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Royals offer arbitration to Grudzielanek

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This just in…the Royals have offered arbitration to free agent second baseman Mark Grudzielanek.  The veteran second baseman has until 11 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7 to either accept or reject the arbitration offer.

Grudzielanek batted .299 with 3 home runs and 24 RBI in 86 games for the Royals in 2008. ‘Grud’ collected his 2000th career hit on July 12 versus Seattle. He did not play after suffering a sprained right ankle in an August 1 collision with Ross Gload.

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Two Homestands Left

9-2 Shealy.jpgSince it’s so late, just a couple quick notes. Let’s go Around the Horn…

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Four new Royals will be in uniform today as the September call-ups. Along with the four call-ups, are a flurry of other moves. Lefties John Bale, Jimmy Gobble and Ron Mahay have all been activated from the Disabled List and in one fell swoop, the Royals bullpen jumped from none to three Southpaws.

Among the call-ups are two newbies (technically three since Yasuhiko Yabuta is still a rookie) and two players who’ve seen some service time. Ryan Shealy played parts of the last two seasons and will rejoin the Major League club. He’s slotted at first tonight, though rain is falling at Kauffman Stadium right now. Yabuta will also make his return, moving back into the bullpen.

9-2 Kila.jpgThe newcomers are Devon Lowery and Kila Ka’aihue. Both have been featured in Gameday magazine this season and both will be putting on their first big league uniform for tonight’s game.

To make all of this work, the Royals Baseball Operations made a flurry of other moves as well to open up roster spots for three players who weren’t on the 40-man roster. Angel Sanchez, Carlos Rosa and Shane Costa were all recalled and placed on the 60-day DL. Each had been on the Minor League DL before the Triple-A Omaha season. Royals second baseman Mark Grudzielanek was also moved to the 60-day, ending speculation that he might return from his ankle injury.

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Congratulations to Mark Teahen. He’s the Roberto Clemente Award winner for the Royals. The Clemente Award is given to the player on each team who both sports the on-field skills to be a valuable member of his team but is also devoted to helping their community.

9-2 Teahen.jpgTeahen has played four positions for the Royals this year and over the weekend, banged homers in back-to-back games, giving him 12 on the year. He also became the first Royal since Brian McRae did it in 1992 to hit two inside-the-park home runs in a single season.

He’s delivered off the field just as well. Earlier this year his fashion show raised $75,000 for the Kansas City area Challenger Division of Little League Baseball. The Challenger program helps children with disabilities to play baseball, using able-bodied buddies and specially-designed fields.

The award comes at a great time for Teahen who has his next Challenger event set in stone at Cold Stone Creamery on the Country Club Plaza. Teahen will be there from 6-7 on Sunday, Sept. 7. During the hour Teahen is there, fans are asked to donate to Challenger instead of regular payment. 100 percent of the money collected during the hour will go to the program.

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Former Royals broadcaster Buddy Blattner is up for the 2009 Ford C. Frick Award (vote here), the same award Denny Mathews won in 2007 and Mariners’ broadcaster Dave Niehaus won in 2008. Around the Horn interviewed Mathews and Niehaus earlier this season about the Cooperstown experience…Mike Aviles chatted with fans earlier today. He still leads rookies in batting average, sitting at .330…You can still get a great deal on gas and Royals tickets. Interested? Check it out…You can also be a hot dog (check here). 


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The next homestand will feature a very special opportunity. A deal this good hasn’t been around since 1973. You can get a seat at the K for $3. Yep, three bucks.

It’s called retro-pricing and it’s a tribute to the old stadium as the Royals prepare for the Grand Re-Opening next season.

So from September 15-18 (the Mariners’series), you can get an upper deck seat for 1973 prices. In addition, general admission parking for the four games is just $5, courtesy of The Parking Spot.

Tonight’s lineup:
DeJesus CF
Aviles SS
Guillen RF
Butler DH
Shealy 1B
Olivo C
Teahen 3B
Callaspo 2B
Gathright CF

Greinke P

Today’s Official Game Notes.

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Military Appreciation Day and FOX Sports – Game 2 vs. the Chi-Sox

Today’s lineup: Today’s game is on FOX Sports, which will be your local FOX affiliate. Game time is 2:55. In honor of Military Appreciation Day, 20,000 camo caps are being handed out at turnstiles…right now.

