"I faced him once many, many years ago down here in camp," Duffy said. "He got me. He hit like a 500-foot home run off me on one of the back fields. I need to square things up."
Zimmer nearing action Right-hander Kyle Zimmer, who had a surgical procedure last fall to take out some old sutures, reports he is throwing pain-free and with ease. He said he will throw at least two more batting practices and then perhaps be ready for game action sometime next week.
Camp battles It's generally assumed that Cheslor Cuthbert will grab the starting job at third base. But he is off to a slow start. He did hit a double on Thursday in his first at-bat, but he promptly got picked off second. He also has been thrown out at home this spring and he has committed two misplays in the field.
Outfielder and left-handed-hitting Michael Saunders, a non-roster invite, endeared himself to the coaching staff by beating the shift and singling sharply to left.
Right-hander Jesse Hahn, vying for a rotation or bullpen spot, gave up three runs in two innings, but he pitched far better than his linescore. Two of the hits were jam shots, and the Royals also missed a routine double play that allowed a run to score.
Up next Watch on live MLB.TV as Duffy, likely the Royals' Opening Day starter, starts Friday's Cactus League clash against the Padres at 2:10 p.m. CT in Peoria, Ariz. Also expected to throw for the Royals are right-handers Trevor Oaks, Scott Barlow, Sam Gaviglio and Scott Blewett, and left-hander Tim Hill.