Royals 5, Indians 3

Adam Moore hit two of the Kansas City Royals’ seven doubles and

drove in two runs in a 5-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on

Thursday.

Moore, bidding for a job as backup catcher, had three hits as

the designated hitter.

Starting catcher Salvador Perez had two hits, including a

double. Mike Moustakas, David Lough, Johnny Giavotella and Chris

Getz all had doubles.

Zach McAllister pitched 3 1-3 innings, allowing three runs on

five hits, a walk and two hit batters. Terry Francona told

McAllister that he earned the fourth spot in the Cleveland rotation

on Sunday.

Lonnie Chisenhall hit his third homer of spring training and

doubled off Jeremy Guthrie, who will be in the Royals’ rotation.

Matt Carson hit his fourth home run off Kansas City closer Greg

Holland.

Guthrie pitched four innings, allowing two runs on five

hits.

The Kansas City Royals gave the Cleveland Indians a close look

at baseball’s hottest offense.

Adam Moore hit two of the Royals’ seven doubles and drove in two

runs in a 5-3 victory over the Indians on Thursday. Kansas City

began the day hitting 36 points higher than the next closest club

and had 12 hits against Cleveland.

Moore, bidding for a job as backup catcher, had three hits as

the designated hitter.

Starting catcher Salvador Perez had two hits, including a

double. Mike Moustakas, David Lough, Johnny Giavotella and Chris

Getz also had doubles.

”Adam Moore had a great day,” manager Ned Yost said. ”He had

a great battle in his last at-bat. He won the battle with a double

down the line. David Lough is really doing a nice job, great

at-bat. It was a good day for both of those kids.”

Zach McAllister pitched 3 1-3 innings, allowing three runs and

five hits, a walk and he hit two batters. Indians manager Terry

Francona told McAllister that he earned the fourth spot in the

rotation on Sunday.

”I’m going to keep the same mindset as before,” said

McAllister, who will open the season in the big leagues for the

first time. ”It has worked for me so far.”

McAllister now has the freedom to work on other aspects of his

game.

”All day he was fighting to find a rhythm,” Francona said.

”He found it for periods of time. It was a battle for him all day

but saying that he did a great job of holding runners. That is

something we asked him to do over the winter.”

Lonnie Chisenhall hit his third homer of spring training and

doubled off Jeremy Guthrie, who will be in the Royals’ rotation.

Matt Carson hit his fourth home run off Kansas City closer Greg

Holland.

Guthrie pitched four innings, allowing two runs on five

hits.

”Guthrie is a professional,” Yost said. ”He uses his time to

polish his mechanics, work on his delivery, get his tempo. He

really focuses on commanding his pitchers. His last two innings

were better than his first two innings and his first two innings

weren’t too bad. He is really, really close.”

The Royals bunched three consecutive doubles against Trevor

Bauer, who is in the mix for the Indians’ fifth starting spot.

Lough, Moore and Getz found gaps in the Cleveland outfield.

Bauer, acquired by the Indians in a trade with Arizona, ran up

the mound on his first warmup pitch and fired it against the screen

behind home plate. It is the right-handed pitcher’s routine.

”There is a lot to like about him,” Francona said of the

pitcher, who is competing with veterans Scott Kazmir and Daisuke

Matsuzaka for the starter’s job. ”We all understand that come

opening day he’s not the finished product. He just turned 22 and

there is a pretty bright future. With most young pitchers

consistency of command is the thing that comes last. He has

tremendous arm speed and really good change up and even here in

Arizona his breaking ball has depth to it.”

Bauer allowed two runs on five hits in four innings.

NOTES: The Royals asked for unconditional release waivers on RHP

Guillermo Moscoso on Wednesday. The move leaves the Royals with 39

players on the 40-man roster. … The Royals have two of the top

four hitters in the Cactus League, Alex Gordon started the game at

.516, ranked second, and Mike Moustakas (.455) was fourth. … Jeff

Francoeur was hit on the left hand by McAllister but remained in

the game. … Indians catcher Lou Marson is out with ”intestinal

turmoil” according to Francona. … The Indians played a ”B”

game this morning against the Seattle Mariners, winning the

seven-inning contest 6-0. Corey Kluber pitched four innings,

allowing three hits and a walk. He struck out three. Cody Allen,

Rich Hill and Matt Capps each pitched a scoreless inning. Roberto

Perez was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Chris McGuiness was 1

for 2 with two RBIs. Matt Lawson was 2 for 3 with a double. Jordan

Henry was 1 for 3 with two RBIs.