Crown points

• The changing signage behind home plate at Kauffman Stadium this year will include Magniflex, a global mattress company in Italy. The reason? New right fielder Norichika Aoki is a spokesman for the Magni Sports mattress line. The Royals expect to have more than 60 telecasts seen in Japan this year.

• The 14 roster cuts on Monday left the Royals with 43 active players in camp: 21 pitchers, five catchers, 10 infielders and seven outfielders.

• On Tuesday morning, the Royals will honor their championship teams at Triple-A Omaha and Rookie Idaho Falls in a ring ceremony at the complex. Individual organization awards also will be made.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.