The KC Royals beat visiting Chicago, 7-4.
The Royals received another solid start from newcomer Nate Karns, who allowed one run on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out seven.
Travis Wood followed with a scoreless inning. It was a rough day for Peter Moylan, who is battling for the final bullpen spot and a spot on the 40-man roster. Moylan allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in just one inning. He struck out one. Moylan allowed three straight hits to load the bases before recording an out. Unfortunately, a walk and a sac fly followed.
Lefty Eric Stout, who was sent to minor league camp yesterday, allowed a run on three hits in the ninth. It could have been worse, but Whit Merrifield, who was playing right field, threw a runner out at second base (he played the whole game and went 1-for-4 with an RBI).
The Royals were out-hit 12-11, but hit three home runs with the White Sox hitting all singles. Alex Gordon led off the bottom of the first with a solo homer. Cheslor Cuthbert added a solo homer in the third and Brandon Moss hit one in the fourth. Cuthbert and Moss each had two hits. Christian Colon, who is battling for a spot on the roster, went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base. He played both second and third base.
Terrence Gore scored two runs and stole a base. Minor leaguer Nicky Lopez pinch-ran for Cuthbert in the seventh and stole a base. Unfortunately in that inning, White Sox reliever Zack Burdi struck out the side (the kid can hit 100 mph, but his fastball is a little straight).
The Royals will play their final spring training game in Arizona tomorrow afternoon against the Texas Rangers before playing two exhibition games in Texas Friday night and Saturday.
*It seems that the Royals will wait until the very last moment to decide on the final spots on their Opening Day roster. Expect an announcement on Sunday (when rosters need to be finalized) regarding the decisions on Moylan (who is staying in camp despite being able to opt-out today), Merrifield, and CC.
**Prior to the game, the Royals sent Brayan Pena to minor league camp.