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August: World Series championships

For one weekend each month throughout the 2018 season, fans at Kauffman Stadium will be treated to a unique and memorable experience as the Club shows what has made the Royals, our fans and Kansas City so special over the last 50 seasons. During these themed weekends, Royals alumni will participate in special in-stadium recognitions and select events throughout the community. Fans will also enjoy many unforgettable in-park video retrospectives, special guests, autograph opportunities along with one-of-a-kind 50th Season giveaway items. 

For the most up-to-date information regarding the 50th Season celebration weekends, visit www.royals.com/50thweekends.  Please see below for the details for the events that will occur in August. 

For one weekend each month throughout the 2018 season, fans at Kauffman Stadium will be treated to a unique and memorable experience as the Club shows what has made the Royals, our fans and Kansas City so special over the last 50 seasons. During these themed weekends, Royals alumni will participate in special in-stadium recognitions and select events throughout the community. Fans will also enjoy many unforgettable in-park video retrospectives, special guests, autograph opportunities along with one-of-a-kind 50th Season giveaway items. 

For the most up-to-date information regarding the 50th Season celebration weekends, visit www.royals.com/50thweekends.  Please see below for the details for the events that will occur in August. 

AUGUST 11 & 12: WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS

From "No outs to go!" to "It's over, they've done it!" 1985 and 2015 will forever be cherished in Royals history. These two historic championship teams will be celebrated August 11 and 12 when the Club hosts the Cardinals. 

Saturday, August 11 - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Royals, 6:15 p.m.

The Royals will look back at the 1985 World Series Championship team with pregame and in-game appearances by members of the team.

Alumni Scheduled to Appear:               

George Brett, Baseball Hall of Famer

Charlie Leibrandt

Dennis Leonard, Royals Hall of Famer

Danny Jackson

Darryl Motley

Jorge Orta

Greg Pryor

Jamie Quirk

John Wathan

Willie Wilson, Royals Hall of Famer

Janie Quisenberry Stone, widow of Dan Quisenberry

Giveaway:  The first 15,000 fans will get a replica 1985 World Series trophy, courtesy of Old Dominion.

Sunday, August 12 - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Royals, 1:15 p.m.

The Club will relive the moments of the 2015 World Series Championship with current and former Royals from the roster.

Alumni Scheduled to Appear:               

Jeremy Guthrie (Saturday only)

Luke Hochevar

Kris Medlen

Chris Young

Giveaway:  The first 10,000 fans will get a replica Gold Threads jersey, courtesy of FOX Sports Kansas City.

Fans may purchase tickets online at royals.com, by calling 1-800-6ROYALS, at area Price Chopper stores or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office. 

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Perez, Duffy named Royals player, pitcher of the month for July

The Kansas City Royals announced Thursday that catcher Salvador Perez and left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy have been named Royals Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for the month of July. The awards are determined by a local media vote.

Perez led the Royals in home runs (7), RBI (21) and slugging percentage (.565), and reached safely in 21 of 23 games. All seven home runs came in his last 15 games of the month, a stretch in which he hit .328/.354/.705 (20-for-61) with 18 RBI, tied for second most in the Majors during that time. He homered in consecutive games from July 28-29 for the third time in 2018, capping a four-game set at Yankee Stadium in which he hit .438 (7-for-16) with three HR and six RBI. On July 17, Perez started his fifth All-Star Game, second most in Royals history behind George Brett, who started nine All-Star Games. Perez is now one of five players to be named an All-Star in each of the last six seasons (since 2013), joining: Paul Goldschmidt, Chris Sale, Max Scherzerand Mike Trout. This is Perez's second Royals Player of the Month Award and first since September 2013.

The Kansas City Royals announced Thursday that catcher Salvador Perez and left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy have been named Royals Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for the month of July. The awards are determined by a local media vote.

Perez led the Royals in home runs (7), RBI (21) and slugging percentage (.565), and reached safely in 21 of 23 games. All seven home runs came in his last 15 games of the month, a stretch in which he hit .328/.354/.705 (20-for-61) with 18 RBI, tied for second most in the Majors during that time. He homered in consecutive games from July 28-29 for the third time in 2018, capping a four-game set at Yankee Stadium in which he hit .438 (7-for-16) with three HR and six RBI. On July 17, Perez started his fifth All-Star Game, second most in Royals history behind George Brett, who started nine All-Star Games. Perez is now one of five players to be named an All-Star in each of the last six seasons (since 2013), joining: Paul Goldschmidt, Chris Sale, Max Scherzerand Mike Trout. This is Perez's second Royals Player of the Month Award and first since September 2013.

Duffy accounted for three of the Royals' eight wins in July and also led the team in starts (6), innings (37.1) and strikeouts (37), tied for eighth in the American League. Three of his six starts were scoreless, and he allowed just one run over 7.0 innings in another, posting a 0.35 ERA (1 ER in 25.2 IP) in those four outings. Including 5.2 scoreless innings in his last start on Tuesday in Chicago, Duffy became the first American League pitcher in the Live Ball Era (since 1920) to allow one run or fewer in a six-start road stretch within one season, according toSTATS. This is Duffy's fifth Royals Pitcher of the Month Award, fifth most since the honor was first awarded in 1995, trailing only: Zack Greinke (8), Joakim Soria (8), Kevin Appier (7) andWade Davis (6).

