4/6/2014 3:15 P.M. ET
DeJesus recalls tough years in Kansas City
By Jim Hawkins / Special to MLB.com
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David DeJesus knows the Rays' road trip to Kansas City this week will rekindle a lot of memories -- not all of them pleasant.
"Every year there was tough," recalled DeJesus, who played with the Royals from 2003 through 2010.
While DeJesus was in Kansas City, the Royals enjoyed just one winning season ('03). And the Royals lost 100 or more games three years in a row (2004-06).
"I've been around losing a lot," DeJesus said Sunday. "Now I see what winning is like here. I love it here.
"This is something different," continued DeJesus, who was acquired by the Rays in a trade with the Washington Nationals on Aug. 23, 2013.
"Here, we know at any time we can score runs instead of wondering when we can go home. Here we have guys who have proven themselves.
"This is something I've never been a part of before. And I want to be a part of it."
Nevertheless, DeJesus is looking forward to returning to Kansas City with the Rays.
"I like going back there," he said. "There's still a bunch of players there who were there when I was there, trying to make their mark -- and now they've made their mark," he said.
Odorizzi joins Myers for reunion with Royals
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jake Odorizzi came to the Rays on Dec. 9, 2012 in the same trade that sent James Shields to Kansas City in exchange for Wil Myers.
Now, they're both going back.
"It'll be cool," Odorizzi said Sunday, looking forward to the Rays' first road trip of the season. "Wil and I going back on the same team, together. It'll be pretty special.
"It'll be neat to see people I haven't seen in a while," Odorizzi continued. "I'll be running into people I know left and right.
"But now I'm on the other side of the field," added Odorizzi, who is slated to start the third game of the series against the Royals on Wednesday night. "I'll say my hellos and then get back to baseball."
"I'm excited to get back there and see everybody again," agreed Myers, who returned to Kansas City for one game after he was called up by the Rays last season, going 0-for-4 on Aug. 26.
"It's the first road trip of the year," said Myers. "When you go on the road, it feels like the season has really started.
"The biggest thing is to go in there and win," Myers added.
• Brandon Guyer was presented with the 15th Al Lopez Award, given annually to the Rays' outstanding rookie in Spring Training, in a ceremony prior to Sunday's game. Al Lopez III made the presentation.
Guyer led the Rays with 22 games played this spring, batting .302 with a homer, three RBIs and five runs scored.
• Although David DeJesus said before the game that his bruised right foot felt fine and he was able to return to the outfield, he was in the Rays' lineup as the DH again Sunday. He will likely return to the outfield when the Rays play on grass on the upcoming road trip.
Jim Hawkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.