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Mendoza Makes His Case in Victory

-Royals improved to 17-4-1 with a 10-0 victory against the White Sox in Surprise.

-Luis Mendoza made his first start since returning from the World Baseball Classic. He went five innings, scattered four hits, didn't allow a run, walked only one batter and struck out four. His spring ERA is 0.82. He threw 63 pitches, 42 of which were for strikes. Ned Yost wasn't tipping his hand afterward, "he's doing his part. Still have a couple of weeks left to see what happens, but it was a very nice outing today."

-In regards to making his case for the final rotation spot, Mendoza said, "Of course I want to start, but any position they give me, I'm going to take it and help the team any way I can." Mendoza's solid start comes just one day after Bruce Chen served up five home runs against the Cubs.

-James Shields made a start today, as well. He pitched in a minor league game, rather than face the White Sox, who he'll more than likely face on opening day. He said he threw about 75 pitches and worked what amounts to 7.2 innings. "I got some really good work in today...threw some quality pitches....threw a lot of strikes with my curveball today, which I was very pleased with."

-Offensively, the Royals could do no wrong early. They scored four in the first, and eight over the first four innings. Of the 13 hits from the starting line-up, only one was an extra-base hit. (Brandon Wood double)

-Eric Hosmer was back at 1B and hitting third. It was his first game since returning from the World Baseball Classic. He started the game with two singles up the middle, one was a dribbler, one was a bullet. Hosmer also drove in a run, but struck out his last two at-bats and is now hitting .407 for the spring.

-Chris Getz reached base safely in each of his four plate appearances, with a pair of walks, an error on the third baseman and a single. His spring average now sits at .314. Johnny Giavotella came in for Getz, and went 1-for-1 with a run scored. He's hitting .297.

-The back-up catcher competition continued today. George Kottaras went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI. He's at .292 for the spring; while Brett Hayes drove in a run, as well, hitting in the DH role. Hayes' average is .250.

-Max Ramirez picked up his team-leading 14th RBI of the spring. Billy Butler knocked in a pair, matching Ramirez with 14.

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03/17/2013 6:00PM
Mendoza Makes His Case in Victory
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