It's still a charity game between the two teams that share Surprise Stadium, but it's also going to count as an official Cactus League game, which means...
Spring Training is here and it's time to play ball!
Your lineup for the 2:05 CST contest vs. Texas:
David DeJesus - CF
Esteban German - 2B
Mark Teahen - LF
Ryan Shealy - DH
Alex Gordon - 3B
Billy Butler - 1B
Shane Costa - RF
John Buck - C
Tony Pena, Jr. - SS
John Bale - SP
Possible Relievers: Luke Hochevar, Brian Lawrence, Ron Mahay, Yasuhiko Yabuta, Carlos Rosa.
Jorge De La Rosa was supposed to start this game, but he came down with the flu and will be pushed back to tomorrow's intrasquad game. Jose Guillen and Mark Grudzielanek aren't expected to play, but new faces Lawrence, Mahay and Yabuta should all see at least an inning of work. It'll be interesting to see what Rosa can do. He's not to be confused with Daniel Cortes, who Rany convincingly compares with a young Jon Garland, but he's No. 6 on the Royals' prospect list, according to Baseball America, and through 25 games in the minors (21 starts) has a 3.60 ERA with 6.38 K/9 and 1.85 K/BB. At 23, he still has time to advance through the system, and today is just another step.
Time to play ball indeed.
POSTSCRIPT: This is a fun video from Nationals camp. You see these players all having a good time and it's hard not to think of impending spring, with sunshine and extended daylight. Baseball: shortening winters since 1903.
POSTSCRIPT 2: Really not sure how this Royals blog flew under the radar, considering its name is Royals Baseball and the URL is KansasCityRoyalsBaseball.blogspot.com. Anyway, it's here.