TEMPE, Ariz. -- Unflappability in difficult innings was a key reason the Rockies targeted right-hander Kyle Kendrick in free agency this winter. No time like his first Spring Training start to display it.
Kendrick, signed for one year and $5.5 million (with an additional $500,000 if he reaches 190 innings) after eight seasons with the Phillies, minimized the damage after loading bases with no outs in his first Cactus League inning for his new club, against the Angels on Friday. Matt Joyce's sacrifice fly yielded the only run, and he finished the inning by forcing a Erick Aybar fly to right and striking out Collin Cowgill. Kendrick gave up one hit and no runs in his second and final inning.