Bunting is the name of the game

The Royals went a little overtime on Friday, going almost four hours as they worked on bunting drills, executing bunt plays as well as defending against them.

Manager Trey Hillman wasn’t very happy with the Royals’ bunting game last season.

“We emphasized it last year as well and then we went into the season and we didn’t perform it very well,” he said. “I know that we’re teaching it right and we’re paying attention to detail. It can be concentration, it can be adrenaline and sometimes it’s just flat-out whether we have the ability to do the job.”

On Saturday, the Royals will have an unusually late starting time, 12:30 p.m. MT. That’s three hours later than normal to allow time for lab work associated with player physicals.

Outfielder Jose Guillen, recovering from the ingrown big toe nail that he yanked out, did conditioning drills on Friday but then Hillman told him to back off. “As much as he wants to be out here and go through everything, it’s counterproductive right now,” Hillman said. They’ll evaluate his ability to work out  daily….A planned two intrasquad games has been reduced to one, on Sunday. The Monday game has been scrapped. The first exhibition game is on Wednesday, a charity game against the Rangers….Infielder Tim Hulett, claimed on waivers from the Mariners, reported on Friday. He didn’t have far to travel; the M’s camp is just a few miles down the road.

— Dick Kaegel

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