Moss yet to hit his stride with Royals

Moss yet to hit his stride with Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Hours before the Royals were set to take the field for Monday's home opener against the A's, designated hitter Brandon Moss was bustling around the clubhouse, trying to acclimate himself to his new surroundings.

"Well, I found the kitchen," Moss said, "and I found the bathroom. I'm off to a good start."

Now, more importantly, Moss is hoping to find his swing as well.

It has been a rough start for Moss, whom the Royals signed for two years and $12 million, primarily as the replacement for Kendrys Morales, who left for a three-year, $33 million deal with the Blue Jays.

Moss has one hit through 16 at-bats, and he has struck out a team-high 10 times.

"It'll come for him," manager Ned Yost said. "I'm not worried. Adjusting back to the American League, adjusting to a new team, it takes time. He's a veteran. He'll be fine."

Yost is known for having his veterans' backs. Yost stuck with Moss, a left-handed hitter, in Monday's opener against hard-throwing A's lefty Sean Doolittle with the tying runs on base and two outs in the ninth.

Doolittle struck out Moss on three fastballs in the Royals' 2-0 loss.

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Asked how tough Doolittle was, Moss smiled and said, "Must have been tough. I didn't really come close to his heaters."

Yost could have opted for a right-handed hitter in Cheslor Cuthbert.

"Of course, we discussed that," Yost said. "But left-handers don't suppress Moss' power. I was hoping he'd get one up into the wind."

Moss' lone hit this season was a pretty big one at the time. Moss homered in Houston on Sunday in the ninth inning, giving the Royals a 4-3 lead. Kansas City eventually lost, 5-4, in 12 innings, and Moss' heroics were overshadowed.

"Oh well, that happens," Moss said. "There'll be other times. It's a long season."

But Moss was relieved to get his first hit as a Royal.

"You knew it would happen eventually," he said. "I've had bad starts before where I went 0-for-15 or 0-for-16."

Moss finished Spring Training on a hot note. He hit three home runs in the final week after making a slight tweak to his head position.

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It hasn't carried over into the regular season.

"It's early," Moss said. "It'll come around."

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.