gained their franchise record 25th spring training victory on Friday against 7 losses and 2 ties. As so often was the case, the Royals won with offense, although the pitching was pretty darn good as well.
On the Mound
Jeremy Guthrie‘s final outing before his first regular season start was like many of his starts are – workmanlike. He went 4 innings, giving up 6 hits but only 1 run. He struck out 1 with no walks. The bullpen worked 5 scoreless innings. All of the team’s relievers but Bruce Chen made an appearance.
At the Plate
Friday it was all about quality instead of quantity for the Kansas City hitters. They only produced 6 hits but four of them were home runs. Alex Gordon continued his assault on spring pitching by blasting his 8th round tripper, Jeff Francoeur his 3rd, and Elliot Johnson his 2nd. Minor league filler Roman Hernandez went deep his only at bat.
This and That
The Royals will travel to Chicago for Opening Day. They play Monday at 3:10. James Shields will start for Kansas City and Chris Sale will get the nod for the White Sox. There will be no recaps over the next couple of days but watch for the KC Kingdom baseball staff’s predictions for the Royals’ upcoming season, We will publish three separate, different takes throughout the day on Monday.
AL Central Notes
Detroit Tigers: The biggest news in baseball came out of the Tiger’s camp today. Justin Verlander signed a 5-year $140 million extension that will keep him in Detroit through the 2019 season, at least. He will make $28 million a season from 2015-2019, with a $22 million option if he finishes in the top five in the 2019 Cy Young voting. He is due to make $20 million this season and next.
That news is is biggest enough to cover the entire division for today.