Kansas City at Cleveland

W: W. Davis (1-0) L: M. Albers (0-1) S: D. Wheeler (1)
HR: KC - B. Butler (1)   CLE - M. Carson (2)

Royals 4, Indians 1


GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Terry Francona named his opening-day starter and then watched the Kansas City Royals thump a couple of Cleveland's relievers.

Billy Butler homered and drove in three runs Tuesday for the unbeaten Royals in a 4-1 win, handing Cleveland its first loss in six spring games.

Before the game, Francona told Justin Masterson in the dugout that he would be the Indians' starting pitcher in Toronto on April 2.

Francona didn't think it was an odd venue to make such an announcement.

"I was excited to tell him and didn't feel like holding it in," he said. "I just wanted to let Masty get his legs under him. He's the leader of our staff. We want him to be the leader. I think it's an honor."

So does Masterson.

"I'm happy," he said. "I was hoping for it."

It will be Masterson's second season-opening start. A year ago, the 28-year-old struck out 10 over eight innings against the Blue Jays in Cleveland, allowing two hits and one run in a game that the Indians went on to lose in 16 innings, 7-4.

"This year it is going to be in a different country," Masterson joked. "It was a pretty cool experience. I just hope this time to get a victory."

Royals manager Ned Yost has yet to reveal rotation plans. In fact, Wade Davis became the first rotation pitcher used this spring by Kansas City. Acquired with fellow right-hander James Shields from Tampa Bay this winter, Davis started and gave up one single over two innings.

"He was real solid, kept the ball down and changed speeds well," Yost said.

Butler singled in a first-inning run off loser Matt Albers and a two-run homer off Giovanni Soto in the fifth.

"Billy just hits, no matter what time of year," Yost said. "Another great day for him."

Eric Hosmer had an RBI triple in the Royals' third off Bryan Shaw and Matt Carson hit his second home run for Cleveland, in the eighth off Brian Sanches.

NOTES: Francona would not say if RHP Ubaldo Jimenez is in line to be Cleveland's No. 2 starter, which could have him working the sold-out home opener April 8 against the New York Yankees. "Those things will fall into place," Francona said. ... Butler and non-roster invitees Willy Taveras and Xavier Nady each had two of Kansas City's 12 hits. ... The Royals, 4-0-1, are hitting .356 overall. ... Royals CF Jarrod Dyson was 2-for-3 in steal attempts. ... Royals LHP Donnie Joseph struck out all three men he faced. ... Cleveland OF Michael Brantley sat out with 15 stitches for a sewn-up laceration on his left forearm. He got spiked Monday and is expected to be sidelined about 10 days. ... Shields is scheduled to make his Royals debut Thursday against San Diego.

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B. Butler
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Kansas City Royals
Jarrod Dyson, CF2110203 .444
    Endy Chavez, CF1010000 .429
Alcides Escobar, SS3000015 .375
   a- Elliot Johnson, PH-SS2000001 .250
Eric Hosmer, 1B1211200 .250
   b- Xavier Nady, PH-1B2020000 .375
Billy Butler, DH3123011 .400
   c- George Kottaras, PH-DH2000002 .400
Salvador Perez, C3000002 .417
   d- Adam Moore, PH-C2000001 .375
Mike Moustakas, 3B3010000 .500
    Miguel Tejada, 3B1000000 .143
David Lough, RF2010100 .556
    Luis Durango, RF1000000 .000
Johnny Giavotella, 2B3010003 .286
    Irving Falu, 2B1000000 .250
Willy Taveras, LF3020011 .455
    Anthony Seratelli, LF1000000 .250
a-flied out for Escobar in the 6th
b-singled for Hosmer in the 6th
c-flied out for Butler in the 6th
d-fouled out for Perez in the 6th
2B - Mike Moustakas (1, Soto), Johnny Giavotella (1, Perez)
3B - Eric Hosmer (1, Shaw)
HR - Billy Butler (1, Soto)
RBI - Eric Hosmer (4), Billy Butler 3 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler (3)
SB - Jarrod Dyson 2 (3, 2nd base off Albers/Santana, 2nd base off Shaw/Santana)
CS - Jarrod Dyson (1, 3rd base by Albers/Santana)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Falu-Nady
Kansas City Royals
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Yordano Ventura (H,2) 2100020 4.91
Donnie Joseph (H,1) 1000030 0.00
Justin Marks (H,2) 2100210 0.00
Brian Sanches (H,1) 1111001 4.50
Dan Wheeler (S,1) 1100020 0.00
HBP - Kipnis (by Wade Davis)
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Davis 8-7, Yordano Ventura 11-11, Donnie Joseph 9-9, Justin Marks 16-8, Brian Sanches 6-5, Dan Wheeler 8-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Davis 3-3, Yordano Ventura 3-1, Justin Marks 3-1, Brian Sanches 3-0
Batters Faced - Wade Davis 8, Yordano Ventura 7, Donnie Joseph 3, Justin Marks 8, Brian Sanches 4, Dan Wheeler 4
Cleveland Indians
Drew Stubbs, RF2000100 .125
    Matt Carson, RF1111000 .500
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS3000010 .250
    Luis Hernandez, SS1000000 .125
Jason Kipnis, 2B2010010 .250
    Omir Santos, C1000000 .250
Nick Swisher, DH3000002 .286
   a- Chris McGuiness, PH-DH1000010 .111
Carlos Santana, C2010001 .571
    Cord Phelps, 2B2010000 .375
Mark Reynolds, 1B3010001 .400
    Jesus Aguilar, PR-1B1000011 .600
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B2000011 .250
    Nate Spears, 3B1000101 .125
Tim Fedroff, LF3000013 .200
Cedric Hunter, CF3000020 .083
a-struck out for Swisher in the 9th
2B - Jason Kipnis (1, Ventura), Cord Phelps (2, Wheeler)
HR - Matt Carson (2, Sanches)
RBI - Matt Carson (3)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Phelps-Hernandez-Aguilar, Phelps-Hernandez-Aguilar
Cleveland Indians
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Chris Perez 1100010 0.00
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Albers 1-0, Bryan Shaw 1-1, Scott Barnes 1-2, Giovanni Soto 1-1, Edward Paredes 2-1, Joe Martinez 1-1, Jerry Gil 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Albers 5, Chris Perez 4, Bryan Shaw 5, Scott Barnes 6, Giovanni Soto 7, Preston Guilmet 5, Edward Paredes 3, Joe Martinez 3, Jerry Gil 3
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Attendance - 1577
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Stuart Scheurwater, First Base - Allen Bailey, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Adrian Johnson