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Royals partner with Sporting KC for theme nights

Theme tickets will include exclusive co-branded items

The Kansas City Royals are excited to partner with Sporting KC on theme nights this season. Sporting Night at The K will take place on Saturday, April 13 and Sporting KC will host Royals Night the following day on Sunday, April 14.

The Royals will host division rival Cleveland Indians for the first-ever Sporting Night at The K. Sporting KC elements will be featured throughout the night. Fans who purchase the specially-priced Theme Ticket will receive a custom-designed beanie featuring both the Royals and Sporting KC logos. Tickets can be purchased in the View Reserved, Outfield Plaza or Outfield Box online at royals.com/sporting. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.

The Kansas City Royals are excited to partner with Sporting KC on theme nights this season. Sporting Night at The K will take place on Saturday, April 13 and Sporting KC will host Royals Night the following day on Sunday, April 14.

The Royals will host division rival Cleveland Indians for the first-ever Sporting Night at The K. Sporting KC elements will be featured throughout the night. Fans who purchase the specially-priced Theme Ticket will receive a custom-designed beanie featuring both the Royals and Sporting KC logos. Tickets can be purchased in the View Reserved, Outfield Plaza or Outfield Box online at royals.com/sporting. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.

The following day, Sporting KC will host the New York Red Bulls at 6:00 p.m. Fans who purchase the special ticket package will get a co-branded scarf including both the Royals and Sporting logos. For more information, visit sportingkc.com/royals.

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Royals agree to terms with six pre-arbitration eligible players

The Kansas City Royals announced Monday that the club has agreed to terms with six pre-arbitration eligible players. Among those include: pitchers Heath Fillmyer, Tim Hill, Jakob Junis, Trevor Oaks, Glenn Sparkman and Josh Staumont.

Last month, the Royals agreed to terms with 12 pre-arbitration players, including: pitchers Scott Barlow, Scott Blewett, Chris Ellis, Arnaldo Hernandez, Brad Keller, Kevin McCarthy, Sam McWilliams, Jake Newberry and Eric Skoglund, catcher Meibrys Viloria and infielders Hunter Dozier and Ryan O'Hearn.

Nine Royals remain unsigned for the 2019 season, including: pitchers Conner Greene, Ben Lively and Jorge López, catcher Cam Gallagher, infielders Kelvin Gutierrez and Adalberto Mondesi and outfielders Jorge Bonifacio, Brian Goodwin and Brett Phillips.
 

The Kansas City Royals announced Monday that the club has agreed to terms with six pre-arbitration eligible players. Among those include: pitchers Heath Fillmyer, Tim Hill, Jakob Junis, Trevor Oaks, Glenn Sparkman and Josh Staumont.

Last month, the Royals agreed to terms with 12 pre-arbitration players, including: pitchers Scott Barlow, Scott Blewett, Chris Ellis, Arnaldo Hernandez, Brad Keller, Kevin McCarthy, Sam McWilliams, Jake Newberry and Eric Skoglund, catcher Meibrys Viloria and infielders Hunter Dozier and Ryan O'Hearn.

Nine Royals remain unsigned for the 2019 season, including: pitchers Conner Greene, Ben Lively and Jorge López, catcher Cam Gallagher, infielders Kelvin Gutierrez and Adalberto Mondesi and outfielders Jorge Bonifacio, Brian Goodwin and Brett Phillips.
 

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Royals sign pitcher Drew Storen to Minor League deal

The Kansas City Royals announced Friday that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Drew Storen to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

Storen, 31, missed the entire 2018 season due to right elbow surgery. He last pitched for Cincinnati in 2017, and went 4-2 with a 4.45 ERA (27 ER in 54.2 IP) in 58 appearances. Storen pitched to a 3.23 ERA (17 ER in 47.1 IP) through his first 50 appearances that season, but allowed 13 runs (10 ER) over his final eight outings, and was placed on the disabled list on Sept. 13, ending his season.

The Kansas City Royals announced Friday that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Drew Storen to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

Storen, 31, missed the entire 2018 season due to right elbow surgery. He last pitched for Cincinnati in 2017, and went 4-2 with a 4.45 ERA (27 ER in 54.2 IP) in 58 appearances. Storen pitched to a 3.23 ERA (17 ER in 47.1 IP) through his first 50 appearances that season, but allowed 13 runs (10 ER) over his final eight outings, and was placed on the disabled list on Sept. 13, ending his season.

Storen spent the first six seasons (2010-15) of his career with Washington, where he went 21-13 with 95 saves and a 3.02 ERA (112 ER in 334 IP) in 355 appearances. In 2011, just his second season in the Majors, Storen saved 43 games for the Nationals, six shy of the Major League lead. In 2014, he posted a 1.12 ERA (7 ER in 56.1 IP), second best in the Majors (min. 50 IP), trailing only Kansas City's Wade Davis (1.00).

Storen was traded to Toronto prior to the 2016 season, and was later sent to Seattle prior to the trade deadline. He signed with Cincinnati the following season.

