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Royals Players Weigh In On Facing Stephen Strasburg

We knew the talk of the series between the Royals and Nationals would be Stephen Strasburg's appearance on Wednesday. This week, Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star got the reaction of a few Royals players as they prepare to go against Strasburg tomorrow.

Billy Butler:

"I know he's got great stuff," first baseman Billy Butler said. "Everybody knows that. I've seen him on TV. Actually, we've been watching him quite a bit. It's a good challenge for our offense.

"We swing the bats pretty well and, hopefully, we can get a little recognition if we can get to him."

Jason Kendall:

"Absolutely, he's the talk of the game," catcher Jason Kendall said. "Imagine that kid driving to the ballpark that day (with ESPN counting down the minutes) and then doing what he did. It's pretty impressive.

"But it's not like the kid asked for any of that. I don't know him at all, but he seems like a down-to-earth kid."

Mike Aviles:

"Of course, you get excited to face a guy like him with all of the hype around him," second baseman Mike Aviles said. "You just want to see what it's all about."

The game will be on at 3:30 tomorrow. We'll provide another update tomorrow.