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Looking at the hoops bracket – Royals style

There are multiple ways to fill out a basketball bracket and if you’re looking for help…well…your guess is as good as ours.  We’re here to have some fun with Royals trivia and connections to this year’s tournament.

First, three questions.

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1.  Which local school, in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament for the first time since 1998, is the alma mater of a current Royals player?
The answer is Nebraska, represented by left fielder Alex Gordon.  (Catcher Adam Moore also redshirted at Nebraska before transferring).

We move to the free throw line:

2.  This 2014 tournament entry’s baseball alums include former Royals pitcher Floyd Bannister and Royals Hall of Fame lefty Larry Gura (pictured, with a Hall of Fame third baseman in the background).
The correct answer is Arizona State.  Bannister earned National PlayeLarry_Gura_S_0i001r of the Year honors with the Sun Devils in 1976 and Gura was on ASU’s College World Series Championship teams of 1967 & 1969.

Can you make the three pointer?

3.     Name the current Royals player who attended two entrants in the 2014 basketball tournament.

If you guessed Jeremy Guthrie, then you really know the 2014 Royals.  The righty attended BYU for one year, went on a church mission, then completed his college career at Stanford.  Jeremy is also an Oregon native and a fan of the University of Oregon Ducks, who play BYU in the Round of 64 opponent is BYU.  It will be interesting to see who Jeremy pulls for in this game!
We move on to our affiliates.  KC’s minor league cities are well represented in the tournament – three times!  And all three universities have a relation to blue.

Omaha, Neb., home of the Triple-A Storm Chasers, is also home to Creighton University Bluejays, the third seed in the West Region.
Wilmington, Del., home of the High-A Blue Rocks, is a short drive from Newark, home of the South Regional #13 seed University of Delaware Blue Hens.  Blue is big in Delaware and that’s just fine with us!

Speaking of ‘Big Blue’ – Lexington, Ky., is Kansas City’s newest affiliate.  The Legends of the South Atlantic League represent the same city as the University of Kentucky, which has played in 15 Final Fours.  The blue variety Wildcats will battle our ‘Little Apple’ neighbors, the purple variety Wildcats of Kansas State.

Former affiliate hometowns are also well represented.  Close to home is Wichita (Wichita State), where future Royals were once Wranglers; Memphis (University of Memphis), where Bo Jackson was a Chick; the gem that is Mike Sweeney was once an Emerald in Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon); and Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga) where Carlos Beltran hit his first professional home run with the Royals as an Indian.  Additionally, the Royals once had an affiliate in Lansing, Mich., just down the street from East Lansing (Michigan State), which made several future Royals also former Lansing Lugnuts.

Good luck with that bracket!  And if you don’t take home first place, hopefully you learned a Royal connection!

Guthrie, Royals associates team up to serve at Guadalupe Center

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving!  Last week, Royals associates joined pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to serve a meal at Guadalupe Center in Kansas City.

The Guadalupe Centers, Inc. began in 1919 and is the longest continually-operating organization serving Latinos in the United States. It strives to improve the quality of life for individuals in the Latino communities of the Kansas City area by providing educational programs, facilitating access to health and social services, promoting and providing Latino cultural enrichment events, and sponsoring social activities.

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Royals associates join Jeremy Guthrie and Sluggerrr to serve meal at City Union Mission

Royals associates, pitcher Jeremy Guthrie and mascot Sluggerrr served a Thanksgiving meal today at two City Union Mission locations:

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Ned Yost media session: July 25, 2013

Kansas City manager Ned Yost met with the media this evening prior to the series finale with the Baltimore Orioles.  Ned first commented on today’s news of the George Brett stepping down as the club’s hitting coach.  “George is a tremendous asset to our organization, to have him here for two months was fun, it was a great experience for not only me and the coaches, but the players too, and we respect his decision.”  Brett will return to his position as Vice President – Baseball Operations, and plans to work with the players before home games for the remainder of the season.  Pedro Grifol assumes the role of hitting coach today, after working as a special assistant for the past two months.

