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ROYALS ACQUIRE SHORTSTOP YUNIESKY BETANCOURT FROM SEATTLE

The Royals have acquired shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and cash considerations from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league pitchers Danny Cortes and Derrick Saito.  Betancourt, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 25, just began an injury rehabilitation assignment with Tacoma (AAA).  He will continue his rehab assignment for Northwest Arkansas (AA).  His name is pronounced Yuniesky (yoon-ee-ESS-kee) Betancourt (BET-an-court).

The 27-year old Betancourt was hitting .250 (56-for-224) with 10 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 22 RBI in 63 games for the Mariners prior to his D.L. stint.  He is a career .279 hitter with 123 doubles, 17 triples, 27 home runs and 202 RBI over five seasons with Seattle after making his debut in 2005.  Since becoming the Mariners full-time shortstop in 2006, his 341 double plays rank second in all of baseball to Oakland’s Orlando Cabrera (357).  He has been tough to strikeout throughout his career, fanning just once every 11.86 plate appearances, the sixth-best total in baseball since 2005 (min. 2,000 at bats).

The 5-foot-10, 195-pound right handed hitter is a native of Santa Clara, Cuba, who currently resides in Boca Raton, Fla.  The Mariners originally signed him as a non-drafted free agent on January 26, 2005 and then signed him to a three-year extension through 2011 with a club option for 2012 on April 4, 2007.

Cortes will be assigned to West Tennessee (AA) and Saito will be assigned to Clinton (A) in the Mariners’ system.

March Birthdays: Mike Aviles turns 28

9-24 Aviles 2.jpgToday is Friday the 13th which is also, coincidentally, the 28th birthday for 2008 Royals Player of the Year Mike Aviles! Kansas City farmhand Matt Wright is also celebrating as he turns 27. Matt and Mike share birthdays with former All-Star first baseman Will “the Thrill” Clark (45) and U2 bass player Adam Clayton (49). Aviles is currently with his Puerto Rico teammates in Miami getting ready for Round 2 of the WBC.

Here are your Royals birthdays for March:

Cookie_Rojas_S_0a003.jpgRoyals Hall of Famer Cookie Rojas turned 70 on March 6. Cookie’s birthday is shared by Shaquille O’Neal (37) and former Tonight Show sidekick Ed McMahon (86).

Prospects Kiel Thibault (25, March 2), Danny Cortes (22, March 4), and Jose Duarte (24, March 7) celebrated early in Spring Training.

Both Tony Pena, Jr. and Joel Peralta celebrate birthdays on March 23. Tony, like Mike Aviles, will be 28, while Joel turns 33. Joel was born on the same day in 1976 as actress Keri Russell from “Felicity” fame. Other notable birthdays include Kauffman Stadium groundskeeper Trevor Vance, and Roger Bannister, the first person to run a mile under four minutes.pena_dsc_5344.jpgPeralta.jpg

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The Royals have FOUR birthdays on March 24! Devon Lowery turns 26, Chris Lubanski will be 24, and both Robinson Tejeda and Heath Phillips are 27. The quartet share their day with Peyton Manning, who will be 33. Also, Harry Houdini was born on this day in 1874.

Seitzer,Kevin2.JPGRoyals hitting coach Kevin Seitzer turns 47 on March 26, which is shared by a variety of musicians including country artist Kenny Chesney (41), Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler (61) and Motown’s Diana Ross (65).

Kila Ka’aihue rounds out our list with his 25th birthday on March 29. Kila shares his day with former tennis phenom Jennifer Capriati (33). Also born on this date – baseball great Cy Young (1867) and Wal-Mart co-founder Sam Walton (1918). Both Kila and Mr. Walton made quite an impression on Northwest Arkansas! Kila_Home_Run.jpg

 

Now you’re caught up on Royals birthdays for March…check back next month!

 

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