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John Buck had a big day for the Royals as he tied a club record with two triples! It was just the second time that a Royals catcher had tripled twice in a game, and the first since Darrell Porter in 1978! The Royals also turned six double plays, tying a franchise mark!
Kansas City now moves on to play Minnesota at the Metrodome. It’s a quick road trip as the Royals are back in KC on Monday to face the White Sox. Get your tickets today!
The Royals fought back with 3 runs in the eighth to earn a 6-4 win today, their first at the “New” Kauffman Stadium. John Buck launched the first home run at the renovated park and finished with 3 hits and 3 RBI.
The Royals host the Cleveland Indians on Monday and Tuesday at 7:10 and on Wednesday at 1:10. Come on out to the stadium to root for your Royals in a division showdown while checking out the renovations!
The Royals aren’t the only area team playing games in Surprise. KU’s baseball squad had a weekend set against perennial national powerhouse Arizona State.
On Saturday, the Jayhawks received a tour of Royals camp. Catcher John Buck fashioned a KU baseball hat and gave pointers to a few members of the KU squad, who proceeded to defeat the 4th-ranked Sun Devils, 3-2.
Earlier in camp, Buck sported Florida Gators gear as a prank toward Ryan Shealy, a former Florida standout.
Now, John has adopted another prominent university. Buck proudly took bragging rights over teammate and ASU alum Willie Bloomquist.
The Royals picked up their first Spring Training win on Thursday. Today, they travel to Scottsdale to play the Giants. Our pitching matchup is one that you’d love to see in the regular season when these guys could stretch it out and go deep into the game. Zack Greinke will make his 2009 debut against San Francisco newcomer Randy Johnson. The Big Unit is looking to put the icing on his Hall of Fame résumé in 2009 as he is 5 regular season wins shy of 300. Here’s the Friday lineup, along with Thursday’s home run swings from John Buck and Coco Crisp.
Alberto Callaspo – 2B
Mike Aviles – SS
Billy Butler – DH
Ryan Shealy – 1B
Miguel Olivo – C
Corey Smith – 3B
Mitch Maier – CF
Tommy Murphy – LF
Chris Lubanski – RF
Zack Greinke – RHP
The Royals have been extremely active in their Arizona spring home the last few days. Yesterday, in addition to going through physicals and a typical three-hour workout, catcher John Buck, first baseman Ryan Shealy and do-everything man Mark Teahen drove across the Valley of the Sun to Mark Grace’s Super Bowl Classic. The former Cub and D’Back hosts a celebrity bowling tournament each year in Scottsdale to benefit a specific charity. This season, the proceeds from the event went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Buck, Shealy and Teahen were joined by more than 50 other celebrities and athletes such as Bob Uecker, Greg Maddux, and actor Bill Murray, who displayed his bowling talents as Ernie ‘Big Ern’ McCracken in Kingpin. Shealy rolled the highest score of the night among the three, putting a 173 on the board with the help of Buck, who bowled a strike while Ryan was away for a minute. All three bowled in the straight variety, electing not to put spin on the ball. Buck and Shealy shared a 16-pound ball simply because their fingers wouldn’t fit into any others. Apparently, Buck’s strategy was just to throw the ball as hard as possible at the pins while Shealy and Teahen were a bit more aware of aiming. All three said they were able to make their bowling shoes look good, so we guess that’s something. While none of the three won the tournament, they contributed in other ways, including Mark Teahen’s purchase in the silent auction of an NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals football helmet signed by the entire team. ATH is positive that will become one of Teahen’s prized possessions since he is a die-hard Cardinals fan, season ticket holder, and even made the trip across the country to the Super Bowl a few weeks ago.
Sunday was no less eventful here in Surprise.
The players and coaches arrived early to the complex for photo day. This is the day where all the photo agencies, including MLB Photos, Getty Images, Associated Press and Topps, visit the complex to take photos of the players for 2009. The images you will see all season on Kauffman’s giant CrownVision were created today.
In addition to photo day, today was FanFest day at Surprise Stadium. After the complex-mate Rangers worked out on the field for about an hour, the Boys in Blue took the field at 10 a.m. for a one hour and 15 minute workout complete with batting practice, relay throws and infield practice. Following the on-field workout, the team retired to the back fields for an intrasquad game. Famed bowler Ryan Shealy was one of three Royals to go deep in the intrasquad game.
Manager Trey Hillman was joined by pitchers Joakim Soria, Gil Meche and Ron Mahay for an autograph session and first baseman Kila Ka’aihue, third baseman Corey Smith and catcher J.R. House participated in a home run derby on the Surprise Stadium main field. House and University of Kansas product Travis Metcalf, a Rangers player, tied setting up a swing-off. The former Jayhawk prevailed, but it was a great effort by the Royals catcher and non-roster invite. ATH thinks if they settled it by who could throw a football the longest, House would have prevailed considering he was a big-time quarterback recruit coming out of West Virginia.
Stay tuned for more behind the scenes updates from Surprise, Arizona. Remember, games are just three days away as the Royals kick off the spring slate on Wednesday against the Rangers. Horacio Ramirez is scheduled to get the ball to start the opener.
As we wrap up our FanFest photo coverage, we bring you photos of the players and Sluggerrr mingling with the people who make FanFest what it is…you, the fans!
Many fans smiled for the camera while sitting alongside their favorite Royals at the photo stage. Joakim and Kyle, say cheese!
The interactive displays were a hit with fans of all ages…current and former Royals were on hand with teaching tips for the next generation of ballplayers. John Buck advised fans on batting stances while Willie Wilson was a speed coach.
After participating in the activities, some gave Sluggerrr ‘four’ while others grabbed a hot dog and headed for the stadium seats.
The excitement of FanFest can be a bit taxing. Rest up Royals fans, full squad Spring Training workouts begin four weeks from tomorrow!
Last night, the Royals inked left-hander Jimmy Gobble to a one-year contract, thereby avoiding arbitration. Today, catcher John Buck and right-handed reliever Joel Peralta (at left) reached terms with the club on one-year deals. Four arbitration eligible players remain unsigned: Brian Bannister, Zack Greinke, Mike Jacobs, and Mark Teahen. Teams and players are exchanging salary figures today. Arbitration hearings, if necessary, will start Feb. 1.
Chat with Trey
On Tuesday, we brought you coverage of Trey Hillman’s press conference. Now it’s your turn to ask the questions. Trey will be the next guest in the Royals Relay Chat Series. Start thinking of your questions now…the chat is next Tuesday, October 7, at 2 p.m. Central time on royals.com. You must be registered with royals.com to participate. It’s free, so if you don’t have an account, sign up now!
Royals in the Community
Royals catcher John Buck and his wife Brooke (pictured at left with Brandon and Janeen Duckworth) are the Ambassadors for the Third Annual March of Dimes Blue Jean Ball. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 11 at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel (6100 College Blvd., near the Overland Park Convention Center). John and Brooke are the parents of twin sons, born prematurely on May 15. They will donate $5,000 to the March of Dimes. Royals Charities will match John and Brooke’s contribution. Don’t miss this event. Buy your tickets today!
Save the date for another can’t miss event…Diamond of Dreams is set for July 23, 2009. This on-field event is a great way to mingle with some of your favorite Royals while supporting Royals Charities.
The Boys in Blue are in Minnesota tonight, for the first time since the opening weekend of the season. If your counting, that’s 136 games ago. With un-balanced scheduling, our divisional games have been spread out and come in bunches.
The Royals played Minnesota the first two weekends of the season went over a month without seeing them again, then went two months without a game versus the Twins. Now, we visit Minneapolis twice in three weeks, once on each of the remaining road trips. For a look at how things shake out the rest of the way, let’s go Around the Horn…
John Buck was on the radio this morning talking about the season and what’s left to play for. Obviously Dayton Moore and Trey Hillman both have said they want to evaluate certain players to see how they fit into the team’s future. But Buck also mentioned playing the role of spoiler. He said while he’d rather be in a different position, there is something to be taken from playing well against teams fighting to make the playoffs.
