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Heisey's 6th homer helps Reds beat Royals 9-3

By GARY SCHATZ
Associated Press
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Chris Heisey hit his sixth spring-training homer and tripled, helping the Cincinnati Reds to beat a Kansas City Royals' split squad 9-3 Friday.

Heisey, a backup outfielder, also made a perfect throw from the center-field wall to second baseman Kristopher Negron, who threw out Alcides Escobar trying to stretch an extra-base hit into a triple in the fifth.

''He's stayed with his approach. He's putting the barrel of the bat on the ball,'' Reds' manager Bryan Price said. ''I'm very impressed with Chris and the way he's handling himself. He really trusts that he has an approach that will work. Chris is at the point where he can be an everyday player. He is working very hard to get there.''

Escobar played his first game since March 9 after recovering from a sore right forearm.

''Escobar hit a nice double and looked good in the field,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Brett Marshall started in place of Homer Bailey, who threw a bullpen session and is expected to pitch in a minor league game on Sunday. Marshall allowed two runs, two hits and three walks in four innings with four strikeouts.

Royals starter James Shields gave up five runs and six hits in six innings with six strikeouts and no walks.

''He got his work in. He's ready to go,'' Yost said.

Negron hit a two-run homer in the third. Neftali Soto had a three-run homer in the eighth against Donnie Joseph, Soto's third home run of the spring.

Reds left fielder Skip Schumaker left the game holding his left arm in the seventh after diving to try for Angel Franco's liner, which landed for a double.

''These guys are playing so hard,'' Price said. ''It was a hustle play, trying to keep the ball from getting into the gap. He represents everything we want to do here. I hope he's not out a long period of time because he is really important to our club.''

STARTING TIME

Royals: Shields made his fifth spring start in preparation for his opening-day start against the Detroit Tigers. Shields had allowed one run in 14 2-3 innings coming into the game with Cincinnati.

''He struggled with his command a little and had to work, which was good,'' Yost said. ''We wanted him to throw 100 pitches. He reached all of his objectives.''

Reds: Marshall was claimed off waivers from the Chicago Cubs, two days before spring training started. With Mat Latos expected to miss the start of the season, Marshall, who was originally slated for Triple-A Louisville, could stick with the Reds as a backup starter or long relief.

''I'm excited. My command is getting a little better,'' Marshall said. ''It doesn't matter. Whatever helps the team whether it's as a closer or starter, is all right. I just want an opportunity.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: Infielder Danny Valencia left in the sixth inning of Thursday's game against the Angels. He was hit on the left wrist by a pitch from Jared Weaver. X-rays were negative, but he has a bruise. ... Omar Infante is scheduled to resume throwing this afternoon.

Reds: Pitchers Latos, Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall appear to be headed for the disabled list to start the season. The trio are currently on throwing programs but Price doubts that they will have enough work in to be ready for the start of the season . ... Johnny Cueto shoulder and Homer Bailey groin skipped a turn but are scheduled to make their next starts. ... Catcher Devin Mesoraco has been held out of games since Monday with a sore oblique.

GENERAL REPORTS

Hall of Fame electee Tony La Russa and former college basketball coach Bobby Knight visited the Reds.

THROWBACK REDS

Former Reds' pitching stars, Jim Maloney and Jack Billingham watched batting practice. They are here for the Reds' owner's weekend. Billingham was the Reds' pitcher that gave up Hank Aaron's 714th home run on opening day 1974. Maloney pitched two no-hitters while with the Reds. Billingham recalled being in the Houston Astros dugout when Maloney and Houston pitcher Don Wilson pitched no-hitters on back-to-back nights, April 30 and May 1, 1969.