Storen was selected in the first round (10th overall) by Washington in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Stanford University. He made his Major League debut less than a year later, becoming the second player from the 2009 Draft to reach the Majors.

Kansas City now has 64 players on its Spring Training roster, including 22 non-roster invitees.

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Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City announce 2019 television schedule

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (February 14, 2019) -- The Kansas City Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City today announced a 161-game regular season television schedule for the 2019 season. The only game that won't be broadcast on FSKC is the June 13 contest vs. Detroit at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., which will be televised by ESPN. 

The Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City are entering the 12th season of an agreement in which FOX Sports Kansas City is the exclusive regional television home of Royals baseball. The 161-game regular season television schedule features 81 road games and 80 games from Kauffman Stadium. Every game on FOX Sports Kansas City will be preceded by a 30-minute pregame show, "Price Chopper Royals Live," and followed by the "Boulevard Royals Live" postgame show. Both the pre and postgame shows at Kauffman Stadium will take place from FOX Sports Kansas City's set on the left field concourse adjacent to the Royals' Hall of Fame.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (February 14, 2019) -- The Kansas City Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City today announced a 161-game regular season television schedule for the 2019 season. The only game that won't be broadcast on FSKC is the June 13 contest vs. Detroit at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., which will be televised by ESPN. 

The Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City are entering the 12th season of an agreement in which FOX Sports Kansas City is the exclusive regional television home of Royals baseball. The 161-game regular season television schedule features 81 road games and 80 games from Kauffman Stadium. Every game on FOX Sports Kansas City will be preceded by a 30-minute pregame show, "Price Chopper Royals Live," and followed by the "Boulevard Royals Live" postgame show. Both the pre and postgame shows at Kauffman Stadium will take place from FOX Sports Kansas City's set on the left field concourse adjacent to the Royals' Hall of Fame.

FOX Sports Kansas City will also televise 10 Spring Training games. FSKC's Cactus League TV slate will start Saturday, March 9, when the Royals visit the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale, Ariz. FSKC will also look back at some of the top games and moments of 2018 in Royals Rewind, three 30-minute shows that premiere Friday, Feb. 15, and look ahead to the season in Royals Warmup, which airs in March.

Regular season coverage will begin when FSKC airs Opening Day on Thursday, March 28, from Kauffman Stadium vs. the Chicago White Sox at 3:15 p.m. Kansas City time. Live coverage of the opener on FSKC will begin at 2:00 p.m. with an expanded pregame show.

All Royals telecasts on FOX Sports Kansas City will also be streamed on FOX Sports digital platforms. 

Ryan Lefebvre, in his 21st season, will call the majority of regular season games for FSKC, and Steve Physioc will provide the play-by-play on the remaining games. Rex Hudler will return for his eighth season as the analyst, and Royals Hall of Famer, Jeff Montgomery, will provide analysis throughout the season on "Royals Live" with host Joel Goldberg.

All game times and the TV schedule are subject to change.

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Royals sign pitcher Jake Diekman to a one-year deal with mutual option

KANSAS CITY, MO (February 13, 2019) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman to a one-year contract, with a mutual option for the 2020 season. Consistent with club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, the Royals have placed right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn on the 60-day injured list (recovery from ulnar collateral ligament surgery).

Diekman, 32, appeared in 71 games combined between Texas and Arizona last season, going 1-2 with two saves, 17 holds and a 4.73 ERA (28 ER in 53.1 IP). He ranked tied for seventh among left-handed relievers in appearances, while his 11.14 K/9 (66 K in 53.1 IP) was 13th among that group. He did his best work on the road, posting a 1.40 ERA (4 ER in 25.2 IP), which ranked ninth in the Majors (min. 25.0 IP). He made 15-straight scoreless appearances away from home (July 5-Sept. 11), while 39 of his last 41 road outings have been scoreless, dating back to Sept. 12, 2016.

KANSAS CITY, MO (February 13, 2019) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman to a one-year contract, with a mutual option for the 2020 season. Consistent with club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, the Royals have placed right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn on the 60-day injured list (recovery from ulnar collateral ligament surgery).

Diekman, 32, appeared in 71 games combined between Texas and Arizona last season, going 1-2 with two saves, 17 holds and a 4.73 ERA (28 ER in 53.1 IP). He ranked tied for seventh among left-handed relievers in appearances, while his 11.14 K/9 (66 K in 53.1 IP) was 13th among that group. He did his best work on the road, posting a 1.40 ERA (4 ER in 25.2 IP), which ranked ninth in the Majors (min. 25.0 IP). He made 15-straight scoreless appearances away from home (July 5-Sept. 11), while 39 of his last 41 road outings have been scoreless, dating back to Sept. 12, 2016.

Diekman, who will wear uniform No. 40 with Kansas City, is entering his eighth Major League season, having spent time with Philadelphia (2012-15), Texas (2015-18) and Arizona (2018). In 365 big league appearances, he's 14-15 with seven saves, a 3.75 ERA and 383 strikeouts in 312.0 innings. His career strikeout rate (11.05) ranks second in the Majors among active left-handed relievers that have worked at least 300.0 innings, trailing only Aroldis Chapman (15.00). In 2014, he became one of just seven left-handed relievers (14 occurrences) to record 100+ strikeouts in a season since 2010.