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Royals offer new 'Turn Two' deal

Offer available exclusively online

The Kansas City Royals are excited to offer fans a special two-game ticket package.  

When fans visit royals.com/turntwo, they have the opportunity to receive $10 off an Outfield Plaza or View Level ticket for any upcoming Chicago Cubs (August 6-8) or St. Louis Cardinals (August 10-12) game when paired with a $10 ticket for any remaining Royals home game. Seating is best available and tickets for both games will be located in the same seating level.

The Kansas City Royals are excited to offer fans a special two-game ticket package.  

When fans visit royals.com/turntwo, they have the opportunity to receive $10 off an Outfield Plaza or View Level ticket for any upcoming Chicago Cubs (August 6-8) or St. Louis Cardinals (August 10-12) game when paired with a $10 ticket for any remaining Royals home game. Seating is best available and tickets for both games will be located in the same seating level.

The Turn Two offer is only available online and will be delivered through the MLB Ballpark app. Tickets will be limited to 12 per game per email address. Tickets are subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer.

To see more information, visit royals.com/turntwo.

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Royals acquire Brian Goodwin from Washington for Jacob Condra-Bogan

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 22, 2018) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have acquired outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Washington Nationals in exchange for minor league pitcher Jacob Condra-Bogan. Goodwin will be added to the Major League roster when he reports to the club.

The 27-year-old outfielder is in his third Major League season and has hit .200 (13-for-65) with a double, three homers, 12 RBI and three steals in 48 games for the Nationals this season. A left-handed hitter, Goodwin clubbed his first career grand slam in Washington's 13-7 win over Cincinnati on March 31. He played in a career-high 74 games last season, hitting .251/.313/.498 (63-for-251) with 21 doubles, a triple, 13 homers and 41 runs scored.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 22, 2018) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have acquired outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Washington Nationals in exchange for minor league pitcher Jacob Condra-Bogan. Goodwin will be added to the Major League roster when he reports to the club.

The 27-year-old outfielder is in his third Major League season and has hit .200 (13-for-65) with a double, three homers, 12 RBI and three steals in 48 games for the Nationals this season. A left-handed hitter, Goodwin clubbed his first career grand slam in Washington's 13-7 win over Cincinnati on March 31. He played in a career-high 74 games last season, hitting .251/.313/.498 (63-for-251) with 21 doubles, a triple, 13 homers and 41 runs scored.

Goodwin has slugged .464 in his career as 44 of his 88 hits have gone for extra-bases. He's played all three outfielder positions as a Major Leaguer, including 35 starts in center field, 28 in left and 11 in right. He was a first-round selection (34th overall) by Washington in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Condra-Bogan, 23, was recently promoted to Wilmington (A), after going 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 16 appearances at Lexington (A).

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Royals, Storm Chasers announce PDC extension

The Kansas City Royals and Omaha Storm Chasers announced a four-year extension to their Player Development Contract (PDC) on Friday evening, extending the two clubs' partnership through the 2022 season.

"We are very proud of our long-standing relationship with Omaha and excited about the extension of our Player Development Contract," said Royals Vice President/Assistant General Manager-Player Personnel J.J. Picollo. "Omaha has a long history with the Royals and one that we take great pride in. The ownership group and front office have been outstanding to work with and our players get the opportunity to be part of a great baseball community on their way to Kansas City. We are looking forward to the coming years at Werner Park."

The Kansas City Royals and Omaha Storm Chasers announced a four-year extension to their Player Development Contract (PDC) on Friday evening, extending the two clubs' partnership through the 2022 season.

"We are very proud of our long-standing relationship with Omaha and excited about the extension of our Player Development Contract," said Royals Vice President/Assistant General Manager-Player Personnel J.J. Picollo. "Omaha has a long history with the Royals and one that we take great pride in. The ownership group and front office have been outstanding to work with and our players get the opportunity to be part of a great baseball community on their way to Kansas City. We are looking forward to the coming years at Werner Park."

Both the Royals and Storm Chasers are celebrating their 50th seasons in 2018, as Omaha has been the home of the Kansas City's Triple-A affiliate since the very beginning in 1969. Through the years, Omaha has seen an impressive number of talented players come through on their way to the Major Leagues, including Hall of Famer George Brett, while 14 members of the Royals' 2015 World Series roster had also worn a Storm Chasers uniform prior to winning the title.

Dating back to 1969, the Omaha franchise has posted a 3,532-3,499 record, adding 16 Division titles, seven League Championships, as well as three Triple-A Championships, including back-to-back Triple-A Championships during the 2013 and 2014 campaigns.

The Omaha-Kansas City affiliation is one of the longest-enduring partnerships in Minor League Baseball, including the longest active affiliation at the Triple-A level, as well as third longest active overall behind the Reading Fighin' Phils and Lakeland Flying Tigers, who have been aligned with the Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers, respectively, since 1967.

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Royals in the Community

Royals to host Step Up to the Plate food drive, Badges for Baseball clinic, Library Night and more

KANSAS CITY, MO (July 20, 2018) -- The Royals will host various activities in conjunction with the 50th Season Celebration throughout the community, including the Step Up to the Plate food drive, Dayton Moore's Wiffle Ball at the Hallow event, Badges for Baseball youth clinic, Library Night and several others through a busy homestand.

