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Luxury Box Season Ticket Holder

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2008 Royals replay! New. Blue. Tradition.
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I am starting a new Strat-o-Matic baseball replay, this time using the 2008 Kansas City Royals.   The Royals finished in 4th place in the A.L. Central, but they had a future all-star in Alex Gordon, a future Cy Young Award winner in Zack Greinke and a powerful slugger in created player, 1st baseman/DH Philip O'Leary.   The big news in 2008 for the team was that they started to make improvements to Kauffman Stadium, which included a huge HD scoreboard, and more scheduled for 2009.   The future looks bright for the Royals, so that's why I am starting with 2008.

The season begins on March 31st when the Royals take on the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit.

ROYALS VS. TIGERS

March 31-April 3 at Comerica Park

#1: KC        6    8    1

      DET       5  10    1

win: Meche (1-0), loss: Seay, save: Soria (1), hr: Gordon 2 (2)

Alex Gordon provided all the offense the Royals needed as he hit 2 3-run homers in K.C.'s 6-5 win over Detroit.  The Tigers scored 4 runs in the 1st inning off Gil Meche, but only 1 in the final 8.  David DeJesus, Mark Grudzielanek and Gordon teamed up to collect 7 of the 8 Royals hits and all 6 runs.

#2: KC       9 12 4

       DET    6 10 2

win-Bannister (1-0), loss-Rogers, save-Soria (2), hr-Grudzielanek (1), Teahen (1), Sheffield

Mark Grudzielanek slugged his first grand slam of his career while John Buck drove in 2 runs and Mark Teahen had a homer and 2 RBI as the Royals edged the Tigers 9-6.  For the Tigers, Gary Sheffield cracked a 3-run homer while 4 other Tigers drove in a run.  Also for the Royals, Philip O'Leary was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

#3: KC   11 12 0

       DET   1   9 3

win: Greinke (1-0), loss: Bonderman, hr: O'Leary (1), Renteria

Mark Teahen had 4 hits, 4 RBI, 2 doubles and 2 runs scored, Jose Guillen and Ross Gload knocked in 2 runs apiece and Philip O'Leary hit a homer and scored 4 runs as 8 Royals had at least 1 hit and 6 had at least an RBI in KC's 11-1 romp over Detroit.  Zack Greinke hurled 6 scoreless innings of 6-hit ball to pick up the win, but Edgar Renteria broke up the shutout with a home run in the 8th inning.

Philip O'Leary this series:

#1 - 1-for-4, single, 2 strikeouts

#2 - 2-for-4, single, double, walk, RBI

#3 - 1-for-3, home run (1), 2 walks, reached on error, RBI, 4 runs scored

series - 4-for-11 (.364), 1 HR, 2 RBI

It's off to the Metrodome in Minneapolis for the Royals as they take on the Twins next, April 4-6.

Can anyone do a backstory on 1B/DH Philip O'Leary? He stands 6'3" and weighs 235 lbs. and is a slugger!



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ROYALS VS. TWINS
April 4-6 at the Metrodome

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KC 3 6 0
MIN 0 5 0
win: Duckworth (1-0), loss: Baker, save: Soria (3), hr: Guillen (1)

Brandon Duckworth threw a 3-hit shutout for 6 innings while Jose Guillen slugged his first homer of the season, and they scored 2 insurance runs, courtesy of Mark Grudzielanek and Alex Gordon, as the Royals blanked the Twins 3-0. Losing pitcher Scott Baker was also solid, going 7 innings, allowing just three hits.

game 2

KC 1 5 0
MIN 4 7 2

win: Hernandez, loss: Meche (1-1), save: Nathan, hr: Kubel

Jason Kubel cracked a home run and drove in 3 runs while Livan Hernandez scattered four hits in his 7 innings of work as the Twins handed the Royals their first loss of the season with a 4-1 win. Ross Gload provided the only KC run as his 7th inning single plated Alex Gordon.

game 3

KC 7 10 0
MIN 3 7 1

win: Tomko (1-0), loss: Bonser, hr: Guillen

Jose Guillen smashed his 2nd homer of the series, and drove in 4 runs, while Mark Teahen knocked in 2 and Alberto Callaspo had 3 hits as Kansas City improved to 5-1 with a 7-3 win at the Metrodome. Brett Tomko pitched just five innings, but he allowed just 2 runs and 4 hits. But losing pitcher Boof Bonser was atrocious in 5 frames, allowing 5 runs, 7 hits and 5 walks.

PHILIP O'LEARY IN THIS SERIES...
game 1: 0-for-3, walk
game 2: 1-for-3, single, walk
game 3: 1-for-4, single, walk
series: 2-for-10, 2 singles, 3 walks
season: 6-for-21 (.286), 5 singles, 1 double, 1 home run, 6 walks.

Up next: the Royals welcome the hated New York Yankees for their home opener at Kauffman Stadium, April 8-10.

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This should be fun to follow. Not to mention Soria coming out of the pen.



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