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    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Jeremy Jeffress' fastball has registered triple digits on radar guns. Where that fastball goes after it leaves his right hand had been anybody's guess.

    Jeffress showed superb control Tuesday in two perfect innings, striking out two, as the Kansas City Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-5. Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain homered for the Royals, while Johnny Giavotella and Eric Hosmer each drove in two runs.

    Jeffress, Milwaukee's 2006 first-round pick who was acquired in the Zack Greinke trade, began last season in the Royals bullpen, but was sent to the minors May 19 after walking 11 in 15 1-3 innings.

    He threw 16 strikes in 24 pitches against the Reds.

    "I was really impressed with the amount of strikes I threw," Jeffress said. "Last year was a pretty tough year with the walks."

    Derrick Lewis, his pitching coach in the Arizona Fall League, made an adjustment in Jeffress' delivery that could pay huge dividends.

    "He said he didn't throw hard, but he knew mechanics," Jeffress said. "I told him, `Get me the mechanics and I'll do the rest."'

    In three exhibition outings, Jeffress has allowed one hit, walked one and struck out four in four innings.

    "Jeffress jumped out at me pretty good," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We all know his stuff is extremely electric. He does throw 96 to 100 miles per hour. He has a fantastic breaking ball. Command has been what he's battled in his career to this point. The last five or six outings in the fall league something clicked for him. He got to a point where his mechanics were working for him and he started banging strikes. He's brought that into spring training. It's been a real pleasant surprise seeing him command the ball the way that he has."

    Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, who was the Royals' key offseason acquisition in a trade with San Francisco, gave up four runs on three hits, including Jay Bruce's homer, and two walks in two-plus innings. He threw 51 pitches, 30 for strikes.

    "I was trying to throw my off-speed pitches behind in the count," Sanchez said. "I'm getting there. It doesn't matter what happened. I'm good. I'm just getting my rhythm and getting the feel of the game. I missed my spot with Bruce, left a fastball over the middle. That happens once in a while, but it's not going to happen again."

    Yost called it "a good step" for Sanchez.

    Mike Leake, the Reds' starter, allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks in three innings in his third start.

    "Everything was working fine," said Leake, who led the Reds with 12 victories last year. "It was just dropping the elbow and getting in a few 2-0 counts. I feel strong. I even felt strongest in that last inning. I feel good about where I'm at right now."

    Many hits off Leake were ground balls.

    "It's Arizona, so I think all the infields are hard," said Leake, who was a 2009 first-round pick out of Arizona State. "I'm glad I was getting ground balls, but they were finding holes. A couple of those found their way through the five (third base) hole that they were working."

    Bruce, who also had a run-producing single in the third, extended his hitting streak to six games, the longest this spring by the Reds. Scott Rolen went 0-for-1 and walked twice, ending his five-game hitting streak.

    Notes: Royals C Salvador Perez left after the first inning with a knee injury. Yost said Perez hurt his knee while warming up Sanchez in the bullpen. He was taken for an MRI. . Royals DH Mike Moustakas was a late scratch with a sore right knee, which was bruised after being hit by a pitch Monday. . Reds LF Chris Heisey struck out in the third and fifth innings and has struck out 10 times in 21 at-bats.