Please note the game on July 25 has a scheduled 1:15 p.m. first pitch. See below for more details.

KANSAS CITY, MO (July 20, 2018) -- The Royals will host various activities in conjunction with the 50th Season Celebration throughout the community, including the Step Up to the Plate food drive, Dayton Moore's Wiffle Ball at the Hallow event, Badges for Baseball youth clinic, Library Night and several others through a busy homestand.

Please note the game on July 25 has a scheduled 1:15 p.m. first pitch. See below for more details.

Friday, July 20 - Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.
• KCP&L VIP Kids - The Royals and KCP&L will host foster care children and their families to select games throughout the season. Each child from Cornerstones of Care will receive complimentary tickets, a special t-shirt and a free meal courtesy of ARAMARK and Papa John's Pizza. The special guests will also participate in a meet-and-greet with a Royals player in the Royals Interview Room at approx. 5:30 p.m.

• Royals Visit Harvesters - Several members of the Royals Front Office and Price Chopper will volunteer at Harvesters - The Community Food Network for the "Step Up to the Plate" food drive. Former Royals infielder Billy Butler and FOX Sports Kansas City Broadcaster Joel Goldberg are scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. The Royals have partnered with Harvesters and Price Chopper to hold a friendly competition with the Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank and the Minnesota Twins. For more information, see royals.com/stepuptotheplate.

• Canstruction Display Revealed - Populous, a global architecture and design firm, designed and built a Canstruction display created with food from Price Chopper. The structure, highlighting the 50th Season of Royals Baseball, was created in conjunction with the Step Up to the Plate food drive and will be on display throughout the homestand.

• 50/50 Raffle presented by Edelman & Thompson - A portion of the proceeds from the nightly Royals Charities fundraiser will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. The organization will also distribute information outside the Royals Charities headquarters. www.royals.com/5050.

Saturday, July 21 - Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 6:15 p.m.
• Wiffle Ball at the Hallow - The "C" You In The Major Leagues Foundation, founded by Royals General Manager Dayton Moore, is hosting the 2nd Annual Wiffle Ball at the Hollow event. The adult wiffle ball game and luncheon take place at a specially designed field located in the front yard of a home located at 239 W 52nd Street in Kansas City, Mo. Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett, Broadcaster Denny Matthews and Royals 50th Season weekend alumni participants Steve Busby, Billy Butler, Cookie Rojas and others are scheduled to make an appearances throughout the event. The game is sold out. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with pregame ceremonies scheduled for 10:30 a.m. For more information, see www.cyouinthemajorleagues.org/Wiffle

• Step Up to the Plate - The Royals, Harvesters and Price Chopper are teaming up against the Minnesota Twins and Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank to fight hunger. Before this game, the Royals will host a food drive at Gate B where fans can drop off non-perishable food items or donate $5 at the Price Chopper Tent to load a sack of food into the Harvester's truck. Inside the stadium, fans can visit the Royals Charities Headquarters to make a donation for a chance to win Royals prizes and photos autographed by Royals players, while supplies last. The competition started July 2 and will conclude July 25. Fans are also encouraged to visit royals.com/stepuptotheplate to make a donation and see other ways to help.

• On-Field Check Presentation - Overhead Door of Kansas City will join Royals Charities in presenting a check during pre-game ceremonies to Harvesters for $25,000 toward the Step Up to the Plate efforts to fight hunger in Kansas City.

• Kennedys to host Group from USO-Fort Riley, KS - Each Saturday, pitcher Ian Kennedy and his wife, Allison, will host a group from the Kansas City area in a fully-catered Dugout Suite. This day, guests from USO-Fort Riley, KS will meet Kennedy prior to the game and receive a special gift from the family.

Sunday, July 22 - Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 1:15 p.m.
• 50/50 Raffle presented by Edelman & Thompson - A portion of the proceeds from the daily Royals Charities fundraiser will benefit The ALS Association Mid-America Chapter. The organization will also distribute information outside the Royals Charities headquarters. www.royals.com/5050.

Monday, July 23 - Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.
• Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation Badges for Baseball - The Royals, Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation are set to host a clinic for more than 100 youth at the Urban Youth Academy from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Participants will learn life skills through baseball while building positive connections with their coaches for the day from KCPD. The participants will then attend the Royals game that evening.

• Kansas RBI Night - The Royals will host participants from the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) of Kansas for a special night at Kauffman Stadium. The kids will receive complimentary tickets and food. Royals Charities will also award a grant for $25,000 during a pregame presentation to Kansas RBI.

• State Farm Volunteer Activity - Royals fans can assemble back to school packs for Community Services League by visiting the State Farm tent inside Gate D. State Farm will distribute co-branded drawstring bags to the first 200 fans who volunteer to assemble single subject spiral notebooks, colored pencils, and highlighter markers into back to school packs.

Tuesday, July 24 - Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.
• Library Night - Six metropolitan library systems are teaming up to bring the library to The K! The evening will include displays from area libraries and recognition in the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat. A portion of every ticket purchased through the program will benefit the library systems' summer learning program, which provides young people the opportunity to build reading skills and earn books and other prizes. The Royals have teamed up with area libraries to encourage reading year-round as well.

