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    MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Bruce Chen is happy Melky Cabrera is getting big hits for his team these days instead of against him.

    Cabrera had a bases-loaded triple in a five-run first inning to back Chen as the Kansas City Royals coasted to a 13-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

    "He is looking really good," Chen said of Cabrera. "It was good that we were able to get him."

    Cabrera signed with the Royals as a free agent on Dec. 16 and is hitting .500 (10 for 20) with six RBIs this spring. He also had a double to lead off the fifth and scored on a double by Alex Gordon, who had three hits.

    Chen recalled the day a few years ago when he was with the Baltimore Orioles and faced Cabrera, then with the New York Yankees.

    "I threw a 0-2 curveball and he hit it for a single," Chen said. "I said, 'From now on, no more 0-2 curveballs."'

    A valuable lesson opposing pitchers will have to learn when facing Cabrera and the Royals, who jumped on Matt Garza, making his second start and third spring appearance after being acquired from Tampa Bay on Jan. 8.

    Garza gave up six runs and four hits, walked four and struck out four in 2 2-3 innings.

    "He didn't have his command early, but what I saw of him, the last 10 hitters (after Cabrera's triple), that's what I expect of him when we open the season," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "I thought he threw extremely well after that."

    Meanwhile, Chen gave up two runs and three hits, walked three and struck out four in four innings for Kansas City. Chen thought he was going to pitch only three innings, but was given an extra inning by manager Ned Yost because of a low pitch count.

    After missing the entire 2008 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Chen split time between Triple-A Omaha and Kansas City in 2009 and began last season in Omaha. He joined the Royals' rotation on May 30 and went on to lead the team in victories, going 12-7 in 23 starts.

    He was re-signed as a major league free agent on Jan. 19 and came into camp raring to go. The 33-year-old left-hander made his second start of the spring and third appearance overall.

    "I'm happy the way things are going for me this spring," Chen said. "I'm competitive, and I know that nothing will be given to me."

    Two of the hits off Chen were by Marlon Byrd, including a solo home run in the third inning. Byrd continued his solid spring with his sixth multihit effort in eight games. He is now 13 for 20.

    "I was able to throw all of my pitches and tried to work out of some jams," Chen said. "I came out of the (pregame) bullpen and I felt weird. I was flying open. I tried to make some adjustments and by the third inning, I felt I was throwing better."

    Quade is pleased with the way Byrd is hitting.

    "He's having a good spring. He's setting himself up to go right into the season," said Quade, who added that Byrd likely will remain in the No. 3 spot in the lineup for now.

    Notes: Alex Gordon had three hits, two RBIs and a stolen base for the Royals. ... Brett Carroll scored three runs, but had no official at-bats. The first run was as a pinch-runner, the second two after he remained in the game as a DH and was hit by pitches twice. ... Blake DeWitt and Jeff Baker continue to battle for the starting job at 2B for the Cubs. DeWitt might have an edge, but Baker would still see a lot of time as a utilityman. Darwin Barney is the likely backup at SS behind Starlin Castro.

