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We appreciate you

It’s fan appreciation night/weekend and we can’t express enough gratitude that the Royals have for all of you out there. We’ve got a lot going on this weekend to show you how much we appreciate you.

Unfortunately last night the team couldn’t keep the roll going, but with the beauty of baseball, they’re back at it tonight. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get to it and go Around the Horn…

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Shirts off their backs” Night should be huge. Around the Horn is in fact a little disappointed that we aren’t allowed to win a jersey. They only cost a buck. And you thought Buck Night last night was good deal because you could get a soda, peanuts or a hot dog for a dollar?

Dollar scratch tickets will be on sale throughout the stadium – each one is a chance to win a jersey which will be worn for tonight’s 6:10 game versus Chicago. Just over 40 jerseys will be up for grabs. Each one will be handed out on the field after the game to the lucky winner complete with the autograph of the coach or player who wore the jersey.

All of the proceeds will go to Operation Breakthrough, which helps children who are living in poverty receive a safe, loving and educational environment. The organization has been around since 1972, serving Kansas City faithfully.

If that wasn’t enough, the Royals are also giving out FSN-KC stocking hats to the first 20,000 fans. It’s at this point we’d like to say thanks to the crew here at the Stadium for the wonderful work they’ve done all season long bringing you the games at home. Last night was the last 2008 home telecast, which also signaled the end to Frank White’s FSN season. Around the Horn heard nothing but good things all season long about the Royals Hall of Famer. His work ethic and dedication to his new craft could be seen all summer long.

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David DeJesus has the chance to accomplish two milestones in his career that we’ve not seen a lot of around here. Currently he’s hitting .300 and .408 with runners in scoring position. DeJesus hasn’t accomplished either of these achievements during his career. But where he sits at the moment, DeJesus would be one of 10 Royals to hit .300 since 2000 and one of four not named Mike Sweeney (four times) or Carlos Beltran (twice).

His RISP statistics are much more impressive. He went 1-for-1 last night with runners at second or third and raised his average to .408. He’s second in the Majors behind only Ian Kinsler, who’s stuck at .413 because of a season-ending injury. But more importantly, he would be one of three Royals in franchise history to end the season over .400. George Brett hit an amazing .469 in 1980 (the year he challenged a .400 overall average for the season) and Mike Sweeney hit .402 in 2002. For DeJesus to be lumped into such rarified air would be a huge boost to his career.

We’ve talked a bunch about his breakthrough season, in which he’s set career highs in homers, RBI and stolen bases. He’s just six hits shy of another career high (a virtual lock if he ends the season hitting .300). His runs production is down from 101 last year to 66 this season, but that load has been spread out some as his role has changed (Mike Aviles has picked up where DeJesus left off, having scored 64 runs which is three behind Alex Gordon, the team leader).

How’s he do it? Work is what hitting coach Mike Barnett will tell you. But DeJesus says he has changed his thinking at the plate. He doesn’t look at the scoreboard. He just tries to put together one at-bat at a time. Runners on base? No problem. The pressure is on the pitcher not the hitter.

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Jose Guillen combined with Alberto Callaspo to nail Alexei Ramirez at the plate last night in the third. It was the 100th outfield assist of Guillen’s career and his 10th this season, his third double-digit season…Mark Teahen went 2-for-2 with a walk against Mark Buehrle, belting his first homer off the Sox starter. Teahen is getting the better end of this lefty-lefty matchup, hitting .419 against Buehrle during his career…Robinson Tejeda exited last night’s game with a left hip flexor strain and will be re-evaluated in the next few days…Callaspo, who again extended his career-high hitting streak, now at 13 straight games, has scored eight runs over his last six games.

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The dates for Royals FanFest have been announced. The second annual event will be held Jan. 17-18 at the Overland Park Convention Center.

This is the first of many plugs for the Alumni Fantasy Camp. It’s a great time and a chance to live out those dreams of being a ball player.  Royals Alumni serve as the coaches and managers for the teams. For a week, you will be treated like you are in the Majors. It’ll be at the Royals facility in Surprise, Arizona from February 2-7. Expenses include five days and nights in Surprise, as well as the experience of a lifetime.

We’d also like to mention that the Royals Charities are having a car auction on September 26. And VOTE VOTE VOTE…Mark Teahen for the Roberto Clemente Award and Buddy Blattner among other KC broadcasters like Fred White and Ryan Lefebvre for the Ford C. Frick Award

Today’s lineup:
DeJesus CF
Aviles SS
Guillen RF
Shealy 1B
Teahen LF
Olivo C
Gordon 3B
Ka’aihue DH
Callaspo 2B

Davies P

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The beauty of baseball

7-22 Daives.jpgIt’s hard to stomach a loss like last night, but a long used baseball saying serves as the perfect remedy. It’s just one loss. That’s right, that’s the beauty of baseball. We play again tonight..

