Starling joyful to be a Royal

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Bubba Starling says it’s great to be a Kansas City Royal and be relieved of the pressure of deciding between football and baseball.

The three-sport high school star from Edgerton, Kan., appeared at his first news conference in Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday, about 42 hours after agreeing to give up a football scholarship at Nebraska. In return, he was given a $7.5 million bonus by the Royals, who drafted him No. 5 overall in June.

The power-hitting outfielder said being from the Kansas City area and growing up a Royals fan made his decision at least a bit easier. He said he can’t wait to get to the Royals’ instructors in Arizona and start working on his game.