Yost then addressed what he will be looking for starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to do tonight against a potent Orioles’ lineup.  “That’s the idea, try not to let them get too much damage and then limit (it).  Jeremy always does that, he commands the baseball he changes speeds and he changes locations.  If you do that you’re going to have a good chance of keeping us in the ball game, and giving us a chance to win.”

Yost concluded the media conference by discussing the significance of the club’s chance to reach the .500 mark for the very tough 20-game and six series stretch that had them meeting five teams with winning records.  “I think that was important, going in to it that’s what we wanted to do.  We wanted to get through this twenty-game stretch and keep our head above water.  Aside from that one series (Cleveland) we’ve played pretty good baseball against some very very tough teams.  I thought it was important for us to play good during that twenty-game stretch and we’ve had games that we wish we could have back and we played some really good exciting games against some great teams.”

The Royals begin a nine-game road trip in Chicago tomorrow night against the White Sox.

By Henry Wear

Ned Yost media session: July 20, 2013

Kansas City manager Ned Yost met with the media prior to the second game of a three-game set with Detroit. Yost first discussed the defensive talents of All-Star catcher Salvador Perez and his ability to effect the running game on a daily basis. “If Sal’s given the opportunity, nine times out of ten he’s going to throw you out, but you have to have the opportunity. They’re going to try to be opportunistic, they’re going to try to steal on the pitcher more than Sal.” He’s very accurate, he’s very athletic for a big guy, his feet and his upper body work extremely well together, he’s very short in the bottom half of his delivery, he’s very quick footed for a big guy.”

Yost was then asked what keys would be important tonight for starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie in his matchup with sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. “The keys are the same every game for these guys. He’s going to have to be able to pitch down in the zone, use both sides of the plate, and change speeds effectively.”

Yost concluded by addressing how much the presence of Miguel Cabrera is on the minds of opposing managers. “A lot, we were going the whole way in the eighth inning trying to do everything we can do to avoid getting him up in the ninth inning.” The Royals held Cabrera to an 0-for-3 night on Friday.

Ned Yost media session: June 10, 2013

Kansas City manager Ned Yost addressed the media this afternoon prior to the first of a three-game set with the Detroit Tigers.  Yost first answered questions on the importance of the upcoming series and its relation to the season.  “Every division series is important,” Yost stated.  “Every time you play within your division it is important, but you don’t assign greater levels of importance to these games.  Our goal is to win every single game, and we’re going to try and continue that.”  Yost then discussed the upcoming matchups with the Tigers’ starting pitchers, “Scherzer has been great all year, Verlander is as good as there is, and Fister is always good.”

Yost then went on to address if there was any increased confidence from the club’s recent five-game win streak. “Absolutely you always feel better when you’re producing and when you’re winning baseball games.  You see more confidence in their at bats, more confidence during the game that they’re going to find a way to make it happen.”

Yost then discussed how tonight’s starter, Jeremy Guthrie, goes about limiting damage to the powerful Tigers lineup.  “Same way he’s done it all year long, by continuing to make quality pitches in tough situations.  You don’t ever give in, this is an offense that can put runs up in a hurry, you have to focus on continuing to make quality pitches.”

Yost concluded by talking about the deserved All-Star consideration that catcher Salvador Perez is beginning to garner. “I think he absolutely should be, of course my opinion is always going to be prejudiced, I think he’s the best defensive catcher in the A.L.  He’s hitting .320 right now and he’s always been an offensive producer since he’s got here, and he’s a team leader.  I think his performance this year is very much warranting All-Star consideration.”

Royals set 40-man roster ahead of tonight’s deadline

 The Royals today announced several moves to set the club’s 40-man roster at 40 for the offseason reserve list deadline which occurs at midnight ET tonight.

Following the confirmation of the signing of right-handed pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, the Royals designated right-handed pitcher Chris Volstad for assignment.

