It's raining in Surprise, but baseball is scheduled to be played around 2:05. Fingers double crossed. The Royals are finally playing a team other than the Rangers as the Padres will come calling today.
Jarrod Dyson - CF
Johnny Giavotella - 2B
Eric Hosmer - 1B
Billy Butler - DH
Alex Gordon - LF
Salvador Perez - C
Mike Moustakas - 3B
Justin Maxwell - RF
Christian Colon - SS
Jason Vargas will make his Royals spring debut and will be followed by Brad Penny, Aaron Crow, Greg Holland, Jon Rauch and Kelvin Herrera.
Interesting lineup in that the Royals talked about giving Perez a day off yesterday, but chose to play him so he could catch James Shields's 10 pitches. It was assumed he would get the day off Saturday, but here he is again. Yost says he gets tomorrow off when the Royals travel to play the Cubs. Omar Infante is out of action again with a stiff shoulder. Yost says if this was the regular season, Infante would play. Colon gets another turn at short as Alcides Escobar should be a new dad by the time you read this.
Some other notes, links and miscellany:
The Royals settled with the last three "unsigned" players on their 40-man roster. They reached terms with Danny Duffy who will earn $526,000, Giavotella who pockets $508,000, and Peguero at $504,250.
'Friends in Low Places' could be replaced
Because you wanted the official spin from Royals.com on the sixth inning song coup.
Royals’ Mike Moustakas working hard to find success as a pro
Another story about Moose trying to fulfill his prospect promise. This time with a twist.
Home Runs At The K - Kings of Kauffman
A brief look at how frequently the ball leaves the yard when that yard is The K.
Mixed Bag – Pine Tar Press
Some interesting notes from Clint.
And my submission for 6th inning song. Since we know it's going to be "Royals."
Have a great day. Baseball!