Royals working for Hispanic Heritage Month
Players, wives pitching in to aid worthy causes at Kauffman Stadium
DETROIT -- The Royals already have held their big Hispanic event of the season, Viva Los Royals on May 5, but their players will be busy during Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins on Sunday.
All-Star catcher Salvador Perez, from Venezuela, is sponsoring the distribution of 10,000 Child ID Kids, which allow parents to record the physical characteristics and fingerprints of their children in the event of an emergency. The kits provide authorities vital information in the case of a missing child.
The free kits will be distributed at the Royals-Indians game on Tuesday night as fans leave Kauffman Stadium.
On Wednesday night, shortstop Alcides Escobar, from Venezuela, and pitcher Luis Mendoza, from Mexico, are the Baseball Tomorrow Fund ambassadors for the ninth annual Baseball Equipment Drive. It will benefit Cristo Rey Kansas City High School.
Escobar's wife, Francys, and Mendoza's wife, Monica, will join Cristo Rey volunteers outside the Diamond Club to collect new and gently-used equipment as well as cash donations in exchange for autographed baseballs and photo cards from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday.
Also, on Tuesday night, the Royals will honor the team's nominee, to be announced, for the Roberto Clemente Award. The award, named for the Puerto Rican Hall of Fame player and humanitarian, is for a player who best represents the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community service and contributions to his team. Fans and a selection committee will determine the national winner.
Throughout the year the Royals help several Hispanic groups with tickets, resources or financial donations, including the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Guadalupe Centers, Alta Vista High School, Cristo Rey KC High School, El Centro and Amigos of the Marlo Cuevas Center.
Bonifacio helping to set table in No. 2 spot
DETROIT -- No doubt about it, Emilio Bonifacio has put some bounce into the Royals' lineup since he took over the No. 2 spot on Aug. 23.
Prior to Friday night's game against the Tigers, Bonifacio had hit in the two-hole in 19 games, in which the Royals went 13-6. Bonifacio had a .329 average with a .383 on-base percentage and scored 15 runs. He's also had six of his 13 Royals steals in that span.
"He's added some dimensions to it, for sure," manager Ned Yost said. "Created more run-scoring opportunities for our run-producers, has really been swinging the bat great, getting on base, been a bit of a catalyst for us at the top of the order."
Bonifacio had a .218 average when he was acquired in a trade with the Blue Jays.
"He was swinging at a lot of pitches," Yost said. "Pete [hitting coach Pedro Grifol] got him right from the beginning and got his game plan in order, and he's done a real nice job of adhering to it."
Bonifacio, who played the outfield and third base right after being acquired, has been the primary second baseman since assuming the No. 2 position in the batting order.
"He's a guy that definitely loves to play every day," Yost said.
FOX Sports KC to carry Royals down stretch
DETROIT -- Nothing like playoff fever to catch TV's interest.
The Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City announced the addition of three games to the telecast schedule, assuring that all of the team's remaining games will be televised as the playoff chase continues.
The games added are Sept. 22 against Texas and Sept. 28-29 at Chicago.
"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 Royals senior vice president of business operations Kevin Uhlich.
Although Fox isn't carrying the last two games of this weekend's series at Detroit, Saturday's game will be on the MLB Network and Sunday's game on TBS.
T.A.K.E. Defense class Saturday at The K
DETROIT -- The annual T.A.K.E. Defense class will be held on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. CT on the field at Kauffman Stadium. It is free and open to all females age 12 and older.
Participants must pre-register online at Royals.com/takedefense and sign a waiver. Persons under the age of 18 also need a signature from a parent or guardian to participate. The entrance is through Gate 1 off the Blue Ridge Cut-Off with parking in Lot A.
The self-defense program is given by Royals Charities, the Ali Kemp Educational Foundation and 99.7 The Point. The first session was in 2008.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.