SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Felix Hernandez waited almost two weeks to get in a game for the Seattle Mariners. The Kansas City Royals went just as long without a loss.
Hernandez pitched two innings in his Cactus League debut and Stefen Romero had seven RBIs to help a Mariners split squad beat Kansas City 12-2 on Thursday, handing the Royals their first defeat this spring after 11 straight wins.
"Finally, I'm part of the Seattle Mariners," Hernandez said. "I'm just kidding. I think it (went) better than my debut last year. I feel pretty good."
The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner allowed one run and two hits. He struck out two and walked none in his first start since signing a 175 million, seven-year contract last month, the richest ever for a pitcher.
With spring training elongated because of the World Baseball Classic, the Mariners held Hernandez out of their first 12 games, knowing he still has ample time to get ready for the April 1 opener at Oakland.
The right-hander, who turns 27...