Kosuke Fukudome hit his first homer this spring with one on and one out in the ninth inning Monday to pull within 8-7 of the Royals. The Cubs then tied the game on Kyle Reynolds’ RBI double, and that was the final score, 8-8. But Fukudome also was charged with an error that led to two Kansas City runs in the bottom of the eighth. He told the Japanese writers that right fielder Reed Johnson was having trouble with the sun, which could have led to the confusion. Both had converged on the ball. We’ll find out more on Tuesday. Fukudome is batting .167.
— Carrie Muskat