MESA, Ariz. -- Two of the Royals' aspirants for the fifth job in the starting rotation, right-handers Wade Davis and Yordano Ventura, got off to good starts in the Cactus League.
Each threw two scoreless, one-hit innings in a 5-3 win over the Cubs on Sunday with a record Cactus League crowd of 14,680 at new Cubs Park.
"I was impressed by Wade Davis. I thought his stuff was really crisp. His breaking ball had great depth to it, really good changeup with a lot of life," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Ventura looked great, so I'm pleased with the pitching end of it, too."
Davis, who struck out three, was especially happy with his second inning despite a looping double by Welington Castillo.
"I just got behind the ball better, I threw a couple of better changeups, and even the hit was a changeup to the righty. It was a good pitch and broke his bat," Davis said. "I'm happy about all that."
John Lamb gave up one run and Jon Rauch two runs, but the next three pitchers, Francisley Bueno, P.J. Walters and Michael Mariot, each threw a scoreless inning to sew up the victory.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.