The most publicized example in recent Royals history was in 2006. The Royals entered Detroit in the final weekend of the regular season and swept the Tigers right out of the playoffs, by taking all three games. Detroit finished one game back from the Twins, and finished as the Wild Card team instead of the Central Division Champs. Torii Hunter, who is now an Angel, sent over some champagne to the Royals’ clubhouse during the Twins first trip to Kauffman Stadium in 2007 as a thank you (the Royals eventually had to give the gift back to avoid Hunter getting a fine).
With two series left versus the Twins and one with the White Sox, the Royals stand in a position to have a serious impact on who represents the Central in the playoffs. Currently Minnesota trails Chicago by two and half games, after going 5-9 on their long road trip. The Twins are seven back from Boston in the Wild Card hunt.
So the Royals will see a team desperate for wins this week and face three pitchers whose ERA sits under 4.00 in: Nick Blackburn (tonight, 3.71 ERA), Kevin Slowey (tomorrow, 3.75 ERA) and Francisco Liriano (Thursday, 3.33 ERA). It will be a tough test, but will certainly help with the team’s ongoing evaluation.
The Burlington Bees are the Western Division Champs and are just three wins (best-of-five series) from becoming Champions of the Midwest League. They finished their second sweep of the playoffs on Sunday, downing Cedar Rapids 2-1. Luis Cota was the star of the game, limiting the Cedar Rapids Kernels to one run on three hits in seven innings of work. Cota, a Royals 10th rounder in 2003, had seven K’s during Sunday’s game.
It took the Bees just four wins (two best-of-three series) to get where they are after finishing as the Western Division Champs for the second half of the season. Now they’ve blown through the playoffs, sweeping the Kane County Cougars and the Kernels to become one of the last two teams alive. It’s their first MWL Championship appearance since 1999.
Now they await the end of the Eastern Conference Championship, which is scheduled to resume play after being rained out last night. The South Bend Silverhawks currently hold the 1-0 advantage in the best-of-three series. With a win tonight, South Bend would face Burlington tomorrow and Thursday. If the Dayton Dragons win tonight, the series will go to Game 3 tomorrow and the Midwest Championship will open on Thursday with the first two games at Burlington’s Community Field.
Burlington is currently home to the Royals No. 1 overall draft pick from 2007, Mike Moustakas. The third baseman led the MWL in homer with 22 and won the Bees’ Player of the Year Award. He and the rest of the Minor League Player of the Year winners will be at the K to sign autographs on Futures Night, which is the last Friday home game of the season (September 19).
The Royals are 4-2 in September…Mike Aviles has played 82 games now (half a season), and he owns a .324 batting average which is tops among American League rookies. He’s also first in on-base percentage (.354), third in slugging (.476), fourth in doubles (24), fifth in hits (109) and sixth in runs…Tonight’s starter Brian Bannister has a 2.91 ERA over his last three starts, despite a 0-2 record…Zack Greinke made his 100th start Sunday, becoming the third youngest Royal to reach the milestone at 24 years and 321 days. Only Bret Saberhagen (23 years and 133 days) and Jose Rosado (24 years and 286 days) were younger when they reached 100.
We’ve got just one week left here at the K. Around the Horn has been trying to clean out the offices all day in anticipation of the renovations kicking into full gear immediately following the season. On that note we’d like to say thanks to all of the season ticket holders and those who bought advanced tickets. Those of you who moved seats to accommodate the renovation process were extremely helpful and understanding. Thank you!
Promotions list: Remember retro-pricing for the four games during the Seattle series.
Tuesday 16: Final T-Shirt Tuesday this season. It’s a blue long-sleeve tee for the fall.
Wednesday 17: One last Ink College Night, plus Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day.
Firday 19: Minor League Futures Night, plus Fireworks Friday.
Saturday 20: Stocking caps from FSN-KC. We’ve also added a “Shirts Off Our Backs” promotion in which you can buy a scratch ticket for $1 and have a chance to win one of the jerseys which will be worn that night. More info on this coming soon.
Sunday 21: The final home game of the season. One last Sprint Fun Run and Bob Evans Family and Friends Day.
Today’s Official Game Notes.