A native of Wymore, Neb., Diekman was originally selected by the Phillies in the 30th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kan.

Kansas City's Major League Reserve List is at 40 players. 

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Royals sign pitcher Homer Bailey to Minor League deal

KANSAS CITY, MO (February 9, 2019) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Homer Bailey to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

Bailey, 32, has pitched exclusively for the Cincinnati Reds during his 12-year Major League career, after being selected seventh overall in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of La Grange High School in La Grange, Texas. He's made 212 career regular season appearances since his Major League debut in 2007, all of which have been starts.

KANSAS CITY, MO (February 9, 2019) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Homer Bailey to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

Bailey, 32, has pitched exclusively for the Cincinnati Reds during his 12-year Major League career, after being selected seventh overall in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of La Grange High School in La Grange, Texas. He's made 212 career regular season appearances since his Major League debut in 2007, all of which have been starts.

In December, Bailey was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a seven-player deal, but was released and became a free agent. The move from Cincinnati ended the third-longest tenure of any Major League pitcher with his current team (debuted in June 2007), trailing only Seattle's Félix Hernández (August 2005) and St. Louis' Adam Wainwright (September 2005).

Bailey was on the Reds' Opening Day roster in 2018 for the first time since 2014, and made the first Opening Day start of his career, taking a 2-0 loss vs. Washington's Max Scherzer despite allowing just one run over 6.0 innings. Bailey won just one of his 20 starts last season, thanks in part to a 2.54 run support average that was the lowest in the Majors (min. 100 IP). He did, however, record the only complete game by a Reds' starter in 2018, 8.0 innings of two-run ball in a 2-1 loss at Detroit on July 31.

Bailey started the season on the disabled list each year from 2015-17, a stretch in which he recorded just 125.1 innings at the Major League level.

In 2012, Bailey threw the 15th no-hitter in franchise history, a 1-0 win at Pittsburgh on Sept. 28. Less than a year later, on July 2, 2013 vs. San Francisco, he recorded his second career no-hitter, becoming the first to be responsible for the Majors' two most recent no-hitters since Nolan Ryan (1974-75). Bailey is one of four active pitchers with multiple no-hitters, joining Jake Arrieta, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.

Kansas City now has 62 players on its Spring Training roster, including 21 non-roster invitees.

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"Royals Fans Got Talent" set for March 9

Auditions to be held for National Anthem, "God Bless America" and talent acts

The Kansas City Royals will hold the 10th annual "Royals Fans Got Talent" auditions on Saturday, March 9 at Kauffman Stadium. Bands, choirs, groups, musicians and individual singers are invited to apply for National Anthem and "God Bless America" opportunities during the 2019 season. In addition, auditions are open to talent and entertainment acts. 

National Anthem and God Bless America auditions will be conducted on an invitation-only format. To be considered, fans need to complete and submit paperwork, accompanied by an MP3 or YouTube link of performance via email to '2019Auditions@Royals.com'. Bands and choirs must submit paperwork, accompanied by an MP3 or YouTube Link of performance to 'groupauditions@royals.com'. Information for submission can also be found by visiting royals.com/perform. All National Anthem and God Bless America auditions and paperwork must be submitted no later than noon on Friday, March 1. Submitting an application does not guarantee an audition. Applicants will be reviewed and approved performers will be sent an invitation via email on Wednesday, March 6 with remaining details of their auditions.  

The Kansas City Royals will hold the 10th annual "Royals Fans Got Talent" auditions on Saturday, March 9 at Kauffman Stadium. Bands, choirs, groups, musicians and individual singers are invited to apply for National Anthem and "God Bless America" opportunities during the 2019 season. In addition, auditions are open to talent and entertainment acts. 

National Anthem and God Bless America auditions will be conducted on an invitation-only format. To be considered, fans need to complete and submit paperwork, accompanied by an MP3 or YouTube link of performance via email to '2019Auditions@Royals.com'. Bands and choirs must submit paperwork, accompanied by an MP3 or YouTube Link of performance to 'groupauditions@royals.com'. Information for submission can also be found by visiting royals.com/perform. All National Anthem and God Bless America auditions and paperwork must be submitted no later than noon on Friday, March 1. Submitting an application does not guarantee an audition. Applicants will be reviewed and approved performers will be sent an invitation via email on Wednesday, March 6 with remaining details of their auditions.  

If the application is approved, the performer(s) auditioning needs to be present on the day of auditions. All National Anthem and "God Bless America" performances must be 90 seconds or less and in the traditional version of the song and must be done a cappella. Pyrotechnics and/or harmful materials are prohibited. All participants will audition on a volunteer basis with the understanding that no compensation will occur for their participation. Following auditions, a representative from the Royals organization will contact each person via email to let them know the outcome of their audition. All talent is subject to approval by the Royals.

