02/27/11 5:45 PM EST
Davies, Chen sharp as Royals take opener
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
2010 Spring Training - Kansas City Royals
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Jeff Francoeur, who played in the World Series with the Rangers before signing with the Royals in the offseason, faced his old teammates, and hit a solo home run off Dave Bush in the fourth inning.
Rangers outfielder Doug Deeds, in camp on a Minor League contract, broke up the Royals' shutout with a two-run home run off of Louis Coleman in the sixth.
"Very, very, very good today," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "I was very pleased with the pitching. I thought Kyle Davies was very sharp, Bruce [Chen] was very sharp. Everybody threw the ball very well."
Up next: Right-hander Vin Mazzaro, who came from the A's in the trade for popular outfielder David DeJesus, gets his first start for the Royals on Monday, and is scheduled to pitch two innings against the Rangers. The Royals will also unleash five of their rookie left-handers -- Danny Duffy, Everett Teaford, Blaine Hardy, Will Smith and Chris Dwyer -- who will pitch an inning each. Right-handers Patrick Keating and Steve Shell are scheduled to finish up. Of the eight pitchers, only Mazzaro and Shell have big league experience.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.