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Yost 'very pleased' with Royals' spring start


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Being the only undefeated team in Spring Training going into Saturday's play isn't something that Royals manager Ned Yost likes to dwell on -- the games don't count, after all.

There are some statistics, though, that please him. Before their game against the Giants, the Royals were leading the Majors in batting with a .336 average and 98 hits in eight games, and their pitchers had the second-best ERA (3.00) and the lowest batting average against (.220).

"I've been very pleased with the way we've been swinging the bats, I've been pleased with our defense, I've been pleased with our pitching staff," Yost said. "Early in the spring, we've gone with a lot of our younger guys in camp, both on the pitching side and the position side -- the defensive side, the offensive side. I'm pleased with the way our camp's going so far."

The Royals waited until the fifth Cactus League game to start mixing in their top starters and relievers.

"A couple of days ago, we started putting our main starters in there but, for the most part, most of the pitching was done by our young guys. So it's been good all around," Yost said.

Another big plus: the lack of major injuries.

"The thing that you're happiest about -- and you keep your fingers crossed -- is that everybody feels good and everybody's healthy," he said.

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