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 period. Once they get their feet under them and settle down, they start t...