Mark Grudzielanek sprained his ankle during a collision with Ross Gload in the ninth last night. He’s been placed on the disabled list and Jason Smith has been recalled and will wear No. 26. Smith was hitting .253 at Triple-A Omaha with 20 homers and was an All-Star during the Triple-A All-Star game in Louisville. To make room for Smith, Yasuhiko Yabuta was designated for Assignment.

Aviles SS
German 2B
Teahen RF
Guillen DH
Butler 1B
Gordon 3B
Olivo C
Gload LF
Maier CF

Davies P

Today’s Official Game Notes.

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Final Game before the All-Star break

Walkoff DeJesus.jpgCouple notes:
David DeJesus delivered with a walk-off game winner last night. DeJesus hit the first pitch he saw from Brandon Morrow 371 feet into the Royals’ bullpen. Joey Gathright scored and then the Royals mobbed DeJesus.

It was the Royals first walk-off since April 19, 2005 when Alberto Castillo hit one against Cleveland. And for DeJesus it was his 10th homer of the year, a new career high. His previous high was nine in 2005.

Mark_Grudzielanek_2000_hit_0942.jpgNot to be overshadowed, Mark Grudzielanek connected for hits number 1,999 and 2,000 in his first two at-bats last night. Around the Horn covered his milestone some already and for you stat geeks, expect a full break down later this week with regular season play at a halt.

The Royals will be presenting Joakim Soria with an All-Star jersey. But Soria isn’t the only Royal who will be in New York. Director of Community Relations Ben Aken has already been in the Big Apple for a couple of days. He’s working with Major League Baseball’s community relations staff and was the only team representative chosen to work the game.

Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting Mike Swanson hopped a plane today to head to New York. He’ll be working in the press box and helping with the Media Relations staff to support the huge media contingent covering the game. So congratulations go out to both Aken and Swanson.    

Today’s Lineup:

DeJesus CF
Aviles SS
Teahen RF
Guillen LF
Grudzielanek 2B
Gordon 3B
Butler DH
Gload 1B
Buck C

Davies P

Here’s today’s Official Game Notes.

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2,000 for Grud

Mark_Grudzielanek_2000_hit_8570.jpgMark Grudzielanek singled in his first two at-bats, collecting career hit No. 2,000 on the second pitch he saw in his second at-bat.

Mark_Grudzielanek_2000_hit_8571.jpgHe is the 251st player in Major League history to reach 2,000 hits and the 18th active player.

Mark_Grudzielanek_2000_hit_0948.jpgHe is the sixth player to reach 2,000 in a Royals’ uniform, following George Brett, Hal McRae, Lee May, Amos Otis and Frank White who was the last to accomplish the feat on September 11, 1990.

Mark_Grudzielanek_2000_hit_8601.jpgAccording to Stats Inc., entering today, 13,098 players had recorded at least one hit in the Majors. That doesn’t include Seattle’s Tug Hulett who got his first big league hit tonight.

Mark_Grudzielanek_2000_hit_0942.jpgGrudzielanek has played for five different organizations, collecting 553 hits with Montreal (1995-1998), 673 hits with the Dodgers (1998-2002), 230 hits with the Cubs (2003-2004), 155 hits with St. Louis (2005), and 389 hits with Kansas City (2006-present).

Thumbnail image for Mark_Grudzielanek_2000_hit_8626.jpgMike Aviles congratulates Grudzielanek after the end of the inning (Grud was thrown out at second on a double play).

Grud’s first hit was on May 4, 1995 in the bottom of the 10th inning versus the Mets, when he doubled off lefty Mike Remlinger.

Grudzielanek went 2-for-3 against Seattle lefty Jarrod Washburn and is hitting .391 (25-for-66) against southpaws this season.

 

 

Mark_Grudzielanek_2000_hit_0956.jpgGrudzielanek’s two hits give him 29 multi-hit games this season and 564 during his career.

Big congratulations go out to Grud and a big thank you to team photographer Chris Vleisides.

Around the Horn purposely did not mention Grud today to hopefully lift the jinx. We’d like to think we had a little part to play in tonight’s big moment for him. (kidding) But really, Grudzielanek’s first hit of the night snapped a 0-for-7.

 

 

 

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Milestone Night?

