SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Luke Hochevar is adapting to a new role.
Hochevar worked two perfect innings in relief, David Lough had two more hits and a Kansas City Royals split-squad rallied to beat a San Diego Padres split-squad 7-5 on Friday.
Hochevar, the first player selected in the 2006 draft, was sent to the bullpen Wednesday after struggling the past five seasons as a starter. He struck out two and threw 16 strikes in 23 pitches.
"You get that shot of adrenaline, which is nice," Hochevar said about coming out of the bullpen. "It's kind of a different approach. You're not trying to establish anything or keep your pitch count down to get deep into the game. It's more like an attack, swing-and-miss kind of approach. I don't know how to explain it.
"I'm throwing all my breaking pitches from the get-go, instead of trying to establish your fastball, working your changeup early and get early contact. You're just coming at them, trying to get outs. It's kind of what I took from it to...