Finnegan makes Cactus League debut

Left-hander allows two runs over two innings

Finnegan makes Cactus League debut

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals rookie left-hander Brandon Finnegan, in a fight for one of the final roster spots out of the bullpen, finally got some Cactus League action on Tuesday.

Finnegan threw two innings, giving up three hits and two runs, in the club's 6-2 loss to the White Sox.

Finnegan looked dominant in his first inning, getting the White Sox 4-5-6 hitters -- Alexei Ramirez, J.B. Shuck and Gordon Beckham -- on three easy outs in the fifth.

"It felt good," he said. "You just want to get your work in. It's the first little competitive outing I've had all Spring Training."

Finnegan got nicked for two runs in the sixth inning, though the inning was Arizona-tainted -- the White Sox got an infield hit, a seeing-eye grounder for a hit, and a slicer to left for a hit.

"They got a couple of hits," Finnegan said. "That's going to happen.

"But I felt pretty good out there. For the first time out there, it felt fine."

Royals manager Ned Yost thought Finnegan had a solid outing.

"He had a real good first inning," Yost said. "All in all, just a good first outing."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jflanagankc. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.