The season is 162 games in 180 days. We may be down in the dumps after a tough loss, but you’ve never got long until the slate is wiped clean and a new game begins. Let’s forget last night and go Around the Horn…

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One thing that can always distract Around the Horn’s mind is free stuff. And this week is packed with that. There are still six games left in this homestand and each one has some sort of promotion. In fact only seven of the remaining 34 home games don’t have a promotion.

Two huge events are planned for this weekend. Girls Night Out was a huge event last season. Tickets were scarce, martinis were plentiful and blue turned to pink for a night. That’s going to happen all over again in two days. Emerson Drive will play immediately after the Saturday game. If you’ll recall, Emerson Drive sang the National Anthem 7-22 Emerson.jpgon Opening Day and they are excited to be back in Kansas City and playing to a stadium full of fans. We are excited to have them back.

Tickets are still available for both events.

Also this week: Tomorrow is a special day-game version of College Night and Friday is a double play with Buck Night and Fireworks. Dan Quisenberry Bobbleheads accompany the Emerson Drive concert on Saturday and Sunday is an autograph afternoon. 

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Of course, the can’t miss promotion for this week is tonight. Powder blue T-shirts with Frank White’s name and number will be given to the first 20,000 fans. This is your chance to show your Kansas City pride by sporting the baby blue with Frank’s name on the back.

7-22 White.jpgWhite’s story is becoming a bit of a legend in Kansas City and he deserves it. He rose from  Longview Community College in Lee’s Summit to the Royals Baseball Academy to a Major League Star who had his number retired in 1995.

The K.C. kid was known for the spectacular defense he displayed on the Kauffman carpet. White won eight Gold Gloves (should have been at least nine), was named to five All-Star teams, chalked up one ALCS MVP and a Silver Slugger award.

White managed several of today’s current team including Billy Butler and Alex Gordon while they played at Double-A Wichita (now Northwest Arkansas). And now the Royals Hall of Famer works on FSN Kansas City broadcasts, serving as a part-time game analyst and appearing on Royals Live.

FSN-KC produced a 30-minute feature on White which aired for the first time on the 4th of July. It has two more air dates:

Thursday, July 24 at 6 p.m.
Monday, July 28 at 8 p.m.

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Jimmy Gobble has been placed on the disabled list with a stiff lower back which has apparently been nagging him for sometime. Joel Peralta has been recalled to the Major League Club…Mike Aviles is continuing to bash the ball and leads all rookies with a .323 batting average…Tony Pena last night was the first Royals position player to pitch since Shane Halter on July 17, 1998 at Seattle. Pena pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out future Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez…Notes from Trey Hillman’s pre-game press conference: Gobble will not undergo a full rehabilitation, and instead will report to Omaha to rest and begin throwing from a flat surface in a few days…Also from Hillman: He was glad to see his team did not give away outs and came back to score four runs at the end last night.

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The Royals will be getting some national TV exposure next homestand. The FOX network will broadcast the game on Aug. 2, which will cancel one of the previously scheduled FSN-KC broadcasts, which will be made up on September 18 against the Mariners. The Aug. 2 is a 2:55 start on Aug. 2 which is a change from the original start of 6:10. A 1:10 start has always been slated for Sept. 18.

One more reminder about a MLB scheduling oddity, tomorrow is a rare Wednesday day-game with a 1:10 start, to allow for the Tigers to head out of town a little earlier on getaway day.

Extra Innnings
The Royals are working on a number of things for Military Appreciation Day, which is August 2. Around the Horn would like to request some help from our faithful here at mlblogs.com. If you have pictures of loved ones overseas wearing Royals gear, you can send them to blog@royals.com and we might be able to use them for a presentation during that day’s events. If not, Around the Horn is also working on a special post for that day and may post some of these photos right here. Please include the name of the person, hometown, where they are stationed and what branch they are in.

Thanks for your help.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

DeJesus LF
Aviles SS
Grudzielanek 2B
Guillen RF
Butler DH
German 3B
Buck C
Gload 1B
Gathright CF

Davies P

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The Kickoff of a Rock 'n' Roll Homestand

7-21 vs Det.jpgThe Detroit “Rock City” Tigers are here. And this week, we’ll welcome Emerson Drive back for a full-length concert after their gig singing the National Anthem on Opening Day.

The Royals are rollin’ a bit after their first series win in Chi-town since 2003. And they are poised to take on the Tigers for three followed by a four-game set against the American League East-leading Tampa Bay Rays. To gear up for this homestand, let’s go Around the Horn…

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It’s been said by people smarter than us that pitching is the currency of baseball. And if so, the Royals just got a little richer. Power-arm Leo Nunez, the 175-pounder with mid 90s stuff, is off the Disabled List and back in the bullpen, shoring up one of the more solid parts of the Club. Nunez made five rehab appearances after being placed on the D.L. May 29th. In his final appearance on Friday for Double A Northwest Arkansas, he pitched two hitless innings, striking out two.

