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: Santana Ks 7, Hochevar To The Pen, Nady Sighting

The Kansas City Royals got right back on track with a win on Wednesday after losing their second contest of the spring on Tuesday. Pitching was the key to yesterday’s 4-2 victory.

Ervin Santana, acquired from the Los Angeles Angels during off season, allowing just one run on 2 hits in 4 innings. He struck out 7 while not issuing a walk. One problem that plagued Santana in 2012 was the long ball. He gave up 39 home runs in his last year with Angels. The run he allowed on Wednesday was a dinger by the Mariners’ Carlos Truinfel in the third.

Veteran reliever Dan Wheeler and rookie Donnie Joseph continue to pitch well this spring as they try to stick with the big league club in the crowded bullpen. Joseph didn’t allowed a base runner in his one inning of  work, and Wheeler struck out the side while giving up one hit. Aaron Crow was perfect in the ninth.

Billy Butler and Salvador Perez each had an RBI single in the game but it was Xavier Nady who punched in the winning run with a single in the sixth off Mariner closer Tom Wilhelmsen.

The big news of the day was that Luke Hochevar is no longer a candidate for the 5th rotation spot. Bruce Chen and Luis Mendoza will now compete for that spot. While this was welcome news from the Royals, the question needs to be asked. Does Kansas City need a mop up reliever making $4.56 million in 2012? Absolutely not; drop him! His issues with runners on is well documented; there is no justification to put him in a game with the outcome in doubt.

The Royals cut Guillermo Moscoso on Wednesday.

Today, Jeremy Guthrie will start against the Cleveland Indian.


AL Central Notes

Detroit Tigers: The Tigers released Brennan Boesch on Wednesday. Boesch was been a big diappointment in that he could hit .300 for long periods of time but turnaround and be awful for extended periods as well. He hit .342 in the first half of 2010 and .306 in the first half of 2011. In the second half of those seasons he hit .163 and .219. He was good at all in 2012.

Cleveland Indians: Ubaldo Jimenez went 5 innings on Wednesday, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits. He struck out 3.

Chicago White Sox: The White Sox pitched starter Jake Peavy in the minors yesterday  rather than allow their  divisional foe, the Indians, get a look at him.

Minnesota Twins: There is still a chance the Twins go with two rookies in their starting outfield. Aaron Hicks and Joe Benson continue to fight off Darin Mastroianni for the jobs in center and right.

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