PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Justin Germano took the loss and still helped his cause.
After being called a leading candidate to fill out the back end of San Diego's rotation by manager Bud Black, the right-hander followed that with five strong innings before yielding five runs -- three were unearned -- in his final inning in the Padres' 8-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals.Germano, 7-10 with a 4.46 ERA for the Padres last season, allowed six total runs -- two earned -- in 5 1-3 innings."I think they're pretty good," Germano said of his chances to win the job. "I haven't got any official word, but this is probably the best spring I've had."Black again pointed out Germano's changeup and fastball command as reasons for his strong camp. Germano finished 0-1 with a 3.65 ERA."I like his changeup a lot," Black said. "It's come into play. For the most part, this was a good spring training outing. He's pitched well."Brett Tomko, who started for the Royals, did the same in his own battle for Kansas City's rotation. Though Tomko has a 7.23 ERA this spring, he's hardly concerned.The right-hander, who was 4-12 with a 5.55 ERA in 40 combined appearances for Los Angeles and San Diego last season, said he feels good about his chances.Tomko, who allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits over four innings, is competing with Kyle Davies and Jorge De La Rosa for the final spot in the Royals' rotation."I feel strong," Tomko said. "I feel pretty good about it. Numberswise, there are a couple games that don't look so good, but stuffwise the last three games, I feel like I've thrown the ball good."Brian Giles had an RBI double in two at-bats for the Padres and Michael Barrett doubled twice and drove in a run. Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 and Kevin Kouzmanoff had an RBI triple.Alberto Callaspo was 2-for-5 and Esteban German had a two-run double for the Royals.