Royals top Rangers
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — C.J. Wilson continued his strong spring start against the Kansas City Royals.
Wilson, who signed a five-year, $77.5-million contract in December, allowed three hits in five scoreless innings, but the Angels bullpen faltered and the Royals rallied for a 6-4 victory Tuesday.
Wilson struck out five, including the side in the first inning, and walked none. In four exhibition starts, Wilson is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA, allowing one run and eight hits in 14 innings.
The next time Wilson could face the Royals might be in early April, as the teams open the season with three games in Anaheim.
Wilson threw 48 strikes in 75 pitches.
Royals starter Felipe Paulino allowed one run and three hits in four innings, striking out four and walking none.
Jordan Walden, who saved 32 games last year, replaced Wilson and gave up four runs and five hits, retiring only one of the six batters he faced.
Billy Butler’s RBI double was the key hit in the inning.
“It was nice to see us come alive against their closer,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
The Angels tied it in the eighth on Vernon Wells’ home run.
Minor leaguer Brian Fletcher’s RBI double in the bottom of the inning put the Royals ahead.
Also Tuesday, the Royals acquired catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the Houston Astros for minor-league reliever Kevin Chapman and a player to be named.
The deal gives Kansas City much-needed help at catcher.
The 32-year-old Quintero has spent nine years in the major leagues, playing for both Houston and San Diego. Known more for defense than his bat, he hit .240 with two home runs and 25 RBI in 262 at-bats last season.
Bourgeois, 30, batted .294 with 31 stolen bases in 93 games for the Astros last year. He had one home run and 16 RBI.