CINCINNATI -- Seven more of the Royals' Draft picks have signed contracts, the club announced Friday.

Among them is sixth-round choice Scott Alexander, a left-handed pitcher from Sonoma State. He's the highest pick among the 14 draftees signed so far.

The others are: outfielder Timothy Ferguson, Univ. of Mississippi (10th round); pitcher Charles Byrne, East Tennessee State (16th round); outfielder Cameron Conner, Indiana-Southeast (20th round); shortstop Michael Liberto, Univ. of Missouri (21st round); 38th, pitcher Nick Graffeo, Alabama-Birmingham (38th round) and outfielder Clifford Sandford, Park Univ. (47th).

Graffeo is the stepson of Royals hitting coach Kevin Seitzer.

The Royals also signed undrafted free-agent pitcher Nicholas Rogers from North Carolina A&T.

Meche slowly making rehab progress

CINCINNATI -- Royals pitcher Gil Meche worked out in the steaming humidity after a sudden downpour on Friday at Great American Ball Park as he continued to work on his right shoulder.

"I've been working on range of motion and strengthening the shoulder," he said, adding that he felt progress was being made.

Meche has missed three starts because of what's described as bursitis in the shoulder. He's still not throwing from a mound.

"He's getting a little better every day," manager Ned Yost said. "He's making little incremental steps every day."

Selig slated to make KC announcement

CINCINNATI -- Commissioner Bud Selig will be in Kansas City to make a special announcement at 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday, the Royals announced Friday.

The Kansas City Star said that Selig is expected to formally announce that Kansas City will be host to the 2012 All-Star Game, a plum that has been anticipated since a tax referendum was passed for $275 million in renovations at Kauffman Stadium on April 4, 2006.

Neither the Royals nor Major League Baseball have confirmed that is the reason for Selig's news conference.

The Royals are inviting fans who hold tickets to Wednesday night's 7:10 p.m. game against the Houston Astros to attend Selig's conference, which will be held on the Kauffman Stadium field. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m.

Selig has long indicated that he favors Kansas City as the site for an All-Star Game. Asked about the city's chances last Sept. 18, he commented, "We are moving ahead, and if I said I like Kansas City's chances, that would not be an understatement."

The Star estimated that the economic impact of the event would be about $65 million. It would be the biggest major sports event in Kansas City since the 1988 Final Four.

The All-Star umbrella includes the Futures Game, the Home Run Derby, a FanFest and other events as well as the game itself.

This year's game will be held in Anaheim, Calif., and the 2011 game is scheduled for Arizona.

The only All-Star Game hosted by the Royals was in 1973, the year that then-Royals Stadium opened. The Kansas City A's put on one of two All-Star Games at old Municipal Stadium in 1960.

Cincy stadium not a pitchers' paradise

CINCINNATI -- The Reds' home, Great American Ball Park, can be a dangerous spot for pitchers.

"The ball carries here when it gets hot," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "When I was here with Milwaukee, there was no lead that was safe, ever. And, on the reverse side, their lead was never safe -- just never."

But that subject is not something he'll bring up with his pitchers during their strategy meetings.

"If you think about disaster when you come on the field, you're in trouble. That never comes up," Yost said. "We just talk about pitching to our plan and executing our pitches and everything else takes care of itself. The balls that travel out and get in those red seats out there are mistakes."