Aug 30, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (33) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Royals Recap: Guthrie Rolls; Francoeur Shows Life; Gordon Belts 5th

The pitching stiffened and the bats stayed hot as the Kansas City Royals took out division rival Chicago White Sox 8-2 on Sunday, in a preview of next Monday’s Opening Day in the Windy City. The win pushed the Royals spring Cactus League record 21-6-1. As hopeful as that record is, wouldn’t it be nice if the Royals could start the regular season with something similar?

On the Mound

Jeremy Guthrie had nice day in which he went 6 strong innings. He gave up 2 runs on 6 hits, and didn’t issue a walk. He struck out 8 for good measure. Guthrie will have one more spring start before the regular season begins next week.  Aaron Crow, Donnie Joseph, and Kelvin Herrera combined for 3 shutout innings to finish off the White Sox.

At the Plate

Alex Gordon stayed hot in the desert with his 5th Arizona home run. Jeff Francoeur is starting to find his stroke (insert joke here) of late. Yesterday he went 2-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. The Royals will certainly be a better ball club if Frenchy isn’t awful. The freshly anointed starting second baseman Chris Getz also went 2-3 with a run and a RBI.

Up Next

The Royals take on the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday. Wade Davis will start against former Royal Cy Young winner Zack Greinke. Aaron Crow and Luke Hochevar are slated to work as well.

AL Central Notes

Detroit Tigers: Haven, Kansas native Andy Dirks returned to action after missing 5 days due to a swollen knee. Doug Fister continues to struggle with his control. He walked 4 in 4 2/3 innings.

Cleveland Indians: #2 starter Ubaldo Jimenez went 7 plus strong innings Sunday. He gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk, and struck out 3. Despite the solid showing, Jimenez took the loss against the Chicago Cubs.

Chicago White Sox: Former Royal Angel Sanchez was named the White Sox utility infielder. Sanchez was drafted by the Royals in the 11th round in 2001.

Minnesota Twins: The Twins key leaders Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau each homered Sunday. Brian Dozier and Drew Butera also went deep on Sunday.

Tags: Alex Gordon Chicago White Sox Cleveland Indians Detroit Tigers Jeremy Guthrie Kansas City Royals Minnesota Twins

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