July 9, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; World team pitcher Ventura Yordano (46) delivers a pitch in the first inning of the 2012 All Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Royals Recap: Ventura, Giavotella, & Lough Shine

The Kansas City Royals bounced back from losing their first spring game on Thursday and suffering through two Friday Arizona rain outs by pounding the San Francisco Giants 13-2 on Saturday. The Royals are now 12-1-1 this spring.

Johnny Giavotella, trying to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster, went 3-4 with 4 RBI, while David Lough continued his blazing hot spring, also going 3-4, to raise his spring average to .565. There is a chance one of these players could land the 25th spot for the start of the season. The Royals knocked out 20 hits on the day as a team.

Yordano Ventura looked good as well. The prospect was terrific in holding the Giants hitless in 3 innings. He issued two walks while striking out two. Ventura got the start because Wade Davis is suffering from shoulder inflammation. Davis has thrown 5 scoreless innings thus far this spring. Reliever Louis Coleman struck out two in a perfect inning  in his effort to win a bullpen spot.

Sunday, Luke Hochevar and Bruce Chen are scheduled to pitch against the Los Angeles Angels in their continued duel for the 5th rotation spot.

AL Central Notes

Detroit Tigers: Anibal Sanchez threw 20 pitches for Venezuela in a WBC game Friday night. Venezuela asked permission to use Sanchez again Sunday but the Tigers denied the request.

Cleveland Indians: There is a great discussion on whether or not the Indians should sign free agent starter Kyle Lohse right here. Considering how weak Cleveland’s rotation looks right now, it would be bad news for the Royals this season if they do.

Chicago White Sox: John Danks had a rough second outing in his effort to recover from shoulder surgery. He allowed 9 base runners in 2 plus innings on Saturday.

Minnesota Twins: Darin Mastroianni returned from a hamstring injury that cost him 9 days of spring action in fine form. Mastroianni had 2 hits, an RBI, and a stolen base. He is trying to win a spot as a starting outfielder for the Twins.



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