Ervin Santana's first appearance with the Kansas City Royals couldn't have gone much better.
That could have been deduced from the smile on his face.
After arriving from the Los Angeles Angels in a November trade, Santana finally got on the mound Friday with his new team. He wound up pitching two scoreless innings, wiggling out of a jam in the second, as the Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 to remain unbeaten this spring.
''Every time you go 1-2-3 in the first inning and then in the second inning you work a little bit, it's good,'' Santana said. ''Everything was very good.''
Brett Hayes, trying to win a job as a backup catcher, broke a 2-all tie when he homered in the eighth inning off the Reds' Jeff Stevens. Salvador Perez drove in a run and threw out two on base, and light-hitting Chris Getz also went deep in the fifth inning for Kansas City.
The Royals improved to 7-0-1 in their first eight spring games.
Mat Latos went two ...