ROYALS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 7
at Tucson, Ariz.
Tuesday, March 11

Royals at the plate: Billy Butler's day got off to a good start against Dan Haren. With one out in the first, Mike Aviles singled, Mark Teahen moved him to third with a double and Butler brought them both home with a single to center. He then led off the fourth with a towering homer to right. Butler drove home a run in the fifth with a bases-loaded groundout. In an odd play in the seventh, John Buck struck out for what seemed like the final out, but the home-plate umpire ruled the ball hit the ground so when catcher Ed Easley rolled the ball toward the mound, Buck reached first and Teahen came home to score from third.

D-backs at the plate: The D-backs played long ball early in this one. Mark Reynolds and Chris Snyder started off the second with back-to-back blasts. Reynolds' blast landed well beyond the left-field wall and went onto Kino Parkway Road. Eric Byrnes then led off the third with his first home run of the spring.

Royals on the mound: Zack Greinke didn't give up many hits, but the ones he did ended up going a long way. The right-hander allowed just three hits in four innings and all three landed over the fence. Other than that, he held the D-backs in check striking out five, including the side in the second.

D-backs on the mound: Haren didn't look like he was able to get into a rhythm on the mound in his third outing of the spring. He walked back-to-back hitters in the fourth, an unusual occurrence for a pitcher that allowed just 55 free passes in 222 2/3 innings last year. Brandon Lyon allowed two hits and a walk to lead off the fifth. He retired the next three hitters, but two runs managed to score.

Cactus League records: Royals 7-6; D-backs 6-8-1.

Up next for Royals: Rookie Luke Hochevar, very impressive so far in camp, makes his first Cactus League start against the Los Angeles Angels at 3:05 p.m. CT on Wednesday at Tempe, Ariz. Jon Garland is the Angels' starter. Also scheduled to pitch for the Royals: Kyle Davies, Neal Musser and Leo Nunez. So far, Hochevar has pitched four innings and given up one hit and no runs.

Up next for D-backs: Doug Davis will get the start for the D-backs on Wednesday against the A's in Phoenix. The D-backs expected lineup is: Chris Young (CF), Orlando Hudson (DH), Eric Byrnes (LF), Conor Jackson (1B), Mark Reynolds (3B), Justin Upton (RF), Stephen Drew (SS), Robby Hammock (C) and Emilio Bonifacio (2B).