Mark Grudzielanek is on the verge of the elite. Just under two percent of all Major League Baseball players who had a hit make it to 2,000 hits. Grudzielanek is sitting at 1,998. The Royals second baseman had a three-hitter last night against the Sox, inching him closer to a mark that’s been 15 years in the making.

7-10 Grud.jpgTo find out more about just how special 2,000 is, let’s go Around the Horn…

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We said it yesterday as a little extra nugget, but it’s a pretty big deal. Entering today, 13,096 players in Major League history have gotten at least one hit. That number is subject to change at any moment. Already this year, 131 rookies have collected their first hits, including the Royals Mike Aviles who has 38 in 32 games and Matt Tupman who has one in his only game as a big leaguer.

That number doesn’t take into account non-rookies who have picked up their first career hits. The Royals don’t have anyone who falls into that category but Joel Peralta smacked a game winning double to pick up his first career hit in Colorado last season – his third season in the Bigs.

So Grudzielanek will be in an elite category. Only 1.9 percent of Major Leaguers get to that point. Even more elite, he’ll be only the 22nd second basemen to reach the milestone. The Royals have another second baseman on that list, and he will be in the building tonight. Frank White ended his career with 2,006 hits. White was the last player to reach the feat as a Royal, doing it in 1990.

Grudzielanek has a lot going for him. He’s been great against lefties, like Sox starter Mark Buerhle, hitting .397 versus southpaws, which is tops in the American League. He leads the A.L. with a .383 home batting average. And his .319 overall average is fifth in the League and 10th in the Majors.

Tonight might be the night. Are you gonna watch history tonight?

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In the Monster All-Star Final Vote, Jose Guillen couldn’t overcome the strength of Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria, who is putting together a Rookie of the Year caliber season. Longoria has collected a pair of awards this week over Royals players. He also snagged Rookie of the Month for his solid June – an award for which Mike Aviles was a candidate.

So Joakim Soria will go it alone to New York. But Around the Horn can’t thank the fans enough for your support.

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The Royal announced a two-year extension with Wilmington (Del.) to be an Class A affiliate through 2010…Brian Bannister tied a season high with his six strikeouts last night; it was the second game in a row he’s punched out that many…Notes from Trey Hillman’s pre-game press conference: Hillman was asked if David DeJesus might be better suited elsewhere in the lineup and he replied that while DeJesus might be great elsewhere in the lineup, ultimately he is comfy in the leadoff spot and is the spark plug for the Royals’ offense…Also from Hillman: Hillman says he is looking for consistency from the rotation to give the bullpen some rest; the Royals bullpen has seen a lot of action over the last week in helping shut down opponents so the team could make comebacks like the two in Baltimore.

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The Royals also announced today the extension of the relief efforts this weekend. Heart to Heart International will be on hand Sunday to collect donations to support the severe weather relief in the Midwest. Tomorrow was already slated for donations to be given to the American Red Cross and Saturday is the Salvation Army’s night.

For the first two nights of the Seattle series, fans can buy discounted tickets for $12, $5 of which will be given to that night’s organization.

Remember, the “Hats off Weekend” kicks off tomorrow with cowboy hats sponsored by AT&T. Saturday, it wouldn’t be Christmas in July without Santa hats sponsored by MLB 2K8. Finally Sunday, is the New. Blue. Tradition. visor. All giveaways are limited, so make sure we see you out at the K.7-10 Hats off.jpg


Extra Innnings
The Royals are working on a number of things for Military Appreciation Day, which is August 2. Around the Horn would like to request some help from our faithful here at mlblogs.com. If you have pictures of loved ones overseas wearing Royals gear, you can send them to blog@royals.com and we might be able to use them for a presentation during that day’s events. If not, Around the Horn is also working on a special post for that day and may post some of these photos right here. Please include the name of the person, hometown, where they are stationed and what branch they are in.

Thanks for your help.

Tonight’s Lineup:

DeJesus CF
Aviles SS
Grudzielanek 2B
Guillen LF
Teahen RF
Gordon 3B
Butler DH
Gload 1B
Buck C

Greinke P 

Here’s today’s Official Game Notes.

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Vote Jose

Thumbnail image for 7-8 Vote.jpgJust under 24 hours are left in the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Final Vote (polls close at 4 p.m. CT tomorrow) and we’re in full campaign mode.

You may have noticed a temporary new look to the team Web site and the ad in today’s Kansas City Star.

