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Danny Duffy vows to improve fielding after shaky outing for Royals

Royals first baseman Matt Fields (66) flips the ball to pitcher Danny Duffy while fielding an infield hit during Thursday’s game against the Indians sin Goodyear, Ariz.
Royals first baseman Matt Fields (66) flips the ball to pitcher Danny Duffy while fielding an infield hit during Thursday’s game against the Indians sin Goodyear, Ariz. The Kansas City Star

Danny Duffy did not resemble a future Gold Glover in the field on Thursday afternoon. He was unable to cover first base on a pair of fielding plays that resulted in hits for the Indians, who dinged him for three runs in two innings of work.

Duffy chided himself for the lapses and lamented afterward he needed to "maybe work a little harder in PFPs."

Carlos Santana chopped the first aforementioned grounder toward first baseman Matt Fields. Duffy admitted he was tardy in his route to the bag. In the second inning, Indians speedster Michael Bourn out-ran Duffy to the spot.

"The first one, I was late," Duffy said. "The second one was an in-betweener. That was a tough play. You’ve got Bourn running. As fast as I am, I don’t think that I’m going to beat him."

In between, Duffy did manage to cover first in time after Tyler Holt tapped a grounder to Fields.

"I’ve got to be 100 percent on those, whether it’s Dyson running, or whomever it may be," he said. "So I’ll do better next time out."

Duffy did not have precise command during his outing. Manager Ned Yost indicated this could have contributed to the issues in the field.

"His command was off, but it wasn’t crazy-off," Yost said. "It was just off. Which is a good sign. There’s a difference. But when you’re behind in counts, in longer innings, it does affect the fielding to a point."

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