SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Even though Jeff Francoeur has spent most of Spring Training hitting a buck something, he's never lost that million-dollar smile. The Royals' new right fielder is the epitome of upbeat."I love this game and I love to be around it," he said. Simple as that. His father, Dave, was a school principal and superintendent for many years. "He wore a suit and tie to work every day, and he'd tell me, 'Don't take what you do for granted,'" Francoeur said. "And I think that's what helped me going through a tough time, I've tried to see the positive side, that something good is going to happen. You've got to believe that. If not, you're in the wrong place." That's why Francoeur is so certain that he'll climb out of the hitting funk that has been a cloud over him in the Arizona sunshine. But not to worry. "I feel it coming, each day I feel a little better," he said the other day, when he happened to be hitting .105. Sure enough, two days later he went 3-for-4 against the Texas Rangers, and that included a line-drive double to left on a two-strike breaking ball from veteran right-hander Brett Tomko, a good sign to manager Ned Yost. "He's a very upbeat guy, always energetic, always working hard, always ready to go," Yost said. "He's gone through some adverse times in his career, but it's never got him down, never affected the game to where his attitude or his mood takes him down. He's the kind of kid that gives you 100 percent every time he goes on the field. That's always been his m.o."
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Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.