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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
The Royals and Chiefs are partnering on a special two-pack ticket and parking package for the Major League Baseball-Monday Night Football doubleheader at the Truman Sports Complex on Monday, September 13. Fans may take advantage of this special offer at www.kc2pack.com or by visiting the Chiefs Ticket Office during regular business hours (Monday- Friday from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM).
Fans are encouraged to be a part of one of the most eagerly-anticipated single-day sporting events in recent Kansas City history. Jackson County residents can purchase tickets beginning tomorrow, July 8, at 10:00 a.m. at the Chiefs ticket box office window with a personal tax receipt. Tickets will go on sale to the Royals and Chiefs season-tickets holders on July 9 at 10:00 am. The general public will then be able to purchase tickets beginning at 1:00 p.m. on July 9.
Fans can purchase this special two-pack to the MLB-NFL doubleheader on September 13 for as little as $68 per package (one seat for both games). The Royals will offer tickets in the Dugout Plaza, Field Box, Field Plaza and Hy-Vee Reserve Box sections. The Chiefs will have tickets available in the following sections: Lower Level Red Zone, Upper Level Red Select, Upper Level TD Zone and Upper Level Red Reserve.
The action begins at 2:10 p.m. (CDT) when the Royals host the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium. Fans purchasing the special two-pack discounted parking option for $25 (savings of $7) will be able to remain parked and begin tailgating in preparation for the grand opening of the New Arrowhead. The evening will conclude when the Chiefs face the San Diego Chargers at 9:15 p.m. (CDT) as Monday Night Football makes its long-awaited return to Kansas City.
For more information fans can contact the Royals at (816) 504-4040 (Option 3) or by email at email@example.com.