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Ned Yost Media Session July 22

Royals starter Jason Vargas was placed on the 15-day disabled list after he tore his left ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game.  The Royals recalled Yordano Ventura, to take his place on the 25-man roster, one day after sending Ventura down to Triple-A Omaha.  Manager Ned Yost made the decision to bring back Ventura because if he did not bring Ventura back today, “Ace” would have to stay in the Minors for 10 days.  Yost also noted that the Royals needed a starter for Sunday and Ventura was their best option.  Regarding Vargas’ injury, Yost said, “the report didn’t come back good, and he’s definitely going to have surgery” and most likely “Tommy John” surgery.

Despite losing Vargas in the second inning, the Royals bullpen picked up the void and scattered seven hits and one run across 7.2 innings, with 10 strikeouts, to get the win over the Pirates.  Having a bullpen that can pitch nearly an entire game extremely effectively gives the Royals a “big advantage” over other teams in the league. “We’ve got guys who can come in the ball game and hold the ball game right there and give us a chance to score,” said Yost.

By: Sal DeFeo

Ned Yost Media Session July 21

Royals pitcher Yordano “Ace” Ventura was optioned to Triple-A Omaha and starter Jason Vargas was reinstated.  Manager Ned Yost said that the move was influenced a lot by using Kris Medlen last night and the recent workload of the bullpen.  According to Yost, the move will also be good for Ventura to get his confidence back with a few starts in Omaha to work on his command, “a lot of times it good for a player to take a step back, so they can take three or four steps forward,” said Yost.

The entire Royals organization including staff, players and front office all have confidence in Ventura that he will be ready to go after his stint in the minors is over.  Manager Yost told the media that if we (the Royals) are going to make it back to the World Series this year he (Ventura) will be a big part of it.  Ventura is scheduled to make his first start in Triple-A this Saturday.

Jason Vargas will start tonight for the first time since going on the disabled list five weeks ago.  Vargy threw 90 pitches in his last rehab start, without any discomfort and should not be limited by a pitch count.

By: Sal DeFeo

Ned Yost Media Session July 20

Danny Duffy pitched a career-high 8.0 innings yesterday, giving the Royals bullpen a much needed day off according to Yost, as the Royals are just beginning a 17-game stretch without an off day. Duffy was able reach this achievement with the help of his defense, with many great plays by multiple players.

Five years ago the Royals and Pirates were both towards the bottom of the league in terms of wins, however now both are among the best in baseball. Yost sees many similarities between the two clubs from the defense and pitching quality, to how the teams bring up talent within the organization and develop players.

Also giving a boost to the Royals bullpen, Kris Medlen, was placed on the active roster today and will be available for the Pittsburgh series. Yost said that Medlen has worked hard to get back to the Majors after two Tommy John surgeries and has built up his arm strength to throw around 100 pitches if needed. He provide depth to the bullpen as a long reliever and could even see a spot start if injuries were to occur.

By: Sal DeFeo

Photos: Omar Infante introduced at Kauffman Stadium

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The Aoki trade: Dayton Moore conference call notes

The Royals and General Manager Dayton Moore held a conference call with reporters Thursday morning following KC’s acquisition of outfielder Norichika Aoki (pronounced: nor-EACH-kah AH-okee) for left-handed pitcher Will Smith.

The first questions revolved around how this trade impacts additional offseason possibilities.  Moore feels that his team is improved, but doesn’t feel that the offseason is complete, saying that the situation is fluid.  The Royals will continue to pursue players through trades and free agency.

Moore noted that Aoki can play all three outfield positions.  The Royals see him as an above-average right fielder who has enough athleticism to play center field.  He runs very good routes in the outfield and is a smart, instinctive player.  Aoki played all three outfield positions in Milwaukee, with most of the work as a right fielder.

Moore said that new third base coach Dale Sveum likes Aoki’s abilities after seeing him play against the Cubs the last two years.  Aoki figures to be KC’s leadoff hitter, which will move Alex Gordon more toward the middle of the lineup.

Smith, 24, spent parts of the last two seasons at the Major League level, making 16 starts in 2012 before moving to a bullpen role midway through 2013.  Smith excelled in the bullpen role, holding batters to a .170 average.  Moore said that all deals come with a cost and you have to give up quality (players) in order to acquire quality.