• Royals Honors presented by Konica Minolta - The Royals Honors program, presented by Konica Minolta, recognizes more than 5,000 area elementary school children who are committed to citizenship, academics, and attendance throughout the school year. These dedicated students will be honored at one of two Royals Honors Day (June 20 and July 24). The Royals and Konica Minolta salute the Royals Honors students with complimentary tickets.

• Dream Factory - Throughout the season, the Royals grant the wishes of Dream Factory children. These youngsters, who face life-altering challenges, will meet Royals players, watch batting practice from the dugout and enjoy the game and refreshments. Their Royals experience appears on the KMBC-TV (Channel 9) 10 p.m. newscast.

Wednesday, July 25 - Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 1:15 p.m.

Fans may purchase tickets online at royals.com, by calling 1-800-6ROYALS, at area Price Chopper stores or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.

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Homestand highlights: July 20-25

KANSAS CITY, MO (July 19, 2018) - The Kansas City Royals will return from the All-Star Break and host Central Division opponents, the Minnesota Twins (July 20-22) and the Detroit Tigers (July 23-25). The homestand is filled with plenty of events, including Wichita State Night (July 20), 50th Season Weekend Celebrations (July 21 & 22), 50th Season T-Shirt Theme Ticket (July 23) and Junior Fire Marshall Night (July 23). Fans can also get great giveaways, including an Amos Otis bobblehead (July 21), 50th Season Mug (July 22) and a t-shirt featuring Ryan and the Wonder Dog (July 24). Please see below for more details.

Friday, July 20 - Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.

KANSAS CITY, MO (July 19, 2018) - The Kansas City Royals will return from the All-Star Break and host Central Division opponents, the Minnesota Twins (July 20-22) and the Detroit Tigers (July 23-25). The homestand is filled with plenty of events, including Wichita State Night (July 20), 50th Season Weekend Celebrations (July 21 & 22), 50th Season T-Shirt Theme Ticket (July 23) and Junior Fire Marshall Night (July 23). Fans can also get great giveaways, including an Amos Otis bobblehead (July 21), 50th Season Mug (July 22) and a t-shirt featuring Ryan and the Wonder Dog (July 24). Please see below for more details.

Friday, July 20 - Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.

Buck Night - On Fridays during the summer, fans can enjoy Buck Night as hot dogs and peanuts are just $1 each all night long, courtesy of Heinz and Price Chopper. www.royals.com/fanvalue.

Summer Fireworks - A spectacular fireworks show will follow the game, presented by Popsicle and Price Chopper.

Wichita State Night - Supporters of Wichita State University will join fellow Shocker fans for an evening of big-league action presented by FOX Sports Kansas City and Rally House. Fans who purchased Theme Tickets for this event will receive a limited-edition KC Royals cap featuring the WuShock logo and colors (photo attached). Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and cap redemption at Gate A will continue until the end of the 2nd inning. To reserve a group of 20 or more tickets, call (816) 504-4174.

Saturday, July 21 - Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 6:15 p.m.

50th Season Weekend: Giveaways and Entertainment - From T-Shirt Tuesdays and Summer Fireworks to Bobbleheads and Buck Nights, giveaways, special events and entertainment make baseball unique. The Club will celebrate the fun things that surround the game we love while also paying tribute to the broadcasters who have covered the Royals games throughout the years.

Amos Otis Bobblehead - The first 20,000 fans will get a bobblehead of Royals Hall of Famer Amos Otis (photo attached), courtesy of KCP&L.

610 Saturday - The Royals have again teamed up with Entercom and 610 Sports Radio for 610 Saturdays featuring live pregame broadcasts with 610 Sports Royals Insider Josh Vernier and special guests from the studio at Gate A in Left Field. Fans can enjoy the 610 Saturday Food Special - Stadium Dog - for just $6.10 in Rivals Sports Bar from the time gates open until the first pitch. Follow 610 Sports Radio on Facebook for the coupon code to purchase special 610 discounted View Level tickets. For more information, visit www.royals.com/610Saturday.

Sunday, July 22 - Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 1:15 p.m.

50th Season Weekend Continues: All-Star Games - The Club has hosted two All-Star Games over the last 50 seasons. We'll take a look at Major League Baseball's crown jewel events and honor some of those who have represented the Royals in the Mid-Summer Classic.

50th Season Mug - The first 10,000 fans will get a powder blue coffee mug with the 50th Season logo (photo attached), courtesy of Subway.

Family FunDay Sunday presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors - Each Sunday home game features freepregame interactives, entertainment for kids, plus face painters and caricature or balloon artists in the Outfield Experience. All Day Play passes for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience can be purchased for $10. Fans have the opportunity to get pregame autographs from select players by the Royals dugout from 11:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. Starting at 12:15 p.m., fans can also get autographs from Royals alumni in the Royals Hall of Fame. Following the game, kids 14 and under run the bases for free, presented by the Kansas City Zoo. For more information, visit www.royals.com/sunday.

Monday, July 23 - Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.

50th Season Shirt Series Theme Ticket - Join the Royals in celebrating their 50th Season with an exclusive t-shirt design from Charlie Hustle. Fans who purchase the special Theme Ticket will get the final of three special edition t-shirts. This shirt is gray and depicts the fan favorite Hot Dog Derby.

