Diamondbacks 10, Royals 3
Danny Duffy knows he needs to be much better in his next
Duffy was hit hard during the Kansas City Royals’ 10-3 loss to a
split-squad of Arizona Diamondbacks that was missing all of their
regulars. The left-hander allowed six runs, five earned, and seven
hits in 4 2-3 innings.
”I take a lot of pride in what I do, just as much pride right
now as in the regular season,” Duffy said. ”A lot of people are
very results based. I’m looking at where I’m locating and where I’m
missing. I missed a few times today, as we all do. This is not an
excuse. It is what it is. I’m ready to go.”
When Duffy starts April 11 at Oakland, everything will be
”Absolutely, because it’s not spring training anymore,” said
Duffy, who also walked one, hit a batter and uncorked a wild pitch
in his final spring start. ”You just can’t get out of bed and
start throwing hammers. This is where we work on it. I left a
couple of balls up and missed my spots. I’m not trying to twist
that anyway as being an excuse. I just stunk.”
The 23-year-old Duffy began spring training with two perfect
innings against Cincinnati. Since then, he has allowed 21 hits and
14 runs in 11 innings.
Manager Ned Yost said Duffy is ”still inconsistent with his
command, both in and out of the zone.”
”He’s getting pitches up and out over the plate that are
hammer-able pitches,” Yost said. ”At the big league level, you
can still throw 96-97 miles per hour and they’re going to get hard
if they’re not in a good location. The results weren’t fantastic,
but they weren’t horrible either.”
A.J. Pollock homered on Duffy’s fourth pitch. Geoff Blum hit a
two-run homer off Duffy in Arizona’s four-run fifth.
”You live and learn,” Duffy said. ”I got hit around a little
bit today, missed a couple of spots, but I feel like for the most
part I pitched pretty well.”
Blum went 1 for 3 with a walk, scored two runs and drove in two.
He has seven hits in his past 15 at-bats.
”I’ve gotten a lump sum of at-bats towards the end of spring,
which is nice to get a little consistency and get the timing
down,” Blum said. ”I’m looking forward to starting the season
While Blum started at third and batted third, he will begin the
season as a utility player.
”That’s the beauty of spring,” he said. ”There’s ample
opportunity to start and come in. I think even during spring, it’s
a little more versatile. I get prepared like I’m going to start
every season as a starter and then that way I’m totally prepared
for whatever will happen.”
Lyle Overbay went 3 for 5 and Henry Blanco had a two-run triple
for Arizona. Chris Jakubauskas, who will start the season in the
minors, allowed a run and six hits in five innings.
Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz gave up a run and three hits in
Eric Hosmer singled in a run for Kansas City, extending his
hitting streak to 12 games and increasing his RBI total to a Cactus
League-leading 29. Duffy allowed six runs, five earned, and seven
hits in 4 2-3 innings.
NOTES: The Diamondbacks traded RHP Robby Rowland to Pittsburgh
and outrighted RHP Brett Lorin to Double-A Mobile. Lorin, who
turned 25 on Saturday, was selected in the Rule 5 draft in
December, and the trade allows Arizona to send him to the minors
without offering him back to the Pirates. The Diamondbacks now have
33 players in camp, including five non-roster players. … Royals
rookie Kelvin Herrera, who was struck in the right shin by a batted
ball Friday night, was OK on Saturday after receiving treatment.
”He’s fine, just a bruise,” Yost said. .The Royals finished with
a 10-5 home record at Surprise Stadium, their 10th season at the
complex since moving in 2003 from Haines City, Fla. The Royals’ 15
home games drew 76,238, which was an increase from last year when
they drew 72,900.