The Royals enjoyed an offensive explosion, picking up 14 hits on their way to a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees in Fort Lauderdale. Outfielder Joe Keough had four hits, while shortstop Luis Alcaraz had three hits and drove in three runs. First baseman Chuck Harrison had two hits and scored two runs. Oddly, all the Kansas City hits were singles.
Dave Morehead got the start for Kansas City and allowed one run in three innings. Roger Nelson managed three scoreless innings despite issuing three walks and allowing two hits, and Chris Zachary overcame wildness to pitch three shutout innings of his own, despite allowing four walks and three hits; he did pick up five strikeouts.
Back in Kansas City, the Halls store on the Country Club Plaza opened a display to honor the new team. The exhibit included life-sized stick figures—one for manager Joe Gordon and 25 representing players—wearing Royals uniforms. Also, an area set up to look like a locker room featured profile information and memorabilia for many of the players. There were also taped interviews with players and a slideshow of spring training images, with commentary by Gordon and lead radio broadcaster Buddy Blattner.
Today’s birthdays: Randy Bass (1954), Terry Leach (1954), Jorge Fabregas (1970), Scott Sullivan (1971), Byron Gettis (1980), Mike Aviles (1981)