Naturals Press Release

Naturals Announce 2010 Spring Training Slate
Team Will Play 14 Exhibition Games Before Breaking Camp

SURPRISE, AZ - The Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, have announced the team's 2010 Spring Training Schedule, a 14-game slate that begins on March 18th.

Many Kansas City Royals' minor league players will report to Surprise, AZ in the first few days of March for early workouts. The first full-squad minor league workout will occur on March 8th, and the Naturals will then continue their workouts at the Royals' Surprise facilities and play their first spring game on Thursday, March 18th across their Surprise complex where they'll face off against the Frisco RoughRiders, the Texas Rangers' Double-A affiliate and fellow member of the Texas League.

Pitchers and catchers who are members of the Royals' 40-man roster will report to Major League camp on February 17th, while position players and the non-roster invitees to Major League camp, a group which includes several Naturals, will arrive on February 22nd before the first full-squad workout on February 23rd. The Royals face the Texas Rangers for their first Spring Training contest on March 4th.

In all, the Royals will play 16 games at Surprise Stadium, the team's Spring Training facility in Surprise, AZ, and 31 Cactus League contests overall including two exhibition games in Texas on its 2010 Spring Training schedule before opening the regular season on April 5th. For the complete schedule, tickets, and more information regarding Royals Spring Training, visit their official website at

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are the Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and play at state-of-the-art Arvest Ballpark, located in Springdale. The 2010 season begins on Thursday, April 8th against the San Antonio Missions.

Visit throughout the month of March for nightly recaps of the Naturals' exhibition games (when available) and weekly news and notes from Royals' Spring Training Camp.