Nunez brings a 1.71 ERA to the pen, joining Ron Mahay’s 1.78, Horacio Ramirez’s 1.15, Ramon Ramirez’s 37-21 Chicago.jpg.06 and closer Joakim Soria’s 1.43. The K.C. pen as a collective whole holds a 3.76 ERA in 296 and 2/3 innings. Opponents are hitting only .237 against Royals relievers.

The other side of Nunez’s activation is that Joel Peralta was optioned to Omaha. Manager Trey Hillman said that he was just the odd man out, someone who has options remaining. Hillman stressed in his pre-game meeting with the press that Peralta was impressive in his last outing and he’s starting to look like the pitcher he heard about when he first came to Kansas City – the trusted man out of the pen who led all relievers with 87 and 2/3 innings in 2007 and ended the season with 3.80 ERA, the lowest total of his Major League career.

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If Around the Horn mentions Jose Guillen, it’s usually because of his offensive numbers, but manager Trey Hillman was asked today if he thinks Guillen’s defense is underrated. He said it probably is and shouldn’t be.

7-1 Guillen.jpgAround the Horn checked the numbers. He’s currently tied for seventh in the American League with seven outfield assists (the A.L. lead is 10 by Ben Francisco). Guillen picked up number seven after gunning down Chicago’s A.J. Pierzynski yesterday in the eighth. Pierzynski would have tied the game but instead he was an easy out for catcher Miguel Olivo. Guillen’s throw one-hopped Olivo and beat Pierzynski by several feet.

Now defense is hard to judge. And outfield assist numbers can be a jaded number. Mark Teahen was second in the A.L. with 17 last year, but has only four this season. Why? Because baserunners and coaches figured out they can’t run as often. Guillen on the other hand has always had a reputation for having a rocket of an arm and he’s still among the leaders.

Hillman also applauded Guillen’s reads on fly balls (this video is from the Tampa series) saying the slugger probably takes fewer false steps than any outfielder on the team.

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Mike Aviles is riding a career high 10-game hitting streak in which he’s batted .432…Billy Butler homered Friday and Saturday, the first time he’d ever homered in back-to-back games…Notes from Trey Hillman’s pre-game press conference: Look for Leo Nunez to ease back into his bullpen role as an eighth inning guy. He’ll probably be used in earlier innings at first…Also from Hillman: Horacio Ramirez is not available today unless absolutely necessary because he pitched on back-to-back days and threw multiple innings in both games.


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Lots of news on the television and promotions side. This homestand is packed with specials, starting with 20,000 powder blue Frank White tees to be given out tomorrow, Ink College Night on Wednesday, Girls Night Out on Thursday, Fireworks and Buck Night on Friday, Dan Quisenberry Bobbleheads and Emerson Drive playing on Saturday and finally the Sprint Fun Run and Autograph afternoon on Sunday.

The Royals announced earlier this month that the August 2 game versus the White Sox is being moved from a 6:10 start to a 2:55 game to accommodate national coverage on FOX. Because of the loss of a TV date, FSN Kansas City is adding September 18 versus Seattle. The game time for that game is 1:10, with Royals Live starting at 12:30.

Extra Innnings
The Royals are working on a number of things for Military Appreciation Day, which is August 2. Around the Horn would like to request some help from our faithful here at mlblogs.com. If you have pictures of loved ones overseas wearing Royals gear, you can send them to blog@royals.com and we might be able to use them for a presentation during that day’s events. If not, Around the Horn is also working on a special post for that day and may post some of these photos right here. Please include the name of the person, hometown, where they are stationed and what branch they are in.

Thanks for your help.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

DeJesus LF
Aviles SS
Butler DH
Guillen RF
Grudzielanek 2B
Gordon 3B
Gload 1B
Buck C
Gathright CF

Hochevar P

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Two Times

Four games in Baltimore with two wins and two four-run comebacks. Twos are wild. And four as well, we suppose. We had a big sixth inning last night. Seven runs big and it led to a 10-7 win.

7-4 Grud.jpgAfter dropping two games in which they had their chances, the Royals bounced back to split the series with the Orioles and take a little momentum to Tampa for their showdown with the first-place Rays. For a look back on the series before we play our first-ever game against the Tampa Bay Rays (they had been the Devil Rays until this season), let’s go Around the Horn…

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Since we’ve established that two is the number of the day, the Royals all-around “two guy,” the second baseman and typical No. 2 hitter is more than worth mentioning.  Mark Grudzielanek posted his second four-hit game in five days. Last night he collected five total bases, Sunday he had six. Grudzielanek’s average is up to .315, which is ninth in the American League, and he has a five-game hitting streak, collecting 11 hits in 22 at-bats, a .500 batting average during the streak.

Grudzielanek has three 4-hit games this season and 31 in his career He is dominating lefties and at home (last night’s starter was a lefty and Sunday’s four-hitter was at home). He’s hitting .371 at home this season, good for third best in the A.L. and his .403 average against lefties is second best in the A.L.

