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Flynn, Orlando stars in Royals' intrasquad tilt

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals left-hander Brian Flynn mowed through his one inning of work in an intrasquad game on Monday, striking out the side, and Paulo Orlando doubled and tripled as the visitors won, 3-0.

Flynn nearly made the team last spring, but he had options left, which hurt his case. Flynn has an option left this season.

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals left-hander Brian Flynn mowed through his one inning of work in an intrasquad game on Monday, striking out the side, and Paulo Orlando doubled and tripled as the visitors won, 3-0.

Flynn nearly made the team last spring, but he had options left, which hurt his case. Flynn has an option left this season.

"If you had to pick a star of an intrasquad game it would be Orlando and Flynn," manager Ned Yost said. "Both of those guys looked good. But everyone looked fine."

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Flynn looked just as good, Yost said, as he did last spring.

"No doubt," Yost said. "He looks very good, very sharp. Good to see."

Prospect Bubba Starling had an RBI groundout.

"Bubba is making nice progress," Yost said.

They call him "Scrabble"
One of the more interesting names in camp is Royals left-hander Jonathan Dziedzic, a 25-year-old who was a 13th-round pick in the 2013 Draft.

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Dziedzic, who is of Polish descent, has heard all kinds of pronunciations throughout his career. His name, pronounced "jej-ick," has baffled many for so long that some took to calling him "Eye Chart."

"One of my coaches in summer ball started calling me that years ago," he said. "At first, I didn't know what he meant. Then, I didn't hear it again until I got here.

"And then they came up with a new one the other day. They started calling me 'Scrabble.'"

Does anyone ever get the pronunciation right?

"There's a few people who can who have been around me a while," Dziedzic said. "It's very rare for someone the first time to get it right. Maybe if they're Polish, they get it."

The pronunciation is especially tough on stadium announcers on the road.

"It's rare on the road for anyone to get it right, unless they come up beforehand and ask," Dziedzic said.

Dziedzic has a great sense of humor about his name and reminds everyone of one certainty: "They can call me anything they want if I make it to the big leagues someday."

Salvy's mom robbed
All-Star catcher Salvador Perez put out on his Instagram account that his mom was robbed back in Venezuela. Perez left camp before workouts ended.

"Earlier today my mother in [Valencia] was threatened at gunpoint and had her 4-Runner truck stolen by heavily armed men. Thank God that nothing bad happened. The robbers took off in the truck, which later on in the day was recovered by the folks at PTJ. Thank God my mother is perfectly safe and calm. ... This hurts so much. My people, we have a country that as each day goes by, it falls deeper in lack of food, criminal activity, impoverishment, and lack of security. Without getting into too much detail, since I never talk politics or social classes, I'm speaking from the heart when I say that my country is bleeding internally because of these actions. And I love you. Many may say that it's easy to talk when you're over there, but I fight for my country on a daily basis and represent my country. I'll continue loving you Venezuela today more than ever. Let's keep on fighting to make Venezuela better. God is with us; let's no lose faith my people. I LOVE YOU MOM, we're almost back together. And may God take care of all of you."

Resting Salvy
Yost said that he probably wouldn't use Perez in a game until this weekend. "I'm going to ease in a lot of the veterans," Yost said. "They have had two straight long seasons."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB.

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