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• Shortstop Alcides Escobar is hitting .349 (15-for-43) in 10 games for Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan League. Catcher Salvador Perez's .397 (27-for-68) for Tiburones de La Guaira includes five home runs with 21 RBIs in 16 games.

• There's no stop for any exhibition games for the Royals between the end of spring camp in Arizona and Opening Day on Monday, April 1, at Chicago. They'll leave Surprise for Kansas City after the Cactus League finale against the Indians on Friday, March 29, take Saturday off in KC, then fly to Chicago on Sunday for a workout and open the next day.

• Former Royals Minor League slugger Kila Ka'aihue has signed with the D-backs' organization. The big first baseman never could make it with Kansas City. Last year he hit .234 with four homers, 14 RBIs in 39 games for Oakland. He spent most of his season with Triple-A Sacramento (.256/15/52 in 66 games).

• Royals alumni will serve lunch on Thursday to children seeking treatment at the Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City. Among them are Royals Hall of Famers Dennis Leonard and Jeff Montgomery.

• Shortstop Alcides Escobar is hitting .349 (15-for-43) in 10 games for Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan League. Catcher Salvador Perez's .397 (27-for-68) for Tiburones de La Guaira includes five home runs with 21 RBIs in 16 games.

• There's no stop for any exhibition games for the Royals between the end of spring camp in Arizona and Opening Day on Monday, April 1, at Chicago. They'll leave Surprise for Kansas City after the Cactus League finale against the Indians on Friday, March 29, take Saturday off in KC, then fly to Chicago on Sunday for a workout and open the next day.

• Former Royals Minor League slugger Kila Ka'aihue has signed with the D-backs' organization. The big first baseman never could make it with Kansas City. Last year he hit .234 with four homers, 14 RBIs in 39 games for Oakland. He spent most of his season with Triple-A Sacramento (.256/15/52 in 66 games).

• Royals alumni will serve lunch on Thursday to children seeking treatment at the Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City. Among them are Royals Hall of Famers Dennis Leonard and Jeff Montgomery.