Cactus League Game 25 Open Thread

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The Royals close out their Cactus League series against their facility rivals, the Texas Rangers

Jeff gets to give you fun tidbits from the beautiful weather in Arizona. I present you bland tidbits from the cold, grey skies of Kansas.

Luis Mendoza looked strong last night in a 10-0 victory over the Dodgers. Its going to be fun watching him as a long reliever every fifth day when Bruce Chen has to be pulled after three innings.

James Shields, Salvador Perez, and Alcides Escobar all got work in a minor league game yesterday for the Royals. Shields pitched innings that literally included four-out innings.

Sheesh, these minor leaguers don't even know how to play baseball correctly!

Ervin Santana will show us what he's got in a start against the Rangers. Luke Hochevar is expected to pitch in relief. The stands are sure to be packed with scouts, hoping to be the one team the Royals choose to do business with in a possible Hochevar trade.

Speaking of which, Joe Posnanski loves, loves, LOVES the move of Hochevar to the pen. Not because Luke will be good, but because maybe the Royals will start eating sunk costs.

Do I think Hochevar will be effective in the bullpen? Doubtful. As mentioned, he was the worst in baseball last year and preventing runners from scoring. The league hit .312 and slugged .493 with runners on base last year. That's .304 and .480 over his career. Basically, yeah, he cannot pitch from the stretch. This really hurts his chances of being a bullpen hero.

Anyway, here are the hitters, who hit the ball:

LF Alex Gordon

SS Alcides Escobar (hooray, he's back!)

1B Eric Hosmer

DH Billy Butler

3B Mike Moustakas

C Salvador Perez

CF Lorenzo Cain

RF Jeff Francoeur

2B Johnny Giavotella

Someone is taking this game seriously!

Yu Darvish was supposed to go for the Rangers tonight, but was probably too scared to face the hottest team in Arizona, so over-the-hill veteran/future Royal Derek Lowe goes to the hill instead.

The Royals are 17-4. That is pretty awesome. Has this been discussed enough?

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