KC's slow spring start doesn't faze Yost

KC's slow spring start doesn't faze Yost

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- If there's a slightly more businesslike and less rah-rah approach by the Royals in this year's camp, manager Ned Yost hasn't noticed it.

It could be argued that during Spring Training 2015, the Royals were still stinging from losing Game 7 of the 2014 World Series and thus hit camp ready to beat the world.

The Royals, in fact, bolted out of the gate in the Cactus League last year, winning 10 of their first 11 games and averaging nearly six runs a game.

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But this year the Royals have been somewhat sleepy offensively, averaging 3.6 runs a game while losing eight of their first 13 games.

Yost, however, disputes the notion that the Royals entered last year's camp angry and determined to romp through the Cactus League.

"I don't think anyone was [upset] they lost Game 7," Yost said. "They were disappointed. There's a difference. They felt they gave everything they had, and there was a deep disappointment.

"But I think they have the same focus this year. The same energy. The same motivation to do it again."

As for the slow start this year, Yost has an explanation.

"We haven't even come close to putting our full lineup on the field yet this year," he said. "Last year we played [Mike Moustakas] and [Eric Hosmer] and those guys a lot early. We played the regulars a lot more early last year than this year.

"But we know this group has a chance to go deep [into the playoffs] again and so we want this group to start slowly. There's no reason to push them early. I don't think we've had more than four or five guys in the lineup together yet.

"But now, in the next week, we'll see guys go a little bit more regularly."

Yost going to San Antonio: Yost will make the trip for the games against the Rangers on Friday and Saturday in San Antonio. He doesn't have his traveling roster completed but said Salvador Perez, Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain likely will be on it.

Cuts coming: Yost will make some roster cuts in the next day or so.

"We need to make sure some of the younger guys get their at-bats," he said. "That'll be easier for them on the Minor League side."

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