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Giving thanks this holiday season

Frank_White-02.JPGHappy Thanksgiving from Around the Horn in KC!  The Royals are involved in several community events this holiday season.  Last week, associates from the office joined Alex Gordon, Frank White and Frank’s wife Teresa to serve a Thanksgiving feast at the Men’s Center of KC’s City Union Mission.  Kristin and Mack Norman, wife and son of alum Les Norman, led a second group at City Union Mission’s Family Center.

Today, a contingent will help serve a Thanksgiving lunch at the Guadalupe Center.  Next week, another team will be assisting shoppers at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau Holiday Shop.  Here are a few pictures from the City Union Mission meal and links to these local organizations, where you can find out more about volunteer opportunities.

City Union Mission: http://www.cumission.org/

Guadalupe Centers, Inc: http://www.guadalupecenters.org/

Johnson County Christmas Bureau: http://jccb.org/

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Royals Equipment Drive, Sunday lineup

DeJesus_Equipment_Drive.jpgIf you’re headed out to the park today, be sure to drop off some new or gently used baseball equipment.  Today is the second day of the Baseball Equipment Drive, which benefits the Guadalupe Centers Youth Baseball Fund.  All types of baseball and softball equipment will be accepted, including gloves, baseballs, bases, batting tees, bats, batting helmets, shoes and uniforms.  Cash donations are also accepted.

Mahay_Equipment_Drive.jpgHere are some pictures from last night.  David DeJesus and Ron Mahay, co-chairs of the drive, along with the Royals Wives, were on hand to meet fans and collect items on Saturday night.  Thank you to everyone who donated items on Saturday, and we hope that you can bring items by on Sunday.

Here’s your Kansas City lineup for Sunday:

Crisp – CF
DeJesus – LF
Teahen – 3B
Guillen – RF
Jacobs – 1B
Callaspo – 2B
Olivo – C
Maier – RF
Aviles – SS
Ponson – P

Baseball Equipment Drive set for Saturday and Sunday

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The Royals and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund are teaming up for the fourth annual Royals Baseball Equipment Drive to benefit the Guadalupe Centers Youth Baseball Program

Royals Wives will collect new and gently used baseball and softball equipment on Saturday from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Gate E, while volunteers will be stationed at Gates A, B and D. 

Volunteers will also collect items on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  All types of baseball and softball equipment will be accepted, including gloves, baseballs, bases, batting tees, bats, batting helmets, shoes and uniforms.

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DeJesus steps up to plate for Guadalupe Center

 Zack Greinke wasn’t the only Royals player to have a big day today — outfielder David DeJesus made a connection with the Kansas City community, too.

DeJesus1.jpgDeJesus has made appearances at various community functions since his arrival in Kansas City in 2003. David and Royals Community Outreach Director Betty Kaegel have worked together in recent months to find a community cause for David to support on a regular basis. Guadalupe Centers, Inc., the longest continually operating organization serving Latinos in the United States found themselves in need of a spokesperson. They found a great one in number nine, who will help an organization founded in nineteen-nineteen celebrate its ninetieth anniversary!

Below left: David met with representatives of the Guadalupe Centers, Inc. Left to right – Cris Medina, Executive Director and CEO of GCI; Jacobo Prado, Mexico Consul; David DeJesus; Pedro Zamora, GCI Board President. 

Below right: Royals staff members Toby Cook, Curt Nelson, Lora Grosshans, Megan Stock, Kim Burgess, Betty Kaegel, and Ben Aken were on hand to show their support for David. 

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Double the fun

9-5 Walkoff.jpgWe doubled up the A’s and pulled of two sweeps in a day. The Royals played a lot of baseball (more than expected anyway) and brought home two wins.

With the Royals first sweep of a doubleheader since 2006 and first time sweeping the A’s twice in a season, we’ve got a lot of baseball to talk about, so let’s go Around the Horn…

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Joey Gathright secured the Royals first win of the night with his walkoff and Ramon Ramirez put the finishing touches on victory #2 with his first career save. And just like that, the Royals completed their first doubleheader sweep since August 18, 2006 (which also happened to be against the A’s). The Royals took yesterday’s games 5-4 and 9-6. The ’06 games were 7-1 and 5-3.

With Tuesday’s win and the Boys in Blue’s first sweep in Oakland in 20 years back in July, the double-dip win gave the Royals a pair of sweeps versus the Athletics. It was the first time we’d broken out the brooms twice in a season since 1988.

K.C.’s offense was working yesterday, collecting 12 hits in Game 1 and 15 in Game 2. The 27 combined hits were the most since the Royals set a record on September 9, 2004 at Detroit with 33 hits during the two games. 9-5 Butler.jpgThe Royals were particularly nasty to the A’s Game 2 starter. Lefty Dan Meyer exited the ballgame in the fourth and was charged with eight runs (seven earned). The Royals went 9-for-17 (.529) with three doubles, two triples and two sac flies against Meyer. 

During both games yesterday, only one Royals’ starter failed to get a hit, with the charge being led by David DeJesus. The Royals outfielder collected a pair of three hit games, falling one hit shy of the franchise double-header record. He entered Game 1 with a .288 average and left Game 2 hitting .296, which is a considerable jump this late in the season. He became the first player in the Majors this season to have at least 3 hits in each games of a double dip.

