03/31/12 12:30 AM ET
Sanchez, Mendoza get results vs. prospects
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
Sanchez pitched on Thursday, as the Royals had him skip their Cactus League game against the Angels, a team that he'll face in the season's third game on April 8.
"Quite well," manager Ned Yost said. "He overmatched 'em. He threw 6 2/3 innings, no runs, 10 strikeouts, no walks. The important thing is no walks."
Sanchez is lined up to pitch in an exhibition game against the Padres on Tuesday night at San Diego with Mendoza facing them the next day at Lake Elsinore, Calif. Mendoza will start the season's fourth game on April 9 at Oakland.
Yost happy with balanced bullpen mix
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals manager Ned Yost sees the seven-man bullpen that he finalized on Thursday night as being well-balanced.
He added left-handers Everett Teaford and Tim Collins and right-hander Kelvin Herrera to left-hander Jose Mijares and right-handers Aaron Crow, Greg Holland and Jonathan Broxton.
"Teaford's a long guy. Mijares is a guy that's excelled in getting lefties out even though he gets righties out, too," Yost said. "We've got Crow, Herrera and Collins that are two-inning guys. We've got Mijares, Broxton and Holland that are probably going to be one-inning guys. Just mix and match 'em."
That gives the Royals four right-handers and three left-handers in the 'pen. The starting rotation has three lefties and two righties, so it's a 6-6 breakdown for the 12-man staff.
Yost is standing by his decision not to select a closer to replace injured Joakim Soria, at least not yet. Broxton, Holland and Crow are among the possibilities, but Yost will just let the process evolve as the season begins.
O'Sullivan gives scouts an eyeful
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- If that was the last time Sean O'Sullivan pitches for the Royals, he went out in a blaze of glory.
O'Sullivan didn't make the Royals' Opening Day roster, but he pitched five no-hit innings in Friday night's 7-2 victory over the White Sox. He allowed just one baserunner, on a walk.
"I was really proud of him the way he came out today and threw the ball as well as he did," manager Ned Yost said. "That was spectacular the way that he threw the ball. He was down a little bit -- we wanted to give him an inning three days ago and he gave up five hits and couldn't get out of the inning."
Yost was referring to an inning in which the Brewers roughed him up on Tuesday.
"Then he came out and pitched five no-hit innings against [the White Sox] 'A' lineup, just about. That was a tremendous job by him tonight," Yost said.
O'Sullivan is out of options and is likely to be put on waivers. If so, a lot of scouts for other clubs got an eyeful.
He was relieved by Kelvin Herrera who gave up two hits and two unearned runs. Herrera also took a hot one-bounce shot off his right leg but stayed in the game.
"It hit him kind in the shin down by the ankle, he's fine," Yost said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.