Veteran Sanders in different role for Royals

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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) _ Reggie Sanders has always been in the
opening day lineup and an everyday player when he is healthy.
But he will not be introduced with the starters on Monday, when
the Kansas City Royals host the Boston Red Sox to start the season.
The Royals' outfield instead will have Mark Teahen in right
field, David DeJesus in center and Ross Gload in left. Emil Brown
will platoon with Gload, leaving Sanders as the fifth outfielder.
Sanders says it will be strange not to start, but he is not too
concerned about it.
The 39-year-old Sanders is one of six players in major league
history to have 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases. He in the final
season of a two-year ten (m) million dollar contract with the
Royals, who are undergoing a youth movement.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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