SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Matt Treanor made quite the first impression on the Kansas City Royals.
The Royals acquired Treanor from the Texas Rangers for cash on Monday and he caught a three-hit shutout in a 10-0 victory over a Milwaukee Brewers split-squad.
``I'm very, very impressed,' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ``He's caught all of our guys like he's been catching them his whole life. It's a great deal for us.'
Kyle Davies gave up two singles and a double in six innings, striking out six and walking one. He threw 70 pitches, 46 for strikes.
``He threw really well,' Yost said. ``It was good to see Matt jump in there and be on the same page with Kyle. He did a nice job of getting him through six innings. We had it set up for Kyle to throw five, but his pitch count was so low, we just had to extend him a little bit because he missed his last start.'
Davies missed his previous scheduled start to return to Atlanta for the birth of his first child, and Treanor caught nine innings for the first time this spring as gets acquainted with a new pitching staff.
``It's not going to be easy,' Treanor said. ``I'll spend extra time getting to know guys, talking to them, getting to know their personalities, maybe that will help me with them on the mound and calling the game.'
The 35-year-old Treanor was selected by Kansas City in the fourth round of the 1994 draft, but was traded to the Florida Marlins in 1997 when he was still in the minors.
``I always wanted to play for the Royals again,' Treanor said. ``I was young and kind of naive when I left, so I was hoping to get a chance to come back here. So it's nice to be here.'
Treanor was traded from Milwaukee to Texas during the final week of spring training last year.
``I'm getting used to it,' he said. ``It's a little bit of a whirlwind, kinda crazy getting setup, figuring out where you're going to be at.'
Kila Ka'aihue hit a three-run homer, and Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar and Jeff Francoeur had solo shots for Kansas City, which leads the majors with 217 runs and 43 homers in spring training.
The Brewers mostly used minor leaguers. Craig Counsell and Jeremy Reed were the only players that likely will be on the 25-man opening-day roster.
Sam Narron allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings for Milwaukee.
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