Saturday, March 03, 2007

Meche, Hochevar Shine in Debuts

Yeah, it's only spring training. And no, it doesn't mean much. Unless of course Gil Meche had given up eight runs in an inning and a third. Then it would have been one of the leading stories coming out of spring training yesterday. Instead, Meche threw three scoreless innings against the Rangers, giving up two hits and a walk.

Here's what he said afterward: "Three innings is something I've never done before in my first time out. I was pleased to see my velocity stay the same in the third inning as it was in the first. It was a good day."

Indeed it was, the Royals won 8-6.

Luke Hochevar was also impressive in a two inning stint during a "B" game against the Rangers. He threw two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, no walks, and striking out two--one of whom was Sammy Sosa, who later said, "I've got to tip my cap to him."

Reggie Sanders and Mark Grudzielanek saw their first game action yesterday. Sanders was 1-for-2 with an RBI as the DH. Grudzielanek was 1-for-2. Ryan Shealy blasted his first home run of the spring--a three run shot. Alex Gonzalez was 2-for-2 with an RBI. And there's no reason to panic just yet, but Alex Gordon was 0-for-4.

In other news, the Royals signed their remaining players, so everybody is signed and ready to go.

Odalis Perez is expected to start today against the Rangers.

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