(AP) -- Kansas City Royals newcomer Ervin Santana has overcome slow starts in each of his last three outings.
Santana's former teammate, Scott Kazmir, hopes he'll be able to bounce back from a rough season-opening performance for the Cleveland Indians.
He'll get that chance Saturday night against the AL Central-leading Royals, who open a season high-tying 10-game homestand with this four-game series after Friday night's matchup was postponed by rain.
Since surrendering four runs in his Royals debut - a 5-2 road loss to the Chicago White Sox on April 3 - Santana (2-1, 2.48 ERA) has given up four runs in 23 innings. All of those were plated in the first inning of his three starts.
"Once he gets settled in, he gets on a nice roll," manager Ned Yost said after Santana threw seven innings of two-run ball in Sunday's 4-2 win at Boston.
The former Los Angeles Angel has walked five while striking out 26.
"When I don't give any walks, it gives me more opportunity to attack the zone and...