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Royals Spring Training 2012, Cactus League Schedule (Weekend Schedule Preview)

Tired of March Madness? Itching for Opening Day to come in baseball? Well, we're one weekend closer to that as the Kansas City Royals continue Cactus League play this weekend with games against the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians.

Talk this past week through Royals camp has centered on Alcides Escobar's contract extension, and, unfortunately for the Royals, Salvador Perez' torn meniscus in his left knee. Perez could miss up to half the season due to the injury, which is certainly a blow to both the Royals and his development.

This opens the door for either Branyan Pena or Max Ramirez to grab the starting catcher's gig for the Royals -- unless, of course, Dayton Moore decides to sign a veteran catcher in Perez' absence.

On Friday, Kansas City's bats will face off against one of the National League's best pitchers in Yovani Gallardo, as the Royals take on the defending National League Central Champion Brewers.

The Royals and Padres will get underway at 9:05 p.m. CT. Sunday's game against the Indians also has a first pitch time of 9:05 p.m. CT.

Saturday's game against the Padres is available to subscribers.

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