Royals 5, Padres 4

James Shields’ spring training debut for the Kansas City Royals

went by so quickly, he wound up in the bullpen to increase his

pitch count.

Shields threw nine of 13 pitches for strikes in the first inning

on Thursday’s 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres, helping the Royals

improve to 6-0-1 in the exhibition season.

”It’s funny. There’s just something about a guy who’s your

number one guy,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. ”There’s just a

special aura, and it was there when he was out on the mound. It was

just really fun to see him out there.”

Obtained in December as part of the six-player trade that sent

top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi to the Rays, Shields has

reached double digits in wins and 200 innings in six straight


He relied on fastballs and changeups, with his velocity topping

out at 94 mph. He retired Will Venable on a groundout and Logan

Forsythe on a flyout, then struck out Jesus Guzman.

Kansas City had Shields on a 30-pitch limit.

”It felt great to be out there again, rocking and rolling,” he

said. ”Spring training is a little early this year, so we wanted

to keep things simple, really take our time with this thing. We

have a long season to go.”

Padres starter Jason Marquis also made his spring training

debut, allowing one hit in two shutout innings. Expected to be San

Diego’s No. 3 starter, Marquis is working on adding changeups to

his sliders, sinkers and cut fastballs. Former Padres closer Trevor

Hoffman has given advice.

”I spoke with Trevor about the it, because I’m looking for a

different look,” Marquis said. ”Everything I throw is too close

in velocity. The differential should keep hitters off guard. ”You

try to seek out the best for help, and Trevor’s the greatest

reliever of all time.”

Padres closer Huston Street made his first exhibition

appearances and allowed two runs and five hits, though few balls

were hit hard.

Former Padres ace Tim Stauffer, pitched a scoreless inning in

his first appearance since elbow surgery that forced him to miss

all but one start last season.

Kansas City’s Johnny Giavotella had a single and two RBIs, and

San Diego’s Alexi Amarista had a two-run double.

NOTES: Padres RHP Edinson Volquez is to make his last spring

training start Saturday before joining the Dominican Republic for

the World Baseball Classic. … Royals SS Eliot Johnson bruised his

shin in Wednesday’s victory over Milwaukee and didn’t play

Thursday. He doesn’t figure to be sidelined for an extended