Sidney Ponson arrived in Royals camp to compete with Brian Bannister, Horacio Ramirez and Luke Hochevar for the two final spots in the starting rotation. He threw 87 pitches and left with a 7-4 lead, but the Royals fall 10-9 to Seattle.
Ponson gave up eight hits and six runs (four earned) while going 5.1 innings. Mike Aviles put the Royals on top with a three run home to make the game 7-4, but reliever Victor Marte gave up two hits and the Mariners tied the game. Former Royals player Mike Sweeney drove in the game winner with a single in the bottom of the ninth.