KANSAS CITY, Mo. How important is the Royals' 9-0-1 start this spring training?
Well, it's not exactly the buzz around the Royals' offices in Surprise, Ariz.
"Not many people are talking about it," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said by phone Monday. "As a matter of fact, a couple of days ago, someone mentioned we were unbeaten and I thought they were wrong. I thought we already had a loss.
"It is spring training, after all. It's not like we're looking up the standings every day. But on the other hand, it's nice to win. It's always nice to win. At the end of the day, it's better than losing."
The primary focus of spring training, Moore points out, is simply to get the team's rotation in order, and to make sure the hitters and fielders are fundamentally sound before the regular-season opener.
But, the Royals' nine-game winning streak does demonstrate that the team is playing hard, even if it's only spring training.
"It also shows you that we have some depth," Moore said....