2/27/2014 7:54 P.M. ET
Yost focuses on positive start at the plate
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A baseball classic it was not. The Royals' 11-7 loss to the Rangers in the first Spring Training game on Thursday included a total of nine errors by the fielders and 25 hits given up by the pitchers.
So Royals manager Ned Yost, looking past his own team's four errors and 14 hits surrendered, latched onto a more favorable department -- hitting.
"We got through it. We had some good at-bats. I thought (Danny) Valencia had some good at-bats, (Justin) Maxwell some good at-bats, (Jarrod) Dyson some great at-bats," Yost said. "A little first game rustiness I would think, especially on the pitching side."
Valencia, a backup infielder, and Maxwell, a backup outfielder, each had one of the Royals' two home runs. Dyson, also a backup outfielder, had a double and a walk.
The Valencia blast came off a left-hander, Ryan Feierbend.
"I actually missed the swing because it was so quick -- boom. I just heard the crack of the bat and the ball flying," Yost said. "And he smoked it the second time up -- a line drive to shortstop, he hit that ball right on the nose, too."
Maxwell hit a two-run shot, also to left, against right-hander Justin Germano. He had two hits and so did infielders Johnny Giavotella and Jason Donald.
Although the new top of the batting order, Nori Aoki and Omar Infante, went a collective 0-for-5, Yost is not at all concerned at this early stage of camp.
"We're just trying to get them into a flow of the game. The first two weeks you really don't do too much evaluating and your evaluation process comes more in the last two weeks of Spring Training," he said. "But we pretty much know what we have in those guys and we're just working to get them in game shape."
Two of the Royals' errors were by Pedro Ciriaco, filling in for shortstop Alcides Escobar, who is away for the birth of his son.
"But, again, these fields are hard and they're fast and that happens in Arizona. That's not a major concern," Yost said.
In addition to the hitting, the skipper found one other positive point -- nobody got hurt.
"The good sign is we got through the game and everybody's healthy and ready to play tomorrow," he said. "That's a good sign."
Duffy's first outing gets mixed results
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Danny Duffy's first outing had pluses and minuses. In one inning, he gave up three hits and two runs. His next inning was 1-2-3 perfect and he finished the afternoon with four strikeouts.
"The second inning was my best inning but I felt really good throughout," Duffy said after Kansas City's 11-7 loss to Texas on Thursday.
Duffy started out with a strikeout of Elvis Andrus but then surrendered a home run to Prince Fielder in his second at-bat for the Rangers. He hit a rocket to right field.
"My mindset in that at-bat was if I could get in on him, I could get in on anybody because he's a tremendous hitter, he's great with an inside pitch," Duffy said. "I tried to get in there and break his bat and I got a little too fastball-happy and it happens."
Starter Bruce Chen whizzed through the first inning and then gave up two runs in the second on four hits mixed with an error.
"Bruce went out today in the first inning and really commanded the ball well," manager Ned Yost said. "He went out in the second inning and was throwing a lot harder than he was in the first inning and ended up giving up two runs on four hits."
Left-hander Donnie Joseph struck out the side in the fifth inning, taking up where he left off last spring when he had 14 strikeouts in 10 innings.
Fox Sports to televise record number of games
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Fox Sports will televise 156 of the Royals' 162 regular-season games, most in the club's history, it was announced on Thursday.
Fox Sports Kansas City will carry 150 games and six others will air on Fox and Fox Sports 1 as part of Major League Baseball's national TV packages.
There also will be Fox telecasts of two Spring Training games on March 17 and March 25. In addition, the MLB Network will air two games live on March 20 and 22.
Ryan Lefebvre will call 95 of the games on Fox Sports KC and Steve Physioc will handle the other 55. Rex Hudler will be the analyst. The pre- and post-game shows will feature host Joel Goldberg and analyst Jeff Montgomery.
Cain, nine others agree to contract terms
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Center fielder Lorenzo Cain was among 10 Royals who agreed to contract terms on Thursday. He had the highest salary at $546,000.
Outfielder Jarrod Dyson signed for $530,000 and infielder Pedro Ciriaco for $513,500. Others were pitchers Francisley Bueno, $504,500; Donnie Joseph, $501,200; Yordano Ventura and Chris Dwyer, $500,500 each; and infielder Christian Colon and pitchers John Lamb and Michael Mariot, the Major League minimum of $500,000 each.
The Royals have three unsigned players for 2014 - pitcher Danny Duffy, second baseman Johnny Giavotella and outfielder Carlos Peguero.
Ex-Royal great White running for legislature
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Eight-time Gold Glove winner Frank White is going to see if he can scoop up some votes.
The Kansas City Star reports that White, second baseman on the World Series winners of 1985, will run for the Jackson County Legislature. He'll seek an at-large seat in an area that includes part of Kansas City.
White, 63, was with all seven of the postseason teams, including two World Series appearances, in Royals history. He was a five-time All-Star and spent his entire career, 1973-90, in Kansas City where he grew up.
He was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame and had his number 20 retired in 1995. He's also been a Royals coach, Minor League manager and TV broadcaster.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.