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Infielder Mike Aviles got the call Thursday that he would be joining the big league club for the final game of the series with the Minnesota Twins.
The 5-9, 195-pound 28-year-old will make his Major League debut Thursday after having his contract purchased from Triple-A Omaha. He’ll make the start at shortstop, batting ninth as our Royals look to snap their current 10-game skid.
Aviles, who the Royals acquired in the seventh round of the 2003 draft, has been tearing it up for the O-Royals this season, hitting .338 (72-for-213) with 21 doubles, six triples, 10 homers, 42 RBI and 42 runs scored in 50 games. He leaves the state of Nebraska leading the Pacific Coast League in extra-base hits (37) and total bases (135), RBI, second in hits and doubles, tied for second in triples, tied for third in runs and RBI. On defense, he has made 32 starts at second base and 18 starts at shortstop.
Some more on Aviles…As a non-roster invitee this Spring, he hit .419 (13-for-31) with two doubles, a triple, six RBI and seven runs scored in 18 games for the Royals in Surprise, Ariz. Last season, he was named the Royals Minor League Player of the Year, hitting .296 with 17 homers and 77 RBI for Omaha. In 2003, he was the Arizona Royals Player of the Year, an honor he followed up by taking home Wilmington Player of the Year in 2004.
MORE ROSTER MOVES: To bring Aviles up, the Royals optioned first baseman/DH Billy Butler, who was hitting .263 with one homer and 18 RBI in 53 games this season, to Omaha.
Also…Manager Hillman announced that right-handed starter Kyle Davies will get the start on Saturday vs. Cleveland as Brett Tomko shifts to the bullpen. Davies, who is scheduled to be recalled from Omaha prior to the game on Saturday, has posted a 6-2 mark with a 2.06 ERA in 10 starts for the Triple-A club. A corresponding roster move has not been announced…
Our busy weekend at Kauffman Stadium hasn’t slowed down despite that Monday is an off day for the Royals. We have Gloves For Kids from 6-8 p.m. at the Dick’s Sporting Goods on 19th and Nall in Leawood, Kan. (details here!), and then welcome Detroit into town Tuesday for a three-game set.
But, before team photographer Chris Vleisides floods our inboxes with photos from the upcoming events this week, we thought we would share some photos from our weekend at Kauffman Stadium. Enjoy!
More David Cook: So, did you know that “American Idol” finalist David Cook was in Kansas City last Friday? For those of us living here, it was kind of hard to miss the Blue Springs, Mo., native making the rounds in our community including a stop for the Royals-Orioles game Friday evening. Cook, who threw out a first pitch and sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in front of the hometown crowd at The K, returns to L.A. to compete for the top prize.
Marin McClain, only six months old, met the “American Idol” star in the Stadium Club during the game…and from the looks of this photo, she had no trouble putting a smile on Cook’s face!
The crowd of 15,808 in attendance Saturday tried its best to stay dry and the golf umbrellas – presented by Budweiser – seemed to do the trick for the most part…especially during the nearly two-hour rain delay!
And…don’t forget to pack that umbrella if you are headed back to the ballpark this week – forecast calls for occasional showers throughout the series – yikes…
Pink Bat Auction: We auctioned off 14 pink bats – and one Miguel Olivo chest protector – this weekend to help raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Pink Bat Silent Auction was part of our Breast Cancer Awareness effort, which we paired up with our Mother’s Day celebration.
All in all, it meant a lot of pink at The K…and a lot raised for Susan G. Komen for the Cure – more than $20,000! The two bat auctions – Saturday and Sunday – alone brought in $6205 for the cause, which strives to help save lives and end breast cancer forever.
With a Mother’s Day promotion that involved pink Royals T-shirts and the pink bats in the silent concourse auction and on the field, the normal Royal blue – and even the Sunday powder blue – was a little harder to find in the crowd for the sunny afternoon game.
Again, the whole “pink” effort was part of the Royals and MLB’s league-wide commitment to supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Stay tuned for information regarding the online auction of the game-used pink bats for the Mother’s Day game.
Gathright’s Catch: Did you see Joey’s catch Sunday…and then his run-in with the left-field out-of-town videoboard? If not, check it out here!
Dodge Honorary Lineup: Seven young Royals fans got to join in on the fun Sunday as participants of the Dodge Honorary Lineup. We do the Dodge Honorary Lineups for each of the Royals Sunday home games, pairing the young fans up with the players to take the field for the National Anthem.
Well…we have a lot more pictures to share from this past homestand, so don’t forget to check out royals.com Tuesday for the photo galleries.
If you’ve taken a look at the 2008 Promotions Schedule, you’ve noticed that we pretty much are hosting a great promotion every Saturday evening at the ballpark this season. We know you love those promotions (golf umbrellas, bobbleheads, camo caps, etc.), but we know you aren’t crazy about getting to the ballpark two hours before first pitch to make sure you get those promotions. Well, this season, Saturdays at The K are going to be a little different…
For Saturday home games, we are partnering with Entercom-Kansas City, the parent company of 610 Sports, to host Baseball Night in Kansas City: 610 Saturdays presented by Miller Lite. It’s a promotion that features a premium give-away item, exciting pre-game entertainment and a great ticket value!
We are casually calling them 610 Saturdays, but the bottom line is that we want your Saturday nights in Kansas City to be spent at the ballpark. We want you to get to the ballpark early to pick up your promotional item before heading over to the special pre-game entertainment zone – located near Gate A of Kauffman Stadium – to interact with 610 Sports personalities, listen to live music and special guests and take advantage of great food and drink specials. And, to mix it up throughout the season, 610 Saturdays will be co-hosted by different Entercom-Kansas City stations, including 96.5 The Buzz, 106.5 The Wolf, 99.7 The Boulevard, 98.1 KUDL and 98.9 The Rock. So, no matter what your music likes are, we’ve got you covered in 2008!
Also, as part of Baseball Night in Kansas City, we are introducing the “610 Pen” seating section. Here’s the details: for each 610 Saturday, all seats in View Level Infield section 424 will be available for purchase online at royals.com for just $6.10 (regularly $15). Fans in the “610 Pen” section will be a part of in-game promotions and features. In order to take advantage of this exclusive ticket offer, fans can listen to 610 Sports or visit royals.com/610saturdays beginning the Monday prior to each 610 Saturday. A password that will be announced over-the-air and available online will let fans purchase “610 Pen” tickets.
Okay, so now that you know what 610 Saturdays are you can purchase your tickets for this coming Saturday, April 12 – the first 610 Saturday event, of the year. For the Saturday game against the Minnesota Twins, which also marks the debut of the new powder blue jerseys, fans visiting the 610 Saturdays zone will be treated to a live remote with 610 Sports on-air personality Nick Wright of the “What’s Wright” show, activities for kids and a special Royals Alumni autograph session – featuring John Wathan, Dennis Leonard, John Mayberry and Frank White – from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Oh, and for that great Saturday promotion, the first 20,000 fans on April 12 will receive their own Billy Butler No. 16 Powder Blue Replica Jersey, courtesy of FSN Kansas City. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday at The K!