In addition, the Royals selected the contracts of left-handed pitchers Chris Dwyer, Donnie Joseph, John Lamb, Justin Marks and Mike Montgomery, and right-handed pitcher J.C. Gutierrez from the Omaha Storm Chasers.  To create room on the roster, the Royals designated the following players for assignment: right-handed pitcher Vin Mazzaro; left-handed pitcher Ryan Verdugo; catchers Adam Moore and Brayan Pena; infielder Clint Robinson and outfielder Derrick Robinson.

Dwyer, 24, pitched for Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA) in 2012, combining on an 8-12 record with a 5.89 ERA in 26 games (25 starts).  The 6-foot-3 left-hander from Swampscott, Mass., was the Royals’ fourth-round selection in the 2009 Draft. 

The 25-year-old Joseph was acquired by the Royals along with pitcher J.C. Sulbaran from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Jonathan Broxton on July 31.  The left-handed reliever from Buda, Texas, went 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA in 11 outings with Omaha (AAA) following the trade, striking out 19 in 17.1 innings.  He was a combined 9-3 with a 2.33 ERA in 55 relief appearances in 2012.

Lamb, 22, made just six starts in 2012 as he continued his recovery from 2011 Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.  The 6-foot-4 southpaw from Laguna Hills, Calif., was the Royals’ fifth-round pick in 2008.

The 24-year-old Marks just completed a strong Arizona Fall League campaign in which he posted a 5-1 record with a 2.59 ERA in seven starts, recording two more wins than any other pitcher in the circuit.  Acquired from the Oakland A’s with Vin Mazzaro in exchange for David DeJesus on November 10, 2010, the Owensboro, Ky., resident pitched at three different levels of the Royals system in 2012, including going 3-5 with a 3.80 ERA in 17 starts for Double-A Northwest Arkansas where he was a Texas League All-Star.

Montgomery, 23, appeared at both Northwest Arkansas and Omaha last season and combined for a 5-12 record in 27 starts.  The club’s supplemental round selection (36th overall) in the 2008 Draft resides in Surprise, Ariz.

The 29-year-old Gutierrez made 19 appearances (four starts) in the Royals system in 2012 after inking as a minor league free agent on December 20, 2011.  The 6-foot-3 resident of Barcelona, Venezuela, has pitched in the Majors with the Astros (2007) and Diamondbacks (2009-2011), posting a 5-10 record with a 4.79 ERA in 150 games (three starts), recording 24 saves and striking out 152 in 167.1 innings.

Royals sign starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to a three-year contract through 2015

The Royals announced today that the club has signed right-handed starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to a three-year Major League contract through the 2015 season.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. 

Guthrie, 33, went 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts for the Royals after Kansas City acquired him from the Colorado Rockies on July 20 in exchange for pitcher Jonathan Sanchez.  The Royals went 10-4 in his starts, including winning 10 of the final 11.  Guthrie personally ended the campaign on a career-best five-game winning streak.  He was 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his final 11 starts, posting the seventh-best ERA in baseball and the third-best in the American League from August 8 to the end of the season.  Guthrie especially enjoyed pitching at Kauffman Stadium where he posted a 4-2 record with a 2.40 ERA in nine outings.

A workhorse throughout his career, Guthrie last season fell just 18.1 innings shy of recording his fourth-consecutive 200-inning season and he has averaged 198.0 innings over his last five seasons.  Jeremy is 55-77 with a 4.28 ERA in 210 career appearances, including 183 starts, for the Indians (2004-06), Orioles (2007-11), Rockies (2012) and Royals (2012).

Guthrie and his wife, Jenny, reside in Pleasant Grove, Utah, with their daughter, Avery, and sons, Hudson and Dash Steven.

