SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A unique doubleheader is available to fans in the Phoenix area on Sunday at Surprise Stadium.
At 10 a.m. MT, the Texas Rangers will play an intrasquad game featuring Japanese pitching star Yu Darvish.
That will be followed at 1:05 p.m. MT by the Royals' regularly-scheduled Cactus League game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Felipe Paulino is the probable starting pitcher for the Royals with reliever Jonathan Broxton also scheduled.
Fans purchasing a ticket for the Royals-Brewers game will be admitted to the Rangers-Darvish scrimmage. Stadium gates will open at 9:30 a.m. MT.
Hosmer gets some work in right field
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Now playing right field for the Royals, No. 35, Eric Hosmer.
You heard right. That was Hosmer, the flashy first baseman, going to right field in the seventh inning on Friday against the Dodgers.
Just a way to prepare for a just-in-case situation. Such as wanting to have both Billy Butler and Hosmer in a game in a National League city where there's no designated hitter, Butler's usual spot.
"I'm going to try to get him in right field or the outfield two or three times this spring," manager Ned Yost said. "Just to have some experience out there in case we get into interleague and it might be a necessity to have both Billy's and Hoz's bats in the game. Somebody might be struggling and I just don't want to throw him out there cold turkey."
So Hosmer took the right-field spot usually occupied by Jeff Francoeur and caught a foul fly ball in the ninth inning of the Royals' 2-0 victory.
"I was waiting for one," Hosmer said. "I won't be a train wreck out there but I wouldn't expect any catches like Frenchy or anything."
Left fielder Alex Gordon might also be seen at first base before camp breaks. It's a position he's played 40 times in the Majors.
"We're going to play Gordy some at first, too, just because of that situation. We're trying to just make sure we're covered," Yost said. "Just trying to look down the road and see all the scenarios that could happen and try to get guys time out there."
Yost pleased with Hochevar's start
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Luke Hochevar was the dominant figure in the Royals' shutout victory on Friday, but manager Ned Yost was happy with all four of his pitchers.
Hochevar struck out eight and walked none in his six innings, giving up three hits. He also induced two double play grounders.
"[Home plate umpire] Bob Davidson came over in the fifth inning and said, 'Boy, he's ready. He's ready to start the season,'" Yost said.
Jonathan Broxton, Louis Coleman and Kelvin Herrera each pitched one inning to close out the Royals' second shutout of the Cactus League season.
"They all had great stuff, commanded the ball, moved the ball in, moved the ball out, had good breaking stuff, commanded the count for the most part and were dynamic," Yost said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.