03/06/10 5:38 PM ET
Hunter, Harrison strong in loss
Oliver also delivers perfect inning against Royals
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
Saturday, March 6
Royals at the plate: Jose Guillen pounded a double to deep right-center field in the second and scored on an error. Brian Anderson's ground-rule double in the seventh scored Edwin Bellorin, who singled. Yuniesky Betancourt doubled, his second extra-base hit in five at-bats this spring.
Rangers at the plate: Chris Davis doubled and went 3-for-7 in the first three games.
Royals on the mound: Gil Meche, in his first start, pitched two shutout innings but ran deep counts in the second and had a total of 41 pitches. Aaron Crow zipped through his two scoreless innings, notching three strikeouts while giving up one hit. Edgar Osuna and Blake Wood each notched a scoreless inning. Former Rangers hurler Josh Rupe earned the save with four strikeouts over two innings.
Rangers on the mound: Starter Tommy Hunter worked two innings and gave up an unearned run while fanning two. Matt Harrison posted two shutout innings, allowing two singles. Darren Oliver had a perfect fifth inning.
Cactus League records: Royals, 2-1; Rangers, 1-2.
Worth noting: Josh Fields, who'd been nursing a stiff lower half, got his first start as the Royals' DH and went 0-for-3. Alex Gordon moved over to first base as Alberto Callaspo played third. ... Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, coming off right shoulder surgery, threw out his first runner, Gordon trying to steal second base. ... KC right fielder Anderson made a diving catch of Joaquin Arias' liner in the sixth and drove in a run with a ground-rule double in the seventh.
Up next: The Royals, who have their own Cy Young Award winner in Zack Greinke, will get a look at the National League winner on Sunday. Tim Lincecum will start for San Francisco in a 2:05 p.m. CT game at Surprise Stadium. The Royals' Luke Hochevar will get his first start, followed by Carlos Rosa, Adam Bostick, Dusty Hughes and Bruce Chen. The Royals also have an 11 a.m. "B" game on the Texas side of the complex, with Joakim Soria, John Parrish and Matt Herges scheduled to pitch. The Rangers will start Tanner Scheppers.
The Rangers will take most of their regulars to Goodyear for a 2:05 p.m. CT Sunday game against the Indians. Brandon McCarthy is expected to pitch for Texas, with a lineup expected to include Michael Young, Ian Kinsler, Vladimir Guerrero and Nelson Cruz. Josh Hamilton will likely miss the game because of a bruised left shoulder.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.