Thursday, March 11
Dodgers at the plate: Andre Ethier lofted a high, three-run homer over the center-field wall in the third. It was his second homer of the spring. Casey Blake socked a two-run homer to left-center field in the fifth and was 2-for-3.
Royals at the plate: Willie Bloomquist, in his first at-bat, lashed an RBI double to left-center. Scott Podsednik followed with a two-run homer to right field and went 2-for-3. Mitch Maier singled home a run in his only at-bat to go 4-for-10 with four RBIs this spring.
Dodgers on the mound: James McDonald, in his first start, got through two innings unscathed but gave up three runs in the third. Russ Ortiz replaced him and worked three scoreless innings, giving up two hits. Ramon Troncoso pitched a perfect sixth.
Royals on the mound: Starter Gil Meche had a rough second outing, giving up four runs while surrendering seven runs and a walk in two-plus innings. Francisco Rosario relieved him in the third and got three straight outs. Rule 5 pick Edgar Osuna gave up two runs in two innings. Closer Joakim Soria made his Cactus debut and whizzed through a perfect inning with one strikeout.
Cactus League records: Royals 4-3, Dodgers 2-3-1.
Worth noting: Both starting pitchers ran up a high pitch count as each pitched only two-plus innings -- McDonald 48 pitches (26 strikes) and Meche 46 (28). ... Podsednik stole his second base in three attempts. ... Royals left fielder Buck Coats threw out Timo Perez at the plate in the seventh. ... Royals catcher Edwin Bellorin left the game after pulling his right quadriceps muscle running to first base in the Royals' eighth.
Up next: Luke Hochevar will make his first Cactus League start for the Royals against the Seattle Mariners at 2:05 p.m. CT on Friday at Peoria Stadium. His scheduled start last Sunday against San Francisco was rained out and he pitched instead in a "B" game last Monday. Ryan Rowland-Smith, a left-hander, will start for the Mariners. The Royals also have a "B" game scheduled against Texas at 11 a.m. CT with Philip Humber and Gaby Hernandez sharing the pitching.
While a Dodgers contingent keeps busy in Taiwan, the stay-at-homes return to Camelback Ranch where, for a change, they may not be the featured attraction. In their first Cactus League game ever against Cincinnati, the Reds pitchers they are due to face include the $30 million left-hander Aroldis Chapman. Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers' own young left-handed whiz, is scheduled to make his second exhibition start in the 12:05 p.m. PT game.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.