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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.

Monday lineup: Twins in town

The Minnesota Twins make their first appearance at the “New” K tonight.  Here’s your Kansas City lineup:

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – RF

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Maier – CF

T. Pena, Jr. – SS

Hochevar – P

Thursday lineup: Series finale in Houston

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Callaspo – 2B

Guillen – RF

Jacobs – 1B

Teahen – 3B

Olivo – C

Maier – CF

Bannister – P

Wednesday lineup

DeJesus – LF

Callaspo – 2B

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

B. Pena – C

Hernandez – SS

Maier – CF

Hochevar – P

Royals sign four draft picks, including Razorbacks

The Royals have signed four more draft picks from the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft, including the double play combination from 2009 College World Series entrant the University of Arkansas. 

 

Razorbacks’ senior shortstop Scott Lyons, KC’s 15th round pick, and senior second baseman Benjamin Tschepikow, a 17th round selection, signed their contracts at Springdale’s Arvest Ballpark, home of KC’s Double-A affiliate Northwest Arkansas Naturals.  The duo will be separated as Lyons will begin his pro career for the Royals’ Arizona Rookie League team in Surprise, while Tschepikow will start at Idaho Falls (R) in the Pioneer League.  Also inking was left-handed pitcher Jonathon Keck, KC’s 42nd round pick from Bethel College in Tennessee, and 47th round selection Anthony Howard, a centerfielder from Quince Orchard High in Maryland.

 

In addition, the Royals have signed Scott Shimek, a right-handed pitcher from St. Mary’s University (TX), as an undrafted free agent.

 

The Royals have now signed 22 of their 49 selections and four undrafted free agents.  For a full list of 2009 draftees and signings, follow this link:

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/team/draft.jsp?c_id=kc

Tuesday lineup: Greinke batting eighth

The Royals will play their fourth regular season series in Houston this week (the clubs also finished the preseason slate with exhibition games in Houston from 2004-2007).

The pitcher is required to bat in Interleague games played at National League parks.  Trey Hillman is taking a page out of Tony La Russa’s book by putting Zack Greinke in the eighth slot in the lineup tonight.  Zack loves to hit, and he belted his first Major League home run in 2005 at Arizona off of Russ Ortiz, who happens to be pitching for Houston tonight.  Here’s your Kansas City lineup:

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Greinke – P

Maier – CF 

Sunday lineup: Meche looks to extend June dominance

The I-70 Series wraps up today, with Gil Meche taking the mound.  Gil has the best June ERA (2.82) among active MLB pitchers with at least 200.0 IP during the month.  He is 20-6 lifetime and 2-0 this year with a 0.41 ERA in 3 starts.

Here’s your Royals lineup:

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

Olivo – C

Hulett – 2B

Maier – CF

Meche – P

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