It was the proverbial cherry on top.
Brandon Wood, who while in the Angels organization was the third-ranked prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2006 season, crushed a home run to left field in the eighth inning Tuesday as the Royals beat Oaklands split squad 8-2 in Surprise, Ariz.
The Royals are now 10-0-1 having won 10 straight after an opening tie against Texas. In the first 11 games, the Royals have trailed in just eight of 99 innings this spring.
Sure, its only spring training (and early at that), but manager Ned Yost was asked about the unbeaten streak.
I dont want to say it energizes everybody, because everybody was energized coming in with all the moves Dayton (Moore) made this winter, but if you go back and look at what weve done, its been a teamwide effort, Yost said. It hasnt been three or four guys, its been everybody weve put in there has done a great job. It makes it fun.
Tuesdays win was a team effort. Twelve players accounted for the Royals 13 hits. That includes Wood, who signed as a minor-league free agent in November, has struggled to live up to those expectations and signed with the Royals. But he hammered a James Simmons pitch that was a no-doubter.
| Pete Grathoff, firstname.lastname@example.org