Folks, it is crunch time and Jose needs your help. Around the Horn can only vote so many times. Joakim Soria is in. But it’s going to be a lonely plane ride to and from New York if he goes it alone.

Jose deserves this. Kansas City deserves this. Let’s get him into the game and, let’s go Around the Horn…

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Ok. It’s campaign speech time. And since Jose Guillen is getting ready for tonight’s game, Around the Horn will take over.

7-9 Final Vote.gifDear People of Kansas City, the American League and the World. Jose is an excellent candidate for the 32nd roster spot on the A.L. All-Star Squad. He’s currently third in the League in RBI. The two men in front of Jose and the one behind him on the list are all All-Stars already. His 64 total RBI has already passed the Royals season high from 2007 and he’s on pace for one of the top RBI seasons in Royals history.

Guillen is third in the A.L. with 28 doubles. The Royals team high for doubles in 2007 was 36. The man is a masher. He is the epitome of the word slugger for the Royals. He allows the players around him in the lineup to see better pitches, a positive impact that can’t be tracked by stats.

Yes, Jose Guillen is a star. He can be an All-Star. Now it’s up to you, the fan, to put him in that game. The slogan shouldn’t be “No way, Jose.” Think “Yes way, Jose.” Put him in the game. You have the power.

7-3 Guillen.jpgThank Thank you for your time.

Ahem. Now that Around the Horn is off its soap box, there are two ways for you to put Jose into his first All-Star game: online now at MLB.com, or on-the-go from your cell phone. You also can text the word “VOTE” to 36197 to have the All-Star Final Vote candidates sent to your phone. To vote for a specific player, simply reply with your choice. In Canada, fans should text the word “VOTE” to 88555. Standard rate text messaging rates apply — please check with your mobile carrier for details.

P.S. Guillen is still up for the June Clutch Performer of the Month presented by Pepsi.

Second
The 2,000 hit watch is on at Kauffman Stadium. Mark Grudzielanek should provide a little history this week. With just five hits left, he would become the 18th active player with 2,000 and the 251st in the history of the game.  The last player to reach the 2,000-hit mark in a Royals uniform was another second baseman, Frank White, who reached the mark in 1990.

The current Royals second baseman is in tonight’s lineup in the five-hole after resting the previous two games, though he pinch-hit last night. 7-4 Grud.jpgGrudzielanek is having a heck of a season. He is a career .290 hitter. And the 15-year veteran has been a steady force at second base since he signed in 2006. His calling card as a Royal has been his glove, earning his first Rawlings Gold Glove in year in Kansas City.

However, this year, Grudzielanek has stepped it up even more with his bat. He boasts the 3rd best home batting average in the American League, hitting .367 and his .312 overall batting average is in the top 10 in the A.L.. He leads the League with a .397 batting average against lefties.

If you’re curious, the Sox have lefty Mark Buehrle on the hill tomorrow and Seattle throws another lefty, Jarrod Washburn on Saturday. And for the even more curious13,096 players have gotten at least one hit in the Majors.

Short
Mike Aviles and Esteban German had four-hit games, tying career highs for both (two times for Aviles and three for German)…Notes from Trey Hillman’s pre-game press conference: Hillman applauded David DeJesus’ pair of “outstanding” catches in the outfield last night, noting the fact that the surface was still soggy and each catch came playing a different position…Two Minor League notes: Omaha’s Jason Smith will be one of six Triple-A hitters to take part in the 2008 Papa John’s All-Star Home Run Derby on July 14 in Louisville…And: Jake Kuebler, Alex Gordon’s cousin, hit his first professional home run today for the Surprise Royals. The Royals selected Kuebler out of Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast High in the 17th round of the 2008 June Free Agent Draft…Around the Horn usually focuses on the Royals, but some congratulations goes out to the White Sox Jim Thome who walked for the 1,508th time in his career last night, passing Mike Schimdt and moving into a tie with Lou Gehrig for 15th all-time.

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Tonight is Ink College Night. Discounted tickets are available with a student ID. And this weekend, everyone can get discounted tickets while helping out a good cause. The “Hats off Weekend” kicks off with cowboy hats sponsored by AT&T and donations will go to the Red Cross. Saturday, it wouldn’t be Christmas in July without Santa hats sponsored by MLB 2K8 and proceeds going to the Salvation Army. During both of these nights Infield View Level tickets will be on sale for $12 and $5 will go to the night’s organization to help with the severe weather relief efforts going on in the Midwest.

