit http://www.royals.com/gordonation.
• All You Can Eat Seats – Fans can purchase All You Can Eat Seats located in the Loge Level (Sec. 318 – 325), which include unlimited ballpark fare. All the hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, pretzels and Pepsi products you can handle for $40 per seat! Individual and group discount tickets are available. For details, visit http://www.royals.com/allyoucaneat.

Friday, July 25 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Mizzou Night – Supporters of The University of Missouri can join fellow Tigers for a day of big league action presented by FOX Sports Kansas City and Rally House. To join fellow Tigers, fans can visit http://www.royals.com/mizzou for details or to purchase discounted tickets. The first 3,500 Mizzou fans whMizzou Night cap_July 25o bring their Mizzou Night discounted ticket to the Tigers table located inside Hy-Vee Gate B will receive a limited edition black and gold KC Royals Mizzou cap. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. To reserve a group of 20 or more tickets, call (816) 504-4174.
• Buck Night – Hot dogs, small Pepsi products and peanuts are just $1 each all night long. http://www.royals.com/fanvalue.
• Summer Fireworks – Fans will enjoy a spectacular fireworks show, presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi, after the game.

Saturday, July 26 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.
• Faith and Family Night presented by Hobby Lobby – The postgame festivities include appearances by select Royals personnel and Scott Dawson. Contemporary Christian musician Matthew West will also perform. Tickets for the game and postgame event start at just $10! http://www.royals.com/faith.
• 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 – Ballpark Nachos 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.

Infante poster_July 27Sunday, July 27 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
• Omar Infante Poster – The first 10,000 fans will get a poster of Royals second baseman Omar Infante, courtesy of Pittcraft Printing and The Kansas City Steak Company.
• Mother/Son Day ¬– Mothers and sons 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 from 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! For more information, visit http://www.royals.com/sunday.
• Sunday Fun Run – All fans 14 and under can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).

Monday, July 28 – Off Day

Fishing Lure_July 29T-Shirt Tuesday 5_July 29 (2)Tuesday, July 29 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Hunting and Fishing Night – The Royals have teamed up with Heartland Waterfowl to present Hunting and Fishing Night at The K that includes a special Field Plaza or Hy-Vee Infield ticket offer. The first 750 people who bring the Hunting and Fishing Night ticket to the Hunting and Fishing Night table will receive a limited edition KC fishing lure. For groups of 20 of more, please call (816) 504-4168. Visit http://www.royals.com/huntingandfishing for more information.
• T-shirt Tuesday – The first 10,000 fans will receive a heather blue vintage Royals t-shirt, courtesy of Sprint 
.

Wednesday, July 30 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 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, Katy Guillen & the Girls. For details, visit http://www.royals.com/studentnight.

Thursday, July 31 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• GordoNation – Fans can enjoy being a part of GordoNation, a special seating section in left field that will be reserved for die-hard Alex Gordon fans on Thursday home games throughout the season. The first 100 GordoNation fans will also receive an Alex Gordon big head. Tickets cost $35 and come with a gold GordoNation t-shirt. For details, visit http://www.royals.com/gordonation.
• All You Can Eat Seats – Fans can purchase All You Can Eat Seats located in the Loge Level (Sec. 318 – 325), which include unlimited ballpark fare. All the hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, pretzels and Pepsi products you can handle for $40 per seat! Individual and group discount tickets are available. For details, visit http://www.royals.com/allyoucaneat.

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 on FSKC: Dish channel numbers, July 24-27

Thursday, July 24: Dish 440 or 412-28

Friday, July 25: Dish 441 or 412-29

Saturday: on FOX Sports 1

Sunday: Dish 441 or 412-29

Royals on FSKC: Dish Channel numbers, July 18 – 20

Here are your DISH channel numbers for the weekend.  Please not that Sunday’s game at Boston (July 20) will also air on TBS…so if you are in Florida, Washington state or any point in between, you can catch Royals baseball on Sunday!

Friday, July 18: Dish 441 or 412-29

Saturday, July 19: Dish 441 or 412-29

Sunday, July 20:  Dish 440 or 412-28

Royals acquire pitcher Jason Frasor from Texas for minor league pitcher Spencer Patton

The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have acquired veteran right-handed pitcher Jason Frasor (pronounced: FRAY-zer) from the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Spencer Patton.  In a corresponding 40-man roster move, the Royals designated infielder/outfielder Jimmy Paredes for assignment.  The Royals have also optioned right-handed pitcher Louis Coleman to Triple-A Omaha.

Frasor, 36, is in his 11th Major League season and was in his second year with the Texas Rangers.  He is 1-1 with a 3.34 ERA (11 ER in 29.2 IP) with 14 walks and 30 strikeouts in 38 relief appearances.  Opponents are hitting just .243 against him this season, including a .233 mark vs. left-handed hitters (10-for-43).  Frasor has made nine scoreless appearances against A.L. Central teams, spanning 7.0 innings.  The veteran righty began his career with Toronto (2004-11, 2012) and also pitched part of one season for the Chicago White Sox (2011).  He ranks 11th among active pitchers with 624 career appearances, posting a 31-35 record with a 3.65 ERA all-time.

Patton, 26, Kansas City’s 24th-round draft pick in 2011, is 4-3 with a 4.08 ERA and 14 saves with Omaha this season.  He was selected to participate in tonight’s Triple-A All-Star Game in Durham, N.C.

KC area represented at national Pitch, Hit & Run competition

Olivia PHR

The National Champions of the 2014 Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition presented by Scotts were crowned on Monday at Target Field in Minneapolis as part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day.

Olivia King of Lee’s Summit, Mo., is the National Champion in the 9-10 Year Old Girls Division.  Congratulations Olivia!

 

 

Ned Yost media session: July 13, 2014

Bruce Chen will get his first start since April 24 this afternoon in the final game of a four-game series, as the Royals look to snap a six-game home losing streak to Detroit. Manager Ned Yost said the club plans to ride Chen “as far as we can.”

“I hope he can get us through five, and I think he will,” said Yost. “He threw 88 pitches on [June] 28th, he got extended in his rehab, so Bruce can go 75-90 pitches today. We’ll just see where that takes us.”

With a victory today, Chen would tie former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera for the most wins (82) of any Panamanian pitcher in Major League history.

“He’s done a great job,” said Yost. “He’s always been a real steady contributor to our pitching staff.”

The Royals will have rookie Yordano Ventura on stand-by in the bullpen should Chen need some assistance. Yost said that Wade Davis, Greg Holland, Louis Coleman, and Francisley Bueno will also be available. Aaron Crow and Kelvin Herrera will be out of action today after pitching in last night’s game.

With an All-Star game start on the horizon, catcher Salvador Perez will also get the day off, replaced by Brett Hayes behind the plate.

“Salvy has played 27 games in the last 29 days,” said Yost. “It’s a huge game, but he’s getting worn down. And that’s my fault because I play him so much, but with the All-Star game coming up he’s not going to have much of a break and we’ve got to find some ways to take some of the load off of him.”

Perez will be joined on the pine by ailing outfielders Alex Gordon (wrist) and Lorenzo Cain (legs), but Yost says, in spite of a weakened lineup and the impending four-day respite, he does not expect the team to have a let-down this afternoon.

“It’s a huge game, I would hope not,” said Yost. “Because this was a big series for us and we’ve done nothing. We’re 0-3, and, really, we’ve had opportunities to be 2-1 in this series, but it hasn’t materialized.

By Kolby Paxton

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