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Royals agree to terms with Kyle Davies for 2011, avoiding arbitration

9-16 Davies.jpgThe Royals have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Kyle Davies on a one-year contract for 2011, avoiding arbitration.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.  The deal leaves first baseman Billy Butler as the Royals only unsigned arbitration-eligible player.

Davies, 27, was 8-12 with a 5.34 ERA in a career-high 32 starts for the Royals in 2010.  The right-hander, acquired from the Atlanta Braves on July 31, 2007, is 42-56 with a 5.49 ERA in 138 career Major League games (131 starts), including a 28-35 record with a 5.15 ERA in 86 starts for Kansas City.

 

Ned Yost media session: September 15

Kuntz to work with Instructional League squad

Rusty Kuntz will travel to Arizona tomorrow to mentor young outfielders and work with players on Kansas City’s Instructional League team.  Kuntz will return to his role as a Special Assistant to the General Manager for Player Development officially following the 2010 season.  Omaha manager Mike Jirschele, who has been with the club since Friday as an additional coach, will assume first base coaching duties for the remainder of the season. 

Yost wants to see players arrive in Kansas City as a polished product and with less need for development once they get here.  He believes that Kuntz can help that process as Yost mentioned that Rusty is one of the best outfielder and baserunning coaches he’s ever seen.

Naturals battle for Texas League crown

The NW Arkansas Naturals are facing Midland in a best-of-five series for the Texas League Championship.  Game one is tonight in Springdale.  Yost is pleased for the squad and believes that the core belief in winning can transition to any level.  He talked about his son, Ned IV, who is currently coaching with the Helena Brewers, a Pioneer League playoff entrant.  The elder Yost believes that a team should feel the same level of accomplishment in winning their minor league title as they would in winning a World Series.  The goal is to be the best in that respective league.

Davies delivers

Kyle Davies is having another strong September.  He’s 2-0 this month and 9-1 in his last 10 September starts.  Yost was asked about Davies’ success and whether he can continue it, no matter what month the calendar says.  Yost has seen progress since the All-Star Break, noting that the pitcher has been duplicating his mechanics since the mid-July break.  

Ned Yost Media Session: July 18

Rust vs. Rest

Manager Yost doesn’t think that rust is a factor in KC’s slow start to the second half.  He pointed out that every team has a layoff.

Not peeking at the standings

Yost is emphasizing a day-to-day approach and looking at what it takes to win each game.  He doesn’t study the record or the standings.  The focus is to move toward .500.

Getz in the lineup

Chris Getz will make a start at second today.  He has also taken some ground balls at third base.

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Media members were asking about Kyle Davies, who will make the start on Monday.  Davies has had an up and down season.  Yost acknowledges that Davies has had command issues but knows that his stuff has always been there.

 

John Buck, Josh Anderson non-tendered; Royals sign Bannister, Colon, Davies for 2010

The Kansas City Royals announced that the club will not tender 2010 Major League contracts to catcher John Buck and outfielder Josh Anderson.  In addition, the Royals also reached agreements with right-handed pitchers Brian Bannister, Roman Colon and Kyle Davies on Major League contracts for 2010, avoiding arbitration.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
               

Buck, 29, has spent his entire Major League career with the Royals after coming over in a trade from the Houston Astros in 2004.  He batted .247 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 59 games as KC’s backup catcher in 2009.
               

The 27-year old Anderson was acquired by the Royals on July 30 from the Detroit Tigers.  He hit .237 for KC with 12 stolen bases in part-time duty.
               

The 28-year old Bannister posted a 7-12 mark for Kansas City in 2009, his third season with the Royals, recording a 4.73 ERA in 26 starts.  He has recorded a 30-38 mark with a 4.79 ERA in 93 career games, 91 of which are starts.
               

Colon, 30, was 2-3 with a 4.83 ERA in 43 relief appearances for the Royals last season.  Acquired by Kansas City on July 13, 2007, he has an 8-10 career record with a 4.97 ERA over 116 appearances (8 starts) for the Braves, Tigers and Royals.

 

Davies, 26, compiled an 8-9 record and a 5.27 ERA in 22 starts for KC last season.  Acquired at the trading deadline in 2007 from the Atlanta Braves, Davies takes a 34-44 record and a 5.54 career ERA into next season.
               

The moves to non-tender Buck and Anderson currently place the Royals Major League 40-man roster at 38.

September Birthdays

As a new month approaches, it is time to recap our September birthdays:


8-25 Teahen.jpgMark Teahen
celebrated his 28th birthday on September 6.  Mark’s an easy going guy who enjoys a laugh, so it’s no coincidence that he shares his day with comedian Jeff Foxworthy (51) and Saturday Night Live original Jane Curtin (62).


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turned 31 on September 8.  He’s three years older than Jonathan Taylor Thomas of Home Improvement fame.

9-16 Davies.jpg Kyle Davies has pitched well in the ninth month for the last two years.  It’s also his birthday month (26 on September 9).  Celebrities born on this day include actors Michael Keaton (58) and Adam Sandler (43).  The late Colonel Sanders was born on this day in 1890.


