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FSKC Announces Remainder Of Royals Schedule To Be Televised


KANSAS CITY, MO (September 13, 2013) — The Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City announced today that FOX Sports Kansas City is adding three Royals games to its telecast schedule – Sunday, Sept. 22 vs. Texas; Saturday, Sept. 28 at Chicago (AL); and Sunday, Sept. 29 at Chicago. The additions ensure that all remaining Royals games will be televised as the team competes for a playoff berth.

“We can’t thank Jack Donovan and his staff from FOX Sports Kansas City enough for their effort in making sure our fans get the opportunity to watch the club play down the stretch,” said Kevin Uhlich, Royals’ Senior Vice President of Business Operations.  “This is not an easy task adding games and securing television mobile units at this late date and all of us here thank our partners from FOX Sports for making this happen.”

Royals remaining schedule (times Central)

Friday, Sept. 13                       6 p.m.              Royals at Detroit                     FOX Sports Kansas City

Saturday, Sept. 14                   6 p.m.              Royals at Detroit                     MLB Network

Sunday, Sept. 15                     12 p.m.            Royals at Detroit                     TBS

Monday, Sept. 16                    7 p.m.              Cleveland at Royals                FOX Sports Kansas City

Tuesday, Sept. 17                    7 p.m.              Cleveland at Royals                FOX Sports Kansas City

Wednesday, Sept. 18              7 p.m.              Cleveland at Royals                FOX Sports Kansas City

Friday, Sept. 20                       7 p.m.              Texas at Royals                       FOX Sports Kansas City

Saturday, Sept. 21                   6 p.m.              Texas at Royals                       MLB Network

Sunday, Sept. 22                     1 p.m.              Texas at Royals                       FOX Sports Kansas City

Monday, Sept. 23                    9 p.m.              Royals at Seattle                      FOX Sports Kansas City

Tuesday, Sept. 24                    9 p.m.              Royals at Seattle                      FOX Sports Kansas City

Wednesday, Sept. 25              9 p.m.              Royals at Seattle                      FOX Sports Kansas City

Thursday, Sept. 26                  7 p.m.              Royals at Chicago                   FOX Sports Kansas City

Friday, Sept. 27                       7 p.m.              Royals at Chicago                   FOX Sports Kansas City

Saturday, Sept. 28                   6 p.m.              Royals at Chicago                   FOX Sports Kansas City

Sunday, Sept. 29                     1 p.m.              Royals at Chicago                   FOX Sports Kansas City

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This One’s For You: Cup Of Joe

Where to even start when it comes to my thoughts on the military? Well, to be honest, my thoughts can be summed up in just two words.


Thank you.

The average age of a member of the military, whether it’s the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard, is just under twenty-nine years old. This is a prime age for a person to be focused on their own lives and family. Yet, these brave men and women are able to see the bigger picture. Many of them have families of their own, but they realize that in order for America to stay great, it needs a strong and active military. They have pledged themselves to make this sacrifice for the betterment of the country as a whole.

Thank you for dedicating your lives for the something much bigger than yourselves.

Thank you for allowing me to live a life of freedom.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to start a family of my own in one of the greatest countries in the world.

Thank you for everything that you have done and will continue to do for America after your service is complete.

In closing, as I sit on my back deck watching the St. Louis Cardinals on TV, I raise my beer to you because “This One’s for You.” You most definitely deserve it. I would not be able to enjoy the things that I am able to enjoy today without the sacrifices you have made and will continue to make for the good of the country. This is one of the main reasons why I always do my best to thank a member of our service whenever I see one. I hope that all of you will do the same.

Thank you.

This post was brought to you by Joe Schwarz of STL Cup Of Joe
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Royals Fans Feel Duped

Kansas City Royals fans woke up to an exciting email in their inbox today, they had been given the opportunity to purchase Opening Day tickets.  Once they opened the email, frustration set in very quickly.

The subject line of the email gave fans reason to get fired up, it read “Your Royals Opening Day Ticket Opportunity”.  Many fans had signed up recently for the opportunity to purchase tickets to the Royals home opener and most jumped quickly to the assumption that their name had been drawn in that regard.

Unfortunately, the subject line did not match the body of the email.  As overjoyed fans opened the email to see what they needed to do to ensure their seat at the home opener, they found the following text:


“You are receiving an exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets to every 2013 game, excluding Opening Day, today! Buy tickets before the rush!”

That’s right, the email that stated it contained your opportunity for Opening Day tickets revealed that it, in fact, contained your opportunity to buy tickets to anything except opening day.

Fans have taken to social media with their displeasure with the club over what some are calling a “bait and switch” tactic.  Many felt slighted and wondered how the club could provide an email with such a glaring oversight.  Many seem to feel this is “par for the course” with the Royals business over the last few seasons.

