Offense has a quiet Monday

Volquez pitches well in loss to KC

at Surprise, Ariz.
Monday, March 13

Royals at the plate: Reggie Sanders went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. A one-out double by Emil Brown led to an unearned run for the Royals in the fourth.

Rangers at the plate: Adrian Brown had two hits in three at-bats. The Rangers were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position in five innings against Royals starter Mike Wood, twice failing to score after a leadoff double.

Royals on the mound: Wood put in a bid for a spot in the rotation by holding the Rangers scoreless over five innings in his first start of the spring. He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out five in the longest outing of the spring by a Royals pitcher. He has allowed two earned runs in 12 innings this spring.

Rangers on the mound: Rookie Edison Volquez allowed two runs, one earned, in four innings. Ron Mahay, a left-handed reliever candidate, took over and allowed one run on two hits in two innings. Antonio Alfonseca pitched the seventh and retired the side in order, striking out two and Fabio Castro did the exact same in the eighth. Castro pitched two scoreless, striking out four in all.

Cactus League records: Royals 6-4-1; Rangers 5-5-1.

Up next: Right-hander Runelvys Hernandez pitches for the Royals against Hector Carrasco for the Angels at 2:05 p.m. CT on Tuesday at Surprise Stadium. Andrew Sisco and Leo Nunez are also scheduled to pitch for the Royals. The Rangers travel to Scottsdale to play the San Francisco Giants and Barry Bonds at 2:05 p.m. CT. The designated hitter is going to be used in that game, so look for Bonds to bat but not play the field. The Rangers pitch rookie left-hander John Danks against Matt Morris for the Giants.

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