KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bring up the name Miguel Tejada around the Royals' clubhouse and you get nothing but smiles.
"Oh, man, he brings some energy to the game and to the team," first baseman Eric Hosmer beams. "He's just always on the go, always doing whatever he can to help us. He's really a great example."
Third baseman Mike Moustakas agrees, saying, "You can learn so much just by watching him."
And even right-hander Luke Hochevar, who views most games entirely from the bullpen, notices the Tejada effect.
"You see him run out every ball so hard," Hochevar says, "and it makes everyone want to just give that little bit extra. He never lets up. I mean, if a young guy on our team doesn't hustle to first base, it's not going to look too good when (Tejada) is busting it down the line."
And it's not just about hustle, either. Tejada is delivering in the production department, too. He is 12 for his last 29 with five RBIs.
"He's our hottest hitter," Manager Ned Yost says.
Tejada has a...