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Billy Butler, Alex Gordon and Jeremy Guthrie are among Royals who will be on 2014 caravan

Updated: 2014-01-23T03:21:51Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

The Royals finalized plans for their 2014 caravan, which will visit four states.

There are three caravan groups that will hit the road on Jan. 29-30.

On Jan. 29, the Blue Caravan will be at Nelle’s Restaurant, 2106 U.S. 36 in Cameron, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., the group will visit the Hy-Vee at 201 North Belt Highway in St. Joseph.

There will be two local stops later: from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Academy Sports + Outdoor, 9781 Quivira Rd., in Overland Park, and from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Academy Sports + Outdoor, 144405 W. 135th St., in Olathe.

Those expected to take part are Royals infielder Johnny Giavotella, pitchers Jeremy Guthrie (Cameron & St. Joseph only) and Everett Teaford, manager Ned Yost (Olathe only), Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Leonard, announcer Ryan Lefebvre, and mascot Sluggerrr.

On Jan. 30, outfielder Alex Gordon, Giavotella, Teaford, and Fox Sports Kansas City announcer Joel Goldberg will make two stops in Nebraska. The group will be at Gary Michael’s Clothiers, 6000 Village Drive, in Lincoln from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The caravan will hold a private event at a school in Blair, then head to The Strike Zone, 2900 S. 110th St., in Omaha from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The White Caravan will stop at a private event in Clinton, Mo., on the morning of Jan. 29, then go to Academy Sports + Outdoor, 610 El Camino Alto Dr., in Springfield from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. before heading to Academy Sports + Outdoor, 1717 S. Range Line Dr., in Joplin from 6:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Royals pitchers Danny Duffy and Donnie Joseph, Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Jeff Montgomery and announcer Rex Hudler will be part of that group.

The next day, Jan. 30, that same group will be at Academy Sports + Outdoor 180, 3864 N. Steele Blvd., in Fayetteville, Ark., from 11 a.m. to noon. The caravan will head to Community Elementary School, 102 Cline Rd., in Coffeyville, KS, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. The final stop will be Academy Sports + Outdoor, 2710 N. Maize Rd., in Wichita from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Gold Caravan, which will include Royals designated hitter Billy Butler, pitcher Aaron Crow, former outfielder Brian McRae, announcer Steve Physioc and mascot Sluggerrr, will make three stops on Jan. 29.

They’ll open the day at Bruff’s Sports Bar & Grill, 2640 W. 18th in Emporia, Kan., from noon to 1 p.m. Then it’s on to Skinny’s Sports Bar, 4016 SW Huntoon St., in Topeka from 3 to 4 p.m., before ending the day at Wayne & Larry’s Sports Bar, 933 Iowa St., in Lawrence. They’ll be there from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Due to time constraints, autographs may be limited to the first 150 people in line. The limit is one autograph per fan, per player at all stops. For more information, go to Royals.com.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/pgrathoff

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