SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Robinson Tejeda and Kyle Davies, vying for a spot in the Royals' rotation, squared off again on Tuesday. In the end, there was no clear winner. Just after manager Trey Hillman preached to the media about the importance of having "strike throwers" on the pitching staff, Tejeda had trouble finding the plate. He walked three Oakland batters in his two innings, made a wild pitch and surrendered five runs -- two on Jack Cust's thunderous homer. And after two scoreless innings, Davies was charged with three runs in the fifth. He had his own problems with control, as he gave up five hits and walked two.
"Even though he had good results in his first two innings, he still didn't command his fastball," Hillman said. And that's what is so troubling to Hillman. "We don't have enough guys commanding their fastball," he said. "We have had four or maybe five guys who have gone out and commanded their fastball -- Banny [Brian Bannister], Zack [Greinke], [Anthony] Lerew, [Roman] Colon in his first outing, and that's about it." It was a cool, wet and very windy day at Surprise Stadium as the Royals pulled out an 11-10 victory over the A's, but, as Tejeda put it, the elements were no excuse. "I learned you've really got to be very positive in the game, no matter what the weather is," Tejeda said. In their two Cactus League outings so far, Tejeda has a 15.75 ERA in four innings and Davies has a 12.60 ERA in five innings. Davies has walked three batters, Tejeda five. "This is nothing new for me," Tejeda said. "I've been walking people for my whole career. I'm not going to let this get to me, I'm just going to think positive next time and try not to walk anybody."
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.