Royals' pitchers, catchers report to spring camp


SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Dayton Moore knew that pitching was the Royals' biggest weakness heading into the season, so the general manager brought in some fresh faces he hopes will make a big difference.

There's left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, who threw a no hitter for the San Francisco Giants. And reliever Jonathan Broxton, who was a shutdown closer before injuries set in.

Perhaps the biggest move the Royals made, though, was to hire pitching coach Dave Eiland.

The longtime Yankees coach will be tasked with revamping the staff when pitchers and catchers report to spring training Monday in Surprise, Ariz.

Sanchez has been assured a starting spot along with Bruce Chen and Luke Hochevar, but Eiland will have a big part in deciding who will land the other two jobs.