- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

SURPRISE, ARIZ. (AP) - Robinson Tejeda is finding new ways to tantalize hitters.

Tejeda struck out seven in four innings, and John Buck and Ross Gload hit two-run homers as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Texas Rangers 4-1 Friday in the teams’ split-squad matchup.

Tejeda, a hard-throwing right-hander, has added a drop-down angle to his traditional delivery to give batters even more fits. Tejeda walked Hank Blalock to leadoff the fourth and gave up a run-scoring double to Marlon Byrd. Tejeda then struck out Frank Catalannotto, Jarrod Saltamacchia and Justin Smoak, all looking.

Joaquin Arias had three hits and Catalanotto two, including a double, for the Rangers.

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