There is a lot of excitement around the Royals going into 2013.  The team should take notice and make sure they are not coming across as “the same old Royals”.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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UCB November Roundtables: Injuries and Chances

Twice a year the group known as the United Cardinal Bloggers gather virtually to discuss the topics that are on everyone’s minds.

The torch gets passed daily to the next person to ask a question while the group of bloggers all sound off with their opinions   The November roundtables have come around and I-70’s turn has come to pass.  This year, we wanted to play to the optimists, the pessimists and the realists of the group with a predictive question towards 2013.

The email that was sent to the group read:

My question for you is two-fold and equally pessimistic and optimistic (with a dash of realistic, for Daniel’s sake)…
- What player will take a substantial injury, shelving him for the majority of the 2013 season?
- What player will gain the opportunity, and seize it, to become a cornerstone of the team next year?

The answers were varied at times and very agreeable at others.  Here’s a look at what the UCB thinks…

Dennis LawsonPitchersHitEighth
It’s hard not to be pessimistic about injury considerations.  I’m going to try and be positive and say that the substantial injury has already happened, and it’s Jaime Garcia.  Lance Lynn could be the guy who seizes the opportunity to be a consistent guy.  Knowing what lies ahead makes it easier for Lynn to really train for 200 innings, and he can do so without looking over his shoulder.  This gives him an opportunity to look past the bullpen “demotion” and move ahead with his focus on being the kind of rock the team needs him to be.

Daniel Shoptaw - Cardinal70
I agree with Dennis that Garcia’s the injury, but I’ll say Shelby Miller takes that opportunity and puts together a season that at least puts him into consideration for Rookie of the Year.

Daniel SolzmanRedbirdRants
I have to go with Garcia on the injury.

Shelby Miller will become a cornerstone of the team.  We saw the potential of what he could do at a major league level on the final game of the season.  Yes, it was a meaningless game in that both teams had already clinched playoff berths but a no hitter through 5 innings in his first MLB start?!?

Matt Holliday’s back makes me nervous, and since we’re just playing around here (please don’t ACTUALLY miss any time, Matt) I’ll say he gets shelved for some extended period of time and Oscar Taveras goes bonkers with the available at-bats.

Wes KeeneKeeneOnMLB
In the spirit of making things interesting, I’ll go a different route. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Beltran experiencing some significant downtime. The alternate lineup will look very similar to what we got in the NLCS with Craig in right and Matt Carpenter at 1st. In this scenario, I think Carp does what he does and shines. Beltran being out, while unfortunate, is one of the missing pieces the Cards are relatively well equipped to cover, provided they don’t have other significant injuries happening concurrently.

Mary ClausenMLBVoice.com
Part 1: Jaime Garcia.  He seems to be on the DL more than is isn’t as of late.  Part 2: Shelby Miller.  I’m excited to watch this young pitcher mature onto a spot in the Cardinal rotation. Hopefully they will take him slow. We don’t want another Rick Ankiel. It’s funny (not ha ha ) that rumors say that Ankiel might pitch again. What timing? It will be Fun! to follow Rick. He’s a very gifted athlete.

Editor’s Note: The rumor about Ankiel returning to the mound has been denied by Ankiel and his agency

Tom KnuppelCardinalsGM
I have already stated I don’t trust the health of Chris Carpenter so he is the most likely for me to choose. I don’t see him going past 10 starts and I hope that I am wrong about this.

For the person seizing the chance I think it becomes Lance Lynn…. but to be defined as a cornerstone I would have to lay low on that one.

Dathan BrooksCardsTiedForFirst
Injuries are so tough to try and predict, and the 2nd part of the question is almost fully reliant on the 1st.  I suppose age/track record are some indicators.  Garcia, Furcal, & Beltran are all good candidates I suppose, given what we know & have seen at this point.  ‘course, never count Freese out when we’re talking about health concerns, and Jon Jay could easily take a foul ball off the foot or Yadi be HBP on the hand….ya just never know.

Brian VaughanStanGraphs
Realistically, I already feel like Jaime Garcia is all but tied to the disabled list. The whole “not having surgery” thing seldom seems to pay long-term dividends for a player and usually only delays the inevitable. I’m going to assume he winds up watching most of the season rather than participating, and if he does, I think it’s entirely possible we see multiple starters solidify themselves.

Lance Lynn will surely get the first crack at becoming the new number three after his All-Star turn this past summer, and I think he’s largely (Get it? He’s tall!) up to the task. Lynn can miss bats, and even though he’s been a bit inconsistent I think the end results will be there. If Garcia’s troubles are as bad as I’m speculating, and again this is purely based on my non-existent instinct, then I think we’ll for sure get treated to Shelby Miller’s Official Rookie Season. Miller showed he has Major League stuff right now, and I think he’ll be more than adequate even at such a young age. If he steps up big time, just imagine how much financial flexibility John Mozeliak will have! See how I’m looking at the bright side here?

