Gordon, O'Sullivan garner spotlight in win
Left fielder homers, plates two; righty tosses five no-hit frames
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Alex Gordon, scant hours after agreeing to a long-term contract with the Kansas City Royals, demonstrated his worth on Friday night by belting a home run and a single in a 7-2 Cactus League victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Gordon singled up the middle in the first inning and later scored on a passed ball. In the second inning, he followed Alcides Escobar's hit with a home run over the left-field wall against Eric Stults. With his fourth home run in the books and his average up to .410, Gordon was given the rest of the night off."It's a weight lifted off his shoulders, he's been thinking about this the last couple of days knowing that it was getting close," Royals manager Ned Yost said of Gordon's new contract. "When it finally got done, it was a relief. You can finally play your game now. ... But I got him out [of the game] quick."
The Royals jumped on Brian Bruney for four runs in the fifth, with Lorenzo Cain and Billy Butler each socking an RBI double and Eric Hosmer contributing a two-run single. Hosmer upped his Major League-leading RBI total to 28.
Right-hander Sean O'Sullivan, left off the Royals' 25-man roster, pitched as if he wanted that decision to be reconsidered. He threw five hitless innings, retiring the first 14 batters he faced before issuing a walk to Alexei Ramirez. He ended his outing by retiring Kosuke Fukudome.
Dayan Viciedo broke up the no-hitter by opening the sixth inning with a double off reliever Kelvin Herrera. Brent Morel singled and Eduardo Escobar's shot drilled Herrera in the leg and ricocheted to first baseman Hosmer. He threw wildly past the plate and the error allowed Viciedo to score. A.J. Pierzynski's line drive was caught by the diving Mitch Maier, Gordon's replacement in left, and a run scored after the catch.Up next for Royals: The last home game of the 2012 Cactus League season awaits the Royals and it's against the local favorite D-backs, sure to bring a sizable crowd for the 3:05 p.m. CT first pitch at Surprise Stadium. Left-hander Danny Duffy, the Royals' No. 5 starter, will make that pitch, with relievers Jose Mijares and Jonathan Broxton also scheduled to work. This was the Royals' 10th Spring Training in Surprise. Saturday's contest will air live on a royals.com exclusive audio webcast.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.