TORONTO -- Bubba Starling has gone deep for the first time, and the second time, as a professional.
Starling, the outfielder who was the Royals' top pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, banged a two-run homer for Burlington, N.C., in the first inning at Danville, Va., on Monday night and followed with a three-run blast in the seventh inning of a 13-5 win over the Braves' Rookie team.
Starling also had a run-scoring single for a six-RBI night.
In his first four games, Starling was 5-for-17 (.294), with eight RBIs. He's from Gardner, Kan., near Kansas City.
Royals again showing off arms in outfield
TORONTO -- Led by Gold Glove winner Alex Gordon, Royals outfielders were a sensation last season when they accumulated a Major League-high 51 assists.
Well, apparently the opposition didn't learn to be cautious against them. The Royals again are leading the Majors with 20 assists through Monday, three ahead of Oakland, Arizona and Toronto.
Left fielder Gordon and right fielder Jeff Francoeur each have six assists, and center fielder Jarrod Dyson has five. In addition, Jason Bourgeois, Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer (remember Pittsburgh?) each has one.
"It just reaffirms the job that [coach] Doug Sisson does with the outfielders," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "This isn't an accident. He's got them throwing every three days. When we come in for early batting practice at the beginning of every series, the outfielders throw."
Many teams seldom have their outfielders practice throwing once the season begins, but Sisson works the Royals at it regularly and it has paid off.
Dyson has been a capable successor to Melky Cabrera, who had 13 assists last year behind Gordon's 20 and Francoeur's 16.
"Dyson has a very good arm," Yost said. "[He's] above average for a center fielder."
Teaford set to start Sunday in Detroit
TORONTO -- Left-hander Everett Teaford, after throwing seven solid innings in the Royals' 11-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Monday night, is the probable starter for Sunday's game at Detroit.
That completes the Royals' rotation up to the All-Star break.
Luis Mendoza and Luke Hochevar will start the last two games at Toronto with Jonathan Sanchez and Bruce Chen starting the first two games at Detroit.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.