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Photo Day, golf highlight Thursday's activities

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A short workout is planned for the Royals on Thursday, but it'll still be a busy day.

Photo Day will start at 7 a.m. MT, with all the staff and players getting their pictures taken.

"What we're going to do is come out, get our arms loose, do cut-offs and relays, take a quick round of batting practice and they should be out of here by 11:15 or 11:30," manager Ned Yost said.

After that, more than 40 players are signed up for a golf tournament organized by outfielder Jeff Francoeur. That's an event encouraged by Yost.

"This is a team-building event and everybody in that room is a part of this team right now and it's important that they get to know each other, they go and do things that are fun, and this is one of those things," Yost said. "Very few of the Latinos play golf but what does that matter? We've got clubs, come on and play, have some fun."

Yost feels that such activities help build good team chemistry.

"Every good team that I've been on, every World Series team that I've been on, the chemistry is phenomenal and that's a big part of it," he said. "There were teams that went against it -- Oakland, back in the day. They used to call 'em the Fightin' A's because they'd be fighting each other in the locker room and they'd go out and win ballgames. But today things are different and chemistry is extremely important."

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