Sorry for the lengthy delay since my last post, but it has nothing to do with the rumor that Undying Royalty has lost its loyalty. Yes, an embarrassing 13-1 loss to the Cubs on national TV was ugly, but it's just a Spring Training game, and the Royals' record on March 30 will be 0-0.
Without a doubt, though, one of the best things happening in Surprise, Ariz., this spring is the play of first baseman Ryan Shealy, who hit his third home run in today's 15-6 win against the Giants, and left fielder Mark Teahen, who clubbed his second round-tripper.
Shealy has played in just six games this spring, due to the fact that he was battling the flu bug for at least a week. But he went 1-for-3 in the win against the Giants to raise his average to .286 (4-for-14) with the three homers and five runs batted in.
Teahen, who hit a team-leading 18 home runs in 2006 before dropping to seven last year, also went 1-for-3 against San Francisco, and is batting .269 (7-for-26) with six runs scored and nine runs batted in.
The Royals were last in the American League with 102 home runs in 2007, so the hope is that both Shealy and Teahen can return to their 2006 form. It's still early in Spring Training, but signs are encouraging that they could add some extra punch back to the Royals' lineup.