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, like Davies, turned 26 this month.  He shares his September 15 birthday with director Oliver Stone (63), actor Tommy Lee Jones (also 63), football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (48) and Britain’s Prince Harry (25).


  

 

 

Lenny DiNardo (30 on September 19) and Carlos Rosa (25 on September 21) received call-ups during the month.  DiNardo shares his day with Hall of Famer Duke Snider (83) and former pitcher Jim Abbott (42).  Rosa’s birthday is the same as Larry Hagman of Dallas (78), novelist Stephen King (62), comedic actor Bill Murray (59) and country singer Faith Hill (42).

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Steve_Busby_S_0a001.jpgSteve Busby turned 60 yesterday (September 29).  The Royals Hall of Famer shares his birthday with former Today host Bryant Gumbel (61).  The late Gene Autry, “The Singing Cowboy” and former owner of the Angels baseball club, was born on this day in 1907.

 

Billy Butler, A.L. Player of the Week, again!

9-3 Butler.jpgCongratulations to Billy Butler, the American League Player of the Week for September 7-13.

Billy batted .419 (13-31) while leading the Majors with 13 hits and 12 RBI last week.  He tied for the Major League lead with five doubles. 

On September 9, Billy collected three doubles in a game for the fourth time this season.  According to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to have four games with three doubles in the same season. 

This is Butler’s second A.L. Player of the Week award this season.  Zack Greinke has also won the award twice in 2009.

Pitcher Kyle Davies received consideration for this week’s award after going 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA. 

Golf Tournament helps Special Olympics

The Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament was held on Monday at The National.  Current players, alumni, and staff took part, helping raise $28,000 for Special Olympics of Greater Kansas City.  Here are a few photos courtesy of team photographer Chris Vleisides.

 


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Fore!  Pitcher Kyle Davies enjoyed a day on the course.  Outfielder Mitch Maier shows the lefty touch on the green.  Maier’s team took the championship

 


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Here’s Royals third base coach Dave Owen congratulating a team member.  ATH heard that D.O. made some big shots.

Royals Hall of Famer/FSKC broadcaster Frank White and Joel Goldberg were mic’d up to tape features for the pregame show.

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Butler Golf.jpgFinally, first baseman Billy Butler was all smiles after his round as he spent some time with his daughter Kenley. 

Girl's Night Out Photos

Here are a few photos from Girl’s Night Out, including Mark Teahen, Kyle Davies, and Ron Mahay participating in the pre-game event, the new fountain baseball in the Outfield Experience and a special honorary lineup.  If you didn’t make it to tonight’s Girl’s Night Out, check out the promotions schedule and make plans now to come out to the second GNO of 2009 on September 24 against the Red Sox!

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Royals Caravan heads west

Right-handed pitchers Brian Bannister and Kyle Davies, broadcaster Steve Stewart, and Royals Hall of Famers Frank White and John Mayberry are touring western Kansas this week. Senior Director of Community Relations Ben Aken and Senior Director of Publicity Lora Grosshans (a Minneapolis, Kan. native) are traveling with the group. They sent us these photos.

IMG_5158.JPGDay one featured stops in Emporia, Topeka, and Lawrence. A family in Emporia wanted to have their baby signed. Here, Big John Mayberry places his autograph on the little one.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5178 smaller 2.jpgThe day ended with a special visit to the KU-Texas A&M game at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence. Brian Bannister caught up with a familiar face, Bob Davis, the voice of the Jayhawks and Royals baseball on the Royals Radio Network. Brian attended USC and loves his cardinal and gold, but he proudly sported KU blue as the Jayhawks cruised to a 20-point victory.

D20_9607.jpgOn Tuesday, the caravan rolled into Fort Riley, home of the U.S. Army’s First Infantry Division, also known as the Big Red One. Our crew demonstrated a tough guy pose as they stepped off the bus.

D20_9635.jpgInside the Post Exchange, it was all smiles as the Fort Riley FRG (Family Readiness Group) was presented a $25,000 check from Royals Charities. The donation to the Fort Riley Family Readiness Group will support the families of the 4,000 men and women from Fort Riley that were deployed to Iraq in October. Family Readiness Groups are organized to serve as an important source of inspiration, training and support for a unit’s family members during deployment.

Then, our group met with the troops and their families. RSS Feed (Subscribe to this blog)

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On the left: Back row:  Spc. Hernandez, Spc. Knox, Frank White, Cpt. Fultcher, Master Sgt. Sellers, John Mayberry, Sgt. Lee, Staff Sgt.
Schieble, Pvt. Doss, Sgt. Chisholm, Staff Sgt. Brooks, Kyle Davies.

Front Row:  Maj. Hogan, Sgt. Castro, 1st Lt. Roshak, Spc. Henneberque, Spc. Nelson, Brian Bannister

FanFest Photos: Fan/Player Interaction

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! 

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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.

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After participating in the activities, some gave Sluggerrr ‘four’ while others grabbed a hot dog and headed for the stadium seats.

 

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Thumbnail image for D20_7472.jpgThe excitement of FanFest can be a bit taxing. Rest up Royals fans, full squad Spring Training workouts begin four weeks from tomorrow!

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