03/24/11 8:48 PM ET
Royals' relief aces shine against Mariners
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
Robinson Tejeda worked a one-two-three seventh inning and needed just 12 pitches.
"He's had some pretty easy innings down here this spring," manager Ned Yost said.
Joakim Soria also breezed through a perfect inning and ended the Mariners' eighth with a strikeout of Mike Wilson.
Yost saw that as unusual because Soria got it on a two-strike curveball.
"He used it a lot before I got here and would get a lot of guys out with two strikes but last year I can't remember when he got a guy out with a two-strike curveball. He'd bounce it or throw it for a ball," Yost said.
"And he threw it for a strike twice today so Jack's back on top of his game."
Little mistakes haunt Jeffress in long inning
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Hard-throwing right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, striving to win a bullpen job with the Royals, hit a snag in the ninth inning on Thursday.
Taking over with a 9-4 lead, Jeffress gave up four runs on a walk and five hits, including a two-run homer by Michael Saunders. But he struck out Adam Moore to end the Royals' 9-8 victory.
Manager Ned Yost, though, was not all that displeased with Jeffress' pitching.
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"The line's probably not real pretty but the worst thing he did was walk the guy with two outs," Yost said.
That came after a double play and started the four-run flood.
"But he continued to stay after it and got us out of there with the win," Yost said.
There was no save involved, but Jeffress was excited to get a chance to pitch the ninth inning. He followed All-Star closer Joakim Soria to the mound.
"My heart was racing," Jeffress said. "It got me excited when I heard I was closing today. You've got to be excited and honored to do something like that."
Jeffress needed 28 pitches in the inning.
"I felt like I had my stuff today, but guys were seeing the ball good," he said. "I hung the curveball for the home run. You can't do that. It's the little mistakes that you make today that can come back to bite you."
Zawadzki stays hot, has chance of making club
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Royals infielder Lance Zawadzki continued his impressive Cactus League showing with a two-run homer and two singles in Thursday's 9-8 win over the Mariners.
Zawadzki, claimed on waivers from the Padres during the winter, is hitting .353 (12-for-34) with two homers.
He could have a chance to make the 25-man roster if the Royals decide to keep a middle infielder instead of a fifth outfielder.
"Everybody's got a shot at making the club," manager Ned Yost said. "If you're still here, you've got a shot."
FOX Sports KC kicks off Royals broadcasts
PEORIA, Ariz. -- FOX Sports Kansas City will launch its 2011 Royals telecast schedule at 8 p.m. CT on Friday when the World Series champion San Francisco Giants provide the competition at Surprise, Ariz.
Ryan Lefebvre, Frank White and Joel Goldberg will be the announcers.
FOX also will televise Monday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers at 3 p.m. CT on Monday with Paul Splittorff and Goldberg joining Brewers announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder.
The games will be preceded by Royals Rewind programming at 7 p.m. CT and 2:30 p.m. CT on Monday. The games will be replayed at 11 p.m. and 7 p.m. CT on the respective days.
FOX will carry 140 regular-season Royals games.
Davies returns to camp after son's birth
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Pitcher Kyle Davies will return to the Royals' camp on Friday from Atlanta where his wife, Katie, gave birth to their first child, a son named Conner.
Davies, who left early Wednesday, didn't make it to the hospital in time for the birth, which also happened on Wednesday. The baby's arrival beat the due date of April 2, when Davies is scheduled to pitch against the Los Angeles Angels.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.