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Hosmer, Royals rip Giants

March 3, 2013

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— Eric Hosmer went 3 for 3 with a home run and two doubles, Mike Moustakas hit a two-run shot, and the Kansas City Royals beat a San Francisco Giants split squad, 9-5, on Saturday.

The Royals remained the only undefeated team in spring training with an 8-0-1 record. The Giants fielded a team of mostly minor leaguers and non-roster invitees.

Jeremy Guthrie, who re-signed with the Royals in the offseason for $25 million over three years, made his first Cactus League start. He gave up two runs and four hits in two innings.

Brandon Belt, the only Giants player in the lineup who started for the 2012 World Series champions, went 4 for 5 with a home run to raise his batting average to .526.

Gary Brown hit a two-run homer in the seventh and Bret Bochy, the son of Giants manager Bruce Bochy, pitched a scoreless inning.

Reliever Crow agrees to one-year contract

Pitcher Aaron Crow, a 2011 All-Star for the Kansas City Royals, has agreed to a $1.28 million, one-year contract that represents the maximum 20 percent cut.

Crow, who went to Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, was the 12th overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft. He agreed that September to a $3 million, three-year contract that included a $1.5 million signing bonus and a major league salary of $1.1 million in 2012.

He was 3-1 with a 3.48 earned-run average in 72 relief appearances last season, a year after he made the AL All-Star team as a rookie.

Kansas City also agreed Saturday to one-year deals with right-handers Luis Mendoza ($532,000), Louis Coleman ($511,000) and Guillermo Moscoso ($504,250), and left-hander Francisley Bueno ($492,650).

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