Royals top Mariners 8-2 in spring training
03/10/2014 8:37 PM
03/10/2014 8:37 PM
A two-out onslaught in the third inning allowed the Royals to snap a three-game losing streak with a 8-2 victory over the Mariners.
The Royals dropped five thanks to four singles, two walks and a double off Seattle’s Brandon Maurer and Stephen Shackelford. Alex Gordon roped the two-run double that broke the inning open.
“Two-out offense is big,” manager Ned Yost said. “That’s a knack that we have a little bit. And we’ve been able in the last two years to be able to create some offense with two outs. And that’s a testament to the kids not giving up on the inning. They stay after it.”
In his third Cactus League start, James Shields gave up two runs in 4 2/3 innings. He left after Seattle catcher John Buck roped a double over Jarrod Dyson’s head in center. Shields also used his curveball for the first time this spring.
“I actually didn’t think I was going to actually throw it today, to be honest with you,” Shields said. “But I felt pretty decent in the ‘pen, so I threw a few today. Overall, I think it went pretty well.”
Shields yielded a first-inning run thanks to an error by Jason Donald. That allowed leadoff man Abraham Almonte on board. He took third on a single by Robinson Cano and scored on Justin Smoak’s sacrifice fly — a towering drive hauled down by Dyson at the center-field wall.
The Royals tied things up in the second. Billy Butler stroked a double down the third-base line. Three batters later, Mike Moustakas singled him home.Arms race
At this point, five spots in the bullpen appear sewn up. The list of contenders for the final two spots is long. One is Francisley Bueno, a left-hander who could be paired with Tim Collins. Bueno struck out a pair in a clean inning of action on Monday. “I thought he threw the ball really, really well today,” Yost said.Medical updates
Catcher Salvador Perez left midway through the third inning after taking a foul ball off his left palm. Yost said his level of concern was “none.”
Omar Infante tested his sore right shoulder on a few throws, and played his first action in the field in 11 days. He said he should be 100 percent “in a few days.”Etc.
The Royals cut 14 players from their spring-training roster and gave them minor-league assignments.
The lone player who stood a chance, albeit a remote one, to make this club was left-handed pitcher Chris Dwyer. He was optioned to Class AAA Omaha, where he will be stashed as one of the organization’s best options if the big-league club needs a starting pitcher.
John Lamb, Cheslor Cuthbert and Lane Adams were optioned to Class AA Northwest Arkansas.
Shipped to minor-league camp (because they aren’t on the 40-man roster): Jason Adam, Aaron Brooks, Sugar Ray Marimon, Kyle Zimmer, Juan Graterol, Brandon Laird, Jorge Bonifacio, Gorkys Hernandez, Melky Mesa and Paulo Orlando.Up next
Jason Vargas has a four-inning stint on tap as the Royals play host to the Dodgers on Tuesday. The game starts at 3:05 p.m. Central, and will be broadcast on KCSP (610 AM). Earlier on Tuesday, Everett Teaford, Tim Collins and Kelvin Herrera will pitch in a minor-league game against the Rangers.Quote
“I was pleased with all phases of the game, offensively, defensively. I thought we made a lot of nice plays out there.”
| Ned Yost, on his team’s effort.