Wilson struggles early but Angels beat Royals 7-3

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - C.J. Wilson allowed three runs and struck out nine over 5 2-3 innings as the Los Angeles Angels defeated a Kansas City Royals split squad 7-3 on Friday.

Making his fifth spring training start, Wilson labored early during a 99-pitch outing.

Raul Mondesi and Alex Gordon singled with one out in a four-hit first. Justin Maxwell singled in a run and Gordon scored on Chris Iannetta’s passed ball.

Gordon, who had three hits, added an RBI single in the second.

Only run was earned against Wilson, who gave up seven hits and two walks.

Kole Calhoun and Iannetta each hit their second homer of spring training. Iannetta hit a three-run drive in the second off Aaron Brooks, who allowed four runs - three earned - and four hits in two innings.

Calhoun connected off P.J. Walters leading off the fourth.

STARTING TIME

Royals: It was the first Cactus League start for Brooks, sent to minor league camp on March 10.

Angels: Wilson, the team’s No. 2 starter, went 17-7 with a 3.39 ERA last year. Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said the left-hander recovered well from a rocky start.

“We didn’t help him out in the field in the first two innings,” Scioscia said. “He settled down and pitched well. He got the ball in the right spots and finished well.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: The news on reliever Sean Burnett went from hopeful to worse. Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher said Burnett felt stiffness in a different area of his left shoulder during a bullpen session that was cut short. Butcher said Burnett would be held out for a couple of days and then re-evaluated.

The latest flare-up is not tied to last season’s injury.

“It’s in a different area, not what bothered him last year,” Scioscia said.

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