     
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    Kansas City Royals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Lorenzo Cain, CF3100111 .316
        Jarrod Dyson, CF2011001 .308
    Mike Aviles, 2B1210200 .524
       a- Jeff Bianchi, PH-2B3000011 .083
    Billy Butler, 1B3121001 .348
       b- Kila Ka'aihue, PH-1B2000010 .350
    Wilson Betemit, 3B3001023 .000
        Irving Falu, 3B1000000 .100
    Jeff Francoeur, RF2100101 .200
        Mitch Maier, RF1111100 .647
    Melky Cabrera, DH3123010 .500
        Brett Carroll, PR-DH0300000 .000
    Alex Gordon, LF3132000 .263
        Gregor Blanco, LF2100013 .250
    Manny Pina, C3011012 .222
        Brayan Pena, C2000001 .000
    Alcides Escobar, SS3000003 .333
        Lance Zawadzki, SS2123000 .500
    Totals3913131358  
    a-grounded out for Aviles in the 6th
    b-struck out for Butler in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Melky Cabrera (2, J. Jackson), Alex Gordon (1, J. Jackson)
    3B - Melky Cabrera (1, Garza), Lance Zawadzki (1, Caridad)
    HR - Mitch Maier (1, Caridad)
    SF - Wilson Betemit (1)
    RBI - Jarrod Dyson (4), Billy Butler (8), Wilson Betemit (1), Mitch Maier (6), Melky Cabrera 3 (6), Alex Gordon 2 (3), Manny Pina (1), Lance Zawadzki 3 (5)
    2-OUT RBI - Jarrod Dyson (2), Manny Pina (1), Lance Zawadzki 3 (3)
    SB - Alex Gordon (1, 2nd base off J. Jackson/Soto)
    Team LOB - 7
    Fielding
    DP - Escobar-Aviles-Butler, Aviles-Escobar-Butler, Bianchi-Zawadzki-Ka'aihue
    Kansas City Royals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Bruce Chen (W,1-0) 4322341 3.38
    Kanekoa Texeira (H,1) 1100010 0.00
    Everett Teaford (H,1) 2311210 22.85
    Brandon Sisk (H,1) 1100010 3.00
    Jesse Chavez 1311010 3.00
    WP - Everett Teaford (1)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 2-5, Kanekoa Texeira 1-0, Everett Teaford 2-2, Jesse Chavez 2-0
    Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 17, Kanekoa Texeira 3, Everett Teaford 10, Brandon Sisk 4, Jesse Chavez 6
    Chicago Cubs
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jeff Baker, 2B4110122 .263
    Starlin Castro, SS3000012 .400
        Darwin Barney, SS2011001 .313
    Marlon Byrd, CF2121000 .650
        Brett Jackson, CF3000011 .067
    Aramis Ramirez, 3B2001000 .316
        Josh Vitters, 3B3110002 .385
    Geovany Soto, C1010100 .278
        Max Ramirez, C1010100 .375
    Alfonso Soriano, LF2000013 .364
        Reed Johnson, LF2011011 .222
    Carlos Pena, 1B1000211 .118
        Bryan LaHair, 1B1000001 .222
    Kosuke Fukudome, RF2000002 .250
        Jim Adduci, RF2000011 .083
       a- Welington Castillo, PH1010000 .571
       b- Luis Montanez, PH1010000 .286
       c- Chris Robinson, PH1110000 .200
    Totals35411458  
    a-singled for J. Jackson in the 5th
    b-singled for Berg in the 7th
    c-doubled for Caridad in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Josh Vitters (2, Teaford), Reed Johnson (1, Teaford), Chris Robinson (1, J. Chavez)
    HR - Marlon Byrd (1, Chen)
    RBI - Darwin Barney (1), Marlon Byrd (4), Aramis Ramirez (6), Reed Johnson (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Marlon Byrd (1)
    Team LOB - 9
    Chicago Cubs
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Matt Garza (L,0-2) 2.2466440 14.85
    Jay Jackson 2.1522000 5.68
    Carlos Marmol 1000020 0.00
    Justin Berg 1122100 60.75
    Jeff Stevens 1000010 3.00
    Esmailin Caridad 1333011 7.36
    HBP - Carroll (by Justin Berg), Carroll (by Esmailin Caridad)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 3-1, Jay Jackson 1-6, Carlos Marmol 1-0, Justin Berg 2-1, Jeff Stevens 1-1, Esmailin Caridad 1-1
    Batters Faced - Matt Garza 16, Jay Jackson 12, Carlos Marmol 3, Justin Berg 6, Jeff Stevens 3, Esmailin Caridad 7
    Game Information
    Attendance - 5529
    Game Time - 3:00
    Temperature - 74
    Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Kerwin Danley