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CASHMAN
03-29-2005, 03:12 PM
Royals trim down roster to 25 players
Pickering opens season April 4 in the cleanup spot at DH
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com

Right-hander Denny Bautista was confirmed as the No. 5 starter over lefty Jimmy Gobble. (Charlie Riedel/AP)
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Calvin Pickering was declared the winner over Ken Harvey for a designated hitter/first base spot as the Royals whittled their roster to 25 players Tuesday.
Pickering, a hulking left-handed hitter, will open the season April 4 at Detroit in the cleanup spot as the DH.

Harvey, a 2004 All-Star Game selection, was optioned to Triple-A Omaha.

Emil Brown, a non-roster longshot when camp began, won the right-field derby over Abraham Nunez and Aaron Guiel.

Brown had a .409 average, four homers and 16 RBIs when he was summoned into manager Tony Pena's office to receive the good news.

Guiel was reassigned to the minor league camp and Nunez was put on hold pending being placed on waivers.

As expected, right-hander Denny Bautista was confirmed as the No. 5 starter over left-hander Jimmy Gobble, who was optioned to Omaha.

Bautista joins Jose Lima, Runelvys Hernandez, Zack Greinke and Brian Anderson in the rotation.

Right-hander Kyle Snyder was optioned to Omaha where the one-time starter will continue to pitch in relief.

That cleared the way for a bullpen cast of Mike Wood, Shawn Camp, Nate Field, Jaime Cerda, Mike MacDougal, Andrew Sisco and closer Jeremy Affeldt.

Pena confirmed that Ruben Gotay will be the second baseman and rookie Mark Teahen will be the third baseman alongside shortstop Angel Berroa.

Tony Graffanino, who came to camp as the projected second base, will be the reserve infielder. That means that Denny Hocking and Joe McEwing will be reassigned.

The demotion of Harvey means that team captain Mike Sweeney will play first base most of the time. He'll be backed up defensively by Eli Marrero, and Pickering will play there occasionally.

Marrero and Terrence Long will be platooned in left field. On the other side of center fielder David DeJesus, Matt Stairs will share time with Brown in right field.

The catching is set with John Buck as the regular and Alberto Castillo as the backup.

Pitchers Chris George and Dennis Tankersley, like Nunez, are out of options and are headed for the waiver wire.

Infielder Chris Clapinski, who is out for the season with an elbow injury, was reassigned to the minor league camp. Pitcher Scott Sullivan (back) and third baseman Chris Truby (wrist) will be placed on the disabled list.

Pitcher Kevin Appier announced he'd retire if he didn't get a job offer in the next two days.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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CASHMAN
03-29-2005, 03:14 PM
WOW Harvey sent to AAA thats a bad move.



CASHMAN.

Dr. Facebook Fever
03-29-2005, 03:15 PM
All other teams can now begin cowaring in fear.

Deberg_1990
03-29-2005, 03:17 PM
All other teams can now begin cowaring in fear.

Oh yeah, im sure the Yankees and Red Sox are quivering in their boots about now.

Cochise
03-29-2005, 03:19 PM
WOW Harvey sent to AAA thats a bad move.

CASHMAN.

Harvey has no business as an everyday player on the roster of a competitive major league team right now. He needs to mature a lot as a hitter before he deserves to be playing a corner infield spot, one synonymous with power and run production, in the major leagues.

Thig Lyfe
03-29-2005, 03:20 PM
Bautista def. deserves the 5th spot. He's been great all spring and will be a dominant pitcher someday (with the Yankees).

Kyle401
03-29-2005, 03:23 PM
Oh yeah, im sure the Yankees and Red Sox are quivering in their boots about now.

Maybe not but they is shakin in there soks.

Dr. Facebook Fever
03-29-2005, 03:41 PM
Oh yeah, im sure the Yankees and Red Sox are quivering in their boots about now.
I was joking.

Valiant
03-29-2005, 03:44 PM
WOW Harvey sent to AAA thats a bad move.



CASHMAN.


Why? they both hit the same, the only advantage is pickering can draw walks.. how is that a problem????

CASHMAN
03-29-2005, 03:47 PM
Why? they both hit the same, the only advantage is pickering can draw walks.. how is that a problem????

Time will tell.



CASHMAN. :thumb:

eazyb81
03-29-2005, 03:50 PM
Why? they both hit the same, the only advantage is pickering can draw walks.. how is that a problem????

You are also forgetting the fact that Pick has 25-30 HR potential, while Harvey couldn't hit 20 in a season if his life depended on it. Harvey has been a tremendous offensive liability at 1st base (not to mention his amazingly bad defensive blunders) and I am glad we will not have to see his fat ass roaming around in the infield.

CASHMAN
03-29-2005, 04:02 PM
Good thing we start in DET maybe we can start out above .500



CASHMAN.

BigChiefFan
03-29-2005, 04:08 PM
Sounds like alot better pitching situation than last year. We still have some question marks, but at least we seeing a youth movement springled with some good veteran help.
If we want improvements, we must attend as many Royals baseball as possible. I'm sick of being a bottom-feeder. Support YOUR TEAM!!!!!

Sure-Oz
03-29-2005, 04:38 PM
I am excited to go to some games this year, i love the games, april 4th w00t!

Nightfyre
03-29-2005, 05:36 PM
Start printing the playoff tickets :rolleyes: