SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Will Smith came into spring training as the longshot in Kansas City's four-man competition to be the fifth starter.
The young left-hander got the first chance and impressed, throwing two perfect innings with a strikeout and outpitching two Texas starters already with rotation spots in a spring training opener that ended in a 5-5 tie after nine innings Friday.
"I'm trying my hardest. That's not my job to worry about. My job is to go out there and get outs, help my team win," Smith said. "If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it's not my call."
Smith, who was 6-9 with a 5.32 ERA in 16 starts as a rookie last season, is competing for the No. 5 spot with former No. 1 overall pick Luke Hochevar, right-hander Luis Mendoza and left-hander Bruce Chen. Mendoza is set to pitch Sunday.
While Smith is trying to earn a rotation spot, Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando are in a different situation for the Rangers.
Holland allowed a run and six hits in three innings. O...