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Reminder: Royals Caravan to Warrensburg, Jefferson City and Springfield on Sunday, Springdale and Pittsburg on Monday!

Billy ButlerKila Ka’aihue and Jeff Montgomery will visit fans in Warrensburg, Jefferson City and Springfield, Mo.; Springdale, Ark.; and Pittsburg, Kan., on the annual Royals Caravan presented by Fox Sports Kansas City.  The group will also participate in a school visit to Fayetteville, Ark. 

A schedule of Caravan events is listed below and at royals.com/caravan.

South Caravan Trip, Day #1:           Sunday, January 23 (Warrensburg, Jefferson City, Springfield, Mo.)

11:30-12:30 p.m.:       Meet & Greet at Fitters Pizza and Pub – 131 W Pine St. in Warrensburg (Hosted by KOKO Radio)

3-4 p.m.:                       Meet & Greet at Hy-Vee – 3721 W Truman Blvd in Jefferson City (Hosted by KLIK Radio)

7-8 p.m.:                       Meet & Greet at Coyote’s Adobe Caf – 1742 South Glenstone in Springfield

South Caravan Trip, Day #2:           Monday, January 24 (Fayetteville, Springdale, Ark., Pittsburg, Kan.)

11:30-1:30 p.m.:         Luncheon at Holiday Inn – 1500 South 48th St. in Springdale (Hosted by NW Arkansas Naturals and Springdale Rotary Club)

                                        Luncheon tickets are $15, which includes a buffet lunch.

                                        For tickets, contact the NWA Naturals at 479-927-4900.

4-5 p.m.:                       Meet & Greet at Meadowbrook Mall – 202 E Centennial Dr. in Pittsburg (Hosted by KKOW Radio and Cox Communications)

Royals Caravan to travel south to locations in Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas

The Royals will visit fans in Warrensburg, Jefferson City and Springfield, Mo.; Fayetteville and Springdale, Ark.; and Pittsburg, Kan., on the annual Royals Caravan presented by Fox Sports Kansas City.  A number of current Royals players and front office officials, as well as Royals legends, will take part in the annual Caravan event with trips to Midwestern towns throughout January.

This Caravan trip will include 2010 Royals Player of the Year, infielder Billy Butler, infielder Kila Ka’aihue, and Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Jeff Montgomery.  A tentative schedule of Caravan events is listed below and at royals.com/caravan.

Prior to the trip, the club will host the marquee off-season event, Royals FanFest, taking place on January 21-22 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan.  The best place for fans to meet their favorite Royals, FanFest features appearances from more than 40 current, former and future players, interactive games for fans of all ages, main stage programming and much more.  Additional details can be found at royals.com/fanfest.

2011 Royals Caravan presented by Fox Sports Kansas City

South Caravan Trip, Day #1:           Sunday, January 23 (Warrensburg, Jefferson City, Springfield, Mo.)

11:30-12:30 p.m.:       Meet & Greet at Fitters Pizza and Pub – 131 W Pine St. in Warrensburg (Hosted by KOKO Radio)

3-4 p.m.:                       Meet & Greet at Hy-Vee – 3721 W Truman Blvd in Jefferson City (Hosted by KLIK Radio)

7-8 p.m.:                       Meet & Greet at Coyote’s Adobe Caf – 1742 South Glenstone in Springfield

South Caravan Trip, Day #2:           Monday, January 24 (Fayetteville, Springdale, Ark., Pittsburg, Kan.)

10:15 a.m.:                   School Assembly at Asbell Elementary School – 1500 North Sang Ave. in Fayetteville

11:30-1:30 p.m.:         Luncheon at Holiday Inn – 1500 South 48th St. in Springdale (Hosted by NW Arkansas Naturals and Springdale Rotary Club)

                                        Luncheon tickets are $15, which includes a buffet lunch.

                                        For tickets, contact the NWA Naturals at 479-927-4900.

