KANSAS CITY -- The rare Interleague stop at Kauffman Stadium is also a return trip for D-backs shortstop Willie Bloomquist.
Bloomquist played for the Royals for two seasons in 2009 and '10, hitting .265 with 33 stolen bases.
"It's a great place, Kansas City. I had a lot of fun here," Bloomquist said. "The whole organization is first-class people. They're great people, great stadium. When the fans come out, it's a fun place to play. I enjoy it. ... I really enjoyed my time here."
Bloomquist left town right before the Royals started their youth movement. But he said he heard that the infusion of young talent was coming back when he played.
"That was obviously talked about quite a bit when I was there -- about the young guys that were coming, that were developing and coming up," Bloomquist said. "They're obviously very talented. It sometimes takes a little while to figure out the big leagues. It's not easy. They're very talented, and they have a very good young core. They're a dangerous team, and they're only going to get better. It's a learning process, and assuming they go about it the right way and continue to develop and learn, they'll have the core there for a strong organization for a very long time."
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson also had a brief stint in Kansas City. He played 132 games for the Royals during the 1991 season -- hitting just .236 with an on-base percentage of .341 and 16 home runs.