Should we remind you, the guy turned 38 on Monday. Like Trey said, he sure isn’t playing like a 38-year-old.

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So yesterday under Second, we mentioned two guys who are putting together big seasons for the Boys in Blue. Both helped the Royals to victory last night and both are worth mentioning again.

Jose Guillen knocked in three RBI last night and has 64. Emil Brown’s team-leading total last season was 62. For the record, Brown held the previous two year’s RBI highs with 81 in 2006 and 83 RBI in 2005. For a higher total than 83, you have to go back to 2003 when Carlos Beltran knocked in an even 100. So here’s to seeing just how high Guillen can go.

The other guy we mentioned? David DeJesus, who is on a mission at the plate right now. He tied a career high last night by hitting in his 15th straight game. To extend his streak, he knocked in Mark Teahen from third base – yet another hit with runners in scoring position. DeJesus leads the Majors with a .473 batting average with runners in scoring position.

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Billy Butler is in the midst of a three-game hitting streak after a double and a home run last night, his second homer of the season and first since April 14 at Seattle…Tony Pena broke a span of 180 at-bats with his solo shot last night…Mark Grudzielanek is eight hits short of 2,000, so he may break that over the weekend with how he’s hitting, although with the artificial turf in Tampa, he may get a day or two off…Omaha’s Jason Smith was named to the Pacific Coast League’s All-Star team, the only O-Royal to make the squad…Joakim Soria is two saves shy of tying the Royals pre All-Star record of 25 set by Jeff Montgomery in 1993.


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This is a little way out there, but the Royals were notified today that the August 2 game versus Chicago has been changed from a 6:10 start to a 2:55 start to allow for national coverage by the FOX network. The game will still be Military Appreciation Day with the first 20,000 fans receiving camouflage Royals caps.

Please Vote: Jose Guillen is up for the Pepsi Clutch Award for June. Vote here.

Reminders: The Frank White special on FSN-KC will air after tonight’s game. Tomorrow’s game is on TV as a makeup for a previous rainout with pre-game starting at 5:30 p.m. CT.

Also: The Royals will sell View Level Infield seats for $12 during two games next weekend, donating $5 from each ticket to the American Red Cross on Friday July 11 and the Salvation Army on Saturday July 12..

Please have a safe and happy 4th of July.

Tonight’s Lineup:

DeJesus CF
Grudzielanek 2B
Gordon 3B
Guillen LF
Butler DH
Teahen RF
Gload 1B
Buck C
Aviles SS

Bannister P

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Going Deep

7-3 DeJesus.jpgThe Royals have dropped four bombs in three days at Oriole Park in Camden Yards. Last night David DeJesus didn’t wait to let the entire stadium and all the Royals fans at home watching know that he was fine.

DeJesus deposited a 2-2 pitch into the right field seats. After missing two games because of bruised ribs, the Royals centerfielder made his bat heard last night, going 3-for-3.

The Royals may have lost, but they have been torrid at the plate lately. To look at just a couple of those contributor’s numbers, let’s go Around the Horn…

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DeJesus’ leadoff homer last night was his ninth home run this season, tying his career high from 2005. He played in 122 games in 2005. He’s seen action in just 69 this year.

DeJesus is putting together a career year. His batting average is currently tied for 6th in the Majors – not just the American League (where he’s tied for 2nd) but the Majors. The names ahead of him are the names you expect to see leading the Majors in batting average. Atlanta’s Chipper Jones is No. 1 and still flirting with .400, then comes Houston’s Lance Berkman, the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday from the Rockies and the Twins’ Joe Mauer are the only guys in the game who have seen the ball better than DeJesus in 2008.

As expected with his homers and average, DeJesus’ current .382 on-base and .496 slugging percentages are also at career highs. Here are the rest of his 2008 numbers followed by his career bests in parentheses 84 hits (157 in ’07), 12 doubles (36 in ’06), three triples ( nine in ’07), 42 RBI (58 in ’07) 22 walks (64 in ’07) 30 strikeouts (70 in ’06; had 53 in ’04 but played only 96 games) six stolen bases (10 in ’07), and 37 runs (101 in ’07). His career highs for average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage all came in 2006 (.295 AVG, .364 OBP, .446 SLG).

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David DeJesus was one of two Royals to receive votes for American League Player of the Month in June. The other Royal, 
7-3 Guillen.jpgJose Guillen has been on a tear since May 1 and leads the Royals in most categories. For today, we’re going to focus exclusively on homers and RBI. Guillen sits at 13 and 61.

Those numbers are huge. How huge? The Royals leaders for 2007 were 18 and 62, by John Buck and Emil Brown respectively.

If Guillen were to really, really get hot over the last 11 games before the All-Star break he could eclipse them both and still have the remaining two and a half month to spare. The RBI number is almost without a doubt in the bag. The homer number would be tough, but he’s gone on stretches like that in his career before.

Maybe not that hot, but it’s something to cheer for right?

