2/20/2013 7:08 P.M. ET
Lough, Coleman stand out in intrasquad tilt
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- There was a bit more Spring Training tradition in the second intrasquad game played by the Royals on a damp Wednesday afternoon. The pitchers were ahead of the hitters.
"I think maybe the cold had something to do with it," outfielder David Lough said.
The game ended in a breezy 45 degrees at George Brett Field with Lough's home run giving Team USA a five-inning, 1-0 victory over the World team. The teams combined for 10 runs in a 6 1/2-inning 5-5 tie on Tuesday.
Lough, a left-handed hitter, put a high drive over the right-field fence to lead off the fifth inning against left-hander Ryan Verdugo.
"It was a 1-1 count and he threw me something offspeed the pitch before and I was just gearing up for the fastball. I thought he was going to bring it right inside and I got a good swing on it and I ended up putting it out," Lough said.
There were a total of eight hits in the game, including doubles by Alex Gordon and Minor Leaguer Sharlon Schoop. Gordon's double came off Luke Hochevar; he was then caught off base and Hochevar retired Johnny Giavotella and Billy Butler.
"It was a good day. The pitching was pretty good and Hoch looked really good," said manager Ned Yost, back at the helm after undergoing gall bladder surgery less than 24 hours earlier.
Ten pitchers worked one inning each, with Aaron Crow and Louis Coleman each pitching perfectly. Coleman got three ground-ball outs.
"Coleman looked really good. He made short work of three hitters. Louis has looked sharp from the minute he got here," Yost said.
The Royals will open Cactus League play on Friday against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium. Two left-handers are set to be the starting pitchers -- the Royals' Will Smith and the Rangers' Derek Holland.
Yost didn't use any of his front four starters in the intraquad games because they're not going to pitch in any of the first four games. Wade Davis is likely to be the first of the four to start, next Tuesday against Cleveland. James Shields, Ervin Santana and Jeremy Guthrie will start in later games.
"They're not pitching until the fifth or sixth game of Spring Training, so we didn't want them to have 'em throw an inning and have 'em sit for five or six days," Yost said. "They'll do a live BP before they go out, which is just about the same thing."
Photo Day, golf highlight Thursday's activities
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A short workout is planned for the Royals on Thursday, but it'll still be a busy day.
Photo Day will start at 7 a.m. MT, with all the staff and players getting their pictures taken.
"What we're going to do is come out, get our arms loose, do cut-offs and relays, take a quick round of batting practice and they should be out of here by 11:15 or 11:30," manager Ned Yost said.
After that, more than 40 players are signed up for a golf tournament organized by outfielder Jeff Francoeur. That's an event encouraged by Yost.
"This is a team-building event and everybody in that room is a part of this team right now and it's important that they get to know each other, they go and do things that are fun, and this is one of those things," Yost said. "Very few of the Latinos play golf but what does that matter? We've got clubs, come on and play, have some fun."
Yost feels that such activities help build good team chemistry.
"Every good team that I've been on, every World Series team that I've been on, the chemistry is phenomenal and that's a big part of it," he said. "There were teams that went against it -- Oakland, back in the day. They used to call 'em the Fightin' A's because they'd be fighting each other in the locker room and they'd go out and win ballgames. But today things are different and chemistry is extremely important."
Hosmer, Moustakas, Cain among 12 signings
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Twelve players, including first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and relievers Greg Holland and Tim Collins, have agreed to 2013 contracts with the Royals.
Holland signed for $539,500, Collins for $534,500, Hosmer for $528,250 and Moustakas for $524,500.
The others were infielders Elliot Johnson, $520,500, and Johnny Giavotella, $494,000; outfielders Lorenzo Cain, $503,175, and David Lough, $491,625; and pitchers Kelvin Herrera, $508,175; Danny Duffy, $505,125; Will Smith, $496,500, and John Lamb, $490,000.
The minimum salary is $490,000.
That takes the Royals down to five unsigned players on the 40-man roster, all pitchers: Francisley Bueno, Aaron Crow, Louis Coleman, Luis Mendoza and Guillermo Moscoso.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.