     
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    Cincinnati Reds
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Drew Stubbs, CF2210110 .417
       a- Denis Phipps, PH-CF2000011 .300
    Chris Valaika, 2B1111000 .333
       b- Wilson Valdez, PH-2B2110000 .250
    Chris Heisey, LF3000022 .143
        Ryan Ludwick, LF1000001 .222
    Jay Bruce, RF3122010 .533
        Willie Harris, RF1011000 .188
    Scott Rolen, DH1000200 .500
       c- Henry Rodriguez, PH-DH1000001 .308
    Todd Frazier, 3B2011011 .286
       d- Juan Francisco, PH-3B2000011 .263
    Devin Mesoraco, C2000002 .154
       e- Dioner Navarro, PH-C2000000 .200
    Neftali Soto, 1B2010000 .214
        Donald Lutz, 1B2000000 .353
    Paul Janish, SS2000001 .176
        Didi Gregorius, SS2010010 .333
    Totals3359538  
    a-flied out for Stubbs in the 7th
    b-grounded out for Valaika in the 5th
    c-grounded out for Rolen in the 8th
    d-struck out for Frazier in the 6th
    e-grounded out for Mesoraco in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Willie Harris (1, Collins)
    HR - Jay Bruce (1, Sanchez)
    SF - Chris Valaika (2)
    RBI - Chris Valaika (3), Jay Bruce 2 (6), Willie Harris (5), Todd Frazier (6)
    2-OUT RBI - Jay Bruce (3)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    DP - Janish-Valaika-Soto, Gregorius-Valdez-Lutz
    E - Devin Mesoraco (1, Dropped fly)
    Cincinnati Reds
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Mike Leake 3844220 7.71
    Nick Christiani (L,0-1) 1211011 6.00
    Sam LeCure 3422041 11.57
    Sean Gallagher 1200000 0.00
    WP - Nick Christiani (1), Sam LeCure (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 55-33, Nick Christiani 17-10, Sam LeCure 54-36, Sean Gallagher 14-9
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 3-3, Nick Christiani 2-0, Sam LeCure 1-4, Sean Gallagher 1-1
    Batters Faced - Mike Leake 18, Nick Christiani 5, Sam LeCure 13, Sean Gallagher 4
    Kansas City Royals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Alex Gordon, LF3211123 .300
        Greg Golson, LF1000000 .000
    Johnny Giavotella, 2B3112021 .304
        Chris Getz, 2B2120000 .273
    Billy Butler, 1B2020100 .455
        Clint Robinson, 1B2020000 .250
    Eric Hosmer, DH4012002 .292
    Jeff Francoeur, RF3011003 .167
        David Lough, RF1000010 .417
    Lorenzo Cain, CF3121002 .529
        Mitch Maier, CF1000011 .467
    Salvador Perez, C0000000 .000
        Cody Clark, C4120000 .375
    Yuniesky Betancourt, 3B3110001 .273
        Irving Falu, 3B1000010 .286
    Alcides Escobar, SS2010001 .278
        Tony Abreu, SS1000000 .222
    Totals36716727  
    Batting
    HR - Alex Gordon (2, Christiani), Lorenzo Cain (1, LeCure)
    SF - Eric Hosmer (1)
    SH - Alcides Escobar (1)
    RBI - Alex Gordon (5), Johnny Giavotella 2 (3), Eric Hosmer 2 (8), Jeff Francoeur (2), Lorenzo Cain (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Johnny Giavotella 2 (2), Eric Hosmer (5), Jeff Francoeur (1)
    Team LOB - 9
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Alex Gordon 1
    DP - Giavotella-Escobar-Butler
    E - Billy Butler (1, Missed catch of throw), Tim Collins (1, Throwing)
    Kansas City Royals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jonathan Sanchez 2344211 21.00
    Everett Teaford (BS,1; W,1-0) 3300140 0.00
    Jeremy Jeffress (H,1) 2000020 0.00
    Tim Collins (H,1) 1210000 2.25
    Tommy Hottovy (S,1) 1100010 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 51-30, Everett Teaford 42-28, Jeremy Jeffress 24-16, Tim Collins 10-9, Tommy Hottovy 11-11
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Everett Teaford 3-0, Jeremy Jeffress 2-2, Tim Collins 2-1, Tommy Hottovy 1-1
    Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 11, Everett Teaford 11, Jeremy Jeffress 6, Tim Collins 5, Tommy Hottovy 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 4057
    Game Time - 2:38
    Temperature - 75
    Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Mark Ripperger, Second Base - Lance Barrett, Third Base - Jordan Baker