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Matheny says no bad blood when Astros come to town

Kansas City Royals v Houston Astros Martin Maldonado
Posted at 9:36 PM, Jul 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 22:36:18-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Houston Astros surely benefited from a delayed start to the 2020 Major League Baseball season.

The league’s investigation into allegations of sign stealing during the 2017 and 2018 seasons are mostly afterthoughts, at least according to Royals manager Mike Matheny.

“For us, we need to get ready to play the game,” the first year manager told the media Saturday.

The teams will face off in a two-game exhibition series starting Monday at Kauffman Stadium.

“Walking into those two exhibition games,” Matheny said, “Those are just great opportunities to see somebody besides someone standing in a Royals jersey. To compete and get us one step closer.”

Part of the Royals move to a second spring training home in Wyandotte County this week was to make room for visiting teams in the locker rooms at Kauffman.

Matheny said the facility will be cleaned and sanitized before Houston arrives.