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Royals Notes: Soria, Francoeur, Montgomery, Lamb, Dutton

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Joakim Soria is approaching his Spring Training regimen a bit differently than he might have had pitching coach Bob McClure still been with the team. Bob Dutton is reporting that McClure was going to have him build up to pitching 4-5 innings, but new pitching coach Dave Eiland is letting him take his own pace. Regardless, manager Ned Yost is saying he plans on using Soria for 4-5 outs as needed throughout the season.

If you're into closers, you might watch this development closely -- 2011 was Soria's worst season (and even then it was decent throughout), and the Royals signed Jonathan Broxton over the off-season. If Dayton Moore's idea of not pursuing additional starters proves to be ill-advised (*ahem*), we might see something shake loose around the deadline.

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