SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Long-time shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt demonstrated his range as a second baseman on Thursday by going far to his right to grab a sharp grounder by the Rockies' Jonathan Herrera in the fourth inning, then wheeled and threw him out.
"That was an awesome play. I didn't think he had any chance to get it and he just covered a lot of ground real quick," pitcher Aaron Crow said.
Betancourt, signed to be an infield backup, also participated in three of the Royals' four double plays. But he had a moment of costly indecision when a pop fly dropped between him and right fielder Mitch Maier for a hit in the second inning.
"That comes from playing a new position," manager Ned Yost said. "Mitch played it right. That's a communication thing. The second baseman goes out until the outfielder calls him off. Mitch thought he was going to have to slide, so Yuni just kind of gave up on it a little too quick. But it's a different angle over there. That will work itself out, too."