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  1. #1
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    Royals sign Sidney Ponson

    Royals signed RHP Sidney Ponson to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
    Following his impressive showing in the WBC, Ponson is certainly ready to step right in and contend for a rotation spot. He joins the mix with Horacio Ramirez, Luke Hochevar and Brian Bannister for two openings in Kansas City's rotation.
    Source: Rotoworld.com

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    Bannister has been sucking so far this spring. Maybe this is the nudge he needs to step up his game.

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    I like the signing. He's lost weight, and played extremely well in the WBC. Good move on signing him to a minor league contract.

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    He did beat the Dominicans in the WBC.

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    Has he pitched yet for us in AZ yet?

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    Meh, he played average last year with the Yankees. He did have a pretty decent record at 8-5, the 5.00 ERA is decent...but he is such a hittable pitcher. I like him as our #5 though...he's got a lot to play for. I wouldn't be surprised if he made the team and played well. That is, if he can stay healthy.

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    I thought they said last night that he was going to pitch this weekend.

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    Aight straight. I was hopin to see him pitch, maybe he'll do good. I'm def rooting for him

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    Ponson pitches again today.

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    SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Sidney Ponson will pitch the first game at renovated Kauffman Stadium, manager Trey Hillman said on Wednesday in completing the Royals' starting rotation.

    Ponson and left-hander Horacio Ramirez will join Gil Meche, Zack Greinke and Kyle Davies in the rotation.

    Ponson will start on April 10 against the New York Yankees in the Grand Re-Opening of the ballpark. Ramirez will make his first start on April 12 against the Yankees.

    The Royals also optioned pitcher Brian Bannister to Triple-A Omaha, asked unconditional release waivers on pitcher Joel Peralta and placed pitcher John Bale on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27.

    Earlier on Wednesday, they traded first baseman Ross Gload to the Florida Marlins for a player to be named.

    All those moves left the Royals with 32 players on the camp roster. They leave Arizona on Thursday for two exhibition games at Texas.

    "Sidney Ponson will start Opening Day at the K, and our No. 5 starter will be Horacio," Hillman said. "Horacio will start the season in the bullpen, and he'll be in our starting rotation, but swinging back and forth as needed between the 'pen and the rotation."

    As the schedule falls in April, with three open dates, Ramirez likely will make two starts during the month.

    Ponson pitched in just two Cactus League games and gave up 13 runs -- two of them unearned -- for a 9.58 ERA in 10 1/3 innings. He was signed as a free agent after competing in the World Baseball Classic.

    "He's had limited appearances here, but we've also had personnel follow everything he did in the [Classic] so, to some degree, that comes into play in the evaluation," Hillman said.

    Ponson was drilled for seven runs in a 7-2 loss to the Oakland A's on Tuesday.

    "I'm never satisfied with seven earned runs on the board, but there's always a bigger picture when you're evaluating skills and talent level and Spring Training statistics," Hillman said. "We just felt like it was the best way for it to fall. He's excited about getting a turn through the rotation."

    Ramirez will be available in the bullpen, notably on Opening Day next Monday in Chicago.

    "If nothing else happens, Horacio's first start will be on the 12th, but I would doubt very seriously that will be his first game action," Hillman said.

    Bannister will start the season in Omaha's rotation along with Luke Hochevar, also a Royals rotation candidate until he was optioned to Triple-A on Tuesday.

    "I think Hoch is going to be a very good pitcher for us for a long time, but right now it's a good chance for him to go down and develop some of his pitches and more stamina," general manager Dayton Moore said.

    "And for Banny, he's pitched a lot of innings for us over the last two years, and we're comfortable with what we have in Banny. He's got an option, and we just need to control as many starters as we can at this point."

    Moore said the deadline for pitcher Jamey Wright being assigned to the Major League roster has been delayed by mutual agreement. Wright, on a Minor League contract, could have opted for free agency if he wasn't placed on the 40-man roster by Wednesday.

    But that was put off, indicating there's a strong possibility he'll be in the bullpen. Bale, who is recovering from thyroid surgery, will not.

    "It really doesn't make any sense for us to take him to Texas and put him a little bit more in an adrenaline-charged situation to try to force the issue and get him ready for the season," Hillman said. "When we get him back, I don't know."

    Peralta was dropped after three years with the Royals. He struggled in the Cactus League with a 6.23 ERA and was unable to shake his propensity for giving up home runs. He surrendered four in just 8 2/3 innings.

    Peralta was claimed off waivers from the Angels before the 2006 season, and he was 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA in 64 games that year. His best season was 2007, in which he worked 87 2/3 innings, second-most among American League relievers, and had a 3.80 ERA with a 1-3 record.

