Kenta Maeda, Kyle Farmer help Dodgers beat Royals

first_img Dodgers poised to use their stash of starter/relievers in 2018 THE GAME: The Dodgers beat the Kansas City Royals 6-4 before an announced crowd of 10,594 on Friday afternoon at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.PITCHING REPORT: Right-hander Kenta Maeda allowed a home run to the first batter he faced, Whit Merrifield, in an otherwise scoreless three-inning appearance. Maeda walked one batter, struck out four, and pitched a simulated inning in the bullpen after exiting the game. … Maeda has allowed only two runs in 7⅓ Cactus League innings so far. … Ross Stripling pitched two innings and allowed a solo home run to Drew Butera, the former Dodger. … Tony Cingrani threw a scoreless inning in his Cactus League debut. … Non-roster invitees Mark Lowe and Zach Neal also threw scoreless innings. … Left-hander Adam Liberatore allowed a two-run home run to Royals minor-leaguer Anderson Miller in his only inning.HITTING REPORT: Kyle Farmer hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning against Royals right-hander Andres Machado. … Farmer is hitting .533 (8 for 15) with two home runs. … Chase Utley drove in a run with a check-swing single in the third inning and also drew a walk in three plate appearances. … Andrew Toles went 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI single to the opposite field. … Non-roster invitees Edwin Rios and Donovan Solano each went 2 for 2.DEFENSE REPORT: Utley got his first spring start at first base. … Farmer and Yasmani Grandal each threw out a runner trying to steal second base. NEXT GAME: The Dodgers will send left-hander Rich Hill to the mound against the Chicago Cubs (RHP Luke Farrell) on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA; 570-AM).Related Articles Dennis Santana aims to be the Dodgers’ next position player-turned-pitcher center_img When will Dodgers’ prospect Walker Buehler be ready to blossom? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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