Since trade to Royals, Cueto enjoying bigger parks

CINCINNATI (AP) Johnny Cueto learned there's more than one reason to enjoy pitching in big ballparks.

Cueto built a reputation as a tireless jogger of stadium steps during his near seven years with the Cincinnati Reds. He's maintained the regimen since being traded by the Reds to the Kansas City Royals on July 26, and he was asked during his first visit back to his former home field on Tuesday to compare Kauffman Stadium's steps to those at Great American Ball Park.

Cueto said with catching coach Pedro Grifol interpreting, ''There's a big difference.

''This is a small stadium compared to our stadium. Our's is really big - a lot more steps.''

Cueto is also making Kansas City's pitcher-friendly ballpark pay off on the field. He is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in four games, including two home starts in which he's allowed just one run over 17 innings.