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Royals Match Franchise Record for Spring Wins

-Royals (22-6-1) tie a franchise record for most wins in spring training by topping the Dodgers 8-2 in Surprise.
-Wade Davis made his second start since returning from shoulder inflammation. Much like his previous start, he was solid early, but faded earlier than most Royals fans would want from a starter. Keep in mind, Davis was in the Rays bullpen last year, but has been a starter in the past. Davis cruised through the first four innings, with only one run crossing the plate. The run was unearned because of Mike Moustakas error. (A routine, inning-ending ground ball went through his legs)
-In the 5th inning, Davis started to tire at around 60 pitches. He walked two of the first three batters, and then allowed a single and an RBI sacrifice fly to Matt Kemp. Davis went five innings, allowed one earned run on four hits, three walks and struck out one. He threw 79 total pitches, 45 for strikes. Like many of you, I would like to see Davis show the ability to get up to 80 pitches before showing such obvious signs of fatigue.
-Nobody on offense had a stand-out night, but both Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar both went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Gordon is hitting .413 for the spring, while Escobar is at .315.
-Other RBI came from Mike Moustakas, Xavier Nady, Chris Getz and a pair off the bat of Salvador Perez, whose two-run double in the first inning got the scoring started.
-Miguel Tejada appears to have one of the untility infield spots taken, along with Elliot Johnson. Tejada went ... I spoke with Ned Yost about the battle between Tejada and Irving Falu this morning. He cited Tejada's experience and leadership as to what separates him from Falu. He hasn't made a decision public, but reading into his comments this morning makes me feel comfortable penciling the former A.L. MVP onto the 25-man roster.
-Luke Hochevar threw another fantastic inning out of the bullpen. A 1-2-3 9th inning that included a pair of strikeouts.

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03/25/2013 11:39PM
Royals Match Franchise Record for Spring Wins
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