Posted March 08, 2013 on AP on Fox
The Kansas City Royals don't have that many open spots for a team coming off a 90-loss season. For the second straight March, Johnny Giavotella and Chris Getz are competing for the second base job. The Royals went 21-22 when Giavotella started at second base last season and 30-25 when Getz was the starter. Of course, it was Yuniesky Betancourt who earned the opening-day nod at second so anything could happen this time around. ''I'm prepared as I can be,'' Giavotella said. ''I worked very hard this offseason. I look to prove it and show it on the field.'' Giavotella, a 2008 second-round pick, is a career .308 hitter in 534 minor-league games. However, Giavotella has a .242 average in 99 big league games. ''I have confidence that I can hit,'' he said. ''The pitching is definitely that much better in the big leagues. It's a big adjustment from a batting standpoint. I think everybody goes through an adjustment perio...

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