GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Scott Rolen singled in a run to help a Cincinnati Reds split squad beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Friday.
Rolen’s health is a key for Cincinnati after the veteran third baseman played in only 65 games for the Reds last season. He had surgery on his left shoulder in July.
Rolen has five hits in nine at-bats this spring and appears to be mobile in the field.
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Royals left-hander Danny Duffy, in his first spring start, struck out five of the six batters he faced, including Rolen. The Royals’ third-round pick in 2007 started 20 games last season after being recalled May 18.
Reds starter Homer Bailey, the leading candidate to be the fifth starter, allowed a hit and a walk in three scoreless innings.
Minor league outfielder Donald Lutz hit his second home run of the spring off Vin Mazzaro, who came to Kansas City in exchange for David DeJesus.