An actual baseball games is taking place today in Arizona! The Royals will hold an intrasquad game today. Manager Ned Yost is relying on deep-seated ethnic rivalries in the clubhouse to foster competition as he pits his American-born players against their foreign-born teammates in an international fracas that hasn't been seen since the Cold War ended. The lineups:
Team Agenda 21
CF Luis Durango
SS Alcides Escobar
3B Miguel Tejada
C Salvador Perez
1B Max Ramirez
RF Endy Chavez
2B Irving Falu
LF Wily Taveras
DH Julio Rodriguez
P Bruce Chen (followed by Luis Mendoza, Kelvin Herrera, Guillermo Moscoso, Francisley Bueno, Sugar Ray Marimon and Noel Arguelles)
Team USA! USA! USA!
LF Alex Gordon
2B Chris Getz
1B Eric Hosmer
3B Mike Moustakas
RF Jeff Freedom
CF Jarod Dyson
SS Elliot Johnson
C Brett Hayes
DH Adam Moore
P Nate Adcock (followed by Tim Collins, Michael Mariot, Chris Dwyer, Blaine Boyer, and Donnie Joseph)
Other notes from camp today:
The "Eric Hosmer, Royals Outfielder" experiment continues.
Surprise! Lorenzo Cain is already hurt. He hurt his hand Sunday. Its probably not a big deal, but the team will take a closer look.
Bob Dutton handicaps the fifth spot in the rotation as favoring Luke Hochevar, with Bruce Chen and Luis Mendoza following him.
Billy Butler is not looking good thus far.
Billy Butler always looks good at the plate but right now he says, "Not even close all. Just trying to make good contact."— Joel Goldberg (@goldbergkc) February 18, 2013
TIME TO PANIC.
Jeremy Guthrie is not a fan of the new ban on the "fake throw to third, throw to first" move.
Danny Duffy did a web chat with fans.
Luis Mendoza is ready and confident!
A video tour of the Royals spring training complex.
Fangraphs takes a look at the vetoed Zack Greinke deal to Washington. Would it have worked out better for KC?
The new Royals billboards seen around town are actually pretty cool.
Former Royals outfielder Brian McRae will appear in a SyFy horror movie.