    Last season Peralta, admired for being a gritty reliever, struggled with a 5.98 ERA and was tagged for 15 homers in 52 2/3 innings.

    The Royals have some options left as they continue to trim toward Sunday's 2 p.m. CT deadline for setting the 25-man roster for the opener.

    Ponson is on a Minor League contract, so he would not have to be added until April 10 when he pitches the home opener. That means the Royals could keep an extra position player for the first three games at Chicago.

    Because of that, Moore indicated the Royals may open the season with just 11 pitchers -- instead of 12, as earlier expected -- and 14 position players. That could buy time for such players as Ryan Shealy, Mitch Maier, Tony Pena Jr., Brayan Pena and Shane Costa, who were vying for backup position roles.

    Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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    Ponson hot, Royals not

    KANSAS CITY -- Pitcher Sidney Ponson was at the top of his game but the Royals' hitters were not. As a result, the Royals no longer are at the top of the standings.

    The Detroit Tigers won, 3-2, on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium and took over undisputed first place in the American League Central. The early returns give the Tigers a 10-8 record, now one game ahead of the Royals and the Chicago White Sox, both 9-9.

    Only 144 games to go.

    Ponson, in his fourth Kansas City start, made 100 good pitches and one bad one. The latter was a middle-of-the-plate, too-high-up slider to Brandon Inge, who bashed it over the left-field bullpen for a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

    "He hit it out. It wasn't down," Ponson said. "I don't make excuses. It was one bad pitch and it put us in the hole."

    The home run followed a single to left by Jeff Larish.

    "That slider was probably the only pitch I saw from him all day that was middle of the plate," Inge said. "He did a great job today. He's been at it many years and has been a great pitcher."

    Ponson was very good on Sunday, pitching eight solid innings. What turned out to be the winning run scored in the fifth, when Josh Anderson singled to right and got around on a stolen base, a groundout and Dane Sardinha's sacrifice fly.

    Actually, the Tigers had tried to get Anderson home on a squeeze play, but Ponson caught on quickly, threw a high inside pitch and Sardinha bunted foul.

    "Up and in, see if he can pop it up," Ponson said. "Got a foul ball on it, so he was lucky it didn't hit him. Normally, the pitcher will hit a guy there and it's a dead ball. The guy has to go back to third and he goes to first. But I threw it up and hoped he'd pop it up and we'd get two outs but it didn't work out that way."

    No, and Sardinha hit his sac fly to center.

    Meantime, the Royals could sustain little against right-hander Armando Galarraga. They picked up a run in the third on Coco Crisp's one-out walk, Mark Teahen's infield hit and Jose Guillen's lined single to center. Then Mike Jacobs walked to load the bases, but Alberto Callaspo grounded out.

    "I just don't think we were squaring him up too much," Jacobs said. "If you asked him, he probably would say he didn't have his best stuff. That one inning, he threw 30-some pitches and he came back out the next inning [the fourth] and he only threw six. That's not a very good job by us."

    True, in his six innings Galarraga gave up just three hits, but he walked five and hit a batter, and the Royals couldn't capitalize on that.

    "The bottom line is we've got to get a big hit, get the offense going and plate some runs," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "When you have that few hits, even though it's a one-run game and you're leaving that many people on base, you're just not clickin'."

    The Tigers' bullpen didn't allow anything until closer Fernando Rodney served up a 2-2 hanging changeup to slumping Mike Aviles, who was an untidy 2-for-25 to that point in the ninth inning.

    Aviles pounded a home run over the left-field fence, his first of the season, to slice the Tigers' lead to one. But Rodney retired Crisp and David DeJesus to end the game.

    So the division lead was lost along with two of three games to the Tigers.

    But at least Ponson was wired in, issuing no walks and getting seven strikeouts -- the most he's had since May 6, 2005, when he was with Baltimore and fanned eight Royals.

    "I'm surprised I struck out seven today," he said. "I pitch for contact, that's the way I look at it. The quicker I get outs, the deeper I go in the game, so I don't care about strikeouts."

    Even so, against the Tigers, he began by striking out Curtis Granderson and Placido Polanco each on three pitches. Then Magglio Ordonez rolled on his eighth pitch of the inning.

    Very promising beginning.

    "I struck out the side one time and, in the second inning, I [got hit hard], so it doesn't mean if you throw one good inning you're going to have a good game," Ponson said. "You've got to keep concentrating on what you need to do and go with your game plan. My game plan was easy today, but I threw one bad slider and it cost us two runs and that was the difference."

    And, after 13 straight days of being in first place or at least tied for the lead, the Royals no longer were on top.

    Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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    You don't want ponson, trust me. You don't want him any more than Livan Hernandez..... lol.

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    Looks like Ponson gets his first win tonight! 9-1 royals in the 9th inning!

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