The Hartford's Junior Fire Marshal Night - The Hartford honors its Junior Fire Marshal Program at Kauffman Stadium. During a pregame ceremony, children will be encouraged to take part in the Junior Fire Marshal pledge about fire safety with Chief Fire Marshal Floyd Peoples of the Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department. Since 1947, The Hartford's Junior Fire Marshal program has deputized more than 110 million children. The company's signature red fire helmets have been proudly displayed by generations of children who have learned the basics of fire safety through this innovative and educational program. The program teaches lifesaving lessons such as Stop, Drop and Roll, Go Low in Smoke and Draw a Home Fire Escape Plan. These lessons, along with other fun, engaging and educational activities allow parents and teachers to have meaningful and vital fire safety conversations with children and students. For more information, see www.thehartford.com/jfm.

Jr. Firefighter Hat - The first 5,000 kids will get a Jr. Firefighter Hat, courtesy of The Hartford.

Price Chop Mondays - On Mondays, View Reserved tickets are just $10 (subject to availability), courtesy of Price Chopper. For more information, visit www.royals.com/fanvalue.

Tuesday, July 24 - Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.

T-Shirt Tuesday - The first 10,000 fans will get a white t-shirt depicting broadcasters Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler, also known as the Wonder Dog (photo attached), courtesy of Koch Industries. 

Wednesday, July 25 - Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 1:15 p.m.

Student Night presented by INK - Outfield Plaza or View Reserved tickets are available for Wednesday home games for youth and students with a valid ID at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office for just $10. Select tickets are also available online at www.royals.com/studentnight.  Seating is subject to availability. A special pregame Happy Hour, a hot dog and 12-ounce beer or 24-ounce soda for just $8, will be available at the Boulevard Hop Stop or Radler Station (located by the Outfield Experience stage) from the time gates open until 15 minutes before first pitch.

Local Music Showcase presented by INK - Catch a free pregame concert on us! Every Wednesday Student Day/Night also features live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience. Performing during this showcase will be the act Run With It. More details are available at www.royals.com/studentnight.

Fans may purchase tickets online at royals.com, by calling 1-800-6ROYALS, at area Price Chopper stores or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office. 

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Royals 50th season weekends

July: giveaways & entertainment

For one weekend each month throughout the 2018 season, fans at Kauffman Stadium will be treated to a unique and memorable experience as the Club shows what has made the Royals, our fans and Kansas City so special over the last 50 seasons. During these themed weekends, Royals alumni will participate in special in-stadium recognitions and select events throughout the community. Fans will also enjoy many unforgettable in-park video retrospectives, special guests, autograph opportunities along with one-of-a-kind 50th Season giveaway items. For the most up-to-date information regarding the 50th Season celebration weekends, visit www.royals.com/50thweekends. Please see below for the details for the events that will occur in July.  

JULY 21 & 22: GIVEAWAYS & ENTERTAINMENT
From T-Shirt Tuesdays and Summer Fireworks to Bobbleheads and Buck Nights, giveaways, special events and entertainment make baseball unique. While the Royals are on the field against the Minnesota Twins, the Club will celebrate the fun things that surround the game we love while also paying tribute to the two All-Star games Kansas City hosted.

For one weekend each month throughout the 2018 season, fans at Kauffman Stadium will be treated to a unique and memorable experience as the Club shows what has made the Royals, our fans and Kansas City so special over the last 50 seasons. During these themed weekends, Royals alumni will participate in special in-stadium recognitions and select events throughout the community. Fans will also enjoy many unforgettable in-park video retrospectives, special guests, autograph opportunities along with one-of-a-kind 50th Season giveaway items. For the most up-to-date information regarding the 50th Season celebration weekends, visit www.royals.com/50thweekends. Please see below for the details for the events that will occur in July.  

JULY 21 & 22: GIVEAWAYS & ENTERTAINMENT
From T-Shirt Tuesdays and Summer Fireworks to Bobbleheads and Buck Nights, giveaways, special events and entertainment make baseball unique. While the Royals are on the field against the Minnesota Twins, the Club will celebrate the fun things that surround the game we love while also paying tribute to the two All-Star games Kansas City hosted.

Saturday, July 21 -- Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 6:15 p.m.
The Club will celebrate the fun things that surround the game we love while also paying tribute to the broadcasters who have covered the Royals games throughout the years.

Alumni Scheduled to Appear:    
Whitey Herzog, Hall of Fame Manager
Amos Otis, Royals Hall of Famer
Cookie Rojas, Royals Hall of Famer

Broadcasters Scheduled to Appear:    
Dave Armstrong
Steve Busby
Bob Davis
Don Free
Denny Matthews
Paul Splittorff's Family
Denny Trease
Fred White's family

Giveaway:  The first 20,000 fans will receive an Amos Otis bobblehead, courtesy of KCP&L.

Sunday, July 22 -- Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 1:15 p.m.
The Club has hosted two All-Star games over the last 50 seasons. We'll take a look at Major League Baseball's crown jewel events and honor some of those who have represented the Royals in the Mid-Summer Classic.

Alumni Scheduled to Appear:    
Bo Jackson
Billy Butler
John Mayberry
Amos Otis
Cookie Rojas 

Giveaway: The first 10,000 fans will receive a powder blue mug featuring the Royals 50th Season logo, courtesy of Subway.