Finally Sunday, is the New. Blue. Tradition. golf visor. All giveaways are limited, so make sure we see you out at the K.

Extra Innnings
The Royals are working on a number of things for Military Appreciation Day, which is August 2. Around the Horn would like to request some help from our faithful here at mlblogs.com. If you have pictures of loved ones overseas wearing Royals gear, you can send them to blog@royals.com and we might be able to use them for a presentation during that day’s events. If not, Around the Horn is also working on a special post for that day and may post some of these photos right here. Please include the name of the person, hometown, where they are stationed and what branch they are in.

Thanks for your help.

Tonight’s Lineup:

DeJesus CF
Aviles SS
Gordon 3B
Guillen LF
Grudzielanek 2B
Gload 1B
Butler DH
Teahen RF
Buck C

Bannister P

Here’s today’s Official Game Notes.

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Two Times

Four games in Baltimore with two wins and two four-run comebacks. Twos are wild. And four as well, we suppose. We had a big sixth inning last night. Seven runs big and it led to a 10-7 win.

7-4 Grud.jpgAfter dropping two games in which they had their chances, the Royals bounced back to split the series with the Orioles and take a little momentum to Tampa for their showdown with the first-place Rays. For a look back on the series before we play our first-ever game against the Tampa Bay Rays (they had been the Devil Rays until this season), let’s go Around the Horn…

First
Since we’ve established that two is the number of the day, the Royals all-around “two guy,” the second baseman and typical No. 2 hitter is more than worth mentioning.  Mark Grudzielanek posted his second four-hit game in five days. Last night he collected five total bases, Sunday he had six. Grudzielanek’s average is up to .315, which is ninth in the American League, and he has a five-game hitting streak, collecting 11 hits in 22 at-bats, a .500 batting average during the streak.

Grudzielanek has three 4-hit games this season and 31 in his career He is dominating lefties and at home (last night’s starter was a lefty and Sunday’s four-hitter was at home). He’s hitting .371 at home this season, good for third best in the A.L. and his .403 average against lefties is second best in the A.L.

Should we remind you, the guy turned 38 on Monday. Like Trey said, he sure isn’t playing like a 38-year-old.

Second
So yesterday under Second, we mentioned two guys who are putting together big seasons for the Boys in Blue. Both helped the Royals to victory last night and both are worth mentioning again.

Jose Guillen knocked in three RBI last night and has 64. Emil Brown’s team-leading total last season was 62. For the record, Brown held the previous two year’s RBI highs with 81 in 2006 and 83 RBI in 2005. For a higher total than 83, you have to go back to 2003 when Carlos Beltran knocked in an even 100. So here’s to seeing just how high Guillen can go.

The other guy we mentioned? David DeJesus, who is on a mission at the plate right now. He tied a career high last night by hitting in his 15th straight game. To extend his streak, he knocked in Mark Teahen from third base – yet another hit with runners in scoring position. DeJesus leads the Majors with a .473 batting average with runners in scoring position.

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Billy Butler is in the midst of a three-game hitting streak after a double and a home run last night, his second homer of the season and first since April 14 at Seattle…Tony Pena broke a span of 180 at-bats with his solo shot last night…Mark Grudzielanek is eight hits short of 2,000, so he may break that over the weekend with how he’s hitting, although with the artificial turf in Tampa, he may get a day or two off…Omaha’s Jason Smith was named to the Pacific Coast League’s All-Star team, the only O-Royal to make the squad…Joakim Soria is two saves shy of tying the Royals pre All-Star record of 25 set by Jeff Montgomery in 1993.


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This is a little way out there, but the Royals were notified today that the August 2 game versus Chicago has been changed from a 6:10 start to a 2:55 start to allow for national coverage by the FOX network. The game will still be Military Appreciation Day with the first 20,000 fans receiving camouflage Royals caps.

Please Vote: Jose Guillen is up for the Pepsi Clutch Award for June. Vote here.

Reminders: The Frank White special on FSN-KC will air after tonight’s game. Tomorrow’s game is on TV as a makeup for a previous rainout with pre-game starting at 5:30 p.m. CT.

Also: The Royals will sell View Level Infield seats for $12 during two games next weekend, donating $5 from each ticket to the American Red Cross on Friday July 11 and the Salvation Army on Saturday July 12..

