Nevin keeps power coming in loss

Nevin keeps power coming in loss

Royals 7, Rangers 6
at Surprise, Ariz.
Friday, March 3

Royals at the plate: Kansas City hit three home runs. David DeJesus and Emil Brown both had solo homers, while Wilson Valdez hit a two-run shot. Chip Ambres also had a double and just missed hitting the Royals' fourth home run.

Rangers at the plate: A three-run home run by Aarom Baldiris in the top of the ninth closed the Rangers' deficit to one run. Phil Nevin hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his second homer in two games. Rookie second baseman Ian Kinsler also had a home run, his first of the spring.

Royals on the mound: Denny Bautista, battling for a spot in Kansas City's rotation, allowed a two-run home run to Nevin in one inning of work. Key setup relievers Ambiorix Burgos -- who earned the victory -- and Mike MacDougal both retired the side in order in their one inning.

Rangers on the mound: Starter Rick Bauer allowed one hit in two scoreless innings. He gave up a leadoff double to Mark Teahen in the second, but then struck out the next three hitters. Joaquin Benoit, one of the Rangers' more important setup relievers, allowed three runs in the seventh inning, taking the loss.

Cactus League records: Royals 1-0; Rangers 0-1.

Up next: The Rangers and Royals will play again on Saturday at Surprise Stadium. Right-hander Adam Eaton will make his first spring start for the Rangers against right-hander Runelvys Hernandez for the Royals.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.