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Royals are wearing ‘Los Reales’ jerseys on Saturday

These are the jerseys the Royals will wear on Saturday night.
These are the jerseys the Royals will wear on Saturday night.

The Royals have worn many different uniforms this season.

They’ve donned their usual home and road uniforms, as well as the gold-trimmed jerseys and caps that signify they are World Series champions. There have been special uniforms for special days: Salute to the Negro Leagues, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Memorial Day.

For Royals relief pitcher Joakim Soria, the uniforms the Royals are wearing for Saturday’s game against the Houston Astros are special.

It’s “Viva Los Reales” night as the Royals celebrate Latin America heritage. Their uniforms will say Los Reales instead of Royals.

Soria, who was born in Monclova, Mexico in the state of Coahuila, gave the jerseys a thumbs-up.

“I’m proud where I’m from and I’m proud to be Mexican,” Soria said. “I’m proud to be Latin. This is really good for us that the Royals appreciate the Hispanic community.”

At Kauffman Stadium, the Royals plan to have “Best Salsa” contest featuring local restaurants. There will be dancing and music on the Outfield Experience Stage.

“It’s good,” Soria said. “It’s nice that the Royals have in some way kind of recognized the Hispanic people watching, people in the Latin community.”

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff