03/29/12 12:35 AM ET
Holland gets hit hard by Royals
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
Holland went five innings, making 99 pitches, and gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks."Despite the numbers, I thought I pitched pretty well," Holland said. "A couple of pitches got away from me. The ball Butler hit, that must have gone 800 feet. But for the most part, I made my pitches."
Hochevar also worked five innings and had his poorest outing of the spring, giving up four runs. But he'd allowed only two previously and finishes the spring with a 2.84 ERA. His last outing in camp will be a simulated game against teammates, and then he'll face the Angels in the season's second game."I feel good. I feel like I'm where I want to be. Now you just put together a game plan and go out and execute it," Hochevar said. "Now the fun starts." Up next, Royals: Unwilling to give their opening series opponents, the Angels, a look at third-game starter Jonathan Sanchez, the Royals instead will start left-handed reliever Everett Teaford in Thursday's 3:05 p.m. CT game in Tempe, Ariz.
Sanchez will stay in Surprise and throw against KC Minor Leaguers. Teaford has a chance to be a long man in the bullpen. He'll be followed by right-handers Louis Coleman and Jeremy Jeffress and left-handers Francisley Bueno and Tommy Hottovy. Of the Royals' regulars, Butler and Alex Gordon are getting the day off.
Up next, Rangers: Josh Hamilton will be back in the lineup and playing center field on Thursday night when the Rangers host the Giants at 8:05 CT at Surprise Stadium. Hamilton, who had the day off on Wednesday, is hitting .229 for the spring and is still looking for his first home run. Elvis Andrus is also expected back in the lineup after sitting on Wednesday with tightness in his right hip flexor.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.