Dyson, Royals defense continue stellar play

PHOENIX -- Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson made the defensive play of the game on Tuesday when he banged into the wall to take extra bases away from the Athletics' John Jaso in the eighth inning.

"Dice made a great play. That's what he does," manager Ned Yost said. "He can roam the outfield with a lot of range, and can get to balls that most center fielders can't get to."

The Royals also pulled off a fine relay play -- right fielder Jeff Francoeur, to second baseman Johnny Giavotella, to third baseman Anthony Seratelli, to catch Eric Sogard trying for a triple in the fifth inning.

"Defensively, we continue to play very well," Yost said. "Our relays have been spectacular. That's always something you try to iron out in Spring Training but, man, we can run a relay with the best of 'em."

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.