ACE VENTURA

The Royals selected 22-year old right-hander Yordano Ventura to complete the starting rotation. He will follow Shields and Jason Vargas in the rotation, starting against Detroit on April 3. Ventura signed with the Royals as a non-drafted free agent in 2008. He was 16 when he signed. Ventura has a 1.76 ERA this spring in three starts. He has allowed three runs in 15 1-3 innings.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

L. Cain
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Cincinnati

C. Heisey
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alcides Escobar, SS3010000 .222
   Angel Franco, SS10101001.000
Mike Moustakas, 3B1110200 .463
   Hunter Dozier, 3B2000012 .000
Eric Hosmer, 1B2000122 .300
   Jared Schlehuber, 1B1000101 .000
Salvador Perez, C2100103 .395
   a-Ramon Hernandez, PH-C1000002 .467
Carlos Peguero, LF2000100 .308
   Whit Merrifield, LF1000002 .333
Lorenzo Cain, CF2111010 .364
   Bubba Starling, CF1000000 .000
Jimmy Paredes, RF3011001 .179
   Jorge Bonifacio, RF1000010 .182
Pedro Ciriaco, 2B3000002 .250
   Humberto Arteaga, 2B1000010 .000
Brian Fletcher, DH3000031 .125
   b-Jecksson Flores, PH-DH1000010 .000
James Shields, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Crow, P0000000 .000
   Donnie Joseph, P0000000 .000
   Cory Wade, P0000000 .000
Totals31352710  
a-flied out for Perez in the 7th
b-struck out for Fletcher in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alcides Escobar (1, Broxton), Angel Franco (1, Beato), Mike Moustakas (6, Marshall), Lorenzo Cain (3, Hoover)
SF - Lorenzo Cain (2)
RBI - Lorenzo Cain (5), Jimmy Paredes (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Paredes (1)
SB - Carlos Peguero (2, 2nd base off Marshall/Miller), Jimmy Paredes (1, 2nd base off Marshall/Miller)
Team LOB - 9
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James Shields (L,2-1) 6655063 2.61
Aaron Crow 1011200 2.25
Donnie Joseph 0.1133301 4.76
Cory Wade 0.2100010 8.44
WP - James Shields (1)
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 38-36, Aaron Crow 11-3, Donnie Joseph 18-3, Cory Wade 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 4-8, Aaron Crow 3-0, Donnie Joseph 1-0
Batters Faced - James Shields 24, Aaron Crow 5, Donnie Joseph 5, Cory Wade 3
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Roger Bernadina, DH5112023 .419
Zack Cozart, SS4000002 .214
   Steven Selsky, LF00000001.000
Joey Votto, 1B4000010 .233
Jay Bruce, RF3100110 .237
Chris Heisey, CF3221000 .356
   Bryan Anderson, C0100100 .000
Neftali Soto, 3B4113021 .385
Skip Schumaker, LF2111000 .441
   Jason Bourgeois, LF-CF0100200 .222
Kris Negron, 2B2112010 .267
   Chris Nelson, 2B1010100 .357
Corky Miller, C2010000 .063
   Ramon Santiago, SS1000002 .194
Brett Marshall, P00000001.000
   Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
   Pedro Beato, P0000000 .000
   Jose Diaz, P0000000 .000
   Trevor Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals3198957  
Batting
2B - Chris Nelson (3, Wade)
3B - Chris Heisey (1, Shields)
HR - Roger Bernadina (2, Shields), Chris Heisey (6, Shields), Neftali Soto (3, Joseph), Kris Negron (1, Shields)
SH - Corky Miller (1)
RBI - Roger Bernadina 2 (6), Chris Heisey (12), Neftali Soto 3 (8), Skip Schumaker (7), Kris Negron 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Heisey (7), Skip Schumaker (5), Kris Negron 2 (3)
SB - Jason Bourgeois (2, 2nd base off Crow/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Heisey 1
E - Neftali Soto (1, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Marshall (W,3-0) 4222340 2.08
Jonathan Broxton (H,2) 1100210 0.00
J.J. Hoover (H,3) 1110010 1.50
Pedro Beato (H,3) 1100100 2.57
Jose Diaz (H,2) 1000020 2.57
Trevor Bell 1000120 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Marshall 36-22, Jonathan Broxton 13-5, J.J. Hoover 7-7, Pedro Beato 8-4, Jose Diaz 7-7, Trevor Bell 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Marshall 3-5, J.J. Hoover 2-1, Pedro Beato 1-2, Jose Diaz 1-0, Trevor Bell 1-0
Batters Faced - Brett Marshall 17, Jonathan Broxton 5, J.J. Hoover 5, Pedro Beato 5, Jose Diaz 3, Trevor Bell 4
Game Information
Attendance - 3737
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Chad Whitson, Third Base - Chris Segal