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Royals shut down Diamondbacks bats after a fast start

Homer Bailey makes his spring debut with the Royals

Kansas City Royals pitcher Homer Bailey pitched for the first time since joining the team this offseason in a 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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Kansas City Royals pitcher Homer Bailey pitched for the first time since joining the team this offseason in a 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

Right-hander Homer Bailey tossed a scoreless inning in his spring debut for the Royals. He was one of six pitchers who didn’t allow a run in relief of starter Jorge Lopez during a 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in front of an announced 5,567 at Surprise Stadium on Tuesday night.

Lopez allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits in three innings.

First baseman Ryan O’Hearn walked three times and scored a run, while Whit Merrifield went 1-for-3 with a triple, and Chris Owings went 1-for-3 with a triple an RBI and a run scored.

The Royals’ bullpen has now pitched 20 consecutive scoreless innings this spring.

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Next man up: Catcher Cam Gallagher spoke to reporters in the clubhouse after coming out of Tuesday night’s game. With the news that Salvador Perez will have season-ending surgery on Wednesday also came the news that Gallagher presumably moves up the depth chart and becomes the team’s No. 1 catcher.

“You never want a teammate to go down, especially one of our best players,” Gallagher said. “It’s unfortunate, but next man up and I’ve got to produce. I put together some good at-bats today, and I think I’m finally feeling ready. The team is looking pretty good, so I like where we’re at.”

Starting up again: Pitcher Danny Duffy started his throwing progression again on Tuesday after having been “backed off” from throwing because of shoulder tightness. He was scheduled to start off by playing catch on Tuesday as he builds back up towards throwing off a mound.

Up next: The Royals will travel to Mesa to play the Chicago Cubs at 2:05 p.m. Wednesday in Sloan Park. KCSP (610 AM) will broadcast the game on radio. Pitcher Heath Fillmyer is scheduled to start for the Royals.

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Lynn Worthy covers the Kansas City Royals and Major League Baseball for The Star. A native of the Northeast, he’s covered high school, collegiate and professional sports for The Lowell Sun, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, Allentown Morning Call and The Salt Lake Tribune. He’s won awards for sports features and sports columns.

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