Kansas City got off to a quick start in their spring training debut, as Billy Butler's first inning two-run home run propelled the Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Texas Rangers.
The home run came with two outs in the top of the first inning, facing Rangers starter Colby Lewis. Lewis was shaky for Texas, allowing the two runs on three hits and a walk in two innings.
Kansas City starter Luis Mendoza went two innings allowing a single to Nelson Cruz, while also walking one and striking out one. After the outing, Mendoza spoke with the Kansas City Star-
"I feel very close (to top form)," he said. "I can’t tell you any numbers, but my arm is stronger. My fastball, I didn’t see the miles (velocity), but I feel pretty good."
As you may recall, Mendoza didn't take much time off this winter, pitching in his native Mexico.
In addition to Butler collecting two hits, Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas had two hits as well. Kansas City totaled 11 hits on the day. It's a good sign to see Cain get off to a good start in spring training, as he will likely be the Royals starting centerfielder when the team heads north. Of the two hits for Cain, one was a double.
Sean O'Sullivan was the lone Royals pitcher to allow a run, a two-out solo home run in the fifth inning to Rangers first basemen Mitch Moreland.
Other Royals to see time on the mound included two innings from Vin Mazzaro and Nathan Adcock, while Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth which included two strikeouts.
Kansas City will again face Texas today at 2:05 pm central time.