Prospect Luis Mendoza to start for Royals Sunday

Top prospect Luis Mendoza will start for the Kansas City Royals
in their spring training opener on Sunday against the Texas
Rangers.

Mendoza led the Pacific Coast League with a 2.18 ERA last year.
He is scheduled to work two innings, while right-handers Sean
O’Sullivan, Vin Mazzaro and Nate Adcock are also scheduled to
pitch.

Manager Ned Yost said left-handers Bruce Chen, who led the staff
with 12 victories, and Mike Montgomery will pitch Monday against
the Rangers. Luke Hochevar, the first player picked in the 2006
draft, is scheduled to work two innings of a split-squad game
Tuesday against San Diego. Left-hander Will Smith will start the
other game that day against Cleveland.

Felipe Paulino, who is a candidate for the rotation after making
20 starts last season, has been setback by hamstring tightness and
will be held out of the early games and intrasquad games Thursday
and Friday.