at Goodyear, Ariz.
Tuesday, March 8
Reds at the plate: Drew Stubbs gave the Reds a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a two-run home run to left-center field. Jonny Gomes was 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in the fifth inning. Scott Rolen and Jay Bruce both went 2-for-3 with one run scored each. Chris Dickerson was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Danny Dorn added a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh.Royals at the plate: The Royals connected for two home runs in the three-run top of the fifth. Josh Fields hit a two-run shot and Kila Ka'aihue added a solo shot.
Royals on the mound: Starter Brian Bannister allowed one hit over two scoreless innings. Kyle Farnsworth followed and allowed five earned runs on six hits over 1 2/3 innings with three walks and two strikeouts.Worth noting: Chapman threw 26 pitches, 15 for strikes. One scout's radar-gun reading on a Chris Getz called strikeout in the fourth inning registered 100 mph. The Reds' scout gun topped out at 99 mph. Up next: Opening Day starter Aaron Harang will make his spring debut when the Reds host the D-backs on Tuesday at 3:05 p.m. ET/1:05 MT. Billy Buckner will start for Arizona. Behind Harang will be two candidates for the fifth spot in Matt Maloney and Justin Lehr. Maloney had a very sharp first outing when he pitched on Friday. Robinson Tejeda and Kyle Davies, two of the pitchers vying for a rotation spot, hope for better showings on Tuesday when the Royals meet the Oakland A's at 2:05 p.m. CT at Surprise Stadium. Both had rough outings in the Cactus League opener against Texas. Also scheduled to pitch are setup candidate Roman Colon and non-roster right-handers Philip Humber and Bryan Bullington. The A's starter is Vin Mazzaro, 4-9 last year as a rookie.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less