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The Royals are counting on him being their No. 3 starter behind Gil Meche and Zack Greinke.
"It's very encouraging," said manager Trey Hillman.
"He's picked up right where he left off at the end of the season. I'd still like to see a little more consistency, specifically with two outs, to where he doesn't let his guard down and his focus down.
"But that's something he knows he needs to get better at. I think by the end of camp he'll be rolling with that as well if he just stays consistent with what he's done since late August last year."
Before last season ended, Davies asked his skipper if he'd have a problem having a construction worker on the roster.
"I thought that was outstanding," Hillman said. "I just told him I recommended he stay away from the late-night beer drinking with the rest of the construction workers and take care of his body. I think he feels like that brings a little edge to him, that grinder's attitude and that blue collar thing."
In spite of the satisfaction he takes from building something with his hands, Davies is not at all casual toward his still-developing career in baseball.
"My dad will always say, 'If you don't make it in baseball, you can always come back here and dig ditches,'" he said with a grin.
"So I really want to make it in baseball."
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