When it was over, when the United States had beaten Puerto Rico 8-0 on Wednesday night to capture the World Baseball Classic title, left-hander Danny Duffy had one more mission to complete.
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Eric Hosmer's championship quest now is complete. With the World Baseball Classic title in hand, Hosmer believes he has won it all at every level.
Kyle Seager continued warming up with his first Cactus League home run and Hisashi Iwakuma pitched 5 2/3 strong innings on Friday afternoon as a Mariners split squad topped the Royals, 4-1, at Peoria Stadium.
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A familiar face was behind the plate for the Royals on Friday -- All-Star catcher Salvador Perez
The only position battle in Royals camp has been quite intense this spring.
Following a thrilling World Baseball Classic that culminated in the United States winning its first title thanks to Wednesday's 8-0 win over Puerto Rico, World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) announced the All-World Baseball Classic Team.
Cheslor Cuthbert hit a two-run double as well as his first spring home run, and Mike Moustakas hit his fourth as the Royals beat the Padres, 6-2, on Wednesday at Surprise Stadium.
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Royals infielder Cheslor Cuthbert had a special day Wednesday, perhaps his best day of the spring. Cuthbert hit his first home run of the Cactus League season, doubled in two runs and made the defensive gem of the month in the Royals' 6-2 win over the Padres.
If Royals outfielder Jorge Soler doesn't find his timing at the plate soon, it won't be for lack of effort. When Soler hasn't been playing in Cactus League games lately, he has been getting at-bats in games in the Royals' Minor League camp.
One of the main reasons left-hander Travis Wood signed with the Royals this offseason was the promise of getting a chance to compete for a starting job. The Royals fulfilled their end of the deal by giving Wood that chance this spring. But Wood came up short in the battle for the final rotation spot, as manager Ned Yost named Nathan Karns his No. 5 starter on Monday.
D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray turned in another impressive outing in a 4-2 win over the Royals on Tuesday in front of 10,131 fans at Salt River Fields.
As Royals' camp draws closer to the end, left-hander Jason Vargas looks more and more like the pitcher he was in 2014 and '15 before he underwent Tommy John surgery.
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For five straight outings this spring, Royals left-hander Matt Strahm looked just like he did during his sensational rookie debut last season -- virtually unhittable.
Shortstop Alcides Escobar was back in Royals camp on Tuesday morning, happy to be with his teammates again. Manager Ned Yost said Escobar likely won't play until Friday.
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Right-hander Tim Adleman, in the battle for a Reds rotation spot, hit a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning as the Reds rallied for a 10-6 victory over the Royals on Monday.
The first major decision of this Royals camp came down Monday, as manager Ned Yost named right-hander Nathan Karns as his No. 5 starter.
Royals right-hander Jason Hammel will have at least one more start in the Cactus League before camp breaks.
The Royals cleared some space in their camp following Monday's game, reassigning right-hander Bobby Parnell, catcher Parker Morin, first baseman Ryan O'Hearn, infielder Garin Cecchini and right-hander Chris Withrow to their Minor League camp.
Ian Kennedy struck out seven and held the Cubs to three hits over six innings in a 6-2 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 15,497 at Sloan Park. Addison Russell led off the Chicago eighth with a home run, his fifth this spring, to avoid a shutout.
It's a bit of a long shot for Peter O'Brien to make the Royals' Opening Day roster in two weeks. But long shots have come to be O'Brien's specialty.
Saturday's do-or-die start against the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic by Danny Duffy was a pressure-packed nail-biter -- a far cry from the Cactus League, when pitchers "get their work in" with few worries about results.
Veteran right-handed reliever and former All-Star Brandon League was released from his Minor League contract, and Minor League first baseman Brandon Dulin was traded to the White Sox for either a player to be named or cash, according to Royals officials.
Christian Colon has been to a handful of training camps with the Royals, and he has parts of three seasons in the Majors under his belt. But as he tries to win a spot on his third straight Opening Day roster, it's been a uniquely competitive spring for the infielder.
Among the challenges of this Spring Training for Ned Yost has been pulling his team together with several key players still playing in the World Baseball Classic. Couple that with catcher Salvador Perez being down for about a week with inflammation in his left knee, and Yost has yet to see anything like an Opening Day lineup on the field.
Royals pinch-hitter Peter O'Brien drove a ninth-inning solo home run -- his Cactus League-leading sixth -- into the right-field bullpen to force extras with the Indians in a 4-4 tie in 10 innings Saturday.
Ryan Braun hit his first spring home run for the Brewers, and Christian Colon went deep for the Royals as the teams combined for eight runs in the first inning and a half Friday at Maryvale Baseball Park, where the Royals emerged 8-5 victors.
The temperature was nearly 60 degrees warmer in Phoenix than in Minnesota, where the Royals open their season in two and a half weeks, but Nathan Karns was already starting to feel like he was pitching in a regular-season game Friday as the Royals beat the Brewers 8-5.
The Royals reassigned six players to Minor League camp on Friday, moments after manager Ned Yost hailed that core of players as the next wave of big league talent.
Alex Gordon had a home run and knocked in four runs and prospect Josh Staumont struck out five in three scoreless innings as the Royals topped the Padres.
Jason Vargas would have liked to have worked more than just two innings in Thursday's loss to the Mariners, but three errors behind him led to a high pitch count and an early exit.