Please have a safe and happy 4th of July.

Tonight’s Lineup:

DeJesus CF
Grudzielanek 2B
Gordon 3B
Guillen LF
Butler DH
Teahen RF
Gload 1B
Buck C
Aviles SS

Bannister P

Here’s today’s Official Game Notes.

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Weekend Recap

6-30 Art 3.jpgSo we’ve got some catching up to do around here at Around the Horn… As promised, we’ve got photos from Art’s Hall of Fame induction and the Diamond of Dreams charity event.

Today, we’ll give you a run down of Art’s induction and crunch the final numbers from last Thursday. So far things are looking like a huge success and the Dream Factory will be very happy with what we were able to do.

Lot’s of stuff has been going on with the team in town for the last three series. We’ve been playing well, welcomed over 105, 700 fans to the K for the Cardinals Series and we have a new Hall of Fame member. To bring everyone up to speed, let’s go around the horn…

First
Art’s ceremony was touching. Rather than re-hash what was said which you can find here. We’d first like to compliment the Kansas City Star on the nice piece about Art which appeared in yesterday’s paper and show you what happened on the field before Saturday’s game.

 Getting the Royal Treatment:

6-30 Art 1.jpgRollin’ out the Blue Carpet for Art Stewart.

6-30 Art 2.jpgArt making his speech to a sold out Kauffman Stadium. One of the more memorable portions of his speech was about all the player’s with monuments at Monument Park in Yankee Stadium But there were none of the great scouts who signed those players. The Royals were one of the first teams to recognize the work of the scout. 

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Art threw out the first pitch to fellow Royals Hall of Famer Frank White.

 
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Art and the gang: the Royals Hall of Famers who were present for the on field presentation, Jeff Montgomery ’03, Dennis Leonard ’89, Frank White ’95, Willie Wilson ’00, George Brett ’94 and John Mayberry ’96 (Hal McRae ’89 was on the field for the ceremony but returned to the Cardinals to attend to his duties as Hitting Coach and Paul Splittorff ’87 was in the Royals broadcast booth).

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Senior Assistant to the General Manager Art Stewart and General Manager Dayton Moore.

Second
While the Royals lost the final two games of interleague, we still tied for the second best interleague record in the Majors (Detroit also went 13-5 and Minnesota went 14-4). The Royals record is also their all-time best in interleague. In 2006 and 2007, the Royals went 10-8 which stood as their best record until this season.

As for the Redbirds, we won four games against St. Louis. The Royals had never won more than three games in one season before 2008 against the Cardinals (except 1985). The 4-2 mark against St. Louis is also the first time since 2001 that we’ve won the season series.
 
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Leading off, lead-off man David DeJesus left yesterday’s game with a bruised lower right ribcage because he landed on Cardinal catcher 6-30 DeJesus.jpgJason LaRue’s helmet after a collision in the first inning yesterday and is not starting in tonight’s game…DeJesus’ hitting streak is still intact despite not getting a hit yesterday because he walked and did not record an official at-bat…From Trey Hillman’s pre-game press conference: DeJesus is day-to-day and still feels sore on the deceleration of his swing…Also from Trey: He made a note that Mark Grudzielanek does not play like a 38-year-old, he’s tough…Speaking of Grudzielanek, today is his 38th birthday, so happy birthday Mark…Billy Butler will start his first game tonight after a recall from a stint in Omaha in which he hit .337 with six doubles, five home runs and 13 RBIs. 

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Still lot’s going on even with the team out of town…

Tomorrow: Online Chat Series with Deric Ladnier, Senior-Director of Scouting.

This week: ATH will have plenty of insight on the team (we’ve got a man or two on the inside). And we will have renovation updates as well as a Diamond of Dreams recap tomorrow.

All-Star Balloting: Stuff the boxes, it’s almost over.

On TV: The next seven games are all on FSN-KC. Saturday’s telecast was not originally scheduled but will be added to makeup for the May 22 rainout in Cleveland. It will be a regular telecast with Royals Live with Joel Goldberg starting at 5:30 and game coverage beginning at 6. (all times are CT)

Lineup

Aviles SS
Grudzielanek 2B
Gordon 3B
Guillen LF
Teahen RF
Butler DH
Gload 1B
Buck C
Gathright CF

Greinke P

Here’s today’s Official Game Notes.

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