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Hope everyone made it through the DirecTV channel switch last night, if you didn’t you can find the Royals on 672 now…Notes from Trey Hillman: Joey Gathright will sit tonight to recover some after re-dislocating his shoulder bringing back a ball from the great beyond…However he is available…And: Mike Aviles is also sitting tonight to get a breath of air and relax because he may be pressing…Lastly: Trey wants to see more consistency out of Davies tonight…Congratulations is deserved, the Royals named J.J. Picollo as the Assistant GM/Scouting and Player Development.


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Reminder about a couple of things coming up:

In My Own Words with Frank White will air on Friday night after Royals Live. The show will detail his journey from a kid in K.C. to a hero in K.C. Again, that will air immediately after the coverage of Royals-Rays ends on the 4th.

Saturday: The Royals game versus Tampa Bay is on TV. Coverage starts at 5:30 with Royals Live. This is a makeup from earlier this season.

Also: Hats Off weekend is back and looking to help out some good causes. Special ticket deals were detailed on the blog yesterday. The short of it, the Royals will sell View Level Infield seats for $12 and donate $5 from each ticket to the American Red Cross on Friday July 11 and the Salvation Army on Saturday July 12.

Please have a safe and happy 4th of July.

Tonight’s Lineup:

DeJesus CF
Grudzielanek 2B
Gordon 3B
Guillen 7
Butler DH
Olivo C
Teahen RF
Gload 1B
Pena SS

Davies P

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Helping those in need

7-2 Relief 1.JPGThe reach a baseball team can have is huge. Of course the team flies all over the country. Tonight we’re looking to take the lead back in the series against Baltimore. But more than that, an entity like the Royals and Major League Baseball can do some good.

What are we talking about? The totals are in from Diamond of Dreams, which was June 26. To get the low down on the Royals biggest charity event so far this season and a look at the next one, plus what the team is up to out East, let’s go Around the Horn…


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Diamond of Dreams was a huge success. As we noted over the weekend, A big thank you goes out to all those who helped by volunteering time, sponsoring the event or donating money to support the Dream Factory. About 300 people came out to dine on the infield dirt, play some games and bid on the silent auction items.

In total, the Royals will be presenting a check to the Dream Factory for $125,000 dollars. Since the Dream Factory is 100 percent volunteer, every cent of that money will help go to grant the dreams of children with chronic or critical illnesses.


6-27 DD12.JPGAmong the items up for auction were tickets to the Kansas City Ballet, a Plaza Lighting ceremony experience, an elephant encounter at the Kansas City Zoo, an autographed Tom Watson sand wedge, a signed Chris Paul jersey, stadium seats from Kauffman Stadium, an Elvis Presley Lithograph, a David Cook guitar, a Caribbean Getaway vacation and even a John Deere leaf blower. There was a little something for everyone and much, much more.

Two other special giveaways happened during the night. Tiffany & Co. gave away a diamond and sapphire necklace but with a catch. The necklace was hidden in a mystery box, and participants bought tickets in order to try to find the box. Tivol held a raffle drawing for an 18K white gold Rolex watch.


6-27 DD11.JPGVideos played all night on CrownVision and Tim Scott interviewed players throughout the night. As the evening started to wind down, the ZEROES kicked it back into gear with a two-hour performance on a stage setup at second base. And no night at the K is complete without some fireworks, so at 10:01, the air crackled with the exploding pyrotechnics.

6-27 DD3.JPGIt was a great night. Complete with a pair of dreams granted by Larry Moore on behalf of the Dream Factory.

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The Royals next endeavor is during the next home stand. Announced today, we will be donating a portion of the tickets sold to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army to support the relief efforts of those two organizations here in the Midwest. Our neighbors to the North (like our farm team in Burlington, IA and the rest of the of the Midwest League) and many of our fans in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska have been affected by severe weather. Over the past few months, severe flooding and tornadoes have damaged property and destroyed homes all over our region.

The Royals are designating “Hats off Weekend” as a chance to help support the relief efforts. Friday fans will receive Cowboy hats courtesy of AT&T, Saturday is MLB 2K8 Santa hats to celebrate Christmas in July and Sunday, we’ll be giving out New. Blue. Tradition. Golf visors. Friday and Saturday are designated relief nights with proceeds from Friday going to the Red Cross and Saturday going to the Salvation Army.

View Level Infield tickets will be sold for $12 (regularly $15) and $5 from each ticket will go to the relief efforts. You can purchase the special tickets here or by calling 1-800-6ROYALS or by saying the word “relief” at any Kauffman Stadium ticket window.

On the note of giving back, we always like to give some props to our farm clubs as whenever possible, and the Omaha Royals helped raise money for the Little Sioux Scout Ranch which was devastated by a deadly tornado in June.