Spencer HendricksStanGraphs
To be honest, none of the Cardinals are especially durable, neither the veterans (Beltran, Furcal) nor the younger guys (Freese, Craig, even Jay missed ample time this season) for that matter. There are plenty of obvious picks to make in regards to who might spend a large chunk of the season on the DL, but I’m going to make a wild, random guess just for entertainment and hope very fervently that my words don’t become prophetic. I’ll say that Molina will get off to another great start in April and then find himself tragically struck by a serious injury, missing the rest of the season. Maybe he’ll have to endure another nasty home plate collision, maybe he’ll run into Hee Seop Choi on the way to first base, who knows? All I’m saying is Molina’s going to have a 1.200 OPS in April and then be lost for the season shortly thereafter.

Breakout candidate goes to Shelby Miller. I’m really excited to see Shelbs make the rotation and be the pitching equivalent of Mike Trout next season. Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, and MVP all at once. How’s that for a Triple Crown? I’m bullish on Shelby.

Mark TomasiksRetroSimba
Carlos Beltran likely will follow Lance Berkman in having an injury-plagued second season with the Cardinals.

Not to worry, though, because Oscar Taveras will replace him and do well.

DJ McClure – WelcomeToBaseballHeaven
The Cardinals rolled the dice with Lance Berkman in 2011 and hit the jackpot. Rolled it again with him in 2012 and busted. Hopeful we won’t see a similar story with year two of Carlos Beltran after a very good first season with the Cardinals but it’s tough to stay ahead of Father Time when injuries have already been in the equation. Carlos avoided extended time on the DL this season but did have a number of nagging injuries. If that’s the case next season compensating for those could lead to more serious problems. Of course hopefully not.

As for who would pick up the slack? Yep,  Mr. Oscar Taveras (AKA Minor League Guy). He’s definitely not a secret in STL and hasn’t seen a pitch in AAA yet, but I think they’d give him a legitimate shot if needed as long as he was progressing in Memphis. He’s only a year younger than Mike Trout who was in a similar spot as Oscar last year and look how that turned out.

Christine ColemanAaronMilesFastball
As many have already said, I think the substantial injury waiting to happen is Jaime Garcia and his shoulder. I was already a little nervous reading a week or so ago when John Mozeliak said they are holding their breath a bit regarding Garcia not having surgery now, so that just seems like a serious problem waiting to happen.

The one who will seize the opportunity, to me, is Lance Lynn. He no doubt learned much, positive and negative, this season regarding what it takes to sustain success as a starting pitcher based on the ups and downs he went through. I think he’ll be able to channel that into sustained success throughout the 2013 season and beyond.

Chris Reed - BirdBrained
It’s hard to believe, but the most durable guys on this team seem to be Yadier Molina and Jason Motte. Jaime Garcia, Rafael Furcal, and Chris Carpenter seem to be the most obvious choices for the long-term DL since they’re practically there already, with Carlos Beltran also a solid choice. And don’t forget the ever-present questions surrounding the young careers of David Freese and Allen Craig. Ugh. It makes ME hurt just thinking about it.

I honestly don’t think we’re going to see a lot–if any at all–of Garcia next year. A shoulder injury is just about the worst thing that can happen to a pitcher. He may be able to pitch through it for a while, but surgery or no this will catch up to him in a hurry. I’m guessing Garcia takes the ball less than six times in 2013. And, consequently, it becomes Miller Time in St. Louis. Shelby Miller will step into the role and have a very nice rookie season–perhaps even make some noise in the Rookie of the Year voting. But you said “cornerstone,” and I have trouble attaching that label to most rookies. What will really propel the 2013 rotation to greatness will be the return to Ace form of Adam Wainwright. His leadership on and off the field will be what holds the starting five together in the absence of Garcia (and Carp, if necessary).

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In the clutch

The Kansas City Royals have accomplished something two nights in a row that they have not done all season long.  Winning in walk-off fashion.

Not only does this give the Royals two needed wins on their home field but also could be a turning point for the entire season.  Something that the Royals had lacked in their previous two weeks of baseball was the fact that they could not come up with the clutch hits to put them over the top of teams that were trying to give the games away.  Boy does it feel better to be a fan of a team that when given the opportunity to win they take advantage of it.  Smals sample sizes are something that is brought up a lot in baseball but if the Royals continue to have success this season beyond what was expected of them fans can look back at the last two wins in the series against the Milwaukee Brewers at the time when the Royals turned it all around.

