Royals 3, White Sox 2
The Kansas City Royals are ready to see what Alex Gordon can do
with his revamped swing during the regular season.
Gordon went 0 for 2 in Kansas City’s 3-2 victory over the
Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, but hit .343 with six homers and 23
RBIs during spring training. The outfielder changed his swing over
the winter under the guidance of hitting coach Kevin Seitzer and
the Royals were so pleased with the results that manager Ned Yost
moved Gordon to the third slot in the batting order.
”He had a great spring,” Yost said. ”If he struggled, we
wouldn’t even consider it.”
Gordon has not hit third since 2008, when he batted .221 with 10
homers and 36 RBIs batting in that slot. Gordon, the second player
selected in the 2005 draft, is a career .244 hitter in 408
Yost’s adjusted lineup has Billy Butler, a right-handed hitter,
batting cleanup between Gordon and Kila Ka’aihue, two lefty
”I’m trying to split the lefties between Kila and Gordon and
put some speed in the order above Billy, trying to keep him out of
some double play situations,” Yost said.
The Royals break camp with six straight victories and a 20-10-1
”Your whole goal is to play .500 and play consistent and we’ve
gone way above that,” Yost said. ”We’ve had a great spring. You
look back over the spring and we’ve really played one bad game. So
consistency has been there in all phases of our game, and I’m very,
very pleased with the way we’re finishing up spring training.”
The Royals hit .308 and led the majors with 220 runs.
”It really doesn’t matter right now,” Butler said. ”You have
to go out and do it when it counts, the first month.”
Bruce Chen picked up the victory in the finale, holding the
White Sox to Adam Dunn’s homer in the first and four hits in five
innings. The veteran left-hander, who won 12 games for Kansas City
last season, walked four and struck out four.
Chen finished the spring with a 3-1 record and a 3.96 ERA in six
The Royals scored all their runs in the third. Jeff Francoeur’s
sacrifice fly drove in Butler, who led off with a double. Brayan
Pena homered with Alcides Escobar aboard.
The White Sox also scored in the sixth when rookie reliever
Jeremy Jeffress walked three, including one with the bases loaded,
and had a wild pitch. Jeffress was acquired from Milwaukee in the
Zack Greinke deal.
Brandon Hynick pitched five innings for Chicago, allowing three
runs and seven hits.
NOTES: Yost announced Matt Treanor, who was acquired Monday from
the Texas Rangers, would be his opening-day catcher Thursday
against the Los Angeles Angels. He said Treanor would start when
right-handers Luke Hochevar, Kyle Davies and Vin Mazzaro were
scheduled to pitch, while Pena would catch left-handers Chen and
Jeff Francis. … The Royals made several cuts after the game. They
optioned Mazzaro to Triple-A Omaha, but will recall him on April 16
when they will need a fifth starter for the first time. They
reassigned RHPs Zach Miner, Louis Coleman and Luis Mendoza and INFs
Lance Zawadzki and Irving Falu to minor league camp.