Talent and entertainment acts must submit paperwork along with a YouTube link or video file to 'talent@royals.com' no later than noon on Friday, March 1. If you are selected, a representative from the Royals will contact the group.  

For more information on the 2019 "Royals Fans Got Talent" auditions, please email 2019Auditions@royals.com

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Royals sign pitcher Brad Boxberger to one-year contract

KANSAS CITY, MO -- The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Brad Boxberger to a one-year contract. Consistent with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
 
Boxberger, 30, recorded 32 saves with Arizona last season, fourth most in the National League. He struck out 71 batters in just 53.1 innings to mark the 10th best K/9 (11.98) among NL relievers. His combination of 32 saves and 11.98 K/9 was unmatched in the National League, and was achieved by only four others who pitched in the American League: Edwin Diaz, Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman and Brad Hand.

His 60 appearances last season were his most since 2015, when he pitched in a career-high 69 games and led the American League with a career-high 41 saves for the Tampa Bay Rays. He was selected to his only All-Star Game that season by American League manager Ned Yost, but did not pitch in the game.

KANSAS CITY, MO -- The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Brad Boxberger to a one-year contract. Consistent with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
 
Boxberger, 30, recorded 32 saves with Arizona last season, fourth most in the National League. He struck out 71 batters in just 53.1 innings to mark the 10th best K/9 (11.98) among NL relievers. His combination of 32 saves and 11.98 K/9 was unmatched in the National League, and was achieved by only four others who pitched in the American League: Edwin Diaz, Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman and Brad Hand.

His 60 appearances last season were his most since 2015, when he pitched in a career-high 69 games and led the American League with a career-high 41 saves for the Tampa Bay Rays. He was selected to his only All-Star Game that season by American League manager Ned Yost, but did not pitch in the game.

In seven Major League seasons, Boxberger (who will wear No. 26 with Kansas City) is 20-27 with 76 saves, a 3.42 ERA (108 ER in 284.1 IP) and 368 strikeouts (11.65 K/9). He was originally drafted in the 20th round out of high school by Kansas City in 2006, but chose to attend the University of Southern California. He signed with the Cincinnati Reds as a first-round pick (43rd overall) three years later. Boxberger has been traded three times since, including to San Diego in 2011 with former Royal Edinson Volquez, Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal for Mat Latos. Prior to the 2014 season, he was traded to Tampa Bay in a seven-player deal that sent current Royals pitcher Jesse Hahn to San Diego.

Kansas City's Major League Reserve List is now at 40 players.

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Royals celebrate dedication of fans & players with new 'Always Royal' campaign

2019 campaign proclaims we are 'Always Royal'

The Kansas City Royals, along with Walz Tetrick Advertising, are excited to announce "Always Royal" as the slogan and campaign for the 2019 season.

"We believe that we have the best fans in baseball. They're a vital part of our team, and they proudly show it whether they're home, out with friends or in the ballpark." said Michael Bucek, Royals Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. "The relationship between our fans and the Royals has grown year after year. We want to celebrate that, and that's why we're #AlwaysRoyal."

The Kansas City Royals, along with Walz Tetrick Advertising, are excited to announce "Always Royal" as the slogan and campaign for the 2019 season.

"We believe that we have the best fans in baseball. They're a vital part of our team, and they proudly show it whether they're home, out with friends or in the ballpark." said Michael Bucek, Royals Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. "The relationship between our fans and the Royals has grown year after year. We want to celebrate that, and that's why we're #AlwaysRoyal."

Walz Tetrick, now in the seventh season of their partnership with the team, worked closely with the Royals to develop the slogan.

"Our new campaign binds together the experience of Royals baseball at The K and the unmatched devotion fans put on display in everyday life." said WTA president Charlie Tetrick. "We're literally blurring the lines to show that we're not just loyal, we're Always Royal."

The campaign will extend beyond the stands to the play on the field as well, highlighting the grit, determination and hustle that represents the Royals brand of baseball. The campaign will also highlight the many unique aspects of Kauffman Stadium and why watching a game at The K is so special.

The campaign officially launched with a spot on TV and social media during the leadup to the Super Bowl Sunday night, highlighting key aspects of what it means to be "Always Royal."

The multi-media campaign will continue during the preseason on TV, radio, social media and online.

Royals season tickets are currently on sale and available at royals.com/stm, 816-504-4040 or the Kauffman Stadium Box Office. Opening Day tickets are included in all full, half and partial season ticket packages. Season Ticket Members will also have access to an exclusive pre-sale prior to the general public.

Single game tickets are currently on sale at royals.com and the MLB Ballpark App. Beginning Monday, February 25 at 9 a.m., all single-game tickets may also be purchased at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office, over the phone at 1-800-6ROYALS or at Price Chopper locations in the greater Kansas City area. Fans can also get great group tickets for games throughout the season, including Opening Day. Purchase 20 or more seats to receive discounted group pricing, an outfield LED scoreboard message and other special benefits based on ticket quantity and availability.

