Royals take power surge in opener in stride

Royals take power surge in opener in stride

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- There is always an offensive distortion factor that all managers whose teams train in Arizona have to consider.

That was true again in the Royals' Cactus League opener Wednesday as they banged out a 13-2 win over Texas, highlighted by back-to-back-to-back homers by Eric Hosmer, Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios.

Hosmer's homer, manager Ned Yost noted, would have been a homer anywhere. Not so much with the balls hit by Rios and Morales.

Yet what Yost also keeps a close eye on are ground-ball singles -- many of which would be routine outs on normal infields during the season, but not on the baked infields in the desert.

"You look at ground balls more than home runs because the infield is rock hard and lightning fast," Yost said. "There was a ground ball hit by [Christian] Colon [on Wednesday] that scooted through that you wouldn't get during the regular season. That happens a lot here. You pay attention to those things."

And the reverse also is true: Pitching lines are deceiving because of the distorted offensive numbers.

"You have to consider all that," Yost said.

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @jflanagankc. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.