KC’s Hosmer homers in loss to Cleveland
Eric Hosmer homered and doubled for the Kansas City Royals in a 12-6 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
Hosmer homered off starter Zach McAllister and later doubled and scored against minor leaguer Bryan Price.
Omar Infante and Jason Donald also hit doubles for the Royals.
The Indians took advantage of an errant pickoff throw by Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie. Michael Bourn led off with a walk, then Nick Swisher singled and drew the wild throw by Guthrie to first. Bourn scored on the error, and Jason Kipnis had an RBI single.
Veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez, trying to make the Royals as a non-roster player, put Kansas City ahead 5-3 in the sixth with an RBI single.
Elliot Johnson, also a non-roster player, hit his second home run for the Indians. Matt Carson also connected.
Indians’ Giambi out 3-4 weeks with injury
Cleveland’s Jason Giambi will be sidelined for about three-to-four weeks with a broken rib in his right side.
Giambi was hit by a pitch thrown by Edwin Jackson of the Chicago Cubs in the third inning of a March 7 game. X-rays at the time were negative, but Cleveland said Thursday the 43-year-old Giambi had felt increased discomfort over previous five days.
“As he continued to show tenderness, we got him an MRI yesterday,” manager Terry Francona said. “We treat the symptoms. He will be down for a number of days without activity, just getting treatment. Then when the symptoms are better, we can start getting him into activities. Then we can get him into baseball activities.”
The 2000 AL MVP, Giambi is a non-roster invitee to big league training camp. The designated hitter hopes to play in his 20th major league season and second with the Indians.
Giambi has been hit by 179 pitches during the regular season, 11th on the career list.
“I kind of knew. It was a cutter in it hit me just under the pad,” said Giambi, who picked the ball up and flipped the it to Jackson. “I didn’t want him to think it hurt.”
Giambi probably will not make the opening-day roster, but the Indians are hoping he will rebound and be in position to join the big league team later.
“It is why you try to evaluate everybody, because if you need a plan ‘B’ or a plan ‘C,’ you have it,” Francona said.
Giambi is optimistic he will be back soon.
“It’s not tragic. At least it’s not displaced,” he said. “The doctors told me it is going to be sore and we have to get the trauma down. Guys play with this all the time. I’m not discouraged. It’s really small, but with the trauma it won’t let me swing right now. It’s the human body protecting itself.”
Nyjer Morgan and Jeff Francoeur also are in camp on minor league contracts. Morgan strained his left calf Wednesday.
Tampa Bay’s Moore pitches well vs. Bucs
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Matt Moore allowed two hits in 31/3 scoreless innings Thursday, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1.
Moore struck out three in his third spring training start. In his previous outing he failed to get out of the first, allowing six runs and five hits in two-thirds of an inning against Pittsburgh.
Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar hit two-run singles in the third against Jeanmar Gomez.
Omir Santos drove in Pittsburgh’s run with an RBI single in the eighth against Adam Liberatore.