It was just 45 degrees in Surprise, Arizona when Wednesday’s KC Royals intrasquad game ended. Maybe that is why the pitchers dominated.
Team USA beat the World, 1-0 in the five-inning game. Outfielder David Lough hit a solo homerun to lead off the 5th inning against lefty Ryan Verdugo. There were a total of eight hits in the game, with doubles coming from Alex Gordon and Sharlon Schoop.
Ten Royals pitchers worked one inning each, with Aaron Crow and Louis Coleman throwing perfect innings. Coleman induced three groundouts.
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With the spring training slate set to begin on Friday, the Royals will take it easy today. They are in the midst of team photos and a light workout, before heading out on Jeff Francoeur‘s golf outing.
Friday’s spring opener against the Texas Rangers will pit lefty Will Smith against the Rangers Derek Holland. The tentative plan is to have the following pitchers follow Smith in the game: Yordano Ventura, Justin Marks, Nate Adcock, Sugar Ray Marimon, Michael Mariot and Blaine Boyer.
Saturday’s tentative plan is to have Guillermo Moscoso start, followed by Francisley Bueno, Brian Sanches, Dan Wheeler, Ryan Verdugo, Donnie Joseph and Atahualpa Severino.
Sunday’s tentative plan is to have Luis Mendoza start, followed by John Lamb, Tim Collins, Kelvin Herrera, Louis Coleman, and a few others.
On Monday, Chris Dwyer is expected to start, followed by Noel Arguelles, Juan Gutierrez, and a few others.
Wade Davis is expected to start against Cleveland on Tuesday.
- Third baseman Mike Moustakas and second baseman Johnny Giavotellaanswered fans questions to the Kansas City Star.
- The Star’s Bob Dutton once again put together a daily Q & A. On Wednesday, he answered questions regarding if one of the fifth starters will be traded and questions about some of the younger and newer players. Thursday’s addition talked about today’s photo day and Danny Duffy’s return.
- Manager Ned Yost returned to the team on Wednesday after having gall bladder surgery on Tuesday.
- Tracy Ringolsby of MLB.com writes that the time is now for the Royals to restore a winning tradition.
- Bovada.lv, an online gambling service, has the Royals at a 25-1 shot to win the American League pennant and a 50-1 shot to win the World Series. Toronto is the 7-1 odds favorite.
- Baseball America released its Top 100 Prospects list and three Royals are on the list: pitcher Kyle Zimmer (24), outfielder Bubba Starling (35), and pitcher Yordano Ventura (85).