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The Royals return to Kansas City on Monday, September 13 for a six-game homestand. The Oakland Athletics visit Kauffman Stadium for a three-game series, September 13-15, which opens with a special 2:10 p.m. matinee on Monday prior to the Monday Night Football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Following an off day on September 16, the Royals host the Cleveland Indians for a three-game weekend set, September 17-19.
The homestand is packed with great giveaways and special events, including a Joakim Soria T-Shirt Tuesday, a Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day celebration, the second Girls Night Out event of the season, and more.
Monday, September 13 – Oakland Athletics vs. Royals, 2:10 p.m.
· Hy-Vee Royal “Nite” – All Hy-Vee Level tickets (excluding Hy-Vee Reserved Box) are just $5. www.royals.com/fanvalue.
· PARKING NOTE FOR ROYALS/CHIEFS DOUBLEHEADER – Fans will be asked to exit the Truman Sports Complex at the conclusion of the Royals game unless they have purchased two-pack parking for both the Royals and Chiefs games. Two-pack parking may be purchased for $32 (cash only) as fans enter the tollgates. Fans attending the Royals game only may enter the complex using a Royals parking pass, parking purchased in advance at royals.com or by paying $10 (cash only) at the tollgates.
· Viva Los Royals presented by Sprint – The pregame celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Outfield Experience. Fans can enjoy dance performances from el Grupo Atotonilco, as well as live music from Gustavo Cornejo, Kontrolando Show and MRM courtesy of La Super X-1250 AM. www.royals.com/viva.
· Joakim Soria T-Shirt Tuesday – In conjunction with the Viva Los Royals celebration, the first 20,000 fans receive a t-shirt featuring two-time All-Star Joakim Soria courtesy of Sprint. www.royals.com/tshirttuesday.
Wednesday, September 15 – Oakland Athletics vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· Elvis Night – Break out your blue suede shoes and join us for Elvis Night! The pregame party starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Outfield Experience with Elvis impersonator E-Rock taking the stage at 6:00 p.m. A costume contest will follow at 6:50 p.m. with the chance to win a Royals prize pack. KCMO 94.9 FM morning show host Dick Wilson will also be on hand for a live remote throughout the pregame event. www.royals.com/elvis.
· Buck Night – Hot dogs, small Pepsi products, peanuts, Twinkies, Gameday Magazines and scorecards for just $1 each all night long. www.royals.com/fanvalue.
· INK College Night – www.royals.com/college.
· Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day – The annual Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Outfield Experience. The festivities will feature a performance by local Irish band Flannigan’s Right Hook and green draft beer. Ticket packages, which include a game ticket, $6 in loaded value for concessions or retail purchases, and a green and white Royals cap, are available at www.royals.com/irish. Please note that the pictured cap is exclusive to the Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day ticket package.
· Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Fridays – A spectacular fireworks show after every Friday home game.
· Bases Loaded 4-Pack – www.royals.com/basesloaded.
Saturday, September 18 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.
· Girls Night Out presented by Chevy – A special pregame happy hour is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Outfield Experience for those with Girls Night Out VIP ticket packages and will open up to all ladies at 4:30 p.m. The event will feature mini spa services, product sampling from Hy-Vee and Pepsi, entertainment from Howl at the Moon dueling pianos, and a fall fashion show from Macy’s. Girls Night Out media partner 98.1 KUDL will be on hand, and NBC Action News anchor Christa Dubill is scheduled to emcee the event. Fans can purchase a Girls Night Out package, which includes a game ticket with $6 in loaded value, a specially-designed Royals t-shirt and a $5 donation to the American Heart Association, online at www.royals.com/girlsnightout or by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS. Please note that the shirt is exclusive to the Girls Night Out ticket package.
· 610 Saturday – Enjoy great food, live music and activities for fans of all ages prior to the game in the Outfield Experience. www.royals.com/610saturday.
Sunday, September 19 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
· Fun Run presented by Sprint. All fans can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).
· Bases Loaded 4-Pack – www.royals.com/basesloaded.
TRAFFIC REMINDER: The Royals remind fans that Stadium Drive is currently closed at Raytown Road. To access parking on the west side of Kauffman Stadium, fans may proceed on Raytown Road past Stadium Drive and enter the Truman Sports Complex through Gate 5. To access parking on the east side of Kauffman Stadium, fans may continue on Raytown Road approximately one mile past Gate 5 and enter the complex through Gate 4.
We doubled up the A’s and pulled of two sweeps in a day. The Royals played a lot of baseball (more than expected anyway) and brought home two wins.
With the Royals first sweep of a doubleheader since 2006 and first time sweeping the A’s twice in a season, we’ve got a lot of baseball to talk about, so let’s go Around the Horn…
Joey Gathright secured the Royals first win of the night with his walkoff and Ramon Ramirez put the finishing touches on victory #2 with his first career save. And just like that, the Royals completed their first doubleheader sweep since August 18, 2006 (which also happened to be against the A’s). The Royals took yesterday’s games 5-4 and 9-6. The ’06 games were 7-1 and 5-3.
With Tuesday’s win and the Boys in Blue’s first sweep in Oakland in 20 years back in July, the double-dip win gave the Royals a pair of sweeps versus the Athletics. It was the first time we’d broken out the brooms twice in a season since 1988.
K.C.’s offense was working yesterday, collecting 12 hits in Game 1 and 15 in Game 2. The 27 combined hits were the most since the Royals set a record on September 9, 2004 at Detroit with 33 hits during the two games. The Royals were particularly nasty to the A’s Game 2 starter. Lefty Dan Meyer exited the ballgame in the fourth and was charged with eight runs (seven earned). The Royals went 9-for-17 (.529) with three doubles, two triples and two sac flies against Meyer.
During both games yesterday, only one Royals’ starter failed to get a hit, with the charge being led by David DeJesus. The Royals outfielder collected a pair of three hit games, falling one hit shy of the franchise double-header record. He entered Game 1 with a .288 average and left Game 2 hitting .296, which is a considerable jump this late in the season. He became the first player in the Majors this season to have at least 3 hits in each games of a double dip.
Billy Butler also continued to dispense damage. His hitting streak is at 10 games and he smashed three doubles between the two games, scoring three times and knocking in three runs.
That will change tonight when Kila Ka’aihue, the Minor League power sensation, takes the field for the first time. K.K., as they call him, ran from first to second last night and even got his uniform dirty. But he entered the game as a pinch runner in the sixth for designated hitter Jose Guillen and never came up to bat.
Manager Trey Hillman asked Ka’aihue if he felt like he was ready for his Major League debut today and K.K. responded, “That happened last night.” Hillman smiled and said, “Are you ready for your first career start as a Major Leaguer?” Ka’aihue told him he thought he could handle that.
“He’s excited and ready,” Hillman told the press during the pregame press conference. Hillman told the media that each call-up was to evaluate the talent in that particular player. They weren’t just rewards for strong play in the minors – if that were the case, Around the Horn could make an argument for a few other guys. No, Hillman said they truly want to evaluate what they have in the September call-ups.
So K.K.’s evaluation kicks into full gear tonight. He’s slotted in at ninth, playing first base.
During Game 2, the No.1-5 hitters (David DeJesus, Esteban German, Mike Aviles, Jose Guillen and Billy Butler) went 12-for-22 (.545)…German and Aviles made some excitement in the Royals fourth when they hit back-to-back triples. Unfortunately, this feat is not a stat Around the Horn can research easily…Alex Gordon’s latest MRI showed healing, but the prognosis of a return is still uncertain…From Trey Hillman’s press conference: Joey Gathright said he was focused on where the third baseman was playing him during the Royals’ 10th yesterday. He saw Jack Hannahan was in tight and Gathright smacked a single by him and into left. Hillman said the fact the Gathright is noticing where defenses are playing him and then being able to adjust shows progress…Also: The hope is for Mitch Maier (on the DL with three facial fractures) to start taking batting practice again soon and possibly return to the lineup next weekend in Cleveland, the site of his injury…Finally: Omaha Royals manager Mike Jirschele also received a September call-up. He’s with the club to help in coaching the extra players and evaluate the players who played under him all summer.
There will be a pre-game party and concert, featuring sensation Christian Castro, Ugly Betty star Tony Plana, and local favorite Las Estrellas performing with Ram Tejano. The festivities are set for 4 p.m.
Packages are available for the event, with donations going to the Guadalupe Centers, Inc.
As part of the night’s fun, Tony Pena, Jr. bobbleheads will be given out to the first 20,000 fans in attendance.
Also: Be on the lookout for Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day on September 17, versus the Mariners.
Today’s Official Game Notes.