MESA, Ariz. -- Alfonso Soriano connected for one of three first-inning homer against Bruce Chen and a Cubs split squad beat the Kansas City Royals 8-3 Saturday.
David DeJesus led off the game with a homer to right field. Then after Brent Lillibridge doubled and Anthony Rizzo struck out, Soriano hit his second of spring training. The 20-year-old Javier Baez followed with another long ball and also hit one in the fifth inning off Chen.
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Chen, compteting with three others for the fifth spot in the rotation, gave up nine hits and seven runs -- six earned -- with one walk and four strikeouts in five innings.
Cubs non-roster invitee Hisanori Takahashi allowed a solo homer to Mike Moustakas in the fourth inning.
Overall, Takahashi allowed five hits, walked one and struck out one in four.