Results tagged ‘ Spring Training 2009 ’

Friday Lineup

The Royals host the co-tenant Rangers at 2:05 Central time, 1:05 local time. Today’s game can be heard on 610 Sports in Kansas City or with a subscription to Gameday Audio. Alex Gordon has homered in the last two contests. He is in the lineup again today:

Gordon3-4.jpgCoco Crisp – CF
Alberto Callaspo – 2B
David DeJesus – LF
Mike Jacobs – DH
Alex Gordon – 3B
Ross Gload – 1B
John Buck – C
Mitch Maier – RF
Tony Pena, Jr. – SS
Heath Phillips – LHP

Available Pitchers:

Brandon Duckworth – RHP
Matt Wright – RHP
Kyle Farnsworth – RHP
Carlos Rosa – RHP
Yasuhiko Yabuta – RHP
Ron Mahay – LHP


Wednesday Lineup

Alex Gordon hit a grand slam on Tuesday as Kansas City tied Cleveland 9-9. The Royals are the visitors today as they play the co-tenant Rangers in Surprise. Here is your Kansas City lineup:

Gordon Grand Slam Celebration.jpgCoco Crisp – CF
Alberto Callaspo – 2B
David DeJesus – LF
Ross Gload – 1B
Mike Jacobs – DH
Alex Gordon – 3B
Brayan Pena – C
Luis Hernandez – SS
Shane Costa – RF
Brian Bannister – RHP

Available Pitchers:
Luke Hochevar – RHP
Danny Cortes – RHP
Devon Lowery – RHP
Matt Wright – RHP

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Tuesday Lineup, WBC Exhibitions

The Royals rolled to a 14-5 win over San Francisco on Monday. Today, the Boys in Blue host Cleveland for the first time in Arizona. The Tribe just moved into a new facility in nearby Goodyear. Zack Greinke takes the mound. He will be followed by five pitchers looking to fill bullpen spots. Today’s game can be heard on 610 Sports in Kansas City or on with a subscription to Gameday Audio. Here is your KC lineup:

3-2Celebration.jpgCoco Crisp – CF
Willie Bloomquist – 2B
David DeJesus – LF
Kila Ka’aihue – DH
Mike Jacobs – 1B
Alex Gordon – 3B
John Buck – C
Ross Gload – RF
Tony Pena, Jr. – SS
RHP Zack Greinke

Available Pitchers:
RHP Robinson Tejeda
RHP Kyle Farnsworth
LHP Ron Mahay
LHP Jimmy Gobble
RHP Doug Waechter

Several Royals will be playing in exhibition games in Florida today as they prepare for the World Baseball Classic. Jose Guillen and Miguel Olivo will represent the Dominican Republic, which will play the Florida Marlins in Jupiter. Mark Teahen and his Canadian teammates head to Dunedin to play Toronto. Newly signed Royal Bruce Chen and the Panamanian team will face Atlanta at Lake Buena Vista. Lenny DiNardo and Team Italy will play the Nationals in Viera, while Mike Aviles and the Puerto Rico team will play Minnesota at Lee County. Mexico (Joakim Soria) and South Africa (prospect Dylan Lindsay) will play exhibition games on Wednesday in Arizona. We wish all of these players well in the WBC!

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Monday Lineup

The Royals and Giants play today at 2:05 Central, 1:05 local time. Today’s game can be heard on 610 Sports in Kansas City and on with a Gameday Audio account.  Here’s the lineup:

Mitch Maier – CF
Willie Bloomquist – SS
Kila Ka’aihue – DH
Ryan Shealy – 1B
Brayan Pena – C
Corey Smith – 3B
Shane Costa – RF
Chris Lubanski – LF
Alberto Callaspo – 2B
LHP Horacio Ramirez

Available Pitchers:
RHP Kyle Davies
RHP Jamey Wright
RHP Roman Colon
RHP Julio Pimentel

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Sunday Lineup

Bannister2-28.JPGThe Royals and Padres played to a 2-2 tie on Saturday. Brian Bannister worked two scoreless innings on his birthday. Both KC runs came via the longball as Jose Guillen and Ross Gload went deep. Today, Gil Meche makes his spring debut as the Royals play the Angels in Tempe. The game can be heard on Gameday Audio at Here’s the lineup and a look at yesterday’s home run swings:

GuillenHR2.28.jpgCrisp  CF
Bloomquist 2B
DeJesus  LF
Butler  1B
Jacobs   DH
Gordon  3B
Buck  C
Pena, Jr. SS
Maier  RF
Meche  RHP



"Coco, take one" – A look inside CrownVision features

We’ve had the following experience, and we’re guessing you have, too. You’re watching a game at the K, and the third out is made. Maybe you need to leave your seat for the concession stand, or you plan to make a phone call…but you put it on hold because you know that something cool is going to be on the video board between innings.

