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Picollo to chat on Tuesday at royals.com

Tomorrow you can ask J.J. Picollo about his thoughts on the 2009 First Year Player Draft and Kansas City’s minor league system.  Picollo, KC’s Assistant General Manager-Scouting & Player Development, joined the Royals in 2006 as Director of Player Development.  He has been in charge of the Royals minor league system since that time and 2009 was his first year to oversee Kansas City’s draft process. 

The chat starts a bit earlier this month – at noon.  Have your questions ready and log on to royals.com!

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/fan_forum/chat.jsp?c_id=kc

Alex in Omaha and Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session

Alex is back, just not here (yet)

Third baseman Alex Gordon is back, he’s just not in Kansas City…yet.  Gordon has been out since April 15 after surgery for torn cartilage in his hip, but continues his long awaited comeback tonight for the Triple-A affiliate, Omaha Royals.  “There is no pain to report of in his hip at the present moment, the swinging of a bat is not a problem, however, running and moving laterally is still a tedious and difficult process we are working through,” says Manager Trey Hillman.  “Running on the base paths seems to be the biggest hurdle we have to overcome with Alex, that and regaining the ability to maneuver comfortably.”  We certainly hope for an exciting and special homecoming tonight for Alex in his home state of Nebraska.

Baseball is FUN-damental

There seemed to be an emphasis put on the fundamentals of baseball today during afternoon practice.  With numerous blunders in the field and on the bases in recent weeks, Hillman made it especially clear that the fundamental mistakes that are continuing to hamstring this club are unacceptable and discouraging at the same time.  “On a scale of 1-10, I would say the mistakes that are being made are a 10 on the difficult to handle scale. This game isn’t without challenges, I know not every team can play fundamentally sound baseball like the Minnesota Twins, but you still have to work extremely hard at the basics of game, as you can see, it can cost you games.” said Hillman.

 

Friday lineup: Greinke, Buck Night, Fireworks

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – 3B

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Olivo – C

Jacobs – DH

Callaspo – 2B

Hernandez – SS

Maier – CF

Greinke – P

Royals Hall of Fame Classic Online Auction

The Royals Hall of Fame Classic is coming up on July 17.  A team of Royals greats, led by Willie Wilson, will take on a team of former MLB stars headlined by Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins.

Don’t miss your chance to bid on a few unique auction items for the event.  You (or someone of your choice) could be the honorary first or third base coach or a bat boy/bat girl for the event!  The package includes the opportunity to be on the field for the Hall of Fame Classic plus the chance to participate in pre and post game activities with the players, including a special reception on July 16.  For the kids (12 and up) there is a chance to be the honorary bat boy/bat girl at the game.  You will be instructed by the bat boys from the 1985 World Series team!

Bid today at royals.com!

http://royals.auction.mlb.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/CategoryDisplay?cgmenbr=33308339&cgrfnbr=36815

Thursday lineup: White Sox in town

7:10 game tonight at Kauffman Stadium…come on out to watch the White Sox and Royals!  Friday night is Buck Night plus the Independence Weekend Fireworks Spectacular.  Here’s your Kansas City lineup:

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

Olivo – C

Jacobs – DH

Callaspo – 2B

Maier – CF

Chen – P

Wednesday matinee lineup

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – RF

Butler – 1B

Guillen – DH

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

B. Pena – C

Hernandez – SS

Maier – CF

Meche – P

Royals Hall of Famers raise awareness for ALS

ALS Willie Wilson.jpgThe 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” speech is this Saturday, July 4.  The Royals are joining Major League Baseball in the fight against ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”  Each MLB team that is at home on July 4 will host a reading of Gehrig’s farewell speech and all players will wear a “4♦ALS” patch in support of the cause.  Representatives from the ALS Association, ALS TDI, MDA’s Augie’s Quest and Project A.L.S. will be on hand at Kauffman Stadium.  

ALS Dennis Leonard.jpgRoyals Hall of Famers George Brett, Dennis Leonard, Frank White and Willie Wilson are taking part in the special reading of Lou Gehrig’s speech.  Dennis and Willie stopped by the office today to record their lines.  Here are some exclusive pictures!  Special thanks to Royals associates Ben Aken, Senior Director of Community Relations, and Chris DeRuyscher, Director of Event Presentation and Production, for their work on the video project.

To learn more about on the “4♦ALS” cause including opportunities to support the fight against ALS, please visit MLB.com.

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: June 30

Hochevar soaring to new heights

Many reporters were asking manager Trey Hillman what to make of all the fly ball outs by starting pitcher Luke Hochevar, who is primarily a ground ball specialist.  “Yeah, their sure were a lot of fly ball outs last night, what can I say, he’s locating all his pitches better, is really what it is.  It is very encouraging to see as a manager, he’s progressing and becoming more of a pitcher and less of a thrower, it happens at some point to most through maturity and development.” 

How’s everyone doing?

If it was up to Jose Guillen, he would be in the starting line-up tonight against the Minnesota Twins, but it’s not and he isn’t.  The good news is however, they both agree that in a pinch, Guillen’s services are available if need be.  So look for a well rested Jose Guillen in the later innings of the game to help out if needed, if not he is expected to be ready to start tomorrow against Glen Perkins and the Twins (1:10 pm).  Gil Meche had a very successful throwing session yesterday before the game, allaying any fears he or the coaching staff might have about his lack of velocity and consistency.  He is on track and scheduled to pitch tomorrow against Minnesota.   John Buck has been doing quite well with his rehab assignment, throwing the ball and batting without too much discomfort.  “There have been no setbacks to this point, John is moving along very well,” says Hillman.

Tuesday lineup: Royals vs. Twins

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – RF

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Maier – CF

T. Pena, Jr. – SS

Bannister – P

Trey Hillman Media Session: June 29

.400?

Manager Trey Hillman was asked about Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer possibly being able to hit .400 for the entire season.  “He is an excellent hitter, man, I mean he is really good, but it is doubtful he will able to continue this pace for a full year,” said Hillman.  Trey stated, “There are just too many variables, an amazing amount of good things have to go right for something like that to happen again. The wear and tear of a season, playing enough games, injuries, the weather, staying healthy, all play a serious factor, it’s not just about your hitting ability,” said Hillman. 

Who’s on the mend and who isn’t

Royals outfielder Jose Guillen has been given the day off with a sore left side and his time off could be extended a day or two depending on how he feels tomorrow.  Gil Meche threw in the bullpen and everything should be good for his start on Wednesday.  Alex Gordon has been striking the ball well on his rehab stint in Arizona, the same can not be said for his ability to run and maneuver as of yet.  According to Hillman, he is, as expected, having considerable trouble planting his feet, running, and maneuvering in the field and on the base paths.  “He is having difficulty running, we all knew this was going to be a slow and arduous process, he is doing as well as can be expected, and when he comes back it is still going to take time, and there will be day’s where Alex will need time off,” says Hillman.

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