Francoeur set for Braves' first trip to The K

Francoeur set for Braves' first trip to The K

KANSAS CITY -- Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur will get to see his old teammates from the Atlanta Braves when the National League club makes its first visit to Kauffman Stadium for a two-game set on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Braves are the last NL team to play at The K since Interleague Play began in 1997. Their great third baseman, Chipper Jones, first set foot in the stadium at last year's All-Star Game.

"I know that Chipper always told me he never played here before," Francoeur said. "Besides the All-Star Game, in a regular season game he's never played here. It is weird because, when I was with Atlanta, we'd gone so many different places, but never came here."

Francoeur will be spending some of Monday's off-day with catcher Brian McCann, an Atlanta-area neighbor.

"It's always good to see those guys and me and Brian have played with each other and against each other since we were 10 years old, so I'm looking forward to it," Francoeur said. "They've got the off-day tomorrow, too, so we're going to hang out. It's a good chance to see each other."

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.