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Royals and Fox Sports Kansas City announce 2019 Spring Training TV schedule

The Kansas City Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City announced Friday that 10 exhibition games will be televised this season on the club's exclusive local television partner. 

The Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City are entering the 12th season of an agreement in which FOX Sports Kansas City is the exclusive local television home of Royals baseball. This will be the fourth straight year in which FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast 10 Spring Training games. Each of the 10 telecasts will also be streamed live on FOX Sports digital platforms. 

Coverage of Royals baseball in 2019 kicks off with a telecast from Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday, March 9, when the Royals visit the Arizona Diamondbacks at 2:10 p.m. (CDT). Other road telecasts include Saturday, March 16 at San Diego (3:10 CT), Wednesday, March 20 at Colorado (8:40 p.m. CT) and Saturday, March 23 at Milwaukee (3:05 p.m. CT).

FOX Sports Kansas City will also broadcast six games from the Royals' home complex in Surprise, Ariz.: Monday, March 11 at Texas (9:05 p.m. CT), Tuesday, March 12 vs. the Chicago White Sox (3:05 p.m. CT), Wednesday, March 13 vs. Cleveland (3:05 p.m. CT), Tuesday, March 19 vs. the Chicago Cubs (8:05 p.m. CT), Friday, March 22 vs. San Francisco (8:05 p.m. CT) and Sunday, March 24 at Texas (2:05 p.m. CT).

"It's important for us as an organization that our fans get the opportunity to watch the ball club prepare for the upcoming season and we are thrilled that our partners at FOX Sports Kansas City are once again televising 10 exhibition games," said Mike Swanson, Royals Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting. "After a cold winter, spring training baseball tends to rejuvenate everyone and it's enjoyable to watch in a more intimate setting of the spring training parks."

The schedule of FSKC TV broadcasts can be found on the next page. The FOX Sports Kansas City announcer team will continue to feature Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Physioc, Rex Hudler, Joel Goldberg and Jeff Montgomery.  

While seven of the telecasts will be exclusive FSKC productions, three others will be a shared feed with that day's opponent. Those games include Monday, March 11 at Texas (FOX Sports Southwest), Saturday, March 16 at San Diego (FOX Sports San Diego) and Saturday, March 23 at Milwaukee (FOX Sports Wisconsin).

The 2019 regular season schedule with FOX Sports Kansas City telecasts will be announced at a later date. 

The Kansas City Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City announced Friday that 10 exhibition games will be televised this season on the club's exclusive local television partner. 

The Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City are entering the 12th season of an agreement in which FOX Sports Kansas City is the exclusive local television home of Royals baseball. This will be the fourth straight year in which FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast 10 Spring Training games. Each of the 10 telecasts will also be streamed live on FOX Sports digital platforms. 

Coverage of Royals baseball in 2019 kicks off with a telecast from Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday, March 9, when the Royals visit the Arizona Diamondbacks at 2:10 p.m. (CDT). Other road telecasts include Saturday, March 16 at San Diego (3:10 CT), Wednesday, March 20 at Colorado (8:40 p.m. CT) and Saturday, March 23 at Milwaukee (3:05 p.m. CT).

FOX Sports Kansas City will also broadcast six games from the Royals' home complex in Surprise, Ariz.: Monday, March 11 at Texas (9:05 p.m. CT), Tuesday, March 12 vs. the Chicago White Sox (3:05 p.m. CT), Wednesday, March 13 vs. Cleveland (3:05 p.m. CT), Tuesday, March 19 vs. the Chicago Cubs (8:05 p.m. CT), Friday, March 22 vs. San Francisco (8:05 p.m. CT) and Sunday, March 24 at Texas (2:05 p.m. CT).

"It's important for us as an organization that our fans get the opportunity to watch the ball club prepare for the upcoming season and we are thrilled that our partners at FOX Sports Kansas City are once again televising 10 exhibition games," said Mike Swanson, Royals Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting. "After a cold winter, spring training baseball tends to rejuvenate everyone and it's enjoyable to watch in a more intimate setting of the spring training parks."

The schedule of FSKC TV broadcasts can be found on the next page. The FOX Sports Kansas City announcer team will continue to feature Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Physioc, Rex Hudler, Joel Goldberg and Jeff Montgomery.  

While seven of the telecasts will be exclusive FSKC productions, three others will be a shared feed with that day's opponent. Those games include Monday, March 11 at Texas (FOX Sports Southwest), Saturday, March 16 at San Diego (FOX Sports San Diego) and Saturday, March 23 at Milwaukee (FOX Sports Wisconsin).

The 2019 regular season schedule with FOX Sports Kansas City telecasts will be announced at a later date. 

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Royals announce promotions in baseball operations

Lonnie Goldberg, Dr. Daniel Mack and Guy Stevens all promoted to expanded duties

On Friday, Kansas City Royals' Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager Dayton Moore announced the promotions of three members of his Baseball Operations staff. 

Lonnie Goldberg has been promoted to Assistant General Manager/Amateur Scouting, Dr. Daniel Mack will now serve as Assistant General Manager/Research and Development and Guy Stevens is now the Senior Director of Research and Development/Strategy.

"Lonnie, Daniel and Guy have done an amazing job and I'm thrilled to announce these well-deserved promotions," said Moore. "We look forward to their continued leadership in these expanded roles and are excited about their future contributions to the Kansas City Royals."
Goldberg, formerly the Director of Scouting, is in his 12th season with the Royals' organization and just completed his eighth overseeing the scouting department. The Fairfax, VA, native played collegiately at George Mason University, then embarked on a minor league playing career before joining the Atlanta scouting department in 2002.

Dr. Mack spent last year as the Sr. Director of Quantitative Analysis/Amateur Scouting. He initially joined the Royals in 2013 as an analyst in baseball analytics, then was promoted to Director of Baseball Analytics/Research Science in 2015. He has a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Notre Dame, a master's degree in computer science with a concentration in machine learning from Columbia University and a doctorate in computer science from Vanderbilt University.

Stevens enters his seventh season with the Royals, serving last year as the Director of Baseball Administration/Quantitative Analysis. He had previously worked as a Coordinator and Assistant to Baseball Analytics after beginning as an intern in 2013. Guy also interned in 2012 with the New York Mets in their Baseball Operations Department. A former pitcher at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, Stevens graduated with a double major in mathematics and economics. He was also a member of the Israeli National Team from 2010 to 2015 before retiring as a player.

On Friday, Kansas City Royals' Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager Dayton Moore announced the promotions of three members of his Baseball Operations staff. 

Lonnie Goldberg has been promoted to Assistant General Manager/Amateur Scouting, Dr. Daniel Mack will now serve as Assistant General Manager/Research and Development and Guy Stevens is now the Senior Director of Research and Development/Strategy.

"Lonnie, Daniel and Guy have done an amazing job and I'm thrilled to announce these well-deserved promotions," said Moore. "We look forward to their continued leadership in these expanded roles and are excited about their future contributions to the Kansas City Royals."
Goldberg, formerly the Director of Scouting, is in his 12th season with the Royals' organization and just completed his eighth overseeing the scouting department. The Fairfax, VA, native played collegiately at George Mason University, then embarked on a minor league playing career before joining the Atlanta scouting department in 2002.

Dr. Mack spent last year as the Sr. Director of Quantitative Analysis/Amateur Scouting. He initially joined the Royals in 2013 as an analyst in baseball analytics, then was promoted to Director of Baseball Analytics/Research Science in 2015. He has a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Notre Dame, a master's degree in computer science with a concentration in machine learning from Columbia University and a doctorate in computer science from Vanderbilt University.

Stevens enters his seventh season with the Royals, serving last year as the Director of Baseball Administration/Quantitative Analysis. He had previously worked as a Coordinator and Assistant to Baseball Analytics after beginning as an intern in 2013. Guy also interned in 2012 with the New York Mets in their Baseball Operations Department. A former pitcher at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, Stevens graduated with a double major in mathematics and economics. He was also a member of the Israeli National Team from 2010 to 2015 before retiring as a player.

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Royals and 610 Sports Radio announce 2019 Spring Training broadcast schedule

The Kansas City Royals and 610 Sports Radio announced Thursday that 20 Spring Training games will air on KCSP-AM. Most Spring Training games will be webcast on royals.com, including the games not on 610 Sports Radio. The Royals' exhibition opener on Saturday, Feb. 23 vs. the Texas Rangers will be carried via webcast on royals.com. 

Two games currently scheduled to air on 610 Sports Radio are subject to change based on the Kansas State University men's basketball schedule. 

The 20 Spring Training games scheduled to air on 610 Sports Radio are:

Sunday   February 24   at Oakland   2:05 p.m. 
Monday   February 25   vs. Colorado   2:05 p.m.
Wednesday   February 27   at San Francisco   2:05 p.m.
Thursday    February 28   vs. San Diego   2:05 p.m. 
Friday   March 1   at Los Angeles Angels   2:10 p.m.
Sunday   March 3   at Cleveland   2:05 p.m.
Tuesday   March 5   vs. Arizona   7:05 p.m.
Wednesday   March 6   at Chicago Cubs   2:05 p.m.
Thursday   March 7   vs. Los Angeles Angels   2:05 p.m.
Friday   March 8   at Los Angeles Dodgers (SS)   8:05 p.m.
Sunday   March 10   vs. San Diego   3:05 p.m.
Monday   March 11   at Texas (SS)   9:05 p.m.
Tuesday   March 12   vs. Chicago White Sox   3:05 p.m.
Wednesday   March 13   vs. Cleveland   3:05 p.m.
Sunday   March 17   at San Francisco    3:05 p.m.
Tuesday   March 19   vs. Chicago Cubs    8:05 p.m.
Wednesday   March 20   at Colorado    8:40 p.m.
Friday   March 22*   vs. San Francisco    8:05 p.m.
Sunday   March 24*   at Texas    2:05 p.m.
Monday   March 25   at Omaha (Werner Park)    6:05 p.m.