4-5 p.m.:                       Meet & Greet at Meadowbrook Mall – 202 E Centennial Dr. in Pittsburg (Hosted by KKOW Radio and Cox Communications)

 

Soria posts second 40+ save season

Soria_2010.jpgCongratulations to Joakim Soria, who recorded his 40th save of the season tonight.  Soria had 42 saves in 2008.  He becomes the second Royal with two seasons of 40+ saves, joining Dan Quisenberry (45 in 1983, 44 in 1984).  The KC record for saves in a season is 45, set by Quisenberry and tied by Jeff Montgomery in 1993.

Christian Colon press conference

Colon_3.jpgThe Kauffman Stadium interview room was at capacity for today’s introduction of first-round pick Christian Colon.
 
The shortstop is very excited to start playing professional baseball right away.  He did not want the negotiations to drag out.  He will leave for Wilmington on Saturday and participate in drills for a few days, then begin playing in games next week. 

J.J. Picollo, Assistant General Manger for Scouting/Player Development, says that Colon can handle the Carolina League (Class A – Advanced).  Picollo cited Colon’s Team USA experience and his strong college background at Cal State Fullerton.  He believes that the next few months will be beneficial to Colon, who will get to adjust to pro ball before spring training.

Colon is advised by former Kansas City shortstop Kurt Stillwell, who is now with the Boras Corporation.  Stillwell had a chance to catch up with Frank White, his former double play partner, as well as Jeff Montgomery, who was Stillwell’s teammate both in the Cincinnati system and with the Royals.

On Saturday, we’ll post more pictures of Christian’s first day in a Kansas City uniform.

Mike Montgomery wins Double-A debut

Montgomery.jpgThe Royals have had a pair of pitchers by the name of Montgomery over the years…Monty Montgomery was drafted by K.C. in 1968 and pitched in the big leagues from 1971-72.  Jeff Montgomery recorded 304 saves on his way to the Royals Hall of Fame.  A third Monty has taken another step on the road to Kansas City.

Mike Montgomery made his official Double-A debut today for NW Arkansas (his first start ended in a rainout).  While he walked four, Monty struck out eight and held Springfield to a pair of hits and a run over 5.2 IP.  He picked up the win in a 3-1 game, the sixth straight overall for NW Arkansas.  Mike was promoted to NW Arkansas after a sizzling start to the year – he earned Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honors in each of the first two weeks.  Thank you to the Naturals for sending this photo from today’s game!

January birthdays – Happy Birthday Trey!


Thumbnail image for Trey Autographs.jpgHappy New Year from Around the Horn!  Here are our birthdays for January:


 Manager Trey Hillman turns 47 today.  Trey shares his day with Michael Stipe.  The lead singer of R.E.M. is 50.  Late boxing champ Floyd Patterson was born on this day in 1935. 

Royals Hall of Fame closer Jeff Montgomery (48) and catcher Brayan Pena (28) will both celebrate on January 7.  CBS news anchor Katie Couric will be 53 while actor Nicholas Cage turns 46.  Charles Addams, a cartoonist who created “The Addams Family,” was born on January 7, 1912. pena HR_2637.jpgMontgomery,Jeff2.jpg

   

Betancourt.jpgShortstop Yuniesky Betancourt rounds out our birthdays for January.  Yuni will be 28 on January 31.  Three noted baseball Hall of Famers were born on January 31 and all have a Kansas City connection.  Ernie Banks, a former Kansas City Monarch who later became “Mr. Cub,” turns 79.  Nolan Ryan, the only visiting player to throw a no-hitter at Kauffman Stadium, will be 63.  The late Jackie Robinson, also a former Monarch, was born on January 31, 1919.

We’ve come full circle since last February, when Alex Gordon headlined our birthdays.  Look for future birthday updates on an individual basis via our Twitter page. ( @aroundthehornkc )

Soria named MLB Delivery Man of the Month for September!

