Moore has Royals' first homer of Cactus League play
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Adam Moore, a non-roster catcher, cracked the Royals' first home run of the Cactus League season Friday.
Moore led off the fifth inning with a blast over the left-field bullpen against Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando in the 5-5 tie. Moore was the designated hitter but is vying with Brett Hayes and George Kottaras to be catcher Salvador Perez's backup.
"It is what it is, and you've just got to go out there and compete every day," Moore said. "There are three of us, four of us, a lot of us in camp battling for the backup job, and all you can do is do your best."
Moore, who also singled in the sixth, was one of four Royals with two hits; Alcides Escobar, David Lough and Jarrod Dyson had two singles each. Dyson punched a single to center against lefty starter Derek Holland and bunted safely off Ogando.
"I feel pretty good," Dyson said. "Day 1 I've got to try to play my game, facing a tough lefty kinda gassin' it up. Saw a couple pitches, and he threw me a breaking ball, I stayed behind it. The second one was like a sac bunt, but I was trying to bunt for a base hit. Worse-case scenario, I'd get a sac and move the runner. Overall it was a pretty productive day."
Elliot Johnson, being eyed as a backup infielder, replaced Escobar at shortstop and made a diving stop of Konrad Schmidt's hot grounder in the seventh.