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    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Kansas City's Billy Butler has been heeding the advice of his manager Ned Yost.

    Butler hit a two-run home run with two outs in the first inning and the Royals defeated the Texas Rangers 6-1 in the exhibition opener for both clubs on Sunday.

    Yost does not care if Butler sacrifices a few points off his batting average to drive in more runs.

    "That's a fair judgment," Yost said. "I think it was more of a mindset adjustment more than anything else. He's got the power and the ability to do it. He's such a good hitter at times he would just focus early in the at-bat in putting the ball in play."

    After hitting .318 with 78 RBIs in 2010, Butler's average dropped to .291 last year, but he drove in 95 runs.

    "I want him to adopt to more of a haymaker approach early in the at-bat and then get two strikes and do what he does best, put the ball in play," Yost said.

    "I do think he's a total hitter. I think he's a run producer, a power hitter and an (high) average hitter. I think the last year the second half he did a really, really good job with that mindset."

    After the All-Star break last season, Butler hit 13 of his 19 home runs, while driving in 57 runs, which tied for the third-most RBIs in the majors. He also hit 24 doubles after the break, which ranked fourth in the majors.

    Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis got ahead of Butler 0-2 when he drove the next pitch out to left-center with Johnny Giavotella aboard.

    "I wasn't looking for a home run," Butler said. "Obviously, I got the barrel on it and got a good result. Usually, you're chasing something or hitting their pitch on 0-2 and I just didn't miss it."

    Butler noted the Royals beat the team that won the past two American League pennants.

    "It's definitely a good judge of where you're at as a team," Butler said. "I don't care if it's Day 1 or not. Those guys over there are as talented as they come. That's the best team in the American League until somebody knocks them off."

    Luis Mendoza, who is vying for a rotation slot, and four Kansas City relievers limited the Rangers to four singles and a Mitch Moreland home run.

    "I got 2-0, in a hitter's count," Moreland said. "The main thing I did was I saw some pitches and I was able to work the pitcher a little bit better than what I did toward the end of the year last year."

    Moreland hit .241 with five home runs after the All-Star break last year. He said "there weren't many" swings the second half of last season like he had in the fifth.

    The Royals broke the game open with a four-run fifth off left-hander Michael Kirkman. Lorenzo Cain, who went 2 for 2, led off the inning with a double. Ian Kinsler committed his second error of the game to make one run unearned.

    Notes: With C Manny Pina out after having knee surgery in February, the Royals have added Cs Ryan Eigsti and Ben Theriot from minor league camp for the first couple of weeks of exhibition games. ... Texas 1B-OF Brad Hawpe is out with right hamstring soreness. ... The announced attendance of 7,158 was a record for an exhibition opener at Surprise Stadium, which is beginning its 10th year.

     
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    Kansas City Royals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Alex Gordon, LF3111001 .333
        Greg Golson, LF2000020 .000
    Johnny Giavotella, 2B2210100 .500
        Chris Getz, 2B2000000 .000
    Eric Hosmer, 1B3101001 .000
        Clint Robinson, 1B2010000 .500
    Billy Butler, DH3122001 .667
       a- Wil Myers, PH-DH10100001.000
    Mike Moustakas, 3B3021000 .667
        Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B1000012 .000
    Jeff Francoeur, RF3000002 .000
        David Lough, RF10100001.000
    Salvador Perez, C2000000 .000
       b- Brayan Pena, PH-C2000001 .000
    Lorenzo Cain, CF21200001.000
       c- Mitch Maier, PH-CF2000010 .000
    Alcides Escobar, SS2000002 .000
       d- Yuniesky Betancourt, PH-SS2000011 .000
    Totals38611515  
    a-singled for Butler in the 7th
    b-popped out for Perez in the 6th
    c-popped out for Cain in the 6th
    d-struck out for Escobar in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Johnny Giavotella (1, Kirkman), Lorenzo Cain (1, Kirkman)
    HR - Billy Butler (1, Lewis)
    RBI - Alex Gordon (1), Eric Hosmer (1), Billy Butler 2 (2), Mike Moustakas (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler 2 (2)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    DP - Giavotella-Escobar-Hosmer, Mazzaro-Escobar-Hosmer
    Kansas City Royals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Luis Mendoza (W,1-0) 2100110 0.00
    Vin Mazzaro (H,1) 2200000 0.00
    Sean O'Sullivan (H,1) 2111001 4.50
    Nate Adcock (H,1) 2100020 0.00
    Kelvin Herrera 1000020 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Luis Mendoza 36-21, Vin Mazzaro 18-14, Sean O'Sullivan 32-19, Nate Adcock 33-21, Kelvin Herrera 15-9
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luis Mendoza 4-1, Vin Mazzaro 4-0, Sean O'Sullivan 2-4, Nate Adcock 4-0
    Batters Faced - Luis Mendoza 8, Vin Mazzaro 6, Sean O'Sullivan 7, Nate Adcock 7, Kelvin Herrera 3
    Texas Rangers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ian Kinsler, 2B2010000 .500
        Yangervis Solarte, 2B2000001 .000
    Elvis Andrus, SS2000001 .000
        Alberto Gonzalez, SS2000000 .000
    Josh Hamilton, LF2010000 .500
        Conor Jackson, LF2000010 .000
    Adrian Beltre, 3B2000011 .000
        Luis Hernandez, 3B2000010 .000
    Michael Young, DH2000001 .000
       a- Greg Miclat, PH-DH1000010 .000
    Nelson Cruz, RF2010000 .500
        Engel Beltre, RF1000000 .000
    Mike Napoli, C1000100 .000
        Luis Martinez, C10100001.000
    Mitch Moreland, 1B2111002 .500
        Mike Olt, 1B1000011 .000
    Craig Gentry, CF2000000 .000
        Julio Borbon, CF1000001 .000
    Totals3015115  
    a-struck out for Young in the 7th
    Batting
    HR - Mitch Moreland (1, O'Sullivan)
    RBI - Mitch Moreland (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Mitch Moreland (1)
    Team LOB - 3
    Fielding
    DP - Beltre-Kinsler-Moreland, Kinsler-Andrus-Moreland
    E - Ian Kinsler 2 (2, Misplayed grounder), Mike Olt (1, Missed catch of throw)
    Texas Rangers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Colby Lewis (L,0-1) 2322101 9.00
    Scott Feldman 2000000 0.00
    Michael Kirkman 2543010 13.50
    Robbie Ross 1200020 0.00
    Sean Green 1100010 0.00
    Miguel De Los Santos 1000010 0.00
    WP - Sean Green (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Colby Lewis 28-20, Scott Feldman 16-13, Michael Kirkman 39-27, Robbie Ross 23-18, Sean Green 18-11, Miguel De Los Santos 13-10
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Colby Lewis 3-3, Scott Feldman 5-1, Michael Kirkman 3-2, Robbie Ross 1-0, Sean Green 1-1, Miguel De Los Santos 2-0
    Batters Faced - Colby Lewis 10, Scott Feldman 6, Michael Kirkman 11, Robbie Ross 5, Sean Green 4, Miguel De Los Santos 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 7158
    Game Time - 2:28
    Temperature - 71
    Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Toby Basner