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Josh Vernier

 


Royals Win, Position Battles Becoming Clear

 
-Royals (20-6-1) top Arizona in Surprise, 11-10 on a game-winning RBI from George Kottaras in the bottom of the 9th.
 
-Ervin Santana was terrific in six innings of work. His final line (7 hits, 4 runs, 2 earned runs, one walk and 3 strikeouts) is a tad deceiving. In the 5th inning, Aaron Hill reached on a throwing error by Mike Moustakas. That was followed by a routine fly ball to deep centerfield that Lorenzo Cain lost in the sun. Hill's run was unearned, but the lost ball turned into a triple for Eric Chavez, and he ended up scoring on a sacrifice fly. Santana threw 86 pitches, 55 for strikes. Santana described his day as "good, positive. I was working everything down...I'm very excited with my performance."
 
-Tim Collins started the 7th inning, and wasn't good. He surrendered five runs on six hits (four singles, a double and a home run to catcher Miguel Montero. Collins, who was a member of Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, has thrown six innings this spring, giving up 9 runs on 11 hits. "Not too much concern," said Ned Yost, "There are some mechanical things we need to continue to address with him a little bit and Dave thinks he'll be fine."
 
-Chris Getz was officially named the starting second baseman this morning by Ned Yost. The team sent Johnny Giavotella to AAA-Omaha. When Getz entered the game in the 7th inning, he was playing left field. At the plate, Getz went 1-for-2 with an RBI. His average now sits at .378
 
-Updating two of the final three competitions in camp. The back-up catcher battle between George Kottaras & Brett Hayes seems to show the left-handed bat of Kottaras taking the lead. For the day Kottaras went 2-for-3 with a trio of RBI (including the game winner in the bottom of the 9th) and two walks. As for Hayes, he took a 0-for-1 to the locker room with a walk, as well. Kottaras is hitting .310, while Hayes is at .226. "He's (Kottaras) one of those guys, he never has a panic at bat."
 
-The fight for the final bullpen spot appears to me to becoming a two-man race between lefties Donnie Joseph and Francisley Bueno. Although both have minor league options left, they have out-performed righty J.C. Gutierrez. Yes, Gutierrez is out of options so the Royals risk losing him, but he allowed another run today in his inning of work. The run came on a homer from Alfredo Marte. He also scattered three hits. His spring totals are 12 IP, 12 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 8 K. They are not terrible numbers, but I believe the left-handers have pitched better in spring. When asked about Gutierrez, Ned Yost said, "He needs to put his best foot forward, especially going in to the last week."
 
-Utility infielder Elliot Johnson is very likely to make the 25-man roster. He can play all four infield spots, and showed off his bat today. Johnson went 2-for-3 with his first home run and three RBI. Yost was impressed with Johnson saying, "I'm just amazed at every position we put him at defensively he does an outstanding job."
 
-Other offensive highlights came from Alex Gordon (1-for-3 with his 4th HR, now hitting .418) and Billy Butler (1-for-2 with a walk & his 2nd home run. He now has a team-leading 17 RBI).


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03/23/2013 6:46PM
Royals Win, Position Battles Becoming Clear
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