Baseball starts with starting pitching.  If a team can’t pitch they can’t win.  In the final two games of the series the starting pitchers, both of whom were struggling coming into these starts, gave the Royals exactly what they needed.  They were not perfect and did give up runs and hits but they kept their team in the game.  The fact that this team is able to be in games in which pitchers like Luke Hochevar and Jonathan Sanchez are on the bump could be a huge stride for a pitching staff that by all means needs some help.  They will not have to be stellar every time out but keeping your team in the game will be the biggest feat that Royals pitchers will have to face for the remainder of the season.  If they can continue to put the talent in the batting order in situations where winning is an option then this team will win more games than the lose.

In Pittsburgh, the Royals bats were dreadful to say it nicely.  But that all turned around when they came home.  In Wednesday’s game against the Brew Crew runs were that of a minimum for the Royals until the ninth inning.  And in baseball the game is not over until one team gets the other team out 27 times.  That was no more evident than when Alcides Escobar stepped up to the plate with the most clutch hit of his young career driving in two runs to tie the game with a triple.  The Royals would later win the game on a literal walk-off when Mike Moustakas walked with the bases loaded in the 11th inning.  The biggest thing to come away from this game was the hit by Escobar in the ninth inning.  Manager Ned Yost caught flack all last season when he continued to choose to not pinch hit for Escobar in situations in which a clutch hit was needed and the thrilling short stop continued to not produce.  But finally that has come to fruition and Yost can tell us all, “I told you so.”

Thursday’s game was a entire different story.  Once again though, the Royals waited until late in the game to score but it does not matter when you score it is the fact that they do.  Eric Hosmer broke through with a two run home run in the bottom of the sixth to put the Royals on the board and more importantly give the Royals the lead in the game.  The fact that starter Luke Hochevar was able to get past the fifth inning was a huge part of the game not only for tonight but also for the weeks ahead giving many in the bullpen the night off and the three relievers who did pitch were able to not throw extended sessions on the field.  Then once again in the bottom of the ninth the Royals used some magic when Brayan Pena came up in the clutch again with a bloop single that scored Mitch Maier to tie the game then the Brewers made a mistake seen before by fans of Royals past by throwing the ball to second base allowing Jarrod Dyson to score all of the way from first and take the Royals to victory.  Only one thing that can be said about how the Royals won the game tonight, clutch hits and “That’s what speed do.”

If the Royals can continue in their ways they will find themselves having success that they did not believe that they could be in after the first couple months of the season.  If pitchers can keep them in games, relievers keep teams down, and they get clutch hits here and their the Royals may be in a race for a division that just seems to not be playing very good baseball as of late.

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Royals Introduce Bruce Chen Joke Of The Day

Club Invites Fans to Submit Jokes for CrownVision Feature

KANSAS CITY, MO (January 12, 2012) – The Kansas City Royals, in conjunction with pitcher and funnyman Bruce Chen, have announced details of a new “Joke of the Day” promotion for the 2012 season. Fans are encouraged to submit their favorite funny line for an opportunity to have it delivered by Chen on the CrownVision video board during a 2012 Royals home game. To be considered, fans may submit their joke in 300 characters or less at www.royals.com/jokes by Friday, February 10.

Royals fans can guarantee Opening Day tickets with any Full Season, Half Season or 21-Game Season Ticket plan in addition to the opportunity to purchase 2012 MLB All-Star Game ticket strips. Royals season ticket holders also receive reserved parking, the priority to purchase additional tickets for all 2012 home games, access to special events and more!

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I-70 Joins A New Yard

Happy New Year to all of our fans and readers. 2012 looks promising for both the Cardinals and the Royals, but it also looks promising for i70baseball.com.


The first day of 2012 brings a big change, as you have probably noticed, for i70baseball. The site has ended it’s agreement with Fan Vs Fan and entered into an agreement to join Yardbarker.

I would like to take a minute to thank all the folks at Fan Vs Fan. It is a great network of sites and has a lot of growth potential. I personally hope that we have the opportunity to work together in the future on other projects. They were supportive and helpful and lived up to every part of the deal on their end.

That being said, I-70 has achieved a staff of 20 writers and we are bringing top quality content to our fans quickly, accurately, and multiple times a day. Yardbarker brings a larger audience to what the writers of I-70 work so hard to achieve. Everyone on this site is here for exposure of their work and Yarbarker offers us a greater opportunity to achieve that.

Through Yardbarker and their affiliates, Fox Sports and MSN Sports, I-70 will reach a national audience in a whole new way.

2012 is going to be big for I-70. We are glad you are along for the ride and we welcome each and every one of our new readers.

Play Ball!

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball as well as the Assignment Editor for BaseballDigest.com.
He is the host of I-70 Radio, hosted every week on BlogTalkRadio.com.
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