Davies confirmed as KC's fifth starter

Davies confirmed as KC's fifth starter

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Kyle Davies has retained his place in the Royals' rotation and now he's determined to do what he can to keep it.

Manager Trey Hillman confirmed on Wednesday that Davies would be the Royals' fifth starter.

After holding Cleveland to two runs in 5 1/3 innings on Tuesday night, Davies said he's concentrating on, well, not thinking too much.

"I kind of took a step back and been out there just pretty much not thinking about a thing and pitching," he said.

It's the old rear-back-and-throw technique which seems to help Davies keep command of his fastball, which has been a problem in the past.

"I don't deserve to be in the big leagues if I don't correct the stuff that has happened in the past four or five years -- the inconsistency and all that stuff. At 26 years old and 100 Major League starts, you should be able to figure that stuff out," Davies said.

Davies began Spring Training with three rocky outings but smoothed things out the last three times he pitched, including a Minor League game.

"I'm resigned to the fact he's got really good stuff and I'm hoping it plays out more often than it doesn't, as far as being able to control the damage," Hillman said.

Crown points: Scott Thorman's two home runs and 3-for-5 day on Wednesday left him with a .346 average and the Royals with another roster option. "He had a great day and he's had a great camp," manager Trey Hillman said. Thorman, 28, is a non-roster corner infielder and outfielder who was ticketed for the Triple-A Omaha roster. But injuries at third base have the Royals taking a longer look at him. Alex Gordon has a broken thumb and replacement Alberto Callaspo is iffy with an irritation in his right side. And now Josh Fields, also in the third-base picture, has missed the last four games with a sore hip ... Rick Ankiel came through his return to center field on Tuesday night with his right ankle is good shape. "If I didn't know about the irritation in the ankle, I would never know by the way he's moving since he's gotten back to us," Hillman said. Ankiel and Willie Bloomquist stayed in Surprise on Wednesday to get some at-bats in a Minor League game ... Second baseman Chris Getz is getting over his illness and was in the lineup on Wednesday against the Padres and went 1-for-2. Bloomquist, also bitten by the flu bug, was feeling better as well ... Outfielder Brian Anderson, also ill lately, was scratched from Wednesday's lineup and stayed behind in Surprise ... The Royals released left-hander Nelson Payano and right-hander Francisco Rosario. They were in the Minor League camp after beginning Spring Training as non-roster invitees with the Major League club.