SURPRISE, Ariz. -- C.J. Wilson retired the final six batters he faced in two inning of work in Sunday's Cactus League opener against Kansas City. It was the first three batters that gave him trouble in the Royals' two-run first inning.
Wilson surrendered singles to all three and lead-off man Mike Aviles was helped along to third on a throwing error by Michael Young trying to get Melky Cabrera at first. The error led to two runs, one unearned, when Billy Butler lined a single to center.
In two innings, Wilson threw 40 pitches, 27 for strikes. He gave up just the three hits and struck out two. He did not walk a batter.
Former Rangers outfielder Jeff Francoeur made it 3-0 in the fourth with a home run to left off Rangers newcomer Dave Bush, who is fighting for a starting job. Bush pitched two innings, giving up a walk in the third, his first inning of work. The homer was the only hit he allowed and he walked two.