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Royals manager Ned Yost likes the surprises he finds in Surprise

The Royals’ Raul Mondesi forced out Texas’ Elliot Johnson at second but the throw for the double play was late during Wednesday’s game.
The Royals’ Raul Mondesi forced out Texas’ Elliot Johnson at second but the throw for the double play was late during Wednesday’s game. The Kansas City Star

The Royals are in the enviable situation of having a set starting lineup at the start of spring training. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a little intrigue as the Cactus League games proceed.

“Coming to spring training, it’s the surprise,” manager Ned Yost said before Thursday’s game against Texas. “It’s finding somebody who is going to surprise you a little bit and really, really impress you.

“We’ve seen a lot of that in spring training. With (pitcher) Ryan Madson, seeing (infielder Raul) Mondesi growing and filling out and (third baseman) Hunter Dozier doing his stuff, and (outfielder Jorge) Bonifacio … all these young kids are continuing to grow and develop.

“It’s fun seeing all that, too. It’s a big part of it.”

To reach Randy Covitz, call 816-234-4796 or send email to rcovitz@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @randycovitz.

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