3/11/2014 9:46 P.M. ET
Vargas continues to impress
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Jason Vargas got good marks after pitching four innings and allowing one run in the Royals' 7-5 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday.
"I thought he pitched great," manager Ned Yost said. "I was really pleased with the way Vargas pitched. He changed speeds, kept the ball down. I thought he pitched great."
Vargas was working in a Cactus League game with catcher Brett Hayes for the first time. Regular catcher Salvador Perez was resting a bruised hand.
"That was the first throwing to Brett in a game other than a simulated game early in camp," Vargas said. "But he was good, we worked well and I was able to execute pitches. That last inning I was able to work out of a jam, and it was easy to do."
In the fourth inning, Vargas allowed his first run in three outings and nine innings this spring. But the inning began with the bases loaded and no outs, and only one run scored.
Bullpen regulars Greg Holland and Wade Davis each pitched one inning. Holland pitched a perfect inning and Davis gave up one run after walking the leadoff batter.
"I was happy with Holly and I thought Wade Davis did fine," Yost said.
Louis Coleman, delayed in camp by a jammed middle finger on his pitching hand, gave up a three-run homer, four hits and two walks in the decisive ninth inning.
"Louis is a proven performer. It's his second time out and he's just pitching himself back into shape," Yost said.
Royals get extra work in 'B' game with Rangers
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The teams took considerable liberties with their lineups on Tuesday when the Rangers defeated the Royals, 3-0, in a "B" game on the Texas side of their shared complex.
The Royals started out with just six batters, five Major Leaguers plus non-roster catcher Frank Pena, who did nothing but hit while Minor Leaguers were sent out to play defense. The Rangers used an eight-man lineup, minus the DH, which also played defense.
Mike Moustakas had two singles and Danny Valencia had one single and that was the extent of the Royals' offense. Alcides Escobar and Eric Hosmer each went 0-for-4; Jarrod Dyson and Pena each went 0-for-3.
On the pitching side, Kelvin Herrera threw two hitless, scoreless innings; Tim Collins gave up one run in two innings, and Everett Teaford surrendered two runs, one on a homer, in his two innings.
Yost gets taste of new replay rules
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Instant replay confirmed the call on Dodgers second baseman Alex Guerrero's ninth-inning triple on Tuesday at Surprise Stadium. But the Royals didn't get a chance to challenge another aspect of the same play.
Guerrero led off the top of the ninth with a shot off the top of the center-field wall, which bounced back into play, was fielded by Jarrod Dyson and then thrown in while Guerrero stopped at third.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly asked whether the ball cleared the wall for a homer, at which point the umpires decided to review the call. It was confirmed; the ball did not leave the yard.
"Just home run or not," Mattingly said of his question to the umpires. "I feel it's one of those that are close enough. It's hard to see the rail [because] it's the same color and we couldn't really tell."
Though his argument prompted the review, there was not a challenge by Mattingly, because it was after the sixth inning, when all replays are at the discretion of the umpires. While the play was being reviewed, Royals manager Ned Yost was trying to get replay information from his technicians on another aspect of the play. The Royals believed that Guerrero missed touching second base on his way to third.
"The whole time during the argument [over the home run] we were saying, 'Do we have anything on the baserunner?' [The answer was] 'No, we've got no footage,'" Yost said.
So Yost had no video on which to base his claim that Guerrero missed the base. Royals pitcher Louis Coleman was alerted to throw to second base for an appeal, but the umpires waved it off. By then, considerable time had passed and Coleman resumed pitching.
"Then when Louis is in the windup starting to deliver his pitch, they got the footage," Yost said. "So some of this stuff is happening way too slow."
Yost pointed out that for this Spring Training game there were only three TV cameras from which to derive video replays. That will change during the regular season, when several more cameras will be used for each game.
"Supposedly with the angles and the new equipment and the rapid transmissions back to each stadium, they say we'll have nine to 12 different angles that we'll have access to within nine seconds," Yost said.
He's confident that will happen.
"This stuff has to happen way faster," Yost said.
Infante, Escobar yet to play in same game
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Now that Omar Infante is back at second base, it's shortstop Alcides Escobar who has a stiff throwing shoulder.
As a result, the Royals still haven't gotten their middle-infield combination together in a Cactus League game. Escobar was scratched from Tuesday's game against the Dodgers because of "minor soreness" in his right shoulder, the club announced.
Infante was at second base for the second straight day after not playing in the field for 10 days because of a stiff right shoulder.
Neither is scheduled to play on Wednesday against Oakland. Infante will get a planned day off, and Escobar will rest his shoulder.
Perez expected to be back behind plate
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Catcher Salvador Perez was out of the Royals' lineup on Tuesday, a day after leaving a game against the Mariners with a bruised lower left palm, but he's expected to play on Wednesday against the A's.
Perez left Monday's game after taking a foul tip of his glove hand in the second inning.
"He's real good," manager Ned Yost said. "It's a bit of a bruise. He's playing tomorrow. He could've played today, but when you swing, that's where the knob is, so I'm going to give him one more day."
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.