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Hochevar, Royals top Padres 7-5

-Royals improve to 16-2-1 with a 7-5 split-squad victory over San Diego.

-Luke Hochevar made his first appearance out of the bullpen and looked sharp. He threw two perfect innings, with a pair of strikeouts. "You get that shot of adrenaline which is nice. It's fun," said Hochevar. He pounded the strike zone, throwing 16 of his 23 pitches for strikes.

-Wade Davis threw a minor league game with High-A Wilmington. It was his first game since being scratched last Saturday because of shoulder inflammation. He faced a total of 12 batters in his three innings, allowing just one hit and striking out six. "It's all good," he said after the outing. "Everything went really good today, arm's strong, didn't get tired at all....could have thrown a lot more today." Davis threw 44 pitches, 29 for strikes against the Padres High-A affiliate.

-Salvador Perez caught Davis in the minor league game, and will do the same Sunday with James Shields. Perez is still trying to build a rapport with the two new members of the Royals rotation. Perez did hit a home run in today's game.

-Will Smith made the start, going four innings, scattering five hits, allowing five runs (only one was earned) and striking out a pair. It was Smith's first start since Ned Yost mentioned he was still in the running to win the final spot in the rotation. "I could have had better location today, not the best, you can always keep working."

-It was a very ugly game defensively. Four errors between the two teams, but it could have easily been seven. Brandon Wood, Billy Butler and Will Smith accounted for the Royals three miscues. All four errors took place in the three innings.

-David Lough continues to hit everything. He went 2-for-3 with a single and a double. He's 17-for-31 this spring.

-Lorenzo Cain knocked in a pair of runs. His spring average is now .444. 

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People : Billy ButlerBrandon WoodDavid LoughJames ShieldsLorenzo CainLuke HochevarNed YostSalvador PerezWade DavisWill Smith

03/15/2013 6:12PM
Hochevar, Royals top Padres 7-5
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