The Kansas City Royals have lost 90 or more games in eight of the past 10 seasons. A revamped rotation led by James Shields offers new hope for 2013.
The Royals opened spring training Monday with 34 pitchers and seven catchers reporting, plus several position players are already in camp.
Among the pitchers are four starters who were not with the club for spring training last year.
They include Shields, who went 15-10 with a 3.52 ERA last season with Tampa Bay, Wade Davis, Ervin Santana and Jeremy Guthrie.
Shields and Davis were acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Rays.
Santana was picked up in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels. Guthrie joined the Royals last July.