The Kansas City Royals will play in the Cactus League opener against the Texas Rangers at 2:05 p.m. CST.
1. Norichika Aoki (L) – RF
2. Omar Infante (R) – 2B
3. Eric Hosmer (L) – 1B
4. Billy Butler (R) – DH
5. Alex Gordon (L) – LF
6. Salvador Perez (R) – C
7. Mike Moustakas (L) – 3B
8. Lorenzo Cain (R) – CF
9. Alcides Escobar (R) – SS
It’s easy to immediately recognize that the lineup is better than last year’s low-scoring, badly-sequenced lineup. Even though the game won’t count for anything, it will be fun to see the new additions working alongside familiar players.
Everyone knows how well Chen can pitch, so fans should pay attention to Duffy’s ability to hit the corners of the plate, something with which he’s not had much success.
According to Kansas City Star beat reporter Andy McCullough, here are all Royals pitchers slated to pitch today:
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) February 27, 2014
Ron Washington usually likes to open the Cactus League with his regular season opening day lineup, but today, he is without three of his starters. Alex Rios is out with a sore toe. Juickson Profar has shoulder tendinitis. Catcher Geovany Soto is expected to be out until mid-March while recovering from ankle surgery.
Die hard fans won’t gain much insight into this season from the first Spring Training game, but baseball is finally here. Officially.