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SEA@KC: O'Sullivan picks up first win of the season

And to think, Cleveland manager Manny Acta was concerned Monday afternoon about how his team would play following a two-day layoff caused by back-to-back rainouts.

The Indians throttled the Royals, 19-1, to take the first of a two-game set Monday at Kauffman Stadium. On Tuesday, Kansas City -- which used seven pitchers Monday -- will look to rebound behind right-hander Sean O'Sullivan (2-2, 3.79 ERA), who will take the mound against Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco (1-2, 5.29) at 7:10 p.m. CT at Kauffman Stadium.

O'Sullivan will start for Kansas City following Monday's bizarre game, in which starter Kyle Davies was removed after facing only four batters. After Nathan Adcock pitched 1 2/3 innings, Vin Mazzaro -- Tuesday's originally-scheduled starter -- came into the game, allowing 14 runs in 2 1/3 innings.

In essence, O'Sullivan will be making his regularly scheduled start. Danny Duffy and Luke Hochevar will start on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, as the Royals face the Rangers in a two-game series. Jeff Francis will begin an Interleague series against the Cardinals on Friday, and Saturday's starter is yet to be announced.

Although O'Sullivan is just 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA in three career starts against Cleveland, current players on the Indians are batting only .234 against him. He's also coming off a win in his last outing, on May 12 against New York, in which he allowed four runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings at Yankee Stadium.

Opposing O'Sullivan is Carrasco, who is making his second start since returning from the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. In his first start back, on May 11 against Tampa Bay, Carrasco allowed four runs on six hits in five innings to take the loss. The 24-year-old hasn't earned a win since April 8.

In three career starts against the Royals, Carrasco is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA. His most recent start against Kansas City came on April 18, when he held the Royals to three runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings while taking a no-decision.

Indians: Tomlin continues streak
• Although Cleveland's offense was the biggest storyline coming out of Monday's 19-1 rout, Indians starter Josh Tomlin continued the dominance shown this season by Indians starters. By tossing six innings of one-run ball, Tomlin threw Cleveland's 27th quality start in its last 36 games. During that span, Indians starters are 16-6 with a 2.99 ERA.

• Center fielder Grady Sizemore (right knee) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday. The Indians recalled outfielder Travis Buck from Triple-A Columbus to replace him.

Royals: Splittorff hospitalized
• Paul Splittorff, a former pitcher, member of the Royals Hall of Fame and a club broadcaster, has been admitted to a Kansas City area hospital for treatment of both oral cancer and melanoma, his family confirmed on Monday. The 64-year-old holds the club record for wins (166), starts (393) and innings pitched (2,554 2/3).

• Following the game, Mazzaro was optioned to Triple-A Omaha, while left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford was recalled from Omaha and is expected to be active for Tuesday's game.

Worth noting
• Monday night was Cleveland's Matt LaPorta's second four-hit game of his career.

• The last Royals pitcher to allow 11 runs was Brian Bannister, on June 12, 2010 against Cincinnati. Comments