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Q&A with Royals outfielder David Lough

Updated: 2013-06-11T21:08:44Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

I had a chance to talk with Royals outfielder David Lough the other day on a range of topics from his comfort level in the majors to his Twitter account.

Question: Are you feeling more comfortable in the majors?

Answer: Yeah. It’s nerve-racking when you first get called up, just being in front of the fans, but now, I’m as comfortable as I possibly can be. Last year, I got my feet wet when I came up, and being able to play with these guys in spring training, it’s something that I shouldn’t be nervous about or worried about. It’s the surrounding stuff you have to get used to, and once you get used to that, it’s just a regular baseball game.

Question: What is it like to be in spring training and have the team go to Kansas City while you go to Class AAA Omaha?

Answer: Just keep working hard, never stop fighting to get where you want to be, especially when you know you can help the Royals win games, but you go down to Omaha and you work on the things they feel you need to work on to get back up.

Question: Was there anything special the Royals told you to work on?

Answer: Not really. I’ve kind of proved myself at Triple-A. Just trying to stay as consistent as possible, I guess, is what I was trying to do. I had a pretty good spring training hitting-wise. I just tried to take that to Omaha and not get down on not making the team.

Question: This may be a dumb question, but is there a big difference playing in the minor-league parks than in the big-league parks? Is it just the extra level of seats at the stadium?

Answer: Definitely. It’s difficult to get good reads on balls. It takes a little while to get used to. Hitting-wise? Not really. It’s pretty much the same. It’s just defensively, whether to go in, whether to go back on balls. You kind of get called with the ball in the stands. It doesn’t get high enough to really judge it. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same.

Question: Changing gears, you’re on Twitter. Did you like to tweet frequently?

Answer: I don’t really tweet that much. I do more following that tweeting. I’ll tweet here and there. I’m real subtle with tweeting. I don’t do it too much.

To reach Pete Grathoff, send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/pgrathoff

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