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Cactus League Game 1: In defense of a title

It begins...

Finally... Play ball.
Finally... Play ball.
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The Royals face the Rangers today in an inter-complex tilt in Surprise. Last year, the Royals won the Cactus League title. It was a glorious romp through Arizona. This year?

Dynasty, baby.

Your lineup:

Norichika Aoki - RF
Omar Infante - 2B
Eric Hosmer - 1B
Billy Butler - DH
Alex Gordon - LF
Salvador Perez - C
Mike Moustakas - 3B
Lorenzo Cain - CF
Pedro Ciriaco - SS

Pretty much the lineup we would expect on Opening Day, but with Alcides Escobar hitting ninth at short. Escobar is traveling to Florida today to be with his wife who will deliver their child on Saturday.

Bruce Chen will start. He will be backed up by Danny Duffy, Donnie Joseph, Cory Wade, Guillermo Mota, Scott Alexander and Kelvin Herrera.

First pitch is 2:05, Central.