Butler racks up four RBIs, homer in win

Butler racks up four RBIs, homer in win

ROYALS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 7
at Tucson, Ariz.
Tuesday, March 11

Royals at the plate: Billy Butler's day got off to a good start against Dan Haren. With one out in the first, Mike Aviles singled, Mark Teahen moved him to third with a double and Butler brought them both home with a single to center. He then led off the fourth with a towering homer to right. Butler drove home a run in the fifth with a bases-loaded groundout. In an odd play in the seventh, John Buck struck out for what seemed like the final out, but the home-plate umpire ruled the ball hit the ground so when catcher Ed Easley rolled the ball toward the mound, Buck reached first and Teahen came home to score from third.

D-backs at the plate: The D-backs played long ball early in this one. Mark Reynolds and Chris Snyder started off the second with back-to-back blasts. Reynolds' blast landed well beyond the left-field wall and went onto Kino Parkway Road. Eric Byrnes then led off the third with his first home run of the spring.

Royals on the mound: Zack Greinke didn't give up many hits, but the ones he did ended up going a long way. The right-hander allowed just three hits in four innings and all three landed over the fence. Other than that, he held the D-backs in check striking out five, including the side in the second.

D-backs on the mound: Haren didn't look like he was able to get into a rhythm on the mound in his third outing of the spring. He walked back-to-back hitters in the fourth, an unusual occurrence for a pitcher that allowed just 55 free passes in 222 2/3 innings last year. Brandon Lyon allowed two hits and a walk to lead off the fifth. He retired the next three hitters, but two runs managed to score.

Cactus League records: Royals 7-6; D-backs 6-8-1.

Up next for Royals: Rookie Luke Hochevar, very impressive so far in camp, makes his first Cactus League start against the Los Angeles Angels at 3:05 p.m. CT on Wednesday at Tempe, Ariz. Jon Garland is the Angels' starter. Also scheduled to pitch for the Royals: Kyle Davies, Neal Musser and Leo Nunez. So far, Hochevar has pitched four innings and given up one hit and no runs.

Up next for D-backs: Doug Davis will get the start for the D-backs on Wednesday against the A's in Phoenix. The D-backs expected lineup is: Chris Young (CF), Orlando Hudson (DH), Eric Byrnes (LF), Conor Jackson (1B), Mark Reynolds (3B), Justin Upton (RF), Stephen Drew (SS), Robby Hammock (C) and Emilio Bonifacio (2B).

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.