Royals 13, Angels 9
James Shields and C.J. Wilson took turns throwing batting
Both starters were tagged as the Kansas City Royals outslugged
the Los Angeles Angels 13-9.
Wilson allowed eight runs and eight hits over 2 2-3 innings in
his fourth spring start. He gave up homers to Eric Hosmer and Jeff
Francoeur in a seven-run third.
Francoeur’s homer cleared the high center-field wall 420 feet
from home plate. Wilson said he tried to slip a first-pitch
fastball past his former teammate in Texas.
”In spring training you have to take everything with a grain of
salt,” Wilson said. ”The infield is a little bit hard. The ball
travels really well. The adrenaline isn’t quite there.”
”Sometimes there are some funny circumstances that happen. You
have these big innings and stuff like that. I just look at it as
part of the process,” he said.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he was a bit concerned about
the performance of his starting staff this spring.
”With our rotation, some guys aren’t where they need to be,”
Scioscia said. ”I sure hope as we get to the later stages of
Arizona we can get them where they need to be.”
Wilson estimated his pitch count to be around 80, the amount the
Angels wanted from him. He then went into the bullpen and threw a
few off-speed pitches to ”get the feel right.”
Shields gave up for nine runs and 11 hits by the Angels in five
Mike Trout hit consecutive doubles off the wall against Shields
in the first two innings. Josh Hamilton had a two-run triple and
Mark Trumbo doubled and singled.
”He was struggling to get his tempo,” Royals manager Ned Yost
said. ”He’s pitching a lot of those guys backward. They’re not
going to pitch these guys the way they do in the regular
Shields, the Royals’ opening-day starter, went 15-10 with a 3.52
ERA with Tampa Bay last year and was acquired in a seven-player
deal over the offseason.
”The ball was flying pretty good today,” Shields said. ”I
made some pretty good pitches that they were hitting. The first
couple of innings were not so great. After that I settled down. My
direction to the plate was terrible.”
NOTES: Hosmer, Alcides Escobar, Salvadore Perez and Chris Getz
each had two of Kansas City’s 14 hits. … Trout, Trumbo, Alberto
Callaspo and Vernon Wells each got two of the Angels’ 11 hits.
Wells upped his spring average to .392. … The Angels released
utilityman Bill Hall. There was speculation that he could return to
the team on a minor league contract. … Angels star Albert Pujols,
who’s been slowed by plantar fasciitis, scored from first on
Hamilton’s triple. ”He was running well,” Scioscia said.