Manager Ned Yost, however, chose not to take sides after the first game action of Spring Training.
"This is a taste of competition in a low-key setting and in one inning you try to get them [the pitchers] acclimated to competing again, and I thought it went well," Yost said. "All the pitchers threw fine; I thought all their stuff was really good, I thought we swung the bats really well."
Right-hander Yordano Ventura, considered a front-runner for the open fifth-starter job, threw a lot of pitches, and his inning was cut short after walks to Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon, a foul fly out by Omar Infante, and some foul balls by Billy Butler who didn't even get to finish his at-bat.
"He got his pitch count up. His command was off a little bit but that's to be expected early," Yost said. "He threw like 24 [pitches], and we try to keep them around the 20-pitch mark their first time out."
Two other pitchers with their sights on that starting job, Luke Hochevar and Wade Davis, weren't dazzling, either. Hochevar gave up four singles, a walk and two runs, although he did get Eric Hosmer to rap into a double play. Davis gave up a home run to Carlos Peguero and a double to Alcides Escobar, but he did notch two strikeouts.
The other home run, also a solo shot, was by Paulo Orlando -- a laser over the left-field wall against left-hander Donnie Joseph.
Other hits included Justin Maxwell's triple against lefty Tim Collins; back-to-back doubles by Christian Colon and Jimmy Paredes off lefty John Lamb; and Johnny Giavotella's double against righty Jason Adam.
The only 1-2-3 inning was turned in by Minor League right-hander Aaron Brooks to end the two-hour workout. There'll be another intrasquad game on Tuesday.
"We don't expect them to be ultra-sharp, in midseason form," Yost said.
Best news: Nobody got hurt.
"That's the key," Yost said.