Carlos Hernandez and the KC Royals aim to maintain a perfect spring record against the Texas Rangers

Only one Major League Baseball spring training team has yet to lose a game, and that is the Kansas City Royals. The Royals are 5-0-1 this year with a plus-11 point differential and are coming off a knockout win over the Cincinnati Reds. In the Royals’ win, Bobby Witt Jr. had a trio of RBIs and ended up hitting his second homer in six games. Vinnie Pasquantino, in his only at-bat of the game, hit a single for sure. First baseman Carlos Santana was the other Royal to record an RBI, and he recorded his on a sacrificial fly.

On Friday, Kansas City hosts the Texas Rangers. The Texas lineup includes the likes of Brad Miller, Nick Solar, Nathaniel Lowe and others. Ryan Willis, Ed Hickox, Ryan Blakney and Mike Muchlinski will serve as referees as both teams look to head into the weekend on a high.

Here’s how the Royals will line up in this afternoon’s game as they look to improve on their unbeaten spring training record.

Starting pitchers

Kansas City: HRP Carlos Hernandez
Texas: RHP Dane Dunning

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Kansas City Royals starting lineup

  1. Michael A. Taylor (R) – FC
  2. Bobby Witt Jr. (R) – 3B
  3. Ryan O’Hearn (L) – RF
  4. Hunter Dozier (R) – 1B
  5. Nick Pratto (L) – DH
  6. Edward Olivares (R) – LF
  7. Clay Dungan (L) – 2B
  8. Cam Gallagher (D) – C
  9. Maikel Garcia (R) – SS
Sep 15, 2021;  Kansas City, Missouri, USA;  Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Carlos Hernandez (43) delivers against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley - USA TODAY Sports
May 31, 2021;  Kansas City, Missouri, USA;  Kansas City Royals right fielder Edward Olivares (14) rounds third base to score against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second inning at Kauffman Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff - USA TODAY Sports

To follow

First pitch: 3:05 p.m. CST
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Radio: MLB.com