03/01/11 3:09 PM ET
Infielder's father killed in tragic accident
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Russell Seratelli was driving on the Garden State Parkway when a runaway tire and rim bounced over the median and crashed through the windshield. He died at the scene. His daughter, Danielle Seratelli, 25, was sitting in the passenger seat but escaped injury.
Scott Sharp, the Royals' director of Minor League operations, said in a statement: "We received some terrible news this morning when we learned of the untimely passing of Russell Seratelli, father of Royals' Minor League infielder Anthony Seratelli, yesterday near the family home in New Jersey. Our organization prides itself on not only getting to know our athletes, but the families of each athlete, and this tragedy has cut deeply into every one of us. On behalf of the Kansas City Royals, our thoughts and prayers are with Anthony and his entire family as they mourn the passing of an outstanding father and gentleman."
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Cain makes impact on both sides of the ball
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Lorenzo Cain did in the Padres with both his bat and his glove in the Royals' 4-3 victory on Tuesday.
In the eighth inning, Cain pounded a double high off the left-field wall with two outs and scored on Mike Moustakas' single up the middle, breaking a 3-3 tie.
With Gaby Hernandez pitching, the Padres' Kyle Phillips doubled and Luis Durango walked. Hernandez turned a bunt into a force-out at third before Jesus Guzman smacked a line drive into the right-center field gap. But Cain swooped in, dove and plucked the ball off the grass. Then he hopped up and threw to shortstop Jeff Bianchi to double off Durango at second base, ending the game.
"Off the bat, it kept tailing away from me, and I was in 'no-doubles' position at the time, so I didn't think I'd get to it," Cain said. "But I was able to make a diving catch and, luckily, the guy was running and I was able to get up and make a solid throw to second."
Cain came to the Royals from Milwaukee in the trade for Zack Greinke. He had two hits on Tuesday, and two of the other players who came from the Brewers were also in the game. Shortstop Alcides Escobar got a single in two at-bats and pitcher Jeremy Jeffress gave up one run in one inning of work.
"He's a tremendous defender in center field," manager Ned Yost said. "He's a very heads-up player, he plays the game very hard. In the outfield, he's always moving, always thinking, always playing with his instincts. That's what is going to make him the player that he's going to be, and it's going to be a very, very special player."
Moustakas' early success this spring continues
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A three-run homer one day, a game-winning single the next. Spring Training is going well so far for rookie Mike Moustakas.
Moustakas had no doubt that Lorenzo Cain would score from second base when his sharply-hit ball zipped into center field in Tuesday's eighth inning against Padres right-hander Jeremy Hefner.
"You've got a guy on second base that's a speed demon, and any ball that gets through the infield is going to score. So I wasn't trying to do too much, just trying to stay up the middle," Moustakas said. "And he ended up hanging a changeup, I stayed on it and hit it right back up the middle, just like I wanted to. 'Zo is one of the fastest guys out there and he's going to score. It helped us win a ballgame and that's the most important thing."
Cain's diving catch that resulted in a game-ending double play in the ninth inning was "incredible" to Moustakas.
"I was pretty positive it was getting in the gap," Moustakas said. "And Lorenzo comes out of nowhere and makes a great play and the ballgame's over."
Greinke ready to leave trade questions behind
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Former Royals ace Zack Greinke, in his first start for Milwaukee, struggled with his control and pitched just 1 1/3 innings in the Brewers' 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. Greinke gave up three walks and one hit but escaped before being scored upon.
After the game, a large contingent of reporters surrounded Greinke, and he was asked again about last December's trade that ended his Kansas City stay.
"I kind of had to play the bad guy in order to do it. It would be nice if that didn't happen, but the way things were in Kansas City, if I just kept on being the sweet person, the fans would have been outraged if I got traded. I kind of had to be the bad guy," Greinke said. "It isn't always your No. 1 choice."
Then he politely said he was ready to leave the trade questions behind and move on.
"That will probably be the last question I answer about the past," he said. "That's my goal."
Betemit expects to return to field shortly
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Third baseman Wilson Betemit has missed the Royals' first three Cactus League games, but expects to be playing soon.
He's been recovering from a hyperextended right elbow suffered when he took a big swing during winter ball.
"It's good, it's better," Betemit said. "I had 18 throws to second today and 10 to first and it feels much better."
Betemit, who also took batting practice on Tuesday, is competing for a roster spot as the third baseman or a utility player. He finished last season as the regular third baseman after Alberto Callaspo was traded to the Los Angeles Angels and batted .297 with 13 homers in 84 games.
Right-handed pitcher Henry Barrera said his right elbow area, injured during an intrasquad game last week, is feeling better. He won't throw for at least two weeks while a bone bruise and strained flexor tendon heal.
"It's better than staying out another 18 months," said Barrera, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2009.
Outfielder Derrick Robinson, who'd been nursing a pulled hamstring, has played the last two games. He's hitless in three at-bats.
Aaron Crow, who gave up one run in his two innings on Tuesday, was happy with the way he bounced back from a rough third inning. With one out, he gave up a walk and three straight singles for a run. "I was throwing strikes but just leaving the ball up and giving 'em good pitches to hit," Crow said. Then he recovered to retire the last five batters he faced, striking out two and not allowing a ball out of the infield. "I felt real comfortable, I was getting the ball down and throwing it exactly where I wanted to," he said . . . .First baseman Eric Hosmer had a single and a walk in two trips to the plate on Tuesday, making him 3-for-4 with a solo homer in the first three games . . . The Royals now have all the players on their roster under contract. Pitcher Vin Mazzaro and first baseman Kila Ka'aihue were the last to agree to terms, the club announced on Tuesday.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Adam McCalvy contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.