Feb 21, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) poses for a picture during photo day at the Royals Spring Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Royals Recap: Streak Ends, Gordon & Lough Stay Hot, Santana Looks Good

The streak is over but let’s no panic. The Kansas City Royals were thumped yesterday by the Seattle Mariners 12-2, halting a 11-game Spring Training winning streak. The world is not coming to an end.

The reason not to get very worried about the Royals loss is that 11 of the 12 runs allowed were by pitchers who will not make the Opening Day roster and figure little into Kansas City’s future plans. Guillermo Moscoso allowed 5 runs in one inning, Michael Mariot and Anthony Ortega each allowed 3 runs in an inning each. Start Ervin Santana gave up the other run in 3 innings of encouraging work. Santana did give up a run but he only allowed 3 base runners on 3 hits and no walks. He struck out 4.

Alex Gordon and David Lough both went 1-2 on the day. Even though they hit .500 for the day, both lowered their spring batting averages. Jeff Francoeur is still nursing a sore hip but did DH.

The Royals have two interesting split squad games to day. In the early match-up in Surprise against the Indians, the Royals will feature pitchers that do figure significantly in their future plans as Noel Arguelles, John Lamb, Ryan Verdugo, Justin Marks, Yordano Ventura and Sugar Ray Marimon are all scheduled to take the bump.

The later game in Scottsdale against the Colorado Rockies has Jeremy Guthrie as the starter for the Royals. Greg Holland and Aaron Crow will also get some work.


AL Central Notes:

Detroit Tigers: Drew Smyly has now pitched 9 straight scoreless innings as he tries to beat out Rick Porcello for the 5th spot in the rotation.

Cleveland Indians: The Indians won 13-5 yesterday and almost all the damage was caused by players scheduled to start. Drew Stubbs, Jason Kipnis, Lonnie Chisenhall, Nick Swisher, and Mark Reynolds all had big days.

Chicago White Sox: The Sox signed starting pitcher Chris Sale to a 5-year, $32.5 million extension on Thursday. The deal includes two more club option years for an additional $25 million. Chicago obviously believes Sale’s slight frame and violent delivery are not issues.

Minnesota Twins: Aaron Hicks had a monster spring day on Thursday, going 4-5 with 3 home runs, 6 RBI, 4 runs scored, and a stolen base. Hicks looks to be a strong AL Rookie of the Year candidate early on.

Tags: Aaron Hicks Chicago White Sox Chris Sale Cleveland Indians Detroit Tigers Ervin Santana Kansas City Royals Minnesota Twins

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