Here is your summary of the week in Royals spring training.
Wednesday, March 2
Rangers 6 Royals 2 - Box Score
The Royals fell to the Rangers 6-2 in their Cactus League opener. Top pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer got the start, and despite "crushing" Pepto Bismol due to a stomach flu, he pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and just a pair of singles allowed. Neither team could plate a run the first five frames before the Rangers scored on a sacrifice fly off David Huff in the sixth. Lefty Brian Duensing was shaky in the sixth, allowing four hits and two runs, while striking out two.
Catcher Parker Morin and outfielder Jorge Bonifacio each hit solo home runs to pull the Royals to within 3-2, but Ross Ohlendorf allowed a three-run home run to Rangers outfield prospect Nomar Mazara in the ninth to give the Rangers a 6-2 lead. Cheslor Cuthbert committed an error, but also made two nifty defensive plays on ground balls down the line. The game was marred by an injury to Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson, who left after his first plate appearance with a strained right oblique.
Dyson (oblique) is likely to start the season on the disabled list. Yost said he'll look at all options in RF, platoon and otherwise.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) March 3, 2016
Thursday, March 3
Rangers 10 Royals 0 - Box Score
The Royals were drilled 10-0 by the Rangers, but it was mostly pitchers who don't figure to make the team that were hammered. Edinson Volquez started and went 1 2/3 innings due to a pitch limit, striking out two and walking two. He gave up two hits, although one was a flyball that Brett Eibner lost in the sun to score the only run off Volquez. The defense faltered again in the third when Eric Hosmer flubbed a ground ball on a funny hop that was ruled an error, paving the way for three runs off Christian Binford.
Mike Moustakas and Clint Barmes both had doubles, but the team would do little offensively other than that. Eibner would atone for his earlier gaffe with a nice running catch, and Bubba Starling would shine by gunning down Hanser Alberto at home plate. Aroni Nina and Brooks Pounders would get blasted for six runs late in the game to make it a route.
Friday, March 4
Padres 3 Royals 1 - Box Score
Yordano Ventura looked sharp tossing two shutout innings including a strikeout of former Royals prospect Wil Myers, but the Royals fell to the Padres 3-1. Royals lefty Matt Strahm also looked impressive, drawing praise from skipper Ned Yost for his two shutout innings with two strikeouts.
Ned Yost very impressed with LHP Matt Strahm: "He’s one of those guys who is really coming on. He attacks, he competes." #Royals— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) March 5, 2016
San Diego broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth when Peter Moylan allowed doubles by Rickie Weeks and Adam Rosales to give the Padres the lead. Lorenzo Cain doubled, but had to leave in his second at-bat after getting hit in the foot with a pitch.
"He’s fine," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It kind of got him in the heel. Dr. (Vincent) Key ran in the dugout and said there’s some nerves down there. It made it go numb on him. But by the time he walked out of here, he was fine."
The Royals managed just six hits, one of them a double by Kendrys Morales. Balbino Fuenmayor added a single.
Saturday, March 5
White Sox 7 Royals 6 - Box Score
White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton doubled on the first pitch from new Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy, but the starter settled in and struck out three over two innings of work, giving up four hits and a run. Danny Duffy struggled in the 7-6 loss to Chicago, giving up five hits and three runs in two innings. Ross Ohlendorf was tagged with the loss after giving up a two-run home run to Tyler Saladino, one of three hits he allowed in his one inning of work. Brian Duensing was sharp, striking out two of the three hitters he faced.
Mike Moustakas continued his hot spring training with two hits in two tries, including a double. Reymond Fuentes added a pair of singles and Alcides Escobar doubled. Cody Decker homered in the ninth to bring the Royals within one, but the rally ended there.
Sunday, March 6
Royals 6 Angels 1 - Box score
The Angels started their regular lineup, although Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each went hitless in their three plate appearances. Royals starter Chris Young gave up one run on three hits in two innings of work, including a triple to former Royals infielder Johnny Giavotella. Five Royals relievers tossed seven shutout innings in the 6-1 victory, including two innings apiece from Dillon Gee and Chien Ming Wang.
Top prospect Raul Mondesi drove home a pair of runs with a single, and the shortstop swiped second as well. Dusty Coleman added an RBI triple and Orlando Carlixte tripled as well.
Other notes: Omar Infante is progressing and is expected to make his spring training debut this week, possibly even today as a designated hitter.