Notes: Greinke sees improvement

Notes: Greinke sees improvement

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- There was similarity in the numbers for Royals starter Zack Greinke on Thursday, but not in the tangible results.

Greinke gave up three runs in the second inning of a 4-3 Royals victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. He'd also given up three runs in his first outing against the Texas Rangers.

There, in Greinke's mind, the similarity stops.

"This time it wasn't really me pitching real bad. They hit some pretty good pitches, broke two bats. A good piece of hitting by [Orlando] Hudson. [Catcher Miguel] Olivo called for a fastball in, but I already gave up three hits on fastballs in. So I was a little hesitant," Greinke said.

"After he hit it, it was obvious it should have went in."

Hudson was one strike away from being the third out with the bases loaded when he drilled a two-run single to center field.

So Greinke has a 10.80 ERA after two Cactus League games, but he's not counting even if others are.

"If everyone else didn't pay attention to what the results were, it'd be a lot easier. But I learned my lesson a couple of years ago when I was just working on stuff and I gave up six runs or something and they made the biggest deal in the world about it," Greinke said.

"So I realize now that Spring Training is pointless but people still pay attention to it. You have to work on stuff and get results which makes it harder."

For Shealy, No. 2: Ryan Shealy's game-winning home run came against Diamondbacks right-hander Jailen Peguero in the bottom of the ninth on the first pitch. Shealy didn't hesitate.

"That's the best thing to do when you're only getting one at-bat," Shealy said. "I've faced him in Triple-A before and I know he likes to get ahead."

Shealy hammered a fastball into the left-field bullpen. He also led off an inning with a home run in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the San Francisco Giants.

This home came just after Shealy had made an error in the top of the ninth.

"I've made that play a million times and it just kind of hit off my glove so I was happy to kind of make up for that," he said.

A look at Ponson: The Royals were among several teams who sent scouts to watch Sidney Ponson in an open tryout on Thursday at the Cardinals' camp in Jupiter, Fla. Pat Jones, special assistant to general manager Dayton Moore, was there for the Royals.

"We're going to talk about it later today," Moore said. "If we did anything, it wouldn't be a Major League deal."

Ponson was 2-5 with a 6.93 ERA in seven starts last season for Minnesota before he was released last May. He pitched in three games this winter for Escogido in the Dominican League and was 1-1 with a 1.23 ERA.

Teahen to go slow: Left fielder Mark Teahen has a sore forearm from doing a lot of swinging and was held out of the lineup on Wednesday and Thursday.

"We told him to work on his defense," Hillman said. "We'll put the bat back in his hands tomorrow and see how he feels."

Teahen believes he hurt his left forearm while smacking a base hit in his final at-bat on Monday against the White Sox.

"I made hard contact and my forearm must not have been used to it," he said slyly.

Extra bases: Mike Maroth, who has yet to pitch in a game because of a stiff left shoulder, threw live batting practice on Thursday. He's making good progress and should be game-ready shortly. ... The Royals will meet the Rangers at 9:30 a.m. Friday in a "B" game at the Surprise complex. Luke Hochevar will start for the Royals and is scheduled to pitch three innings. Pitching coach Bob McClure wants Hochevar to concentrate on repeating his delivery. ... Former catcher Brent Mayne and third baseman Joe Randa checked into camp and will help coach Minor Leaguers for a few days. ... Country singer Charley Pride sang the national anthem before Thursday's game. Pride is making his annual visit to the neighboring Rangers' camp.

Up next: Second baseman Mark Grudzielanek is scheduled to make his spring debut in Friday's 2:05 p.m. CT game against the Colorado Rockies at Surprise Stadium. He'd been held out until now so he could ease into shape at his own speed, especially after having two left knee surgeries last year. The Royals' scheduled pitchers are Brian Bannister, Kyle Davies, Ron Mahay, Jimmy Gobble and Joel Peralta. The Rockies' starter is Aaron Cook.