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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Brandon Wood believes he can still fulfill his potential, and the Kansas City Royals are willing to give him that chance.

Wood hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Kansas City a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.

When he was 20, Wood set California League records with 43 home runs and 101 extra-base hits in 2005. That eye-popping performance made him the Angels' top prospect, and his major league debut came in 2007.

But strikeouts became a big problem for Wood and he's never been able to hold down a big league job, batting .186 with 18 homers and 64 RBIs in 700 career at-bats.

"He can swing the bat a little bit and today was proof of that," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He put together a great at-bat to win the game for us. He was a highly rated prospect at one time. He had 40-something homers one year. It never really transitioned to the big leagues, that type of production. We still feel like there is something there and wanted to give him an opportunity to come in and compete."

Wood, who is trying to earn a utility spot, sent a one-out drive to the back of the left-field bullpen off Jake Brigham, the seventh Rangers pitcher.

"The ability is still there," said Wood, who turns 28 in March. "It hasn't come together for me. I believe in my heart that I can still play in the big leagues and produce in the big leagues. The talent is there. It's just a matter of me putting it together and allowing it to happen.

"The swing feels good. Batting practice feels good. It's just a matter of getting the timing in the game. I made an adjustment from the first at-bat and went 80 percent instead of 120."

Randy Wells, a mainstay in the Chicago Cubs' rotation for three years, is trying to earn a starting job with the Rangers after having arthroscopic elbow surgery last year. Wells allowed one run and three hits while striking out one in two innings.

"I think anytime you're not healthy, I think you're trying to force things," Wells said. "I got in a bad mechanical way. You're trying to do things to get the ball to the plate to try to make your arm hurt as least as possible.

"I'm not the smartest man in the world, but I'm pretty sure that has some effect on how your ball flattens out."

The only run Wells allowed came when George Kottaras rolled into a double play.

"Those years you're talking, if I needed a groundball, here's the sinker," Wells said. "The last couple it's been, I hope the ball sinks. It's good to be back and have that arm moving free and easy and getting on top of the ball. I made some good pitches today, got some groundballs, threw some good changeups, couple of good sliders."

Ian Kinsler doubled in one Rangers run and scored the other.

The Royals' fifth inning run was unearned after two Texas errors. Kottaras led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on catcher Jose Felix's throwing error. Kottaras scored when third baseman Mike Olt mishandled Jarrod Dyson's grounder.

NOTES: Rangers DH Lance Berkman, who has been held back with a strained right calf, ran the bases and could be cleared for games soon. ... Royals CF Lorenzo Cain, who has a sore right hand, took 50 swings in the batting cage and could play next week. ... Royals rookie LHP Donnie Joseph struck out all three batters he faced.

 
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Kansas City

B. Wood
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B2111000 .250
   a- Jurickson Profar, PH-2B2010000 .250
Elvis Andrus, SS2000001 .000
    Leury Garcia, SS1000101 .000
David Murphy, LF1001100 .333
    Julio Borbon, LF2010001 .333
Joey Butler, DH3000022 .000
   b- Yangervis Solarte, PH-DH00001001.000
Geovany Soto, C2000020 .000
    Jose Felix, C1000001 .000
    Juan Apodaca, C0000000 .000
Mitch Moreland, 1B2000010 .000
    Brandon Allen, 1B2000021 .250
Jeff Baker, 3B2010000 .250
    Mike Olt, 3B1000110 .000
Craig Gentry, CF2000001 .333
    Leonys Martin, CF2000012 .250
Aaron Cunningham, RF2110010 .500
    Jim Adduci, RF1000000 .333
Totals30252410  
a-grounded out for Kinsler in the 5th
b-walked for Butler in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (1, Bueno)
SH - Juan Apodaca (1)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (1), David Murphy (1)
CS - Leury Garcia (1, Home by Sanches/Moore)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Andrus-Kinsler-Moreland
E - Jose Felix (1, Throwing), Mike Olt (1, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wells 2311010 4.50
Michael Kirkman (H,1) 2100030 0.00
Evan Meek (BS,1) 1110010 0.00
Joe Ortiz 1000010 0.00
Collin Balester 1000000 0.00
Jeff Beliveau 1000000 0.00
Jake Brigham (L,0-1) 0.1122111 54.00
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wells 25-15, Michael Kirkman 25-18, Evan Meek 17-10, Joe Ortiz 9-5, Collin Balester 8-5, Jeff Beliveau 12-7, Jake Brigham 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wells 3-1, Evan Meek 3-0, Joe Ortiz 2-0, Jeff Beliveau 1-2
Batters Faced - Randy Wells 8, Michael Kirkman 7, Evan Meek 5, Joe Ortiz 3, Collin Balester 3, Jeff Beliveau 3, Jake Brigham 3
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF2010010 .500
   a- Willy Taveras, PH-LF2000001 .000
Elliot Johnson, SS2000011 .000
   b- Irving Falu, PH-SS2000011 .000
Billy Butler, 1B2000021 .000
    Max Ramirez, 1B2000010 .333
Salvador Perez, DH3010101 .333
    Anthony Seratelli, PR-DH01000001.000
Mike Moustakas, 3B2110001 .500
    Brandon Wood, 3B2112010 .250
David Lough, RF2010001 .600
    Endy Chavez, RF1000000 .000
George Kottaras, C2110000 .500
    Adam Moore, C1000000 .500
Chris Getz, 2B2000001 .000
    Miguel Tejada, 2B1000000 .333
Jarrod Dyson, CF2001000 .500
    Luis Durango, CF1000000 .000
Totals3146317  
a-grounded out for Gordon in the 5th
b-struck out for Johnson in the 5th
Batting
HR - Brandon Wood (1, Brigham)
RBI - Brandon Wood 2 (2), Jarrod Dyson (1)
SB - Elliot Johnson (1, 2nd base off R. Wells/Soto), George Kottaras (1, 3rd base off Meek/Felix), Jarrod Dyson (1, 2nd base off Meek/Felix)
Team LOB - 3
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Guillermo Moscoso 2100120 0.00
Francisley Bueno (BS,1) 2222020 9.00
Dan Wheeler 1000010 0.00
Brian Sanches 1100110 0.00
Donnie Joseph 1000030 0.00
Atahualpa Severino 1100000 0.00
Ryan Verdugo (W,1-0) 1000210 0.00
WP - Brian Sanches (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Guillermo Moscoso 34-22, Francisley Bueno 19-13, Dan Wheeler 8-5, Brian Sanches 14-7, Donnie Joseph 15-9, Atahualpa Severino 11-7, Ryan Verdugo 21-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Guillermo Moscoso 1-3, Francisley Bueno 4-0, Dan Wheeler 2-0, Ryan Verdugo 1-1
Batters Faced - Guillermo Moscoso 8, Francisley Bueno 8, Dan Wheeler 3, Brian Sanches 4, Donnie Joseph 3, Atahualpa Severino 4, Ryan Verdugo 5
Game Information
Attendance - 3428
Game Time - 2:24
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Ben May, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Adam Hamari