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Robert Ford came to 610 Sports Radio in 2009 as the station’s “Royals Insider.”  He currently serves as the pre and post game show host for Royals Broadcasts on 610.  The Syracuse graduate has been around professional baseball as a reporter and broadcaster for over a decade.

Royals Spring Training Report for Mon, 3/12

Royals starting pitcher Luke Hochevar knows that, barring injury, he’s going to be in the rotation no matter what. Since he doesn’t have to focus on winning a job, Hochevar can focus on fine tuning his pitches and adding to his repertoire. This spring, Hochevar’s been trying to refine his changeup, which I thought looked very good during his three-inning stint today against the Giants in Surprise. Hochevar has thrown a changeup in the past, but was never comfortable with it. Now feels that he’s found a grip that works for him. After the game, Hochevar said he wasn’t happy with his fastball command; I noticed he left a few fastballs up in the zone and got burned. But, all in all, it was a solid second spring outing for Hochevar, who allowed two runs on four hits and didn’t issue a walk.

The Royals had a scare to end the top of the fifth, when first baseman Eric Hosmer twisted his glove awkwardly while fielding a sharply-hit grounder down the line. He was able to recover enough to flip the ball to first for the out, but was slow getting up. Hosmer appeared to be holding his right shoulder when he came off the field, but the Royals say he is fine and should be good to go for tomorrow. Not too long thereafter, Mike Moustakas was hit in the right knee by a pitch leading off the bottom of the fifth and came out of the game. The Royals say Moustakas has a lateral right knee contusion and will be reevaluated tomorrow. At this point, there doesn’t seem to be much concern for either, but something to keep an eye on as camp progresses.

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03/12/2012 6:26PM
Royals Spring Training Report for Mon, 3/12
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