Friday, March 16, 2007

Teahen Plays Center for First Time

Game Date: March 15, 2007
Royals 7, Giants 6 / Box Score
Royals Spring Training Record: 8-8

Lots to talk about regarding this game. Jorge De La Rosa went four innings, giving up two earned runs. And Brandon Duckworth somehow managed to pick up the win even though he gave up three runs in three innings. But the stories yesterday weren’t centered around the pitching staff.

Mark Teahen got the start in center field for the first time this spring. When Bell was asked why, he said that the Royals will need somebody to back up David DeJesus if Joey Gathright doesn’t make the team. Wow. I didn’t see that one coming—especially since Gathright is hitting .400 right now. But I like the idea that so many of our marginal players aren’t necessarily safe like they have been in seasons past. Teahen did just fine, making three putouts.

Alex Gordon continues to impress—going 3-for-4 and raising his average to .429. Esteban German is still hitting. He went 2-for-4 and raised his average to .308. And Mike Sweeney finally got in on the action, going 2-for-4 with 3 RBI.

Angel Berroa, on the other hand, went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. And he had committed an error. Bell is now saying that Berroa could lose his starting job. Given Berroa’s numbers this spring, the move would be justified. He’s hitting .269. And in 26 at bats, he has struck out 12 times, with no walks. For all the talk about a new and improved Angel Berroa, he’s putting up numbers that look quite familiar. Bell said that Alex Gonzalez and Andres Blanco are pushing Berroa right now.

The Royals play the Mariners this afternoon. Brian Bannister will go against Miguel Batista.

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