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David DeJesus is back in the lineup tonight after missing two games with bruised ribs…DeJesus is still riding a 13-game hitting streak, his longest of 2008 and the third longest in his career…Gil Meche is on the mound tonight, looking for his seventh win which would tie team leaders Brian Bannister and Zack Greinke…Joey Gathright collected his 15th bunt single last night which is second in the Majors behind the Twin’s Carlos Gomez (18)…Check out the transcript from Deric Ladnier’s chat…All-Star balloting is completed tonight at 10:59 p.m. CT, so get your votes in while you still can.

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The DirecTV channel switch is tonight. Royals’ telecast are now on channel 672. with HD broadcasts on 672-1. Your guide should direct you to the right place.

Note: Saturday’s game will be on FSN-KC to makeup for an earlier rainout. Royals Live starts at 5:30 p.m. CT.

For the second day in a row we have a note from FSN-KC’s Goeff Goldman, Director of Media Relations:

FrankWhite.jpgFSN KANSAS CITY PRESENTS IN MY OWN WORDS: FRANK WHITE
 
30-Minute Special Premieres Friday Following the Royals Postgame Show
 
Kansas City Royals great Frank White shares his story of growing up and winning a World Series in Kansas City in In My Own Words: Frank White, a 30-minute special premiering Friday, July 4 on FSN Kansas City.
 
FSN Kansas City’s Joel Goldberg conducts the long-form interview, in which White talks about growing up in Kansas City, participating in the Royals Academy, beating the Yankees in the ALCS but losing to the Phillies in the World Series in 1980, the 1985 World Series, the current state of the Royals and more.
 
White, a Royals Hall of Famer, played 18 seasons in the Major Leagues and currently serves as part of FSN Kansas City’s broadcast team for Royals baseball.
 

Frank8GoldGloves.jpgAir dates for In My Own Words: Frank White

Friday, July 4 following the Royals Live postgame show (approx. 7:15 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 8 at 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 10 at 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 13 at 4:30 p.m.
Monday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 24 at 6 p.m.
Monday, July 28 at 8 p.m.

Lineup:

DeJesus LF
Aviles SS
Gordon 3B
Guillen DH
Grudzielanek 2B
Teahen RF
Gload 1B
Buck C
Gathright CF

Meche P

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Late inning antics


7-1 Olivo.jpgRoyals fans have no fear, the Underdogs are here. Losing streaks? They can bounce back. Seven-run deficits? Done that. Jinxes? Not a problem.

Miguel Olivo, Jose Guillen and company struck back late last night. You may have gone to bed. To find out what is going on with these Royals let’s go around the horn…

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By now you’ve probably heard about Miguel Olivo pinch hitting in the ninth. Two outs, two strikes and he plants one over the fence. You’ve probably also heard about Alex Gordon being intentionally walked and Jose Guillen making the Orioles pay for it.

These are resilient Royals. Down four runs, they started scoring. On top of that, they shut off the Baltimore offense. The score was 6-5 last night and the Orioles didn’t score after the fifth. It’s the second time over their last eight games to come from behind to finish off an opponent. In a wild ride last Sunday, the Royals mounted a seven run comeback to  beat the Giants. Even two days ago, they wouldn’t stop. It wasn’t enough to beat the Cardinals, but they started digging out of a five run hole and never gave in.

MLB.com quoted last night’s starter Zack Greinke talking about the resilient Royals: “That’s what we’ve been doing lately. We get behind, and we don’t quit and we come back” Greinke said. “This is several games now where we’ve been behind by a bunch and still find a way to come back.”

Greinke’s right. The Royals have 11 come from behind wins this season.

Sunday marked the first time the Royals had lost back-to-back games since June 11. What did they do last night? They made sure it didn’t become a losing streak. And where? Baltimore of all places, this is the same city in which they had a nine game slide. That’s two Oriole streaks the Royals have broken up this year. The Royals snapped a 12 game-losing streak to the O’s earlier this season at Kauffman and now they are looking to build a winning streak of their own. Right now K.C.’s streak over Baltimore is at two.

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The All-Star game is July 16, which is two weeks from today. Tomorrow night, balloting closes. Jose Guillen and Joakim Soria should get huge  props for their play the last two months. They were both named Player and Pitcher of the Month for May and June.

Their stats speak for themselves. Guillen tied for third with the most hits in the American League during June. His doubles total has trailed off some of late, but he’s also dealing with some leg issues and he still hit .345 for the month with seven homers (top 10) and 25 RBI (also tied for third). In May, he tied for the lead in double with 11 and knocked in 11.

Soria, at a completely different position, may have been even more dominant. He’s making teams afraid to face him (though the Orioles will probably think twice about intentionally walking someone to get to Guillen in the future). Soria was second in saves in the American League for June (10). Hitters only batted .182 against him during the month. More impressively, in one month, he allowed just eight hits. Eight. May was seven (with a .163 average against him). He has 13 strikeouts in each of the last two months in 25 innings. He’s only given up five runs since the season started.

