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


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


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.