Cubs 9, Royals 9(10)

Chris Getz sure wished this game was in April.

Getz went 6 for 6 and drove in two runs Wednesday night, helping

a Kansas City split squad play the Chicago Cubs to a 9-9, 10-inning

tie.

Getz doubled and tripled and led off the 10th with an infield

single.

”Obviously, I’d much rather it’d be an official game, but I

felt good from the first at-bat on,” said Getz. ”I’ve been

feeling good for a while now and to get results, that’s rewarding.

It was a fun night and it’s too bad we couldn’t pull off the `W,’

but it certainly helps confidence for me going into the year.”

Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez, Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain

homered for the Royals, but the Cubs rallied from a six-run deficit

after seven innings to tie the score.

James Shields pitched five strong innings, allowing three

singles and two runs in five innings for the Royals.

In his previous outing, Shields allowed nine runs on 11 hits and

three walks in five innings against the Los Angeles Angels.

”Sometimes you get hit around a little bit in spring

training,” Shields said. ”I worked really hard with Dave (Eiland,

pitching coach) in the bullpen in between these last starts and it

was good news. I translated it right into the game. It was just my

direction to the plate. I felt I was missing about six inches in my

last game and the reason was because I was coming out of my

delivery a little bit. We fixed that real quick and got right back

on track.”

Against the Cubs, he faced the minimum number of batters the

first four innings.

”I ended strong,” Shields said. ”I felt really good out

there, very crisp. My direction today was very good. I was pounding

the strike zone and getting ahead of the hitters for the most part.

It’s a good way to end.”

It was Shields’ final tune up before starting the opener Monday

against the Chicago White Sox.

”I’m looking forward to Monday. I’m excited,” Shields said.

”It’s the first day of baseball. I think our team is ready to

go.”

Cubs right-hander Scott Feldman gave up seven runs on a dozen

hits. Feldman, who is the Cubs’ No. 4 starter, had an 11.25 ERA in

six spring training starts, allowing 25 runs and 38 hits, including

seven home runs, in 19 innings.

David DeJesus stroked a RBI triple in the Cubs’ five-run eighth

to extend his hitting streak to 14 games and his sacrifice fly in

the ninth scored Nate Schierholtz to tie the score. DeJesus struck

out in his first two at-bats after not striking out in his previous

15 games and 47 plate-appearances.

”The only pitch I really got to hit up to that point was the

one I hit for a triple, it was elevated and up over the plate and I

was able to take a short-swing to it,” DeJesus said. ”That kind

of got the ball rolling and that was a big inning for us. On the

sacrifice fly, it was one of those where (Aaron) Crow is going to

come at you. I wanted to see a ball up and stay through it. I was

hoping it went under his (Cain’s) glove.

NOTES: The Cubs claimed RHP Guillermo Moscoso off waivers from

the Blue Jays. Moscoso is 11-12 with a 4.16 ERA in 57 major league

appearances, including 24 starts, over four seasons with Texas,

Oakland and Colorado. .The Royals optioned LHPs Francisley Bueno

and Donnie Joseph to Triple-A Omaha and INF-OF Irving Falu to

Triple-A Omaha and assigned LHP Atahualpa Severino to minor league

camp. . With Falu’s demotion, Miguel Tejada, the 2002 AL MVP who is

in camp on a minor league contract, will be kept as a backup

infielder. Tejada, who is hitting .367, went 2 for 3 with a walk in

an afternoon loss to Milwaukee. Tejada, who turns 39 in May, did

not play in the majors last year. . The Royals acquired minor

league OF Desmond Henry from Texas as the player to be named in the

November trade that sent LHP Tommy Hottovy to the Rangers. . Cubs

1B Anthony Rizzo was ejected in the eighth after being called out

on a check swing. . The Royals are 23-7-2 and have wrapped up the

Cactus League title.