The Kansas City Royals and 610 Sports Radio announced Thursday that 20 Spring Training games will air on KCSP-AM. Most Spring Training games will be webcast on royals.com, including the games not on 610 Sports Radio. The Royals' exhibition opener on Saturday, Feb. 23 vs. the Texas Rangers will be carried via webcast on royals.com. 

Two games currently scheduled to air on 610 Sports Radio are subject to change based on the Kansas State University men's basketball schedule. 

The 20 Spring Training games scheduled to air on 610 Sports Radio are:

Sunday   February 24   at Oakland   2:05 p.m. 
Monday   February 25   vs. Colorado   2:05 p.m.
Wednesday   February 27   at San Francisco   2:05 p.m.
Thursday    February 28   vs. San Diego   2:05 p.m. 
Friday   March 1   at Los Angeles Angels   2:10 p.m.
Sunday   March 3   at Cleveland   2:05 p.m.
Tuesday   March 5   vs. Arizona   7:05 p.m.
Wednesday   March 6   at Chicago Cubs   2:05 p.m.
Thursday   March 7   vs. Los Angeles Angels   2:05 p.m.
Friday   March 8   at Los Angeles Dodgers (SS)   8:05 p.m.
Sunday   March 10   vs. San Diego   3:05 p.m.
Monday   March 11   at Texas (SS)   9:05 p.m.
Tuesday   March 12   vs. Chicago White Sox   3:05 p.m.
Wednesday   March 13   vs. Cleveland   3:05 p.m.
Sunday   March 17   at San Francisco    3:05 p.m.
Tuesday   March 19   vs. Chicago Cubs    8:05 p.m.
Wednesday   March 20   at Colorado    8:40 p.m.
Friday   March 22*   vs. San Francisco    8:05 p.m.
Sunday   March 24*   at Texas    2:05 p.m.
Monday   March 25   at Omaha (Werner Park)    6:05 p.m.

All Times Central - Game Times Subject to Change

* Subject to change based on Kansas State University men's basketball schedule

An additional 10 Spring Training games will air exclusively via webcast on royals.com:

Saturday   February 23   vs. Texas   2:05 p.m. 
Tuesday   February 26   vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (SS)   2:05 p.m.
Saturday   March 2   vs. Seattle   2:05 p.m.
Friday    March 8   vs. Cincinnati (SS)   2:05 p.m. 
Saturday   March 9   at Arizona   2:10 p.m.
Thursday   March 14   vs. Texas   3:05 p.m.
Friday   March 15   at Colorado   3:10 p.m.
Saturday   March 16   vs. Milwaukee (SS)   3:05 p.m.
Thursday   March 21   at Cincinnati   3:05 p.m.
Saturday   March 23   at Milwaukee   3:05 p.m.

All Times Central - Game Times Subject to Change

For the 51st consecutive year, Royals Hall of Famer and 2007 Ford Frick Award winner Denny Matthews will call Spring Training play-by-play action and he'll be joined by Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart. For the 11th straight year, the exhibition webcasts will be anchored by Stewart.

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Royals agree to terms with 12 pre-arbitration eligible players

The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms with 12 pre-arbitration eligible players. Among those include: pitchers Scott Barlow, Scott Blewett, Chris Ellis, Arnaldo Hernandez, Brad Keller, Kevin McCarthy, Sam McWilliams, Jake Newberry and Eric Skoglund, catcher Meibrys Viloria and infielders Hunter Dozier and Ryan O'Hearn.

Eight of the 12 players signed have Major League service time. The exceptions are Blewett and Hernandez, who were added to the Major League Reserve List in November, and Ellis and McWilliams, who were acquired in the Rule 5 Draft in December. 

Fifteen Royals remain unsigned for the 2019 season, including pitchers Heath Fillmyer, Conner Greene, Tim Hill, Jakob Junis, Ben Lively, Jorge López, Trevor Oaks, Glenn Sparkman and Josh Staumont, catcher Cam Gallagher, infielders Kelvin Gutierrez and Adalberto Mondesi and outfielders Jorge Bonifacio, Brian Goodwin and Brett Phillips.

The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms with 12 pre-arbitration eligible players. Among those include: pitchers Scott Barlow, Scott Blewett, Chris Ellis, Arnaldo Hernandez, Brad Keller, Kevin McCarthy, Sam McWilliams, Jake Newberry and Eric Skoglund, catcher Meibrys Viloria and infielders Hunter Dozier and Ryan O'Hearn.

Eight of the 12 players signed have Major League service time. The exceptions are Blewett and Hernandez, who were added to the Major League Reserve List in November, and Ellis and McWilliams, who were acquired in the Rule 5 Draft in December. 

Fifteen Royals remain unsigned for the 2019 season, including pitchers Heath Fillmyer, Conner Greene, Tim Hill, Jakob Junis, Ben Lively, Jorge López, Trevor Oaks, Glenn Sparkman and Josh Staumont, catcher Cam Gallagher, infielders Kelvin Gutierrez and Adalberto Mondesi and outfielders Jorge Bonifacio, Brian Goodwin and Brett Phillips.

