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Yost pleased with strong KC pitching vs. Seattle

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals pitchers piled up 14 strikeouts against just one walk in Wednesday's 4-2 victory over the Mariners, who managed just four hits.

"Real good pitching," manager Ned Yost said.

Starter Ervin Santana had seven strikeouts in four innings and now has a total of 13 in his nine innings so far with just one walk.

"Again on the attack, good fastball, got it up to 94 [mph], real good slider," Yost said. "Got a changeup up to the second baseman and he ended up putting a nice swing on it [for a home run]."

Santana threw 53 pitches, a bit shy of the 60 to 65 the Royals wanted, so he went to the bullpen for more tosses before calling it a day.

Dan Wheeler, a non-roster right-hander, got three strikeouts in his one inning. He hasn't been charged with a run in six innings so far. Nate Adcock had two strikeouts in the sixth but gave up one run as he issued a walk, gave up a single, balked and hit a batter.

Everett Teaford worked a perfect inning in his first action of the spring. Donnie Joseph and Aaron Crow each had a scoreless inning.

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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