SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Pitching candidate Guillermo Moscoso came close to being part of Royals' history in 2011 while with the Oakland A's.
On Sept. 7, 2011, Moscoso was just four outs away from becoming just the third pitcher in history to no-hit the Royals. The only others were the Angels' Nolan Ryan in 1973 and the Red Sox's Jon Lester in 2008.
"I was working the strike zone very well, all four of my pitches were great," Moscoso said. "I give a lot of credit to [Kurt] Suzuki; he was the catcher that day, and when you have veterans catching, you can have a lot of success."
With two outs in the eighth, Royals catcher Salvador Perez lined a 2-2 pitch into right field for the first hit.
"I think he got called up a month before. But he's a great hitter, and you have to take your hat off to that guy," Moscoso said.
Moscoso went 8 2/3 innings that day at Oakland and gave up two hits in the A's 7-0 victory. That was the same afternoon that Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur created a stir by throwing out A's rookie Michael Taylor at first base after fielding his line drive.
Moscoso was 8-10 with a 3.38 ERA for the A's that season but was traded to Colorado in 2012. He struggled with the Rockies (3-2, 6.12 ERA in 23 games) and was claimed off waivers by the Royals last Nov. 2. Moscoso wasn't too upset about leaving Colorado.
"It was tough," Moscoso said. "That park is so different because of the altitude. I'm a breaking ball guy, and breaking balls in that park don't break very much. You've got to get used to it."
Moscoso has pitched both as a starter and reliever, and he's willing to fill either role for the Royals. He started Saturday against the Rangers and pitched two scoreless innings in a 4-2 Royals win.
"I'm trying to do what I did in winter ball, working on the two-seam from last year with Colorado. I've had a lot of success with that pitch," Moscoso said.
Moscoso pitched this winter in Venezuela, going 2-2 with a 4.08 ERA in 18 games (seven starts) for Leones del Caracas.