Kansas City scored twice in the first against C.J. Wilson and added a Jeff Francouer solo homer in the fourth and an unearned run in the fifth to beat the Rangers on Sunday in the Cactus League opener for both teams.
A first-game Surprise Stadium-record 5,385 fans watched as Wilson threw 40 pitches in two innings. The Royals opened with three straight hits and used a throwing error on third baseman Michael Young to plate both runs against Wilson, who tossed a 1-2-3 second inning.
"The big thing for me is working on my stuff and not worrying what the game situation is," Wilson said. "I've been changing my delivery over the past six months. It’s going to be a work-in-progress."
Non-roster invitee Doug Deeds provided the Rangers' offense with a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Julio Borbon had a double, but he dropped a flyball with two outs in the fifth to allow an unearned run to score off Mark Lowe.
The Rangers and Royals play again Monday afternoon.
-- Jeff Wilson