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Angels defeat Royals, 8-6

Torii Hunter hits his first two home runs of spring training. Hideki Matsui and Mike Napoli also go deep.

March 24, 2010

Angels 8, Kansas City 6

AT THE PLATE: Torii Hunter, Hideki Matsui and Mike Napoli homered, accounting for seven of the Angels' runs. Hunter's two home runs were his first two of the spring while Matsui's three-run shot in the fifth was his first as an Angel. Napoli's home run an inning later was his team-best fifth of the spring.

ON THE MOUND: Joel Pineiro had his best outing of the spring, throwing five shutout innings. But relievers Fernando Rodney and Kevin Jepsen were roughed up with Rodney yielding two runs and four hits in 1 1/3 innings and Jepsen giving up his first run of the spring in his only inning.

EXTRA BASES: Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said Matsui probably will get his next start in left field Friday when the Angels play the Giants in Scottsdale. Matsui played four innings in left field Monday, his first appearance on defense since June 2008.

UP NEXT: Left-hander Scott Kazmir faces Texas and left-hander Derek Holland in a 1 p.m. game in Tempe.


-- Kevin Baxter

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