Mark Teahen made an inauspicious debut as the Kansas City Royals’ second baseman, committing two errors in the first two innings of Wednesday’s 12-7 loss to the Texas Rangers.

Mark Teahen made an inauspicious debut as the Kansas City Royals’ second baseman, committing two errors in the first two innings of Wednesday’s 12-7 loss to the Texas Rangers.
Teahen’s errant throw on Josh Hamilton’s fielder’s choice grounder led to three unearned runs in the Rangers’ six-run first inning. And his bad throw to first base on David Murphy’s grounder led to another Rangers run in the exhibition opener for both teams.
“It’s no point peaking on the first game of spring,” Teahen said afterward, laughing. “I gave myself a little room to go up.
“I know Grud (Mark Grudzielanek), the year (2006) he won the Gold Glove made two or three errors in his first game of spring. I’m just trying to follow his lead.”
With Ian Kinsler on first and one out in the first, Teahen opted to try to get the lead runner on Hamilton’s grounder, instead of the easier out at first base.
“It was the right choice,” Teahen said. “I just rushed it and made a bad throw. I was happy with getting to it. I was in good position.”
But manager Trey Hillman said Teahen made the wrong choice.
“In a one-out situation early in the game, I would just as soon see him get the out at first base and we’ve got two outs and a runner on second base,” Hillman said. “Those are some of the situational things that when a guy makes that kind of mistake, he’s going to learn a lot quicker from it. Next time, maybe as quick as tomorrow or the next day, he’s not going to make that same mistake in that same situation.”
Last season, Teahen started at left, right, first and third for the Royals, but he has never played second base as a pro. With Grudzielanek filing for free agency, the Royals have a vacancy at second base and are experimenting with Teahen there.
“It was my first game there in a while,” Teahen said. “There’s a lot more comfort to be had there. It was first game there in seven years or so, my first year at college. I would have liked for it to go better, but at the same time it’s not a big deal. I was happy how I got to the ball and how I turned. It’s all angles and getting the reps and everything else. For the most part I got to the ball. I just didn’t complete the play.”
Hillman said Willie Bloomquist would start at second base against the Rangers on Thursday, while Teahen would come in at the position later in the game.
“Nothing I saw with the mistakes he made today is overly alarming to me,” Hillman said. “I wish he hadn’t made them because of the outcome and because of the way it dominoed as far as the score goes early.
“There’s a silver lining to the cloud also,” Hillman added. “He’s going to be smarter the next time he goes out there.”
Horacio Ramirez took the loss, retiring only two of the 10 men he faced in the first inning and allowing seven hits, including a home run to Hank Blalock. Ramirez said the Teahen error did not bother him.
“Everybody is going to make mistakes,” Ramirez said. “I just try to make a pitch and get a ground ball and get out of the inning. I just left balls in the middle of the plate and good hitters will make good contact.”
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