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Royals sign Whit Merrifield to multi-year contract

The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed infielder/outfielder Whit Merrifield to a multi-year contract through 2022, with a club option for the 2023 season. Consistent with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Merrifield, 30, made the Opening Day roster for the first time in 2018 and recorded career highs in games (158), runs (88), hits (192), doubles (43), walks (61), stolen bases (45), batting average (.304), on-base percentage (.367) and OPS (.806), all of which led the Royals. For his efforts, Merrifield was named the Les Milgram Player of the Year, voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the BBWAA.

The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed infielder/outfielder Whit Merrifield to a multi-year contract through 2022, with a club option for the 2023 season. Consistent with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Merrifield, 30, made the Opening Day roster for the first time in 2018 and recorded career highs in games (158), runs (88), hits (192), doubles (43), walks (61), stolen bases (45), batting average (.304), on-base percentage (.367) and OPS (.806), all of which led the Royals. For his efforts, Merrifield was named the Les Milgram Player of the Year, voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the BBWAA.

Merrifield led the Majors in both hits and stolen bases, becoming the third player since WWII to accomplish that feat, joining Dee Gordon (2015) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001). He was just the third Royal to lead the Majors in hits, joining Willie Wilson (1980) and George Brett (1976, '79), and was the second Royal to lead the Majors in steals, joining Wilson (1979).

Merrifield is the only player in the Majors since 2017 with at least 70 doubles (75) and 70 stolen bases (American League-best 79). No other player has at least 60 of each.

He played in 158 of the Royals' 162 games last season, including starts at: second base (107), center field (27), designated hitter (10), right field, (7), first base (5) and left field (1). Only two players started at least five games at more than five different positions: Niko Goodrum and Neil Walker (6 each).

Merrifield ended the 2018 season on a career-high 20-game hit streak, the longest in the Majors last season and the longest by a Royal since Jose Guillen (21 games) in 2010.

Since making his Major League debut on May 18, 2016, Merrifield's .293 career batting average ranks fourth in the American League (min. 1,500 at-bats), trailing only: José Altuve (.334), Mookie Betts (.313) and José Ramírez (.299). Merrifield's 87 steals since his debut lead the American League.

Merrifield was selected by Kansas City in the ninth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of South Carolina.

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Royals announce new fan section, "The Keep at Kauffman Stadium"

Mini pack to go on-sale at FanFest

The Kansas City Royals are excited to announce the creation of "The Keep at Kauffman Stadium", a new fanatic seating section for 2019. 

"The Keep" is the first ever fan focused, fan driven, fan section at The K. This fanatic section will be located in Section 203 near the Miller Lite Fountain Bar in left center field. The ticket package includes 15 games, mostly featuring giveaways and special promotions against marquee opponents (April 13, 27; May 10, 24; June 6, 11, 21; July 2, 13, 29; August 13, 17, 30; September 14, 28). Additionally, members of The Keep will have access to Royals Charities volunteer opportunities as well as other unique experiences built for the most loyal fans. There are a limited number of tickets available for this exclusive seating section.

Fans who purchase the 15-game ticket package will get a special Keepsake Box that includes custom Keep merchandise (photo attached). Each of these items were created by Kansas City makers, including a t-shirt from Charlie Hustle. Other great items included in the Keepsake Box are: 

•   Custom dress socks
•   Embroidered Keep logo baseball cap
•   Hand-sewn wool and leather Keep branded koozie
•   Sunglasses featuring a built in bottle opener

Fans will be able to purchase the new ticket package and get their exclusive Keepsake Box at FanFest on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26. Fans will also be able to purchase them online at royals.com/thekeep beginning Saturday, January 26th at 10:00am.

The Kansas City Royals are excited to announce the creation of "The Keep at Kauffman Stadium", a new fanatic seating section for 2019. 

"The Keep" is the first ever fan focused, fan driven, fan section at The K. This fanatic section will be located in Section 203 near the Miller Lite Fountain Bar in left center field. The ticket package includes 15 games, mostly featuring giveaways and special promotions against marquee opponents (April 13, 27; May 10, 24; June 6, 11, 21; July 2, 13, 29; August 13, 17, 30; September 14, 28). Additionally, members of The Keep will have access to Royals Charities volunteer opportunities as well as other unique experiences built for the most loyal fans. There are a limited number of tickets available for this exclusive seating section.

Fans who purchase the 15-game ticket package will get a special Keepsake Box that includes custom Keep merchandise (photo attached). Each of these items were created by Kansas City makers, including a t-shirt from Charlie Hustle. Other great items included in the Keepsake Box are: 

•   Custom dress socks
•   Embroidered Keep logo baseball cap
•   Hand-sewn wool and leather Keep branded koozie
•   Sunglasses featuring a built in bottle opener

Fans will be able to purchase the new ticket package and get their exclusive Keepsake Box at FanFest on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26. Fans will also be able to purchase them online at royals.com/thekeep beginning Saturday, January 26th at 10:00am.

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