Jeremy Guthrie meets with the media at Kauffman Stadium

The Royals’ newest acquisition, right hander Jeremy Guthrie, spoke with the media this afternoon following batting practice prior to tonight’s game.  The Royals acquired Jeremy from Colorado through a trade that sent left hander Jonathan Sanchez to the Rockies on Friday.  Jeremy said he follows all of baseball, therefore he knew where the Royals were and where they were headed before the trade and he is excited to be here.  Jeremy had a bit of a rocky start with Colorado this season, but he cautioned there is no guarantee of success with a change of scenery.  He said you have to pitch well and he has felt good all season, but has not seen the results he has wanted.  He went on to say he just has to continue to work hard and give his best for the team and see what happens. 

A question was then asked involving what he is expecting out of his first start with the Royals tomorrow afternoon.  Jeremy commented that he is excited to put on the powder blue top tomorrow because he likes the way they look, but in all seriousness said he is looking to go out there and throw a good game and hopefully give the team a chance to win.  When asked about nerves for the first start with a new team he said there were none, however, he is just excited to get out there.  Jeremy spent eight years prior to moving over to Colorado in the American League, including three in the Central Division with Cleveland, so he is already somewhat familiar with it and the players.  He said it is good because he spent many years studying hitters and other aspects of the A.L. so he hopes to be able to pick back up where he left off a few months ago and go from there.  In his career against the Twins, who he faces tomorrow, he is 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA (46.2 IP, 14 ER) in six starts (eight appearances).

Dayton Moore, Ned Yost comment on trade for Guthrie

Royals’ general manager Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost each met with the media this afternoon inside the dugout to discuss this morning’s trade with Colorado that sent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez to the Rockies in exchange for right-handed pitcher, Jeremy Guthrie.  Dayton said Guthrie did not work out the way the Rockies had hoped this season and Sanchez did not the way they hoped in Kansas City either, therefore this trade will give both pitchers a shot at a fresh start.  Dayton said they wish Jonathan the best in his future with Colorado and they are expecting Jeremy to come in and do a very good job for the Royals and give them some innings and stability in the rotation.  Dayton is hopeful he will pitch better in this second half and away from Colorado. 

Yost said Jeremy has a good fastball, a good slider, a decent curveball and a decent changeup.  He went on to say he was Baltimore’s number one starter in 2009-2011 and when the Royals have faced him in the past he has been very good.  Yost also said he was not only impressed with his stuff, but also his competitiveness on the mound.  He said there are certain instances and situations when a change in scenery is what is needed and a player will really benefit from that.  Yost offered pitcher Felipe Paulino as an example when he too came over from Colorado in 2011 after a rocky start.  He then said they are hopeful Jeremy will take a lot of pressure off the bullpen by providing good innings and he will really help out the staff as a whole.  He said they are excited to get Jeremy over here and he is looking forward to see where this takes the Royals. 

Jeremy’s numbers with the Rockies, especially at their home park Coors Field, were not outstanding and was the topic of discussion for the media, Moore and Yost.  Dayton said he does not know what kind of affect pitching at Coors Field had on Jeremy and some pitchers go out there and pitch very well and others do not.  He went on to say when he spoke with Jeremy earlier today he did not make any excuses about the way he pitched involving the ballpark or the elevation, instead he just felt he was not making good enough pitches and guys were squaring him up.  Yost said in the light air at Coors in Colorado it is tough to pitch.  He said, for whatever reason, it is harder to spin a breaking ball and command the ball.  He said it is very dry out there which makes pitching tougher because pitchers will tell you that humidity and moisture help grip a baseball.  He said that is why you see guys lick their fingers or wipe sweat off their brow when their on the mound, it’s because that moisture helps you spin the ball and get a grip on the ball.  He said it is difficult to get that same feeling on a ball out in Colorado.  Yost said he feels it is going to be different for him to come here and he feels the conditions are set up favorably for him to have success here. 

Yost said the addition of Jeremy to the roster and rotation will send Everett Teaford into the bullpen and back into a long relief role.  He said Teaford is a great guy for that role and has proved that he can be trusted to come in the game in situations like that and keep a game where it is while eating up innings and saving the bullpen.  He said he likes Teaford in the starting role as well, but Luis Mendoza has been doing well and they want to give Will Smith more time starting too, therefore long relief is what he will do right now.

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