Soria Celebration.jpgCongratulations to Joakim Soria, who has been selected as the winner of the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award for September! This Major League Baseball award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season as voted on by a panel from Major League Baseball.

Soria pitched in 12 games during September and converted each of his 10 save opportunities.  He tossed 13.2 scoreless innings, and permitted 12 hits and five walks with 21 strikeouts.  Soria was one of five pitchers with at least 10.0 innings pitched and no earned runs allowed in September.  The 2008 A.L. All-Star recorded saves on three straight days on two occasions, from September 7-9 and from September 20-22.  The Monclova, Mexico native nailed down 20 of his final 21 save opportunities in 2009 to finish the season with 30 saves, becoming the first Royal to post back-to-back seasons with 30 or more saves since Jeff Montgomery (1991-93).  Soria finished the season third in the Majors among relievers (minimum 50.0 IP) with 11.72 strikeouts per nine innings (Jonathan Broxton – 13.50; Rafael Soriano – 12.13), and seventh in the American League in saves.  Joakim went 3-2 with a 2.21 ERA, permitting 44 hits and 16 walks with 69 strikeouts over 53.0 innings pitched.

Other relievers receiving votes included Minnesota’s Joe Nathan (0-1, 3.77 ERA, 12 SV, 14.1 IP, 7 H, 7 BB, 18 SO); Mariano Rivera (2-1, 1.54 ERA, 7 SV, 11.2 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 11 SO) of the New York Yankees; Jonathan Broxton (0-1, 1.98 ERA, 7 SV, 13.2 IP, 9 H, 3 BB, 21 SO) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; and Cincinnati’s Francisco Cordero (0-2, 1.46 ERA, 10 SV, 12.1 IP, 11 H, 5 BB, 12 SO).

 

Royals Blood Drive: Splittorff to stop by on Wednesday

Because of today’s doubleheader, John Buck was unable to make an appearance at the 17th Annual Royals Blood Drive.  The club has added an appearance by Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Paul Splittorff on Wednesday.  Here’s the lineup for Wednesday at the 4040 Main location in Kansas City, Mo.

Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery – 11:00 a.m. to noon

Former Royals pitcher Jaime Bluma – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Royals Hall of Famer Paul Splittorff – 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Royals Blood Drive kicks off: Buck to visit on Tuesday

 


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The Royals are partnering with the Community Blood Center of Kansas City to host the 17th Annual Royals Blood Drive, July 20-24.  John Buck will visit the Community Blood Center at 4040 Main Street in Kansas City, Mo., from noon to 1:00 p.m.  from noon to 1 p.m. at 4040 Main Street in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, July 21.  Royals mascot Sluggerrr will also visit the center at 9 a.m.

 

On Wednesday, Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Jeff Montgomery and former Royals pitcher Jaime Bluma will visit the 4040 Main Street location on Wednesday, July 22 to greet donors.

 

All registered donors receive a pair of tickets to a 2009 Royals game as well as a commemorative T-shirt.  Donors can register for the Royals Blood Drive at blood center locations in Kansas City, St. Joseph, Jefferson City and Topeka.  Visit royals.com/community for specific location information.

Would the real Billy Butler please stand up


9-3 Butler.jpgHe’s tearing up opponents right now. Last night he hit his third homer in the team’s last three games.

Not surprisingly they’ve won 2 of 3, notching victories in the games in which he’s gone yard.

Today we’re going to talk about Butler, who has the second highest average in the Majors over his last eight since August 24 (.500, Boston’s Dustin Pedroia is at .512) and note something that hasn’t happened since 1999. To do that, let’s go Around the Horn…

First
Part of Billy Butler’s surge can be attributed to “letting go.” Manager Trey Hillman told reporters that Butler said twice during batting practice in Detroit that he needed to “let it go.” Hillman said Butler felt like he was feeling for things too much. He repeatedly said to himself “I got to let it go.”