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Notes from Trey Hillman’s press conference:
DeJesus is out again tonight but may be ready for late-inning  duty and will hopefully be back in the lineup tomorrow…On the Disabled List front: Leo Nunez has live batting practices scheduled this week and could be on a rehab assignment as soon as next week if all goes well…John Bale is progessing, but not as fast as Nunez. He’s still looking at being back sometime after the All-Star break… Here’s a fun stat for the day: The Wilmington Blue Rocks have the top four leaders in stolen bases for the Carolina league, being paced by Derrick Robinson who has 38 steals in 73 games (the highest number not owned by a Blue Rock; 19 steals by John Shelby of the Winston-Salem Warthogs, which is tied with Wilmington’s Chris McConnell).

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A few TV clarifactions for you in case you were curious/didn’t know. As we mentioned yesterday, Saturday’s game will be on FSN-KC. It will be a makeup from a rainout on May 22 in Cleveland earlier this season. Royals Live will start at 5:30 with regular coverage at 6.

For Direct TV subscribers in the KC area straight from Geoff Goldman, FSN-KC Media Relations Director: DirecTV is changing its channel numbers for regional sports networks.  Beginning Wednesday (July 2), DirecTV subscribers will find Kansas City Royals telecasts on a new channel – 672 (the old channel, through July 1, is 648).
 
According to information provided by DirecTV, viewers will be directed to the new channel number in the on-screen guide.  High definition channel numbers will move with the standard def channel number (i.e. – Royals HD telecasts will be found on 672-1).

Lineup:

Aviles SS
Grudzielanek 2B
Gordon 3B
Guillen LF
Teahen RF
Butler DH
Gload 1B
Olivo C
Gathright CF

Hochevar P

Here’s today’s Official Game Notes.

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Weekend Recap

6-30 Art 3.jpgSo we’ve got some catching up to do around here at Around the Horn… As promised, we’ve got photos from Art’s Hall of Fame induction and the Diamond of Dreams charity event.

Today, we’ll give you a run down of Art’s induction and crunch the final numbers from last Thursday. So far things are looking like a huge success and the Dream Factory will be very happy with what we were able to do.

Lot’s of stuff has been going on with the team in town for the last three series. We’ve been playing well, welcomed over 105, 700 fans to the K for the Cardinals Series and we have a new Hall of Fame member. To bring everyone up to speed, let’s go around the horn…

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Art’s ceremony was touching. Rather than re-hash what was said which you can find here. We’d first like to compliment the Kansas City Star on the nice piece about Art which appeared in yesterday’s paper and show you what happened on the field before Saturday’s game.

 Getting the Royal Treatment:

6-30 Art 1.jpgRollin’ out the Blue Carpet for Art Stewart.

6-30 Art 2.jpgArt making his speech to a sold out Kauffman Stadium. One of the more memorable portions of his speech was about all the player’s with monuments at Monument Park in Yankee Stadium But there were none of the great scouts who signed those players. The Royals were one of the first teams to recognize the work of the scout. 

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Art threw out the first pitch to fellow Royals Hall of Famer Frank White.

 
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Art and the gang: the Royals Hall of Famers who were present for the on field presentation, Jeff Montgomery ’03, Dennis Leonard ’89, Frank White ’95, Willie Wilson ’00, George Brett ’94 and John Mayberry ’96 (Hal McRae ’89 was on the field for the ceremony but returned to the Cardinals to attend to his duties as Hitting Coach and Paul Splittorff ’87 was in the Royals broadcast booth).

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Senior Assistant to the General Manager Art Stewart and General Manager Dayton Moore.

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While the Royals lost the final two games of interleague, we still tied for the second best interleague record in the Majors (Detroit also went 13-5 and Minnesota went 14-4). The Royals record is also their all-time best in interleague. In 2006 and 2007, the Royals went 10-8 which stood as their best record until this season.

As for the Redbirds, we won four games against St. Louis. The Royals had never won more than three games in one season before 2008 against the Cardinals (except 1985). The 4-2 mark against St. Louis is also the first time since 2001 that we’ve won the season series.
 
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Leading off, lead-off man David DeJesus left yesterday’s game with a bruised lower right ribcage because he landed on Cardinal catcher 6-30 DeJesus.jpgJason LaRue’s helmet after a collision in the first inning yesterday and is not starting in tonight’s game…DeJesus’ hitting streak is still intact despite not getting a hit yesterday because he walked and did not record an official at-bat…From Trey Hillman’s pre-game press conference: DeJesus is day-to-day and still feels sore on the deceleration of his swing…Also from Trey: He made a note that Mark Grudzielanek does not play like a 38-year-old, he’s tough…Speaking of Grudzielanek, today is his 38th birthday, so happy birthday Mark…Billy Butler will start his first game tonight after a recall from a stint in Omaha in which he hit .337 with six doubles, five home runs and 13 RBIs. 

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Still lot’s going on even with the team out of town…

Tomorrow: Online Chat Series with Deric Ladnier, Senior-Director of Scouting.

This week: ATH will have plenty of insight on the team (we’ve got a man or two on the inside). And we will have renovation updates as well as a Diamond of Dreams recap tomorrow.

