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    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals are looking for Kyle Davies to be more consistent in his sixth year in the big leagues.

    Davies felt he took a step in the right direction Friday, allowing two runs and six hits over five innings to help the Royals beat a Cleveland Indians split-squad 6-5.

    In his previous start, Davies gave up five runs and eight hits in two innings.

    "There were ups and downs, but I thought it was a better rebound game from that aspect," Davies said. "The last time I couldn't get the ball down and it showed. I gave up eight hits, a lot of extra-base hits. Today I give up some hits, all singles."

    In the third, Davies yielded two runs on two hits, a walk, a stolen base and a wild pitch.

    "The third inning was bad," Davies said. "I didn't command the ball at all. Balls were all over the place. I was 3-0 to a couple of hitters and that's not good. The first, second, fourth and fifth innings, I was ahead in most counts. I was much better in the zone and down in the zone."

    In the search for a left-handed specialist, manager Ned Yost said he'd break camp without one.

    Rookies Tim Collins and Robert Fish, picked up off waivers after the Yankees released the Rule 5 pick, are the only left-handed relievers still remaining in the Kansas City camp.

    Yost said the decision is "whether we're going to keep one, two or none."

    Fish pitched a scoreless eight, giving up a single, but coaxed Jordon Brown to ground into an inning ending double play. He has worked two scoreless innings since arriving from the Yankees.

    "It was another good outing for him," Yost said. "He's throwing strikes, too. That's key. We're looking for guys to throw strikes, keep the ball down and get outs."

    Collins permitted two runs on two hits, both doubles, and a walk in the seventh, after striking out the first two hitters.

    "He got inconsistent with his command on all three pitches," Yost said. "But he did a much better job of changing up his pitches today. The whole thing is just keeping his fastball set up."

    Jenmar Gomez and David Huff, two of three candidates for the final slot in the Indians' rotation, had mixed results. Gomez allowed three runs on four hits - three doubles - and two walks in four innings, throwing 42 strikes in 66 pitches.

    Huff gave up three runs and six hits in 2 1-3 innings. His ERA jumped to 8.25.

    "Jeanmar and Huff are still in the mix along with Josh Tomlin," Indians pitching coach Tim Belcher said. "Gomez was more efficient with his pitches. David didn't pitch very efficiently. He showed some good signs, some good stuff, a good curveball, a good changeup. Gomez showed three really good big league options all day. He threw the ball well."

    Belcher said "pretty much" it would come down to the final days of spring training on who earns the final rotation vacancy.

    NOTES: Chris Getz had two hits and two RBIs for KC. Melky Cabrera went 2 for 3 with a double to raise his Cactus League-leading average to .518, while Billy Butler and Alex Gordon each had two hits. ... Carlos Santana went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs for the Indians.

     
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    Cleveland Indians
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ezequiel Carrera, CF4120011 .282
       a- Donnie Webb, PH1000010 .000
    Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B3221100 .500
    Carlos Santana, DH4012001 .286
    Travis Buck, RF4120002 .385
        Jerad Head, RF0000000 .071
    Shelley Duncan, LF3011011 .333
        Bo Greenwell, LF1000000 .000
    Jayson Nix, 2B3010021 .136
        Cord Phelps, 2B1010000 .188
    Jordan Brown, 1B4010002 .250
    Luke Carlin, C3000011 .067
        Juan Apodaca, C1000010 .286
    Adam Everett, SS2100120 .333
        Juan Diaz, SS1000000 .111
    Totals35511429  
    a-struck out for Carrera in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Ezequiel Carrera (1, Collins), Carlos Santana (3, Collins), Travis Buck (3, Wood)
    RBI - Lonnie Chisenhall (5), Carlos Santana 2 (4), Shelley Duncan (5)
    2-OUT RBI - Carlos Santana 2 (4)
    SB - Adam Everett (1, 2nd base off Davies/Pina)
    CS - Ezequiel Carrera (1, 2nd base by Davies/Pina)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    E - Lonnie Chisenhall (1, Throwing)
    Cleveland Indians
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jeanmar Gomez 4433230 6.43
    David Huff (L,1-1) 2.1633010 8.25
    Johan Pino 0.2000000 5.40
    Vinnie Pestano 1100000 1.59
    Pitches-Strikes - Jeanmar Gomez 68-43, David Huff 61-40, Johan Pino 8-4, Vinnie Pestano 14-9
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeanmar Gomez 5-4, David Huff 3-3, Johan Pino 2-0
    Batters Faced - Jeanmar Gomez 18, David Huff 13, Johan Pino 2, Vinnie Pestano 3
    Kansas City Royals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Mike Aviles, 3B3001010 .359
    Lorenzo Cain, RF3000000 .281
       a- Mitch Maier, PH-RF1000001 .519
    Billy Butler, 1B4120000 .348
    Melky Cabrera, CF3220111 .526
    Alex Gordon, LF4121000 .375
    Jeff Francoeur, DH4001003 .105
    Manny Pina, C1000111 .235
        Lucas May, C2111000 .300
    Chris Getz, 2B3122001 .297
        Lance Zawadzki, 2B1000000 .333
    Alcides Escobar, SS3010012 .353
        Irving Falu, SS1010000 .300
    Totals33611624  
    a-flied out for Cain in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Billy Butler (3, Gomez), Melky Cabrera (5, Gomez), Alex Gordon (4, Gomez), Lucas May (2, Huff)
    SF - Mike Aviles (2)
    RBI - Mike Aviles (6), Alex Gordon (13), Jeff Francoeur (5), Lucas May (2), Chris Getz 2 (4)
    2-OUT RBI - Chris Getz (2)
    SB - Lucas May (1, 3rd base off Huff/Carlin)
    CS - Mike Aviles (2, 2nd base by Huff/Carlin), Irving Falu (1, 2nd base by Pestano/Apodaca)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    DP - Getz-Escobar-Butler, Butler-Falu
    Kansas City Royals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Kyle Davies 5622140 5.79
    Blake Wood (BS,2; W,1-0) 1211010 9.00
    Tim Collins (H,6) 1222120 3.86
    Robert Fish (H,3) 1100000 6.75
    Greg Holland (S,3) 1000020 0.00
    WP - Kyle Davies (3), Blake Wood (2)
    Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 81-50, Blake Wood 19-12, Tim Collins 35-23, Robert Fish 8-4, Greg Holland 11-8
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 4-5, Blake Wood 1-1, Robert Fish 1-1, Greg Holland 1-0
    Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 20, Blake Wood 5, Tim Collins 6, Robert Fish 3, Greg Holland 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 4584
    Game Time - 2:44
    Temperature - 80
    Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Chris Tiller, Third Base - Chris Conroy