Three teams off to hot starts in Spring Training
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Here are three teams that are off to surprisingly hot spring starts:Kansas City Royals (9-0)
The Royals have reeled off nine straight wins to open up the spring campaign, but what’s more impressive is their Cactus League-best +33 run differential. The Royals have four players batting over .500 and first baseman Eric Hosmer has already driven in seven runs in only 20 at-bats. Projections indicate the Royals will open the season with a franchise-record $79 million payroll.Seattle Mariners (9-1)
Seattle has won nine straight exhibition games, bashing 22 homers in the process. “We have a lot of options, and a lot of talent we can mix and match into a lineup," manager Eric Wedge said after Seattle’s most recent 9-5 victory over the Dodgers. "If there was ever a year to play a lot of spring games and let guys show us all of what they can do, this is it." Staff ace Felix Hernandez is projected to make his 2013 debut on Thursday against the Royals.Houston Astros (5-3)
The Houston Astros are expected to be a historically bad baseball team this year, but they sure have looked good so far. The Astros lead all American League teams in the Grapefruit League with 15 home runs. Houston’s defense, however, has been a different story. The Astros gave up six unearned runs to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, and added four more blunders against the Braves on Saturday.
All stats prior to action Monday.