Kansas City ready for Royal welcome on Friday

Kansas City ready for Royal welcome on Friday

OAKLAND -- Most members of the Royals' 25-man roster had reason to be in Kansas City during the offseason, but for Jason Bourgeois and Jonathan Sanchez, Thursday's workout at Kauffman Stadium will be their first appearance in the city in four years.

Bourgeois was in Kansas City as a member of the Chicago White Sox in September 2008. Sanchez pitched for the San Francisco Giants in an Interleague contest there the same year.

"It's a great ballpark with a lot of premier additions to it," Bourgeois said. "I enjoy playing outfield there and running down the ball. No doubt it's going to be fun."

Royals fans have been waiting in anticipation for their first glimpse of the team since Spring Training opened in mid-February. The waiting ends on Friday night.

"It's time to settle in and enjoy Kansas City for a while," Bourgeois said of the Royals' 10-game homestand.

Sanchez said playing with one of the youngest lineups in the Majors has been refreshing.

"You see something different every day," said the left-hander, who makes his next start Saturday. "These guys make coming to the park enjoyable. It makes you really want to play."