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Royals open all-Interleague homestand with Phillies and Cardinals
06/06/2007 8:41 PM ET
KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Royals return home for nine games of Interleague play, starting June 8 with a weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies and a tribute to the Royals 1980 World Series team. The Royals then face the St. Louis Cardinals in the first of two series against their I-70 rivals this season. Fans can pack the stadium with BLUE in the opener with a Royal Blue Gil Meche T-Shirt Tuesday sponsored by Sprint Wireless. Kansas City closes out the homestand with a three-game set against the Florida Marlins, June 15-17.

Friday, June 8 - Philadelphia Phillies vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
Promotions:
1980 World Series Commemorative Lapel Pin: First 20,000 fans.
Hy-Vee Pepsi Fireworks Friday: Fans get treated to a post-game fireworks courtesy of Hy-Vee and Pepsi.
Events:
1980 World Series Royals Alumni Autograph Session: Members of the 1980 American League Champion Royals including George Brett, Dennis Leonard, Marty Pattin, Jerry Terrell, John Wathan and Frank White will meet fans and sign autographs from 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the lower seating bowl of Kauffman Stadium.

Saturday, June 9 - Philadelphia Phillies vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.
Promotions:

Royals Hall of Fame Bobblehead Series #2 - Dennis Leonard: First 20,000 fans - presented by Dodge.
Prior to the game, Leonard will meet fans and sign autographs from 4:30-5:15 p.m. in the lower seating bowl of Kauffman Stadium.
Sween Team at Kauffman Stadium: Mike Sweeney hosts youth from Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., who will be located in the Sween Team area in the right field seats.
Events:
Royals and Chiefs Operation Blessing: Two Teams, One Goal: The Royals join forces with the Kansas City Chiefs to feed more than 3,000 needy people in Kansas City. Along with more than 200 volunteers, the clubs will distribute Operation Blessing's food and toys from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the former Interstate Bakeries parking lot (30th and Troost) in Kansas City, Mo.

Sunday, June 10 - Philadelphia Phillies vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
Promotions:

Sluggerrr T-Shirt: First 10,000 fans ages 14 and under - presented by Roberts Dairy.
Pizza Hut Autograph Afternoon: Select Royals players will meet fans and sign autographs in the lower seating bowl of Kauffman Stadium from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Bob Evans Friends and Family Day: It's one of the best deals in baseball! Fans can get four Outfield Plaza tickets, four hot dogs, four Pepsis, a bag of peanuts or popcorn and a Royals GameDay Magazine for just $40. Fans can take advantage of Bob Evans Friends and Family Day at every Sunday home game!
Sprint Wireless Fun Run: Fans of all ages can head to the field following the Royals Sunday afternoon game against Philadelphia to run the bases in the Sprint Wireless Fun Run.

Monday, June 11 - Royals Off Day
Events:

Gloves for Kids: Gloves for Kids is hosted by Royals Announcer Ryan Lefebvre's Footprints Foundation at Dick's Sporting Goods from 6-8 p.m. in Leawood, Kan. Fans who make a $20 donation can take part in an exclusive autograph session with Royals players such as John Buck, David DeJesus, Jimmy Gobble, Alex Gordon, Ryan Shealy and Mark Teahen. Two one-hour sessions will occur featuring three to four players each. The donations will help purchase new baseball gloves for underprivileged youth baseball players with a portion of the equipment purchased being distributed to Greensburg, Kan., youth baseball programs. Also, each fan who donates at least $20 will receive a $5 gift certificate for Dick's Sporting Goods.

Tuesday, June 12 - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m. - WEAR BLUE!
Promotions:
T-Shirt Tuesday - Gil Meche Jersey T-Shirt: First 20,000 fans - presented by Sprint Wireless.

Wednesday, June 13 - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
Promotions:

College Nights: Both college and high school students score big with $5 Outfield Plaza tickets for Wednesday night games all season long. Students will receive a $14 ticket for just $5 by showing their student I.D. College Night tickets are available for purchase only on the day of the game at Kauffman Stadium (no phone orders). Ticket windows open 90 minutes prior to game time.
Events:
Dream Factory: The Royals will grant the wish of a Dream Factory child. The child, who faces a life-altering illness, along with his/her family, will have a unique game-day experience that includes a meet and greet with Royals players. Their Royals experience will appear on the KMBC-TV (Channel 9) 10 p.m. newscast in the "Dream Factory" segment.

The complete homestand schedule is listed below. Details for the Royals-Florida Marlins series will be available in a separate release:
Friday, June 8 - Philadelphia Phillies vs. Kansas City Royals - 7:10 p.m.
Saturday, June 9 - Philadelphia Phillies vs. Kansas City Royals - 6:10 p.m.
Sunday, June 10 - Philadelphia Phillies vs. Kansas City Royals - 1:10 p.m.
Tuesday, June 12 - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals - 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, June 13 - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals - 7:10 p.m.
Thursday, June 14 - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals - 7:10 p.m.
Friday, June 15 - Florida Marlins vs. Kansas City Royals - 7:10 p.m.
Saturday, June 16 - Florida Marlins vs. Kansas City Royals - 6:10 p.m.
Sunday, June 17 - Florida Marlins vs. Kansas City Royals - 1:10 p.m.

For more information on any of the promotions, please contact the Royals Publicity Department at 816-921-8000.

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