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.
AL Central Notes
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.
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.