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Santana, Offense Stymied by Texas

 
-Royals fell to 17-5-1 in an 8-0 loss to Texas in Surprise.
 
-Ervin Santana had his worst start of the spring, giving up six of the eight runs in just four innings. "Better down here (in Arizona) then up there," he agreed. He had one 1-2-3 inning, and that was only because David Murphy took a large turn at first, and was picked off 9-4-3. Santana allowed those six runs on ten hits, with only two strikeouts and one walk. "I was leaving the pitches up a little bit, behind the count too, so that's why it happened," he said.
 
-The Royals offense didn't help its struggling pitcher either. In what appears to be the line-up that the Royals will open the season with (although Giavotella got the start at 2B, and Getz, I believe is leading that competition), it was only able to muster five hits against Derek Lowe and Joe Ortiz. Alex Gordon, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez all had a single, while Lorenzo Cain had a 2-for-3 night.
 
-The two runs and two hits I did not account for came in the 9th inning. Max Ramirez walked, followed by a Chris Getz single and a two-run double from Brandon Wood
 
-The Rangers pitchers faced the minimum three hitters in six of the nine innings.
 
-Luke Hochevar made his second appearance out of the bullpen. He allowed a pair of hits and struck out two. To be fair, one of the singles he surrendered was in-and-out of the glove of second baseman Johnny Giavotella. Ned Yost liked what he saw, "I'm impressed Luke had his fastball up to 97 MPH and a really, really good curveball."
 
-Lefty Donnie Joseph faced some real trouble for the first time this spring. He struck out the first batter he faced, and then a second, but a wild pitch on strike three allowed the hitter to advance to first. The 25-year-old then walked the next two, before another wild pitch plated the Texas base runner. He sat down the final two hitters he faced.
 
-Before the game, the team optioned Everett Teaford, Will Smith & Nate Adcock to Omaha. They also assigned Yordano Ventura, Blaine Boyer, Michael Mariot and Brian Sanches to minor league camp. After the game, Adam Moore, Cristian Colon, Brandon Wood, Anthony Seratelli and Willy Taveras were assigned to minor league camp. The Royals now have 39 on the active roster.


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03/18/2013 11:34PM
Santana, Offense Stymied by Texas
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