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Royals tumble twice

March 22, 2014

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— C.J. Wilson allowed three runs and struck out nine over 52⁄3 innings Friday as the Los Angeles Angels defeated a Kansas City Royals’ split squad, 7-3.

The Royals also dropped a 9-3 decision to the Cincinnati Reds.

Making his fifth spring training start, Wilson labored early during a 99-pitch outing.

Raul Mondesi and Alex Gordon singled with one out in a four-hit first, Justin Maxwell singled in a run, and Gordon scored on Chris Iannetta’s passed ball.

Gordon added an RBI single in the second.

Just one run was earned against Wilson, who permitted seven hits and two walks.

Kole Calhoun and Iannetta each hit their second homer of spring training. Iannetta hit a three-run drive in the second off Aaron Brooks, who allowed four runs — three earned — and four hits in two innings.

Reds 9, Royals (ss) 3

Goodyear, Ariz. — Chris Heisey hit his sixth spring-training homer and tripled, helping Cincinnati defeat Kansas City’s split squad.

Heisey, a backup outfielder, also made a perfect throw from the center-field wall to second baseman Kristopher Negron, who threw out Alcides Escobar trying to stretch an extra-base hit into a triple in the fifth. Escobar played his first game since March 9 after recovering from a sore right forearm.

Royals starter James Shields yielded five runs and six hits in six innings.

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