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WinningUgly!
03-30-2003, 09:17 PM
A young Royals team that appeared to offer great potential came out of Florida four years ago with a major league-best 22-9 exhibition record and said it was brimming with newfound confidence. Kansas City then went out and lost 97 games.

This year, the Royals went 19-10 during their first spring training in Arizona and head into Monday's opener against the Chicago White Sox with, well, confidence.

``For us to put up that record in spring training, we had to do a lot of things right,'' new manager Tony Pena said. ``And we did things right. It was not only about winning. It was about playing the game the right way. We did that. And good things will come from that.''

Coming off the first 100-loss season in franchise history, the Royals will start right-hander Runelveys Hernandez, 4-4 as a rookie last year, against Chicago left-hander Mark Buherle (19-12).

"The optimism is very high in this locker room, and that's good,'' said Thomas. "As a team, we have everything. No team will be perfect, but we can play with anyone on any day. That's a little different than how it has been the last couple of years.''


Link (http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/sports/AP-BBA-White-Sox-Royals-Opener.html)
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TheBigHurt
03-30-2003, 09:29 PM
The times havent read the times since well never........ i read the NY Newsday (LI Edition) every day & NY Post 3-5 times a week and weekly on sun the Daily News

34 Inch Stick
03-31-2003, 08:40 AM
With that starting rotation they can expect a second 100 loss season. The best the Royals can hope for is development of young arms.