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Youth Movement is Starting to Flower

The Royals fielded the youngest team in the majors in 2011, but the experience gained should lead to more victories in 2012, and team officials hope Kansas City will vault into playoff contention by 2013.

INSIDE PITCH When the Royals opened the season on March 31, Mike Aviles was the starting third baseman and batting leadoff. Kila Ka'aihue hit fifth and started at first base. Matt Treanor was the catcher, and Chris Getz started at second base. By August, the Royals' youth movement was in full bloom. Eric Hosmer was at first base, Johnny Giavotella at second base, Mike Moustakas at third base and...