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Eric Hosmer finished Wednesday's Cactus League opener 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI as the Royals skated to a 13-2 win over the Rangers.

Hosmer, a former top prospect, has yet to fully live up to expectations despite helping the Royals advance to the World Series last season. He posted career-lows in home runs and RBI with nine and 58, respectively. The 25-year-old is due for a bounce-back year, if not a breakout campaign.
Mar 4 - 6:28 PM

Alex Rios homered and knocked in three runs in three at-bats to open Cactus League play against the Rangers on Wednesday.

Rios did the damage against his former team. He topped off a six-run first inning with a solo home run, then added an RBI double in the third and an RBI ground out in the fourth. Rios, 34, has seen his production tumble down in each of the last two seasons. If he's able to regain any of the power that vanished last year, he could still provide a decent amount of value as he can be counted on for 15-20 stolen bases.
Mar 4 - 6:25 PM

Tim Collins left Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Rangers with left elbow soreness.

Collins told reporters he felt tightness and soreness in the elbow but said his level of concern isn't high. Still, he'll undergo an MRI on the elbow Thursday after which more will be known. The Royals are counting on Collins to be an important part of their bullpen from the left side this season.
Mar 4 - 6:23 PM

Yovani Gallardo was hit around on Wednesday against the Rangers, allowing four runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Gallardo could have seen himself out of a dire situation as he allowed back-to-back doubles to lead off the third inning before recording a pair of outs. But three consecutive singles brought in the Royals' second and third runs of the inning. Gallardo didn't make it out of his second inning of work in the fourth and was charged with one run following a lead-off double and runner-advancing ground outs. The 29-year-old veteran had a good bounce-back year for the Brewers last season and the Rangers are hoping there's more of that coming up.
Mar 4 - 6:21 PM

Peter O'Brien went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in a win over the Rockies Wednesday.

O'Brien is a highly touted catching prospect, and he got off on the right foot Wednesday. His RBI single in the sixth inning got the Diamondbacks on the board, and he finished with two hits on the day. With the D'backs trading away Miguel Montero over the winter, it's not out of the question that the 24-year-old could break camp with the club. His defense is still a work in progress but O'Brien slammed 34 homers in the minors last season, so his power potential is undeniable.
Mar 4 - 6:21 PM

Rubby De La Rosa struck out two over two scoreless innings of work in his Cactus League debut against the Rockies Wednesday.

De La Rosa allowed a lone hit and didn't walk anyone. It will be a big spring for the 26-year-old, who came over from the Red Sox in the Wade Miley trade. De La Rosa throws smoke and should have a shot at winning a rotation spot with a good showing. Wednesday was a good start.
Mar 4 - 6:16 PM

Colby Lewis took a drubbing in Wednesday's Cactus League opener, allowing six runs in one inning of work.

Lewis allowed a walk and five hits, three of which were home runs. That's about as far away from ideal as his spring debut could have gone. The 35-year-old right-hander is looking to prove himself again after a tough 2014 campaign in which he put up a 5.18 ERA with a league-leading 14 losses in 170 1/3 innings.
Mar 4 - 6:15 PM

Avisail Garcia walked, doubled twice, knocked in a run, and scored a run in three at-bats as the White Sox earned a 6-4 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Garcia played in only 46 games last season due to an avulsion fracture in his shoulder. The White Sox sorely missed his abilities last season and hope Wednesday's effort is an indication of what they can expect in 2015. Garcia batted .244 with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 190 plate appearances in 2014.
Mar 4 - 6:10 PM
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