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He worked with his brother in the offseason on his swing, though, and the changes appear to have helped. He’s 9 for 23 with a homer and eight RBIs in nine spring training games.

“Hopefully I can carry that over, absolutely,” Hosmer said.

Hosmer will be joining a roster that doesn’t have another true first baseman. Joe Mauer can play the position, but he’s also one of the team’s catchers. Ben Zobrist and Willie Bloomquist are versatile players who also have experience at first base, but could be needed elsewhere.

And he’ll also be joining a roster managed by Torre, now an MLB executive vice president.

“When it comes to managing in baseball, that’s one of the first names you think of,” Hosmer said. “It’ll be a pretty fun experience with the amount of talent.”

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said it was an honor for Hosmer to be called up by the U.S. team. He’ll be joining Royals left-hander Tim Collins, who is already on the roster.

“I found out late last night what the situation was, and we wondered what they’d do,” Moore told the AP. “I think it’s great to be able to get that honor, and I think he’ll represent Team USA, and I think it’s a good thing.”

It won’t be the first time that Hosmer has represented his country.

Hosmer was one of six Royals farmhands who played in qualifying for the 2010 Pan American Games tournament. He hit .389 with a homer and seven RBIs during the competition.

“Just hearing the national anthem on the line, and looking up and down the line and seeing the 24 guys you’re representing your country with, there’s no better feeling than that,” Hosmer said, “and I couldn’t be more excited to see these guys.”