March 26, 2014 4:57 PM

Salvy Perez hit in the head, James Shields roughed up as Royals lose Cactus League finale

The game felt meaningless, right up until the moment Padres right-hander Johnny Barbato felled Royals catcher Salvador Perez with a curveball in the third inning. The baseball connected behind Perez’s left ear. San Diego tagged starter James Shields for seven runs en route to a 9-5 win. The Royals finished Cactus League play with a 11-15-2 record.

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