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Catcher Salvador Perez selected to sixth-straight All-Star Game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 8, 2018) - Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez has been selected to his sixth-straight All-Star Game, Major League Baseball announced tonight on ESPN's "Camping World All-Star Selection Show." Perez, along with Assistant Athletic Trainer, Kyle Turner, will represent the Royals at the 89th Midsummer Classic, which is set for Tuesday, July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Perez, 28, becomes the second player in franchise history to be named an All-Star as many as six times (2013-18), joining George Brett, who was a 13-time All-Star (1976-88). He is one of five players to be named to each All-Star Game since 2013, joining Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona), Chris Sale (Chicago White Sox, Boston), Max Scherzer (Detroit, Washington) and Mike Trout (LA Angels).  

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 8, 2018) - Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez has been selected to his sixth-straight All-Star Game, Major League Baseball announced tonight on ESPN's "Camping World All-Star Selection Show." Perez, along with Assistant Athletic Trainer, Kyle Turner, will represent the Royals at the 89th Midsummer Classic, which is set for Tuesday, July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Perez, 28, becomes the second player in franchise history to be named an All-Star as many as six times (2013-18), joining George Brett, who was a 13-time All-Star (1976-88). He is one of five players to be named to each All-Star Game since 2013, joining Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona), Chris Sale (Chicago White Sox, Boston), Max Scherzer (Detroit, Washington) and Mike Trout (LA Angels).  

Salvy has 11 home runs and 34 RBI this season, while batting .213. Since coming off the disabled list on April 24, his home runs and extra-base hits (21) are most among American League catchers (min. 10 games caught) and his 34 RBI rank second to Tampa Bay's Wilson Ramos (42). He's thrown out 11 of 27 would-be base stealers, which is tied for fourth in the Major Leagues, while he's also tied for the American League lead in pickoffs (2), just two behind Major League leader Willson Contreras (4).  

Turner is in his ninth season as the Royals' Assistant Athletic Trainer. This will be his first All-Star Game.

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Royals sign Japanese pitcher Kaito Yuki

The Kansas City Royals today announced the signing of Japanese 16-year old pitcher Kaito Yuki. The Osaka, Japan native just completed his junior high season in May and chose to sign a professional contract with the Royals over attending high school. Yuki, is a 6-2, 170 lb. right-handed pitcher who was born on May 12, 2002.

"We are excited to add Kaito Yuki to our Organization," said Rene Francisco, Royals Vice President/Assistant General Manager of Major League and International Operations. "We are very much looking forward to seeing him get started in Professional Baseball next year. I'd like to thank and congratulate our Pacific Rim coordinator Phil Dale and our scout in Japan Hiro Oya for the tremendous work in identifying and signing this young man."

The Kansas City Royals today announced the signing of Japanese 16-year old pitcher Kaito Yuki. The Osaka, Japan native just completed his junior high season in May and chose to sign a professional contract with the Royals over attending high school. Yuki, is a 6-2, 170 lb. right-handed pitcher who was born on May 12, 2002.

"We are excited to add Kaito Yuki to our Organization," said Rene Francisco, Royals Vice President/Assistant General Manager of Major League and International Operations. "We are very much looking forward to seeing him get started in Professional Baseball next year. I'd like to thank and congratulate our Pacific Rim coordinator Phil Dale and our scout in Japan Hiro Oya for the tremendous work in identifying and signing this young man."

The announcement of Yuki's signing took place earlier today in his hometown of Osaka. In a quote provided by the Kyodo News, Yuki stated, "I wanted to play in the United States as soon as possible, rather than playing high school ball at Koshien Stadium (in Japan's iconic national championship)."

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Royals to celebrate Independence Day at The K

As the country celebrates Independence Day, the Kansas City Royals are excited to have special guests and events surrounding the 7:15 p.m. game against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. Below are some of the planned 4th of July celebrations:

National Anthem and God Bless America: Staff Sgt. Michelle Doolittle from the U.S. Air Force of the Golden West at Travis Air Force Base in California will perform both songs.

As the country celebrates Independence Day, the Kansas City Royals are excited to have special guests and events surrounding the 7:15 p.m. game against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. Below are some of the planned 4th of July celebrations:

National Anthem and God Bless America: Staff Sgt. Michelle Doolittle from the U.S. Air Force of the Golden West at Travis Air Force Base in California will perform both songs.

First Pitch: Individuals from the military -- Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, National Guard and Navy -- will throw out a first pitch.

On-Field American Flag: Servicemen and women stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base will hold and present an American flag on field during the National Anthem.

Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat Honoree: Dr. Mark Martin of Lee's Summit will sit in the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat. Dr. Martin has been on 24 consecutive Honor Flights, taking local veterans on one-day chartered flights to Washington, D.C., to tour war memorials and monuments. A volunteer physician since 2007, he has helped more than a thousand men and women with their medical issues when called upon. On the board of directors of the Kansas City Academy of Family Physicians, he participates in many of their community outreach projects as well.

