D-backs pound Royals; Kennedy struggles

BY foxsports • March 31, 2012

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Geoff Blum and A.J. Pollock homered to lead an Arizona Diamondbacks split-squad to a 10-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.

Pollock led off the game with a home run on Danny Duffy's fourth pitch. He also scored on Blum's drive in Kansas City's four-run fifth.

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 the seventh.

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.

KENNEDY STRUGGLES IN FINAL SPRING START

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP)
-- Aces Clayton Kershaw and Ian Kennedy both struggled in their final spring tuneups, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated an Arizona Diamondbacks split squad 9-3 Saturday.

Kershaw, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, gave up three runs, six hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings for the Dodgers.

Kennedy worked five innings allowed three runs on five hits and a walk.

Outfielder Matt Angle hit a two-run homer and shortstop Justin Sellers had two RBIs for Los Angeles. Ronald Belsiario pitched 1 1-3 perfect innings to pick up the win.

Jason Kubel connected on a two-run home run for Arizona. Craig Breslow, gave up three runs in an inning for the loss.


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