Gordon's slam highlights Royals' tie
Three relievers make spring debuts in slugfest with Indians
ROYALS 9, INDIANS 9
At Surprise, Ariz.
Royals at the plate: Alex Gordon smashed a grand slam off right-hander Edward Mujica in a seven-run fifth inning. Gordon was 2-for-3 after being 1-for-9 previously. John Buck followed with his second spring homer and also had an RBI double, making him 5-for-9 this spring. Coco Crisp belted an RBI double. Willie Bloomquist had two singles and an RBI.
Indians at the plate: Jhonny Peralta pounded a three-run homer off Royals starter Zack Greinke, a drive to dead center field 400 feet away. His third hit, a double, gave him a fourth RBI. Peralta is 7-for-11 (.636) this spring. Kelly Shoppach led off the second inning with a homer, his first hit in nine at-bats. Ryan Garko and Carlos Rivero each had an RBI double and a single.
Royals on the mound: Greinke, who had been flawless in his first start, this time gave up four runs on five hits, including two homers in his three innings. Robinson Tejeda had three strikeouts, but also walked three in his 1 1/3 innings. In their first outings, Ron Mahay had a scoreless inning, but Kyle Farnsworth and Jimmy Gobble each gave up two runs in an inning.
Indians on the mound: Starter Anthony Reyes gave up three singles, but got through two innings without giving up a run in his first outing. Tony Sipp had a perfect inning, but Kirk Saarloos and Mujica were victims of the seven-run fifth.
Cactus League records: Indians 2-4-1, Royals 3-2-2.
Up next: The duo of Brian Bannister and Luke Hochevar, who are competing for a rotation spot, again will be the 1-2 pitching punch for the Royals against the Texas Rangers at 2:05 p.m. CT on Wednesday at Surprise Stadium. Last Saturday against the Padres, Bannister worked two perfect innings and Hochevar gave up two runs in two innings. Kevin Millwood is the Rangers' starter.
Scott Lewis, a candidate for the Indians' fifth rotation spot, is scheduled to follow starter Carl Pavano to the mound on Wednesday. The Tribe will be at home against the Chicago Cubs at 3:05 p.m. ET at Goodyear Ballpark. The Cubs' starter is Chad Gaudin. The Indians have an open date on Thursday.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.