Perez gets 3 hits for KC in win over Indians

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) – Salvador Perez got three hits and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 10-5 Thursday.

Paulo Orlando hit a two-run triple off Cleveland reliever Bryan Shaw. Orlando, an outfielder from Brazil, also had a single and an RBI forceout.

“Shaw was up with everything and he paid for it,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “When the lights go on, I’ll put my money on Shaw.”

Roberto Perez homered off Royals starter Danny Duffy. Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer off reliever Casey Coleman. Michael Bourn had two hits for Cleveland.

“It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t as bad as it looks,” Duffy said after giving up three runs in three innings.

Bourn was hampered by left hamstring problems last season. He is hitting .538 so far this spring.

“This is my ninth year,” Bourn said. “You look for motivation in these games. I haven’t had to back off anything. I am trying to simplify things and stay on top.”

Indians starter Nick Maronde allowed a run and four hits in three innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM
Royals: LHP Tim Collins had Tommy John surgery and will miss the season. He will return home and rejoin the team later this month to begin rehab.

Indians: Zach Walters left the game with a right abdominal strain after fouling off a pitch in the fifth inning. The versatile Walters had a rib injury late last season. … OF Ryan Raburn slipped between first and second running out a double in the first inning. He stayed in for one more at-bat but left with discomfort in his left knee. He had knee surgery last September. … Nick Swisher participated in a simulated game and faced Marc Rzepczynski. Swisher (knee surgery) is expected to appear in games in mid-March. … Josh Tomlin threw a bullpen session. He was scratched on Sunday with shoulder fatigue and is scheduled to pitch Saturday against the Dodgers.

UP NEXT
Royals: RHP Chris Young is scheduled to pitch on Friday. Young, who won the 2014 Comeback Player of the Year Award with Seattle, signed with the Royals last Saturday. RHP Edinson Volquez will start against Oakland.

Indians: The Indians have a pair of split-squad games. LHP T.J. House will start against the Cubs, and RHP Zach McAllister will start against Arizona.

STARTING TIME
Royals: Duffy spent most of last season in the rotation. This spring, he has the luxury of refining his skills.

“My last time (against Cincinnati), they hit line drives at people, so that outing wasn’t as good as it looked,” Duffy said. “I’m results-based, but we are all working on things. I need to put people away.”

Indians: Reigning Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber threw a simulated game. “We wanted to back him off a little,” Francona said. “We wanted him to work on things without worrying about the fans and umpires.” He pitched three scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out five.

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