The Royals event presentation team has produced awesome video features for years. Now, with the high-definition CrownVision, they have taken the in-game experience to a new level! The features take countless hours to produce and edit. Today we’re going to take a behind-the-scenes look at some of this work. The event presentation team, together with staff from DXD, a Kansas City-based animation and motion graphic company, visited Spring Training last week. They were in Surprise, Ariz.,  to gather video footage for the 2009 features. They do this during the early days of Spring Training, before the games start, so as to maximize the time they have. We thank all of the players and staff who went beyond (and sometimes way beyond) their busy baseball schedule to help make features for the upcoming season that you, the fan, will enjoy all season long. Let’s take a look:

We start in the manager’s office, where in-game host Tim Scott is interviewing Trey Hillman. Tim and Trey are all laughs while being filmed by Ben Mertens, Manager of Event Presentation & Production.Interviewing Trey (2).jpgInterviewing Trey (1).jpg



Reviewing Footage (3).jpgMertens, and Chris DeRuyscher, Director of Event Presentation and Production, review the footage of Trey before moving on to their next stop.




 Communication is key in this business! Senior Director of Event Presentation & Production Don Costante reviews scripts with in-game host Tim Scott. Meanwhile, Chris works closely with the DXD staff members to ensure that both groups are on the same page (literally).

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Getting Ready.jpg


At left, we see Ben helping Coco Crisp with his props for one of the features. Notice the background — our production team uses a green screen backdrop, much like your favorite weather forecaster. They can then color key or mix a second image in the background to create a cool multi-dimensional look.

Coco is ready to go…here he talks with Costante about the upcoming scene.


Each time a Royals player comes up to bat, they have a short video introduction on CrownVision. Here’s Coco with a bat, working on his new intro.

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Santa Crisp.jpgWhat’s this? Santa Crisp? Our team has outfitted Coco with a Royals Santa hat, which was given out last July on a memorable night that included Mark Grudzielanek’s 2,000th hit and a walk-off home run by David DeJesus. We’re very curious to see how this Santa scene fits into the 2009 event presentation lineup! You can find out, too…check out our 2009 ticketing options today!

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Spring Training: Opener Recap, Today's Lineup

Jacobs HR 2.25.jpgThe Boys in Blue fell a little short against the Rangers on Wednesday, but we saw some positive signs. Kansas City blasted four home runs, something that they didn’t do in a regular season game in 2008. Granted it is Spring Training and the ball seems to travel a bit farther in the Arizona air, but what a start for hitting coach Kevin Seitzer and the offense!

Mike Jacobs went deep in his first game in Royal blue and Billy Butler hit a monster shot above the berm in left-center. Miguel Olivo and Mitch Maier also went yard, no cheapies in their own right. Here are the home run swings, and today’s lineup. Same teams, same time (2:05 Central), with the Royals as the home team today…the game is on 610 Sports in Kansas City. Royals slugger Jose Guillen is expected to make his 2009 debut. Royals beat writer Dick Kaegel had a nice story on Jose today…check it out!

Coco Crisp – CFButler HR 2.25.jpg
Tony Pena – SS
David DeJesus – LF
Jose Guillen – DH
Mike Jacobs – 1B
Alex Gordon – 3B
Willie Bloomquist – 2B
John Buck – C
Mitch Maier – RF

Kyle Davies – RHP
Heath Phillips – LHP
Julio Pimentel – RHP
Joel Peralta – RHP
Carlos Rosa – RHP
Matt Wright – RHP
Oscar Villarreal – RHP

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Maier HR 2.25.jpg

Spring Training Schedule Released

DSC_9139.jpgDecember begins with wintry temps here in Kansas City. That has us thinking about SPRING. The Royals announced their 2009 Spring Training schedule today. Pitchers and catchers will report to Surprise on February 13 – just ten and a half weeks from today!  Close your eyes for a second and you can almost hear to crack of the bat and the pop of the mitt while the Arizona sun warms your skin.  Nice, isn’t it?

The Royals have 17 home games during the spring, plus three ‘road’ games in Surprise against the co-tenant Texas Rangers. Don’t miss Kansas City’s matchups with the newest Cactus League teams, the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers. K.C. plays a matinee against Cleveland on March 3. L.A. ventures to Surprise for an evening affair on March 20.
Kansas City will finish the spring slate with road tilts in Texas. The first game will be on April 3 at the Rangers’ Double-A facility in Frisco, and the final tune up takes place on April 4 at Rangers Ballpark. 

A trip to Spring Training or Royals Fantasy Camp is the perfect holiday (or post-holiday) gift. Individual Spring Training game tickets will go on sale Jan. 3, 2008 beginning at 9 a.m. CT.  Just slip a little IOU note in their stocking.  The tickets will be on sale at the Surprise Stadium Box Office, through or by calling 480-784-4444 or 520-321-1000.  Season ticket packages are available now by calling 623-222-2222. 

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