Royals 7, Rangers 5

Matt Harrison knew he wasn’t going to be as sharp as he was last
season, when he won 18 games and made the AL All-Star team. Still,
he didn’t think his spring training debut would be this bad.

The 27-year-old left-hander gave up four runs on six hits in the
first inning as the Texas Rangers lost 7-5 to the Kansas City
Royals on Sunday.

”It definitely wasn’t the way I wanted my first outing to go,”
Harrison said. ”It’s the first outing and your command is not
going to be exactly where you want it to be. It definitely was way
better in the bullpen than it was in the game. I don’t know if it
was a matter of trying to force it in there and not letting it be
free and easy.

”I just kept missing either in, off too far or down in the
dirt,” he said.

The Royals batted around in the first, highlighted by Alcides
Escobar’s RBI triple.

”I didn’t want to throw 40 pitches in one inning, but that’s
the way went today,” Harrison said. ”Hopefully, I can get better
at that.”

There was a northwest wind of 22mph, with gusts of 31, blowing
out to right field.

”It definitely wasn’t ideal conditions to pitch in, but I’ve
pitched in worse,” Harrison said. ”You can’t let that effect the
way you go out and do your business. With the wind blowing 100
miles per hour, if the ball gets in the air no telling where it’s
going to go. I wanted to keep it on the ground like I always do,
but it just seemed like they wouldn’t hit it at anybody today. It
was up the middle or in the hole.”

Royals starter Luis Mendoza, the Caribbean Series MVP after
throwing 13 1-3 scoreless innings for Mexico, allowed one run and
four hits in four innings.

”The wind was so bad, I just tried to let the sinker move by
itself,” Mendoza said. ”I just tried to throw it in the middle
and get groundballs. For lefties, especially, I tried to work
outside of the plate.”

Leury Garcia, who drove in three runs, took advantage of the
wind with a two-run homer to right in the sixth as the Rangers tied
the score at 5.

Xavier Nady and Brett Hayes stroked RBIs singles in the eighth
and ninth innings as the Royals regained the lead. Salvador Perez
went 3 for 3 with a double and scored two runs for the Royals.

John Lamb, the Royals top pitching prospect before
reconstructive elbow surgery in 2011, allowed one run on four hits
in one inning.

”Just getting back out there in front of that baseball
atmosphere again was pretty exciting,” Lamb said. ”It was just a
fun day for me. My command can always get better. I’m going to be
hard on myself with that. Other than that, I don’t like watching
runs score when I’m pitching.”

NOTES: Rangers RHP Kyle McClellan, who had surgery to repair a
frayed labrum last July, had a setback in his rehab when his
bullpen sessions was shut down before he completed warmups.
Pitching for the first time in nine days because of shoulder
soreness, McClellan was still feeling soreness in the shoulder. .
RHP Joakim Soria, who did not pitch last year after having Tommy
John surgery, is scheduled to throw a 45-pitch bullpen Monday for
the Rangers. He has had three 30-pitch sessions. . Royals LHP
Francisley Bueno sustained a bruised left wrist when struck by a
hopper Saturday, but was OK Sunday. He is scheduled to pitch
Wednesday against Milwaukee.