Apparently he has. Butler is in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak, though you could call it a hitting barrage. He’s 16-for-32 during the streak and has an RBI for every game in the streak. Last night he cracked a deep shot to left-center for a three-run homer and added another RBI later, tying a season high with four RBI. He also put together his seventh three-hit game.

Butler has been pretty solid since the All-Star break, though his average drooped slightly, he’s re-adjusted to the league and is turning things on in a big way. He’s raised his batting average a full 20 points since the streak started and is now at .281.

Last season Butler hit eight dingers and 52 RBI. This year he’s at 10 and 50 and the team has 25 games left.


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Zack Greinke pitched his way to his 10th victory of the season last night. Not only is that good news for Greinke, who continues to add to his career year (he’s at career bests in wins, quality starts, strikeouts and after last night, ERA), but it’s great news for the Royals.

Greinke is tied with Gil Meche in wins and it’s the first year the Royals have had two double-digit game winners since 1999, when Jose Rosado and Jeff Suppan both tallied 10. Greinke’s strikeouts are also the most for a Royal since Kevin Appier put down 196. If Greinke punches out an average of seven or eight an outing for the rest of the season, he’s got a shot to challenge Appier’s total or even push for 200.

It’s a tall order, but he’s been mowing them down all season and produced eight K’s last night. So he’s definitely got the ability to do it.


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Joakim Soria recorded the 51st save of his career and moved into fifth all-time on the Royals career saves list, passing Mike MacDougal who had 50. Soria needs 3 more to catch Roberto Hernandez at fourth and seven to match Doug Bird in third. After Bird, the all-time saves list gets a little tougher. Soria is 187 shy of Dan Quisenberry in second and he needs 253 to catch Jeff Montgomery who sits in first…Billy Butler became the sixth Royal to reach double-digits in homers. It’s the most since the 2003 team had eight guys with 10 or more…Ryan Shealy hit his first home run in his first game back in the Majors. His last MLB game was June 27, 2007 and his last homer was June 6, 2007…From Trey Hillman’s Press Conference: Hillman trusts Ron Mahay when he says he’s ready to pitch, but he will be careful in using Mahay. Expect to see him in less stressful situations and earlier in ball games to start…Also: Hillman said he studies the statistics and compares his club with others. As far as bullpen usage, he said the Royals are comparable and he likes where the relievers are set up at the moment and will continue to “go with the hot hand in the eighth”…Finally: There’s been a lot of speculation about Mike Aviles’ status next season. Hillman said he’s comfortable playing Aviles at short or second. During Spring Training he would have said he’d prefer to have Aviles at second, but Aviles didn’t play much short in Arizona. Now Hillman would say short, but he’s seen more of Aviles at short than second now. Hillman also complemented Alberto Callaspo on his defensive work at second, specifically the double play he turned on Saturday.

Third
Having the A’s in town doesn’t totally feel like a road trip for a few of their players. Mike Sweeney, the 13-year Royal9-3 Sweeney.jpg and one-time captain in Kansas City, was activated today from the Disabled List. Sweeney chose to wear No. 5 this season for the Athletics, in honor of the lone Royal player in Cooperstown, George Brett. Sweeney exchanged lineup cards last night during the pre-game conference.

Sweeney has a familiar face in the visiting clubhouse. Former Royal Emil Brown is now with Oakland, but he was not in the lineup last night.

Other A’s with local ties: Reliever Brad Ziegler pitched at Odessa High School and Missouri State University in Springfield. Reliever Josh Outman, who made his Major League debut last night, pitched at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. And reliever Joey Devine is from Junction City, Kansas, and we noticed a littler cheering section for him during last night’s game.

Tonight’s lineup: As Around the Horn was finishing this post, we heard the game was called. You can still enjoy the notes which were for today’s game.

The game will be made up tomorrow at 4:10. Brian Bannister is still scheduled to throw and Kyle Davies will throw the second game of the double-dip.

Today’s Official Game Notes.

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