Royals announce revised schedule of 2021 spring training games

Brad Keller and the Royals will open Cactus League play Feb. 28 in Surprise, Arizona.
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A revised Kansas City Royals spring training schedule will include fewer games and no split-squad games.

The Royals will play 28 Cactus League games — 14 at home, 13 on the road and one at Surprise Stadium as the visiting team — from Feb. 28 through March 29, the team announced Friday.

The Royals will play every Arizona-based team twice, once at home and once as the road team.

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Major League Baseball revamped its spring training exhibition schedule because of the pandemic, cutting travel for Florida-based teams in an effort to minimize coronavirus risks.

College baseball teams, which often play big league clubs but are not subject to major league testing protocols, were dropped from the revised schedules announced Friday.

Split-squad games, traditionally used in the first half of the exhibition season to allow evaluation of more players, also were eliminated.

Florida-based teams may decide to dress at their own ballparks and travel in uniform for road exhibitions to increase distancing while putting on uniforms. Arizona-based teams such as the Royals traditionally dress at home and take batting practice at home, then travel for road exhibitions.