Eric Hosmer named 2013 Les Milgram Royals Player of the Year

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The Royals announced today that first baseman Eric Hosmer has been named the 2013 Les Milgram Royals Player of the Year.  The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).
Hosmer, 24, earned his first Les Milgram Player of the Year award after leading the team with a .302 batting average with a career-high 34 doubles, 17 homers and 79 RBI.  He paced the American League with 60 multi-hit games, which were tied for the fifth-most in Royals history.  Kansas City’s first-round selection in 2008, Hosmer ranked seventh in the league in hits (188), ninth in overall batting average (.302) and sixth in batting average vs. left-handed pitching (.323).  On May 18, he was batting .244 with 4 doubles, a homer and 11 RBI, but from May 19 on, he hit .317 with a Major League-leading 156 hits, 30 doubles, 16 homers, 68 RBI and a .484 slugging percentage.  He was selected as the Majestic Royals Player of the Month three times (June, July and August) during the season, while he hit over .300 in each of the last four months of the year, including .324 in July and September.  Hosmer earned his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2013.
The Royals announced yesterday that closer Greg Holland has been named the 2013 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year, while starting pitcher James Shields was honored with the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award last week.

Royals renew Player Development Contract with Omaha through 2014

The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has extended its Player Development Contract (PDC) with Omaha through the 2014 season. 

Triple-A Omaha, an affiliate from the franchises’ inception in 1969, will move into a new ballpark in Sarpy County (Neb.) in April of 2011.  A member of the Pacific Coast League American North division, Omaha has compiled a 77-62 record this season.

Photos: Kendall walk-off celebration

What a weekend of baseball!  The Royals and White Sox played 31 innings in just over 22 hours.  The Royals played three consecutive extra-inning games for the first time since June 9 to 11, 2000 vs. Pittsburgh.  Jason Kendall caught two of those three games for Pittsburgh in Kansas City in 2000.  Today’s hero?  Jason Kendall, who again caught two of the three extra-inning games.  Kendall delivered a walk-off single in the 10th, lifting Kansas City to a 3-2 win.

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Photos: Herzog to the Hall

Congratulations to Whitey Herzog, who will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame today.  Herzog led the Royals to three consecutive division crowns from 1976-78 and is the franchise leader with 410 wins as a manager.  Whitey’s KC connection began as a player, first in the minors with the Kansas City Blues in 1952, then again in the Majors with the Kansas City A’s from 1958-60. 

Coverage of today’s ceremony runs from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. Central on MLB Network.  We’ll have our DVR up and running so we can catch the Royals game (12:05 in New York) and Whitey’s speech.

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Broadcast Auction set for July 27; additional items open for bid online now!

On Tuesday, FSKC viewers will have the opportunity to bid on eight unique ballpark experiences during the Royals/Twins game.  The auction begins at 6:30 p.m. during the Hy-Vee Royals LIVE pre-game show and continues throughout the game telecast.  All proceeds from the event will benefit Royals Charities.

Fans will have an opportunity to support Royals Charities by phoning in bids for unique experiences including batting lessons with Billy Butler or a grounds crew experience in which the winner will get to change a base during the game.  Most experiences include game tickets in the BATS Crown Club.

Frank_and_Ryan.JPGExperiences scheduled to be auctioned off are listed below.

Grounds Crew Experience for Two

Television/Radio Broadcast Experience for Two

Royals Deluxe Autographed Hall of Fame Package

Suite Night with George Brett – Friday, July 30 vs. Baltimore Orioles

Grounds.jpgUltimate VIP Batting Practice and Fireworks Experience for Four

Hitting Lessons with Billy Butler for Three

Outfield Experience Kids Birthday Party for 20

Ceremonial First Pitch Honors

 

 

 

Fans are encouraged to visit www.royals.com/broadcastauction for package details.  The site will also feature some additional auction items available exclusively through the royals.com.  The online auction began at 9:00 a.m. today and will close at midnight on Tuesday, July 27.

Bret Saberhagen Autographed Jersey

Zack Greinke Autographed Cap

George Brett Autographed Pole Banner                                       

Billy Butler Autographed Jersey

Yuniesky Betancourt Autographed Jersey

In addition, Royals Charities will also be offering a limited number of exclusive Royals ticket packages during the Broadcast Auction.  The package, valued at over $200, includes:

Four Field Box Tickets for either September 17 vs. Cleveland or October 2 vs. Tampa Bay

Four All-Day Passes for Outfield Experience Games                  

$25 Blanc Burgers + Bottles Gift Card

$5 Sheridan’s Frozen Custard Gift Card                                         

A Blue Reserved Parking Pass

A Royals T-Shirt                                                                                          

A Royals Cap

Visit www.royals.com/broadcastauction for more details!

 

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