Brewers 9, Royals 1

Ryan Braun is ready to break camp.

”Fun and spring training and fun don’t normally go together in

the same sentence,” Braun said after the Milwaukee Brewers beat a

Kansas City Royals split squad 9-1 Wednesday.

”The mornings are fun. But for us, the spring training games

are not fun,” he said.

Braun got a hit and scored a run in the Brewers’ final home

exhibition in Arizona. They visit the Rockies’ complex Thursday,

then host the Chicago White Sox in a pair of games at Miller


Alex Gonzalez homered, singled and drove in two runs and Aramis

Ramirez added a two-run single for Milwaukee.

”Everybody seemed be swinging the bat today,” Brewers manager

Ron Roenicke said. ”We’re going to be scoring a lot of runs if we

do stuff like this.”

Yovani Gallardo threw 6 1-3 innings of two-hit ball in his final

outing ahead of fourth straight opening day start. He allowed a

solo homer to Xavier Nady, walked three and struck out two.

”Going into the start today I wanted to tighten things up and

get ready for the season,” he said. ”I fell behind a few guys but

I made pitches when I needed to to get groundballs.”

In his final two outings, Gallardo gave up one earned and six

hits in 11 2-3 innings with five walks and five strikeouts.

”It’s exciting and encouraging for us because he’s our ace as

he has been for the last few years,” Braun said. ”Knowing that

heading into the season he’s looking as good as I’ve seen him

heading into a year is encouraging.”

Luis Mendoza, picked Tuesday for the fifth spot in Kansas City’s

rotation, made his second start since returning from the World

Baseball Classic. He allowed six runs – four earned – and 10 hits

in 5 2-3 innings.

”Most of the hits were ground balls, and that’s what I was

looking for,” Mendoza said. ”That means my ball is moving down.

The hits, that’s part of the game.”

NOTES: Before the game, the Brewers released INF Donnie Murphy

to make room for the newly signed Yuniesky Betancourt. …

Milwaukee put 1B Corey Hart and IF Jeff Bianchi on the 15-day

disabled list retroactive to March 22. Hart had surgery in January

to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and Bianchi has left

hip bursitis. . Kansas City received OF Desmond Henry from Texas as

the player to be named in the Nov. 8 trade for LHP Tommy Hottovy.

The 19-year-old Henry has played 25 games total the past two

seasons for the Rangers’ Arizona Rookie League squad. … The

Royals re-signed LHP George Sherrill and Nady to minor league

contracts. Nady started at first base. Both players had been

released by the team on Monday. . The Royals optioned LHPs Donnie

Joseph Francisley Bueno to Triple-A Omaha and assigning non-roster

invitee LHP Atahualpa Severino to minor league camp. Bueno went 1-1

with a 1.56 ERA in 11 relief appearances last season with Kansas

City. Joseph had an impressive camp, with a 1.80 ERA in 10 relief

appearances. The rookie struck out 14 in 10 innings while giving up

just three hits. Bruce Chen, the Royals’ 2012 opening day starter,

and Tim Collins, who led AL relievers with 93 strikeouts last

season, will be the lefties in the Kansas City bullpen. … The

Royals also optioned utilityman Irving Falu, who hit .341 in 24

games last season, to Omaha. With Falu optioned, the Royals are

likely to keep 38-year-old Miguel Tejada, the 2002 AL MVP, as a

backup infielder.