SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Ervin Santana had his fastball of old.
The 30-year-old right-hander struck out seven in four innings, including six of eight in one stretch, helped the
Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Wednesday to improve their spring training record to 14-2.
"You remember what happened in 2008?" Santana said, a reference to a season in which he fanned 214.
Santana allowed two hits and walked none, throwing 35 of 53 pitches for strikeouts. He allowed his only run on Carlos Truinfel's third-inning homer.
"The good thing I was keeping the ball down and working on my offspeed, which was pretty good today," Santana said. "I threw a lot of sliders. The strikeouts were mixed, a couple of sliders, a couple of changeups, a few fastballs."
After going 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA in 30 starts last year, Santana was acquired by the Royals from the Los Angeles Angels in October for left-hander Brandon Sisk.
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