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07/19/2007 4:43 PM ET
Royals host Yankees to open second-half home schedule
Club salutes Voice of the Royals, remembers "Pine Tar" homer & hosts Girls' Night Out
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KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Royals return to Kauffman Stadium to open their second-half home schedule by facing the New York Yankees for the first time this season. The four-game set is highlighted with a salute to the 2007 Ford C. Frick Award winner Denny Matthews as well as a T-Shirt Tuesday celebrating the 24th anniversary of George Brett's "Pine Tar" home run on Tuesday, July 24. The seven-game homestand then wraps with three games against the Texas Rangers, a series that includes the third Royals Hall of Fame Bobblehead - Steve Busby - on Saturday, July 28.

Monday, July 23 - New York Yankees vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Events:
• Royals Hall of Fame Blood Drive:
Join the Royals, 2007 Ford C. Frick award winner Denny Matthews and 810 WHB for the Royals Hall of Fame Blood Drive July 23-27 at the Community Blood Centers in Kansas City, St. Joseph, Jefferson City, Mo., Lawrence and Topeka, Kan. All registered donors will receive a pair of tickets to an upcoming Royals game and a commemorative T-shirt. Visit royals.com for location information.

Tuesday, July 24 - New York Yankees vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Promotions:
• T-Shirt Tuesday
- George Brett Pine Tar Powder Blue T-Shirt: The first 20,000 fans will receive an exclusive Royals T-shirt, which commemorates the 24th anniversary of Brett's famous "Pine Tar" home run against the Yankees.

Denny Matthews Hall of Fame Salute: The first 20,000 fans will receive a Denny Matthews Hall of Fame button as the club salutes the "Voice of the Royals" before he heads to Cooperstown, N.Y., on Sunday, July 29 to accept the 2007 Ford C. Frick Award. Denny will address Royals fans during the pre-game ceremonies and throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Events:
Denny Matthews Appearance at Royals Hall of Fame Blood Drive: Denny Matthews joins Royals mascot Sluggerrr at the Community Blood Center on 4040 Main Street in Kansas City, Mo., to greet blood donors during the Royals Hall of Fame Blood Drive. Sluggerrr will be there from noon to 1 p.m. and Denny will meet fans from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Donors can take part in a free tailgate lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, July 25 - New York Yankees vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Events:
Legends Luncheon with Brian Bannister: Join Royals pitcher Brian Bannister at the next State Farm Legends Luncheon. The event will be held at the Madrid Theater (3810 Main St. in Kansas City, Mo.) beginning with lunch at 11:30 a.m. An hour-long stage presentation will follow from noon to 1 p.m., giving fans a unique insight to the game. The monthly luncheon series is hosted by former Royals Al Fitzmorris and Willie Wilson and benefits the Buck O'Neil Education and Research Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum at (816) 221-1920.

Dream Factory: Celebrating a 15-year partnership with Dream Factory, the Royals will grant the wish of a Dream Factory child, who faces a life-altering illness, with a unique game-day experience at the ballpark. The child's Royals experience will appear on the KMBC-TV (Channel 9) 10 p.m. newscast in the "Dream Factory" segment.

College Night: 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.

Thursday, July 26 - New York Yankees vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Promotions:

Pink Rhinestone Royals Cap: First 10,000 females courtesy of Meierotto's Midwest Jewelers.

Events:
"Girls' Night Out" Event benefiting the American Heart Association: Ladies will enjoy a pre-game happy hour featuring all kinds of great activities including a Meierotto's Midwest Jewelers showcase and cleaning, a scrapbooking clinic presented by Archiver's, a mosaic project workshop from The Mosaic Shop, Touchwork of Weston chair massages, Stained Glass Station workshop, sampling from Hy-Vee and Pepsi, ULTA make-up consultation, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, chocolate and more. The event is hosted by Karen Kornacki and sponsored in part by 98.1 KUDL and Meierotto's Midwest Jewelers. Pink T-shirts will also be on sale for $10 with proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association.

Royals Charities Silent Auction: As part of the Girls' Night Out festivities, Royals Charities host a premier silent auction with baseball memorabilia from the Royals and around the league. All proceeds from the silent auction benefit Royals Charities.

Friday, July 27 - Texas Rangers vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Promotions:
• Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Friday:
Fans get treated to a post-game fireworks show, courtesy of Hy-Vee and Pepsi.

Bob Evans Friends and Family Night: The Royals have extended the Friends and Family package to Fridays. 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.

Saturday, July 28 - Texas Rangers vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.

Promotions:
• Royals Hall of Fame Bobblehead Series No. 3 - Steve Busby:
The first 20,000 fans will receive a Steve Busby bobblehead from Dodge, the third of five Royals Hall of Fame Bobbleheads this season. Also, from 4:30-5:15 p.m., Busby will be in the lower seating bowl of Kauffman Stadium for an autograph session.

Events:
Worlds of Fun Fan Fest: Royals pitcher Brian Bannister, catcher John Buck and outfielders David DeJesus and Mark Teahen, along with mascot Sluggerrr, join fans from across the region at Worlds of Fun for the Royals Baseball Fan Fest from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. celebrating the two Kansas City summertime traditions! Discount tickets to the event are available through Worlds of Fun by calling (816) 303-5135.

Sunday, July 29 - Texas Rangers vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

Promotions:

Baseball Card Packs and Photo Display Cube: The first 10,000 fans ages 14 and under will receive Royals baseball card packs courtesy of Upper Deck.

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 Packages at every Friday and Sunday home game!

Sprint Wireless Fun Run: Fans of all ages can head to the field following the Royals Sunday afternoon game against Texas to run the bases in the Sprint Wireless Fun Run.

Events:
• Ban Johnson All-Star Game:
The Royals host the Ban Johnson All-Star Game, an event the team has hosted since 1969. Many of the top college ballplayers from around the Kansas City area participate in this summer wood bat league, and the best have the chance to play at The K. A Royals ticket is required for admittance to the game, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. The MVP of the contest will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony prior to the Royals-Rangers game.

Royals All-You-Can-Eat Seats: The Royals continue their All-You-Can-Eat Seats section this homestand. Fans can purchase All-You-Can-Eat Seats tickets online at royals.com, by calling the Royals Ticket Offices at (816) 504-4040 or at the Kauffman Stadium ticket windows. Royals All-You-Can-Eat Seats are available for the following game dates for this homestand:

• Monday, July 23 vs. New York Yankees - SOLD OUT
• Tuesday, July 24 vs. New York Yankees - SOLD OUT
• Wednesday, July 25 vs. New York Yankees - SOLD OUT
• Thursday, July 26 vs. New York Yankees - SOLD OUT
• Friday, July 27 vs. Texas Rangers
• Saturday, July 28 vs. Texas Rangers - SOLD OUT

Homestand schedule

Monday, July 23    New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals    7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, July 24    New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals   7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25   New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals   7:10 p.m.
Thursday, July 26   New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals   7:10 p.m.
Friday, July 27   Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals    7:10 p.m.
Saturday, July 28   Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals   6:10 p.m.
Sunday, July 29   Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals   1:10 p.m.

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