Billy Butler also continued to dispense damage. His hitting streak is at 10 games and he smashed three doubles between the two games, scoring three times and knocking in three runs.


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So far, the September newbies have had success, though only one has seen real action. Ryan Shealy hit a homer in his first game back and has two RBI in two games.

That will change tonight when Kila Ka’aihue, the Minor League power sensation, takes the field for the first time. K.K., as they call him, ran from first to second last night and even got his uniform dirty. But he entered the game as a pinch runner in the sixth for designated hitter Jose Guillen and never came up to bat.

Manager Trey Hillman asked Ka’aihue if he felt like he was ready for his Major League debut today and K.K. responded, “That happened last night.” Hillman smiled and said, “Are you ready for your first career start as a Major Leaguer?” Ka’aihue told him he thought he could handle that.

“He’s excited and ready,” Hillman told the press during the pregame press conference. Hillman told the media that each call-up was to evaluate the talent in that particular player. They weren’t just rewards for strong play in the minors – if that were the case, Around the Horn could make an argument for a few other guys. No, Hillman said they truly want to evaluate what they have in the September call-ups.

So K.K.’s evaluation kicks into full gear tonight. He’s slotted in at ninth, playing first base.

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During Game 2, the No.1-5 hitters (David DeJesus, Esteban German, Mike Aviles, Jose Guillen and Billy Butler) went 12-for-22 (.545)…German and Aviles made some excitement in the Royals fourth when they hit back-to-back triples. Unfortunately, this feat is not a stat Around the Horn can research easily…Alex Gordon’s latest MRI showed healing, but the prognosis of a return is still uncertain…From Trey Hillman’s press conference: Joey Gathright said he was focused on where the third baseman was playing him during the Royals’ 10th yesterday. He saw Jack Hannahan was in tight and Gathright smacked a single by him and into left. Hillman said the fact the Gathright is noticing where defenses are playing him and then being able to adjust shows progress…Also: The hope is for Mitch Maier (on the DL with three facial fractures) to start taking batting practice again soon and possibly return to the lineup next weekend in Cleveland, the site of his injury…Finally: Omaha Royals manager Mike Jirschele also received a September call-up. He’s with the club to help in coaching the extra players and evaluate the players who played under him all summer.


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For the second year in a row, the Royals are putting on Hispanic Heritage Night. That’s right…Viva Los Royals!

There will be a pre-game party and concert, featuring sensation Christian Castro, Ugly Betty star Tony Plana, and local favorite Las Estrellas performing with Ram Tejano. The festivities are set for 4 p.m.

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As part of the night’s fun, Tony Pena, Jr. bobbleheads will be given out to the first 20,000 fans in attendance.

Also: Be on the lookout for Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day on September 17, versus the Mariners.

  

Tonight’s lineup:
DeJesus CF
Aviles SS
Guillen RF
Butler DH
Teahen 3B
Olivo C
Gload LF
Callaspo 2B
Ka’aihue 1B

Duckworth P

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BIENVENIDO…

…to losroyals.com!

Monday afternoon we officially launched losroyals.com – the club’s Spanish-language website – entering into a new era in Royals baseball!

royals_spa_url_good.jpgYou might not realize this, but on the 25-man roster, we have nine Hispanic players – Alberto Callaspo, Esteban German, Jose Guillen, Leo Nunez, Miguel Olivo, Tony Pena, Jr.,  Joel Peralta, Ramon Ramirez and Joakim Soria – as well as one Hispanic coach (third base coach Luis Silverio). That’s more than a third of our roster who consider English to be their second language. So, it’s only natural that we want to highlight these players as well as recognize our fast-growing Hispanic-fan base…thus, losroyals.com!

The site, which is updated daily, features MLB.com editorial including game stories, recaps, features, photo galleries and more. There’ll be special ticket programs offered and details on upcoming promotions and events (Viva Los Royals on Sept. 6!) at Kauffman Stadium. In addition, exclusive content on the site will include a recurring series of video profiles provided by Univision Kansas City featuring our Hispanic players. Just like royals.com and the Royals Report, you can also sign up for the site’s official online newsletter, the Royals Boletin. The Royals are among 16 MLB clubs offering Spanish-language websites and the second to do so from the American League Central (joining the Chicago White Sox).

IMG_1412.JPGRight as we announced the website launch at the Guadalupe Centers, Inc., Monday afternoon, the first part of a two-part series on Coach Silverio launched on both the Spanish and English sites – a great example of the kind of in-depth pieces you can expect to see on losroyals.com.

And…along with a press release this morning…we also used the afternoon presser to announce the upcoming Royals Baseball Equipment Drive, which is scheduled for Friday, April 25 prior to the Royals-Blue Jays game at The K. The annual drive is collecting new and gently used baseball equipment to benefit the Guadalupe Center Youth Baseball program. As the drive recipients, the Guadalupe Centers, Inc., will also receive a $5,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, which will be presented to them on Wednesday, April 23 prior to the game. For more details on the drive, click here.

So, check out the new site because, as Royals President Dan Glass said during the press conference, “Losroyals.com is a new vehicle the Royals can provide to fans to eliminate another barrier and bring a new culture closer to the team.” Enjoy!

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