Royals announce their television schedule for the 2016 season

Ryan Lefebvre (left) and Rex Hudler will be calling Royals games again for Fox Sports Kansas City.
Ryan Lefebvre (left) and Rex Hudler will be calling Royals games again for Fox Sports Kansas City. rsugg@kcstar.com

The Royals’ first game of the season is on ESPN.

It may be the only time they play a game on the network.

On Thursday, the Royals’ television schedule was announced by the team. Fox Sports Kansas City will broadcast 150 regular-season games, and all but three have a broadcast destination.

Nine other Royals games will be broadcast nationally. Five will be on Fox Sports 1, three on Fox and the ESPN game. The team said three games listed as TBD are expected to be selected at a later date by Fox Sports Kansas City or on a national network.

The games on Fox Sports 1: April 21 home against Detroit; July 16 at Detroit; July 23 home against Texas; Sept. 3 home against Detroit; and Oct. 1 home against Cleveland.

The games on Fox: June 4 at Cleveland; June 18 at home against Detroit; and June 25 at home against Houston

The games to be determined: Aug. 28 at Boston; Sept. 4 home against Detroit; and Sept. 25 at Detroit.

The Royals’ first game on April 3 is Sunday night on ESPN. Their second game, which is April 5 begins at 3:15 p.m. The team said the telecast will be preceded by 90 minutes of live pregame coverage featuring the World Series on-field ring ceremony.

Ryan Lefebvre will call the majority of regular season games for Fox Sports Kansas City, and Steve Physioc will provide the play-by-play on the remaining games during the season. Rex Hudler will return for his fifth season as the analyst and Royals’ Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery will provide analysis throughout the season on Royals Live with host Joel Goldberg.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff