Royals 12, Angels 3

All the Kansas City Royals’ offensive damage was done after Los

Angeles Angels starter Ervin Santana had left Saturday.

Chris Getz and Mitch Maier hit two-run homers in the fourth

inning off reliever Rafael Rodriguez and the Royals defeated the

Angels 12-3.

The Royals collected 15 hits, including six for extra bases, but

the only hit Santana permitted was a Willie Bloomquist leadoff

infield single in three innings. Santana struck out five, including

four out of five in one stretch.

“Everything was working perfectly,” Santana said. “I’d like

to keep pitching like today. That’s what I’d like to see every time

I go to the mound. I know it’s not going to happen.”

Santana did not pitch in spring training last year because of a

strained right elbow and began the season on the disabled list. He

went 8-8 with a 5.03 ERA in 23 starts, but was 7-3 with a 3.90 ERA

in 16 starts after the All-Star break.

“It reminds me of ’08 when I strike most everybody out,”

Santana said of his five strikeouts. “I want to do better than

’08.”

In 2008, a healthy Santana was 16-7 with a 3.49 ERA and second

in the American League with 214 strikeouts.

Getz, acquired in an offseason trade, was hitless in 12 at-bats

before homering to right on a 1-2 pitch. Getz said he has been

working on changing his swing to be more consistent.

“Not only are you trying to get back in a baseball mode, but if

you’re to apply the changes you made, you can’t all give up on them

because all of a sudden you’re 0 for 10 in spring training,” he

said. “You’ve got to get the first one on the board, not

necessarily a home run.”

Kyle Farnsworth, who is a candidate for a rotation slot after

pitching exclusively as a reliever since five starts in 2000,

worked three scoreless innings and yielded one hit to pick up the

victory.

“It wasn’t too bad,” Farnsworth said. “Today I was trying to

be nice and easy, be aggressive, get first pitch strikes, not get

behind in the count and let them put the ball in play.”

Maier’s home run was his second this spring and came on an 0-2

pitch from Rodriguez. He allowed eight runs on 10 hits in three

innings to take the loss.

Royals starter Brian Bannister gave up three runs on three

hits.

“I felt like I had a good outing,” Bannister said. “I got

seven ground balls, two strikeouts and no walks. That’s who I am.

I’m not Zack (Greinke, Royals teammate and 2009 Cy Young Award

winner). I’m not going to strikeout 15 a game. They didn’t get a

hit with runners in scoring position.”

Brayan Pena and Bloomquist each had two hits for the Royals, who

scored a season high 12 runs.