ARLINGTON -- After starter Ian Kennedy's abbreviated and unspectacular outing, the Royals' bullpen held firm the rest of the way with six relievers each throwing a shutout inning and combining to hold the Rangers to only two hits in a 3-0 exhibition loss on Friday night at Globe Life Park.
All six will get the day off for Saturday's exhibition game against the Rangers so they can be fresh for Monday's season opener against the Twins at Target Field.
"They held the fort, they didn't give up anything and they were fine," manager Ned Yost said. "They got their work in. That was their last tuneup before Opening Day, so they're ready to go."
Royals relievers got help with some flashy defense on Friday. In the fourth, with Young pitching, runners on the corners and two out, first baseman Eric Hosmer saved the inning with a leaping stab on Rougned Odor's line drive.