GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Things will likely be different in the regular season, but in spring training the Royals have been almost unbeatable.
This afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark, they swatted away the Tribe 5-3 to run their record to 15-2-2 in exhibition games. By contrast, the Indians are a solid 12-7-1.
Zach McAllister was the first pitcher to feel the wrath of the Kansas City attack, as he gave up three runs, five hits and a walk, leaving the game after 3 1/3 innings.
""I think it was a matter of finding his rhythm,'' manager Terry Francona said. ""At times he did find it.''
""He did a great job holding runners,'' the manager said. ""That's something we really want him to do.''
Matt Langwell was the most successful Cleveland pitcher of the afternoon, relieving McAllister and giving up only two hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Trevor Bauer pitched the last four innings, giving up five hits and two runs. He also struck out four.
Offensively, Lonnie Chisenhall hit his third home run of the spring and doubled, raising his average to .419. Matt Carson went deep for the fourth time in only 14 spring at-bats.