Salute to Service Honoree: Col. Jim Tenpenny, a native Kansas Citian, will be the honoree in the Salute to Service Seat, presented by Miller Lite. Col. Tenpenny is a five-time combat tour veteran who began his career on active duty with the U.S. Army in 1987. He spent the first four years of his service as an infantry soldier and non-commissioned officer. Commissioned in 1995 as an aviation officer, he flew UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. During his second combat tour, he participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 4th Infantry Division, the unit that captured Saddam Hussein. The colonel's many awards include three Bronze Stars, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals and two Air Medals. He is currently serving as the Deputy Chief of Operations at the Army's Mission Command Training Program in Fort Leavenworth.

Fireworks Spectacular: Following the conclusion of the game, a special patriotic-themed fireworks spectacular will take place, courtesy of Popsicle and Price Chopper.

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Royals sign first round selection Brady Singer

The Kansas City Royals announced Tuesday that they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Brady Singer, the club's first-round selection (18th overall) in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Singer, 21, was named the 2018 Dick Howser Trophy recipient (top player in college baseball) as well as Baseball America College Player of the Year this season, going 12-3 with a 2.55 ERA (32 ER in 113.0 IP) with 114 strikeouts during his junior season at the University of Florida. The righty was also one of four finalists for the Golden Spikes Award and was named Southeastern Conference (SEC) Pitcher of the Year. He recorded 7.0 innings or more in 11 of his 17 starts, including his first career shutout on May 4 at Texas A&M. Singer completed his college career with a 23-10 record, a 3.22 ERA (101 ER in 282.2 IP) and 281 strikeouts. He was also named All-SEC Second Team, College World Series All-Tournament Team and SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2017, helping the Gators win their first National Championship in baseball. He was originally selected by Toronto in the second round (56th overall) of the 2015 Draft out of Eustis High School (Fla.), but did not sign.

The Kansas City Royals announced Tuesday that they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Brady Singer, the club's first-round selection (18th overall) in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Singer, 21, was named the 2018 Dick Howser Trophy recipient (top player in college baseball) as well as Baseball America College Player of the Year this season, going 12-3 with a 2.55 ERA (32 ER in 113.0 IP) with 114 strikeouts during his junior season at the University of Florida. The righty was also one of four finalists for the Golden Spikes Award and was named Southeastern Conference (SEC) Pitcher of the Year. He recorded 7.0 innings or more in 11 of his 17 starts, including his first career shutout on May 4 at Texas A&M. Singer completed his college career with a 23-10 record, a 3.22 ERA (101 ER in 282.2 IP) and 281 strikeouts. He was also named All-SEC Second Team, College World Series All-Tournament Team and SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2017, helping the Gators win their first National Championship in baseball. He was originally selected by Toronto in the second round (56th overall) of the 2015 Draft out of Eustis High School (Fla.), but did not sign.

Following Singer's signing, the Royals have now inked 32 of their 43 selections from the 2018 Draft, including 16 of their first 17. A complete list of Kansas City's selections is included.

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Royals sign 33rd overall selection Jackson Kowar

The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Jackson Kowar, the club's Round 1 Compensation selection (33rd overall) in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kowar, 21, a 6-foot-5 pitcher from the University of Florida, posted a 10-5 record with a 3.04 ERA (38 ER in 112.2 IP) and 115 strikeouts during his junior season with the Gators. He finished his collegiate career with a 6-1 victory over Texas in an elimination game at the College World Series, fanning a career high 13 hitters over 6.2 scoreless innings. It was the most strikeouts in a College World Series game since 2010, when Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer both did it for UCLA. He earned his first collegiate save in Game 2 of the 2017 College World Series finals, clinching a 6-1 win over LSU and Florida's first National Championship. Kowar was previously drafted by Detroit (40th round) in 2015 out of Charlotte Christian High School (N.C.), but did not sign.

The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Jackson Kowar, the club's Round 1 Compensation selection (33rd overall) in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kowar, 21, a 6-foot-5 pitcher from the University of Florida, posted a 10-5 record with a 3.04 ERA (38 ER in 112.2 IP) and 115 strikeouts during his junior season with the Gators. He finished his collegiate career with a 6-1 victory over Texas in an elimination game at the College World Series, fanning a career high 13 hitters over 6.2 scoreless innings. It was the most strikeouts in a College World Series game since 2010, when Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer both did it for UCLA. He earned his first collegiate save in Game 2 of the 2017 College World Series finals, clinching a 6-1 win over LSU and Florida's first National Championship. Kowar was previously drafted by Detroit (40th round) in 2015 out of Charlotte Christian High School (N.C.), but did not sign.

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Merrifield, Keller named Royals Player, Pitcher of the Month for June

KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Royals announced today that infielder/outfielder Whit Merrifield and right-handed pitcher Brad Keller have been named Royals Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for the month of June. The awards are determined by a local media vote.

Merrifield led the Royals in hits (28), doubles (8), stolen bases (4), batting average (.298) and on-base percentage (.359) in June. He had 10 multi-hit games, including two three-hit efforts. Whit's RBI single on June 27 capped the Royals' five-run seventh inning and proved to be the deciding run in a 5-4 win in Milwaukee. He played in 25 of the Royals' 26 games, including starts at second base (11), center field (7), right field (3), first base (2) and designated hitter (2). This is Merrifield's first career Royals Player of the Month Award.

KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Royals announced today that infielder/outfielder Whit Merrifield and right-handed pitcher Brad Keller have been named Royals Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for the month of June. The awards are determined by a local media vote.

