Posted March 18, 2012 on AP on Fox
San Diego Padres rookie first baseman Yonder Alonso feels as if he is just starting to get comfortable at the plate. The Padres hope Saturday's performance is a sign of things to come. Alonso hit a three-run double in the first inning and singled as the Padres topped the Kansas City Royals 8-5. Alonso is one of four players the Padres received in a Dec. 17 deal that sent pitcher Mat Latos to the Cincinnati Reds. Alonso thinks he is seeing the ball better and his timing has improved. ''Every day feels better,'' Alonso said. ''I'm just trying to lock in with the guys. It's time to go. It's time to roll.'' Manager Bud Black thinks the Padres will see improvement from Alonso shortly. Alonso is hitting .286 with seven RBIs through his first 35 at-bats this spring. Black liked Alonso's approach against Royals pitcher Bruce Chen in the first inning when he lined a first-pitch changeup off the right-field fence to give the Padres a ...
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