All-Star Balloting: Stuff the boxes, it’s almost over.

On TV: The next seven games are all on FSN-KC. Saturday’s telecast was not originally scheduled but will be added to makeup for the May 22 rainout in Cleveland. It will be a regular telecast with Royals Live with Joel Goldberg starting at 5:30 and game coverage beginning at 6. (all times are CT)

Lineup

Aviles SS
Grudzielanek 2B
Gordon 3B
Guillen LF
Teahen RF
Butler DH
Gload 1B
Buck C
Gathright CF

Greinke P

Here’s today’s Official Game Notes.

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Chat with Ryan Lefebvre…

In the past, he’s been in the Royals Radio booth. This season, he is camping out in the FSN Kansas City TV booth. He’s down in the dugout during batting practice. He’s in the clubhouse before the game asking the tough questions. And, he’s even in the Press Club eating a quick dinner before jumping behind the mic.

Well, today, along with being at U.S. Cellular Field to broadcast the Royals 7:11 p.m. contest against the White Sox, Ryan Lefebvre will also be in front of the computer, answering your questions as part of the Royals Relay Chat Series.

In his 10th season as a Royals broadcaster and his 14th in the Major Leagues, Lefebvre will chat with fans at 2 p.m. (CT) today – Tuesday, June 3. To participate in the afternoon chat, you need to register here on royals.com.

In case you are just joining the Royals monthly chat series, here is a list of the past participants – click on each name to read the full transcripts:

2008 Opening Day!

It’s here! The start to the 2008 season for your Kansas City Royals!

2008_Plaza Banners.JPGIt’s been a long, cold winter for those of us in Kansas City, but – even though the temps in Detroit today still aren’t the warmest – the offseason is finished and we are ready to play ball! The Royals launch the 2008 season at 12:05 (CST) Monday against the Detroit Tigers. It’s the first of a three-game set in Detroit that will see some great pitching match ups. But, before we get into that…

ROSTER SET: The Royals set the 2008 Opening Day roster Sunday. Here’s the breakdown:

  • PITCHERS (11) – John Bale (L), Brian Bannister, Jimmy Gobble (L), Zack Greinke, Ron Mahay (L), Gil Meche, Leo Nunez, Ramon Ramirez, Joakim Soria, Brett Tomko and Yasuhiko Yabuta.
  • CATCHERS (3) – John Buck, Miguel Olivo and Matt Tupman.
  • INFIELDERS (7) – Billy Butler, Alberto Callaspo, Esteban German, Ross Gload, Alex Gordon, Mark Grudzielanek and Tony Pena, Jr.
  • OUTFIELDERS (4) – David DeJesus, Joey Gathright, Jose Guillen and Mark Teahen.
  • DISABLED LIST (1) – Luke Hudson

AND…THE PROJECTED LINEUP: Manager Trey Hillman’s first official lineup as the Royals skipper…

DeJesus – CF
Grud – 2B
Gordon – 3B
Guillen – RF
Butler – DH
Teahen – LF
Gload – 1B
Buck – C
Pena – SS

The Royals turn to right-hander Gil Meche on the mound. Detroit is also going with a right-hander, turning to Justin Verlander.

OPENING SERIES PITCHING PROBABLES: Here are the rest of your probables for the Royals time in the Motor City…
               Wednesday, April 2 – Brian Bannister vs. Kenny Rogers
               Thursday, April 3 – Zack Greinke vs. Jeremy Bonderman.

SOME OPENING DAY CLIPS: Lots of great news to get you ready for Monday’s season opener. In fact, MLB’s Kaegel covers almost every angle leading into today’s game. He talks about the cold temperatures in Detroit, compares the veterans and the rookies and, also, touches on Manager Hillman’s tough intro to the Major Leagues. The KC Star’s Bob Dutton talks with today’s starting pitcher and breaks down Hillman’s first official lineup. The Star also has some video posted courtesy of NBC Action News. And, if you didn’t check it out in the Sunday Star, the 2008 Baseball Section is out and online. You can pretty much spend your entire Monday morning checking it out…just in time for the game!


 
Thumbnail image for Stadium_offseason.JPGBACK AT THE K:
Kauffman Stadium is getting polished up for next week’s home opener, April 8. We know you’ve heard it a lot this season, but one more time: the renovations will be ongoing throughout the 2008 season, but despite some minor construction here and there, catching a Royals game at The K will still be great in ’08!

PREGAME: FOX Sports Net Kansas City is starting their coverage of the Royals season opener early with a special pre-season pregame show at 11 a.m. Then, they’ll move into what will become their standard pregame coverage at 11:30 p.m. with Joel Goldberg before the Royals and Tigers take the field. Speaking of…

PLAY BALL: So, game time is 12:05 p.m. (CST). You can (a) listen on 610 Sports, (b) watch on FSN Kansas City or (c) listen/watch on MLB.com Gameday.

Enjoy…and Happy Opening Day, Royals fans!

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