Merrifield led the Royals in hits (28), doubles (8), stolen bases (4), batting average (.298) and on-base percentage (.359) in June. He had 10 multi-hit games, including two three-hit efforts. Whit's RBI single on June 27 capped the Royals' five-run seventh inning and proved to be the deciding run in a 5-4 win in Milwaukee. He played in 25 of the Royals' 26 games, including starts at second base (11), center field (7), right field (3), first base (2) and designated hitter (2). This is Merrifield's first career Royals Player of the Month Award.

Keller led Royals starters with a 2.38 ERA (6 ER in 22.2 IP) in June, which ranked third among Major League rookies (min. 20 IP) behind Wilmer Font (1.80) and Tyler Mahle (2.18). He earned his first career win as a starter in a 2-0 victory vs. the Angels on June 25, in which-at 22 years, 333 days-he became the youngest Royal to win a start since the late Yordano Ventura (22.326) on April 25, 2014. He also became the youngest to throw 7.0 shutout innings in the American League since Chicago's Carlos Rodon (22.244) on Aug. 11, 2015, and is the second Royal with a start of at least 7.0 shutout innings and two hits or fewer within his first five career starts, joining Mel Stottlemeyer Jr. on Sept. 5, 1990. This is Keller's first Royals Pitcher of the Month Award, and he joins Jakob Junis (August 2017) as rookies to receive the honor in the last two seasons. Prior to 2017, the last rookie to win Royals Pitcher of the Month was Louis Coleman in July 2011. Keller is the youngest to earn the award as a starting pitcher since Zack Greinke did it as a 20-year-old in August and September of 2004.

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Royals to host Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids and Equipment Day; Royals Blood Drive Up and Running

KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Royals will host the Cleveland Indians (July 2-4) and Boston Red Sox (July 6-8). The annual Royals Blood Drive began Sunday and runs through July 10. Royals Charities will also host the Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids (July 3) and Equipment Day (July 6). Please see below for more details.

Monday, July 2 - Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.

KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Royals will host the Cleveland Indians (July 2-4) and Boston Red Sox (July 6-8). The annual Royals Blood Drive began Sunday and runs through July 10. Royals Charities will also host the Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids (July 3) and Equipment Day (July 6). Please see below for more details.

Monday, July 2 - Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.

• Royals Blood Drive - Throughout this week, fans can donate blood at area Community Blood Center locations in Greater Kansas City, Topeka, Kan., and St. Joseph, Mo. Any fan who registers to donate will receive a pair of tickets to an upcoming Royals game, while supplies last. For more information on the blood drive, visit www.royals.com/blooddrive. The Community Blood Center has declared a blood emergency as supplies have dropped below required minimums, so fans are encouraged to donate. To schedule an appointment, visit www.savealifenow.org.

Tuesday, July 3 - Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.

• Clinic with Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids - Royals Charities has partnered with Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids for a fourth year to host a youth clinic for approximately 40 children with special needs. Each child will receive a personalized jersey and take part in a clinic with stations led by current Royals players, coaches and Royals alumni. The event will take place at The Little K at Kauffman Stadium beginning at 1:15 p.m.

• Dream Factory - Throughout the season, the Royals grant the wishes of Dream Factory children. These youngsters, who face life-altering challenges, will meet Royals players, watch batting practice from the dugout and enjoy the game and refreshments. Their Royals experience appears on the KMBC-TV (Channel 9) 10 p.m. newscast.

• Baseball Tomorrow Fund Check Presentation - The Baseball Tomorrow Fund will present a check to the Police Athletic League to support its softball program. (See details on the Royals Equipment Day on Friday.)

Wednesday, July 4 - Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.

Thursday, July 5 - Off Day

Friday, July 6 - Boston Red Sox vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.

• Royals Equipment Day - In support of the ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball, its Clubs and players to increase opportunities for youth participation in baseball and softball, the Royals are teaming up with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund to host Royals Equipment Day. From 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., fans are invited to donate new and used baseball and softball equipment to benefit the Police Athletic League program. Volunteers will be stationed outside the Royals Charities Headquarters and Guest Services on the Plaza Level.

Saturday, July 7 - Boston Red Sox vs. Royals, 6:15 p.m.

• Kennedys to host Group from USO of Missouri - Each Saturday, pitcher Ian Kennedy and his wife, Allison, host a group from the Kansas City area in a fully-catered Dugout Suite. This day, guests from the USO of Missouri will watch batting practice and meet Kennedy prior to the game. The Kennedys also will give each guest a special Royals gift.

• Green Team presented by Republic Services - During select games throughout the season, local organizations and volunteers who sign up to be a part of the Royals Green Team, sponsored by Republic Services, will help collect aluminum and recyclable plastics at the stadium gates as well as throughout multiple innings of the game. For more information see www.royals.com/greenteam.

• Physioc Book Signing - Royals broadcaster Steve Physioc recently completed and published a novel called "The Walls of Lucca." Physioc will sign books from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Royals Hall of Fame. Books may be purchased during the signing. Proceeds from the sales at this event will be donated to Royals Charities to benefit SAFEHOME, an organization that provides lifesaving resources to victims of domestic violence.

Sunday, July 8 - Boston Red Sox vs. Royals, 1:15 p.m.

Fans may purchase tickets online at royals.com, by calling 1-800-6ROYALS, at area Price Chopper stores or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.

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