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Giavotella excited to get win after callup

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KANSAS CITY -- Newly arrived second baseman Johnny Giavotella gave the Royals a helping hand in Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Rays.

"I was just happy more than anything to get a win today," Giavotella said. "Stepped into the locker room here today and saw my name in the two-hole, and I just wanted to go about my business the right way, the things I'm capable of doing and playing with confidence."

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KANSAS CITY -- Newly arrived second baseman Johnny Giavotella gave the Royals a helping hand in Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Rays.

"I was just happy more than anything to get a win today," Giavotella said. "Stepped into the locker room here today and saw my name in the two-hole, and I just wanted to go about my business the right way, the things I'm capable of doing and playing with confidence."

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Giavotella led off the fourth inning with a single and scored the first of the team's two runs in the frame. He also contributed a sacrifice fly to the Royals' five-run fifth inning.

"The thing that I've learned throughout the years is that it's the same game in Triple-A as it is up here," Giavotella said. "I've just got to have confidence in my abilities. Let the ball come to me, just relax and have fun."

His period of filling in for the injured Omar Infante might be brief.

"As many days as I'm allowed, that's all the opportunity I need. I'm going to take advantage of it," Giavotella said. "The one thing I know I can control is my attitude, so I go out there just come to the ballpark in a great mood every day and just try to make my teammates better, make myself better and help the team win any way that I can."

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com.

 

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