Royals notebook | KC won't play Cardinals in St. Louis next season

DETROIT | The 2010 schedule, released Tuesday, shows they Royals won’t play next season in St. Louis for the first time since 2005.

The only I-70 Series matchup against the Cardinals will be June 25-27 at Kauffman Stadium. St. Louis won five of the six games this season between the two teams, including a three-game sweep in Kansas City.

The Royals open the 2010 season April 5 against Detroit at Kauffman Stadium. The six-game homestand continues April 7-8 against the Tigers before Boston makes its only appearance for three games from April 9-11.

The interleague schedule shows Colorado (May 21-23), Houston (June 15-17) and the Cardinals making three-game stops at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals’ interleague road games are June 11-13 at Cincinnati, June 18-20 at Atlanta and June 21-23 at Washington.

The series in Atlanta mark the Royals’ first games against the Braves in Dayton Moore’s tenure as general manager. Moore worked for the Braves from 1994 until becoming the Royals’ GM on June 8, 2006.

The Yankees make the only trip to Kauffman Stadium for a four-game series from Aug. 12-15. The Royals are home on Memorial Day for a May 31 game against the Angels but have road games on Mother’s Day (May 9 at Texas), Father’s Day (June 20 at Atlanta), Independence Day (July 4 at Los Angeles) and Labor Day (Sept. 6 at Minnesota).

The Royals make their first of three visits to Minnesota’s new Target Field in a three-game series from April 16-18. They close the season in a seven-game homestand with three games against the Twins from Sept. 27-29 and four games against Tampa Bay from Sept. 30-Oct. 3.

Game times and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

Teahen returns

Mark Teahen rejoined the club after a quick trip to Kansas City for an examination on the muscle spasms that surfaced Saturday in his lower back in pre-game fielding drills at third base.

“I just went back to Kansas City to make sure nothing was seriously wrong with it,” he said. “There wasn’t. It was just a matter of loosening back up and getting back on the field. It’s day to day. As soon as it feels good, I’m back in there.”

The Royals are still taking it slow. Teahen didn’t play Tuesday after doing most of his pre-game work inside the clubhouse.

“He’s available if we need him,” manager Trey Hillman said. “He’s much, much better but still day to day. We’ll see how he continues to respond.”

Cruz improving

Reliever Juan Cruz is a step closer to returning to active duty after experiencing no day-after problems with his strained right shoulder after throwing off-speed pitches Sunday for the first time in his recovery.

“He’s moving forward,” Hillman said. “We’re still hoping to get him back into some action before the end of the season.

Cruz hasn’t pitched since Aug. 5, but his next test could come as soon as today in another bullpen workout. He was 3-4 with a 6.17 ERA in 43 games prior to the injury.

Honoring Harwell

The Tigers plan to honor broadcasting legend Ernie Harwell prior to tonight’s game. Harwell, 91, spent 42 of his 55 years in baseball with the Tigers. He announced recently that he has inoperable cancer.

Tentative plans call for an on-field ceremony in the third inning. That required the Royals’ agreement because the delay will occur during the game.

Minor details

Class AA Northwest Arkansas rode another strong performance by Anthony Lerew to an 11-5 victory at Midland and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five Texas League Championship Series. Midland is an A’s affiliate.

Lerew allowed one run in six innings after throwing a two-hit shutout in the previous round. Jeff Bianchi and Vance Wilson each had three of the Naturals’ 18 hits.

Looking back

It was 40 years ago today — Sept. 16, 1969 — that right fielder Bob Oliver set a club record with three outfield assists in a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Pilots at Municipal Stadium.

Teahen tied that record on May 5, 2007 as a right fielder in a 7-5 loss to Detroit at Kauffman Stadium. An oddity: The club record for outfield assists is shared by the players who spent most of their careers as infielders: Oliver at first base; Teahen at third base.


Royals’ 2010 schedule

April 5, 7-8 vs. Detroit; April 9-11 vs. Boston; April 12-14 at Detroit; April 16-18 at Minnesota; April 19-21 at Toronto; April 23-25 vs. Minnesota; April 26-28 vs. Seattle.

April 29-May 2 at Tampa Bay; May 3-5 at Chicago; May 6-9 at Texas; May 11-13 vs. Cleveland; May 14-16 vs. Chicago; May 17-18 at Baltimore; May 19-20 at Cleveland; May 21-23 vs. Colorado; May 25-26 vs. Texas; May 27-30 at Boston.

May 31-June 3 vs. Los Angeles; June 4-6 vs. Detroit; June 8-10 at Minnesota; June 11-13 at Cincinnati; June 15-17 vs. Houston; June 18-20 at Atlanta; June 21-23 at Washington; June 25-27 vs. St. Louis; June 28-30 vs. Chicago;

July 2-4 at Los Angeles; July 5-7 at Seattle; July 9-11 at Chicago; July 16-18 vs. Oakland; July 19-21 vs. Toronto; July 22-25 at New York; July 26-28 vs. Minnesota; July 29-Aug. 1 vs. Baltimore.

Aug. 2-4 at Oakland; Aug. 6-8 at Seattle; Aug. 9-11 at Los Angeles; Aug. 12-15 vs. New York; Aug. 17-19 vs. Cleveland; Aug. 20-22 vs. Chicago; Aug. 23-25 at Detroit; Aug. 27-29 at Cleveland.

Aug. 31-Sept. 2 vs. Texas; Sept. 3-5 vs. Detroit; Sept. 6-8 at Minnesota; Sept. 10-12 at Chicago; Sept. 13-15 vs. Oakland; Sept. 17-19 vs. Cleveland; Sept. 20-22 at Detroit; Sept. 23-26 at Cleveland; Sept. 27-29 vs. Minnesota; Sept. 30-Oct. 3 vs. Tampa Bay.

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