Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City
By Jeffrey Flanagan  |  Last updated 2/24/14
Yes, the Royals beat the Royals on Monday in the first intrasquad game of the spring, 5-2, and, of course, we should caution any Royals fan not to read too much into the matter. As pitching coach Dave Eiland told Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star afterward, "It looked like it was a game Feb. 24." Right-hander Yordana Ventura, whom club officials are praying will snatch the fifth spot in the rotation, started for one of the squads and wasn't particularly sharp, to say the least. He was pulled after about 24 pitches and after walking Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon, getting a foul-out, and then getting extended by Billy Butler, who kept fouling off pitches. "(Ventura) got his pitch count up," skipper Ned Yost told reporters afterward. "His command was off a little bit but that's to be expected early. He threw like 24 [pitches], and we try to keep (pitchers) around the 20-pitch mark their first time out." Luke Hochevar, also in the running for that fifth spot in the rotation, wasn't...
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