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Kansas City at San Diego

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Kansas City (6-0) «0010202005111
San Diego (3-5)001000300471

Royals 5, Padres 4

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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - James Shields' spring training debut for the Kansas City Royals went by so quickly, he wound up in the bullpen to increase his pitch count.

Shields threw nine of 13 pitches for strikes in the first inning on Thursday's 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres, helping the Royals improve to 6-0-1 in the exhibition season.

"It's funny. There's just something about a guy who's your number one guy," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "There's just a special aura, and it was there when he was out on the mound. It was just really fun to see him out there."

Obtained in December as part of the six-player trade that sent top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi to the Rays, Shields has reached double digits in wins and 200 innings in six straight seasons.

He relied on fastballs and changeups, with his velocity topping out at 94 mph. He retired Will Venable on a groundout and Logan Forsythe on a flyout, then struck out Jesus Guzman.

Kansas City had Shields on a 30-pitch limit.

"It felt great to be out there again, rocking and rolling," he said. "Spring training is a little early this year, so we wanted to keep things simple, really take our time with this thing. We have a long season to go."

Padres starter Jason Marquis also made his spring training debut, allowing one hit in two shutout innings. Expected to be San Diego's No. 3 starter, Marquis is working on adding changeups to his sliders, sinkers and cut fastballs. Former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman has given advice.

"I spoke with Trevor about the it, because I'm looking for a different look," Marquis said. "Everything I throw is too close in velocity. The differential should keep hitters off guard. "You try to seek out the best for help, and Trevor's the greatest reliever of all time."

Padres closer Huston Street made his first exhibition appearances and allowed two runs and five hits, though few balls were hit hard.

Former Padres ace Tim Stauffer, pitched a scoreless inning in his first appearance since elbow surgery that forced him to miss all but one start last season.

Kansas City's Johnny Giavotella had a single and two RBIs, and San Diego's Alexi Amarista had a two-run double.

NOTES: Padres RHP Edinson Volquez is to make his last spring training start Saturday before joining the Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic. ... Royals SS Eliot Johnson bruised his shin in Wednesday's victory over Milwaukee and didn't play Thursday. He doesn't figure to be sidelined for an extended period.

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

A. Amarista
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Kansas City

J. Giavotella
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF3010011 .500
    Luis Durango, LF2110000 .111
Johnny Giavotella, 2B3012010 .273
    Chris Getz, 2B2111000 .300
Eric Hosmer, 1B3010002 .357
    Xavier Nady, 1B2010000 .364
Salvador Perez, C3000001 .333
    Manny Pina, C2011000 .500
Jeff Francoeur, RF3000010 .333
    Endy Chavez, RF1010000 .500
Lorenzo Cain, CF2000100 .000
    Willy Taveras, CF1000013 .417
Miguel Tejada, 3B4010003 .231
    Brandon Wood, 3B0000000 .125
Irving Falu, SS2210102 .300
   a- Christian Colon, PH-SS1000000 .143
George Kottaras, DH2111001 .444
   b- Brett Hayes, PH-DH2000010 .250
Totals38511525  
a-grounded out for Falu in the 8th
b-struck out for Kottaras in the 7th
Batting
2B - Irving Falu (1, Ross), George Kottaras (1, Ross)
3B - Luis Durango (1, Street)
RBI - Johnny Giavotella 2 (3), Chris Getz (1), Manny Pina (1), George Kottaras (1)
2-OUT RBI - Johnny Giavotella (2)
SB - Chris Getz (1, 2nd base off Street/Grandal), Eric Hosmer (1, 2nd base off Marquis/Baker)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Getz-Nady
E - Miguel Tejada (1, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James Shields 1000010 0.00
Will Smith (W,1-0) 3211050 1.80
J.C. Gutierrez (H,2) 1000000 0.00
Sugar Ray Marimon (H,3) 1100000 3.00
Ryan Verdugo (H,1) 0.2433000 16.20
Blaine Boyer (H,2) 0.1000000 7.71
Atahualpa Severino (H,1) 1000010 0.00
Nate Adcock (S,1) 1000200 0.00
HBP - Valdez (by Nate Adcock)
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 13-9, Will Smith 29-24, J.C. Gutierrez 18-11, Sugar Ray Marimon 10-8, Ryan Verdugo 25-18, Blaine Boyer 2-2, Atahualpa Severino 9-7, Nate Adcock 15-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 1-1, Will Smith 2-3, J.C. Gutierrez 2-1, Blaine Boyer 1-0, Nate Adcock 2-0
Batters Faced - James Shields 3, Will Smith 12, J.C. Gutierrez 3, Sugar Ray Marimon 4, Ryan Verdugo 6, Blaine Boyer 1, Atahualpa Severino 3, Nate Adcock 5
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, RF3000011 .231
    Alexi Amarista, CF2012001 .267
Logan Forsythe, 2B3011000 .182
    Jonathan Galvez, 2B1000001 .250
Jesus Guzman, LF3010011 .273
    Yeison Asencio, PR-RF1000010 .222
Kyle Blanks, 1B3000011 .462
    Jason Hagerty, 1B1000000 .167
Nick Hundley, DH3110001 .364
   a- Jedd Gyorko, PH-DH1000000 .286
Cody Ransom, 3B2000011 .100
    Yasmani Grandal, C1111100 .500
    Austin Hedges, PR0000000 .000
John Baker, C2000011 .111
    Edinson Rincon, 3B1000101 .000
Jaff Decker, CF-LF3110010 .063
Gregorio Petit, SS2110000 .200
   b- Jeudy Valdez, PH-SS1000002 .364
Totals3347427  
a-flied out for Hundley in the 8th
b-popped out for Petit in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alexi Amarista (2, Verdugo), Nick Hundley (2, Verdugo), Jaff Decker (1, Verdugo)
3B - Gregorio Petit (1, Smith)
SH - Jaff Decker (1)
RBI - Alexi Amarista 2 (5), Logan Forsythe (2), Yasmani Grandal (3)
2-OUT RBI - Alexi Amarista 2 (3), Logan Forsythe (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Jesus Guzman (2, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Marquis 2100010 0.00
Tyson Ross (L,0-2) 3433110 9.00
Wilfredo Boscan 1100110 0.00
Huston Street 1522020 18.00
Tim Stauffer 1000000 0.00
Nick Vincent 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 25-16, Tyson Ross 41-24, Wilfredo Boscan 19-10, Huston Street 26-17, Tim Stauffer 11-9, Nick Vincent 8-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 4-1, Tyson Ross 7-1, Wilfredo Boscan 2-0, Huston Street 1-0, Tim Stauffer 3-0, Nick Vincent 1-2
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 7, Tyson Ross 14, Wilfredo Boscan 5, Huston Street 8, Tim Stauffer 3, Nick Vincent 3
Game Information
Attendance - 1648
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Ben May