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Francis, Gordon lift K.C. past S.F.

March 28, 2011

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— The defending champion San Francisco Giants head back to the Bay Area with some uncertainty in their roster.

Jonathan Sanchez and a Giants’ team made of mostly minor leaguers lost to the Kansas City Royals, 7-4, Sunday.

Manager Bruce Bochy, though, was thinking about opening day.

“We’ve not finalized the team, yet,” Bochy said. “We’ll go to San Francisco and play a couple of games there. That’s how close it is.”

Injuries to closer Brian Wilson and outfielder Cody Ross leave two big holes in the lineup.

Royals left-hander Jeff Francis yielded one run on six hits in five innings, while striking out six and walking none.

“Francis threw the ball really, really good,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He kept the ball down, changed speeds, commanded the baseball. He’s ready to go.”

Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer off in the eighth. He’s hitting .365 with five homers and 22 RBIs.

“He’s been as good as we hoped he could be this spring,” Yost said. “He’s been very impressive, very encouraging, and (I’m) excited to see what he can do during the year.”

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