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Moustakas’ Hot Hitting Continues

Associated Press - March 17, 2014 11:55 pm

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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) – Mike Moustakas went 3 for 3 and Yordano Ventura struck out six in six dominant innings, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 6-0 Monday night.

Moustakas, who leads the Cactus League with a .486 batting average and 15 RBIs, doubled home Alex Gordon in a three run second inning.

Ventura was consistently throwing 97-99 miles per hour and reaching 100 occasionally. Manager Ned Yost announced after the game that Ventura is in Kansas City’s rotation for the regular season.

Matt Harrison, who was making his first Rangers start after being hampered by back and neck issues, gave up three runs, two earned, and three hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Norichika Aoki, Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain had two hits apiece for Kansas City.

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