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Hosmer gets real in regard to spring numbers

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals manager Ned Yost always talks about disregarding his veterans' Spring Training numbers.

"The older guys, they come down here and they don't care about results," Yost said. "They're just working on things."

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals manager Ned Yost always talks about disregarding his veterans' Spring Training numbers.

"The older guys, they come down here and they don't care about results," Yost said. "They're just working on things."

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First baseman Eric Hosmer couldn't agree more.

"We're always paying attention to something we're doing," Hosmer said. "You're always working on something. Yeah, Spring Training numbers don't count, but you work on things. You work on situations.

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"It's just really about getting the eyes trained, and seeing pitches."

Hosmer, who hit his first spring homer in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Rockies, and is 3-for-9 with two doubles, believes his swing is coming along just fine.

"I feel really good," he said. "It's always a worry when you first get down here facing live [batting practice] right away. And then, you get someone like Danny Duffy out of the gate.

"After that, you start the games and you get fans in the stands, and you get the competitive fire back."

The numbers are mostly meaningless, though.

"Hey, that's the beauty of hitting out here," Hosmer said. "The ball flies, the ground is hard. You can put up some numbers.

"But I will say that the homers we've hit have been no-doubters. The other day in Peoria, [Salvador Perez] and [Paulo Orlando] crushed those balls.

"And I saw the homer that [Peter O'Brien] hit in Maryvale. That was a no-doubter. So, you still just try to hit the ball hard, don't chase pitches out of the zone, get your work in."

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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