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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Billy Butler wanted to talk more about Adam Moore's feat than his own stellar performance.
Butler had two hits, drove in three runs and scored twice as the Kansas City Royals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 16-4 Monday.
But he was most impressed with Moore's at-bat in the fifth. Moore pinch-hit for Butler after Max Ramirez had a pinch-hit grand slam and sent a drive soaring over the left field wall.
"He's definitely got the most power I've seen after hitting that one," Butler said. "That ball was killed. I think that ball hit a car in the parking lot in left as far as that one was.
"It literally might be one of the furthest balls I've seen hit," Butler added. "I didn't see it land, so I don't even have an estimated distance on this one. If you were anywhere in the stadium, you knew that one was gone from the sound."
It was Moore's second home run in his fifth spring at-bat.
"I knew it was gone," Moore said. "I didn't pay attention to where it landed. I just got a good pitch, inner half, 2-1 count and put a good swing on it. The rest took care of itself.
"It's only four games, but at the same time you've got to make them all count. I feel confident. I feel good at the plate, getting pitches I can hit, seeing the ball up in the zone and just letting it take care of itself," Moore said. "I know I've got to keep this going the rest of the spring."
Moore is competing with George Kottaras and Brett Hayes for the backup catcher job.
"I've hit some long balls before, but I don't think I can hit a ball that far," said Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur, who went 2 for 3 with a double and RBI. "I don't have that in my arsenal."
Diamondbacks starter Randall Delgado, who was acquired from Atlanta in the Justin Upton trade on Jan. 24, gave up five runs on six hits in the first inning. There is only one vacancy in the Arizona rotation.
"It's going to be hard for me to get that fifth starter's spot," Delgado said. "Everybody has to compete for something. I felt physically great, but obviously a little out of control, but it's the first day. I missed my location. My command was not good.
"I just forget it. This is my first game. I just try to keep focus for the next one," he said. "It's not like on the first day you're going to be comfortable with everything."
Butler, a career .300 hitter, contributed a RBI single in the Royals' five-run first and a two-run double in the fourth inning.
"I'm happy to be in there feeling comfortable," Butler said. "I saw the ball good. It took me a couple of games. Camp is a little longer this year. I'm just kind of easing into it."
The Royals stroked 19 hits and went 10 for 16 with runners in scoring position.
NOTES: RHP Ian Kennedy, who has won 36 games the past two years, has been selected to start the Diamondbacks opener, April 1 against St. Louis. Manager Kirk Gibson said RHP Trevor Cahill, LHP Wade Miley and RHP Brandon McCarthy would follow Kennedy in the rotation. . Royals LF Alex Gordon was scratched with stiffness in his lower back. Manager Ned Yost said he has a "one percent concern" Gordon's sore back is serious. . Diamondbacks C Miguel Montero was scratched with a swelling in his right thumb. . Royals LHP Everett Teaford will throw his first bullpen Tuesday since being shutdown with a sore shoulder.
|Players of the Game|
|Adam Eaton, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.444|
|Brad Snyder, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Willie Bloomquist, LF||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.333|
|Rossmel Perez, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Gerardo Parra, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brent Clevlen, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||.500|
|Jonathan Griffin, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Davidson, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.286|
|Josh Wilson, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Mark Teahen, DH||3||2||1||0||1||2||0||.167|
|Rod Barajas, C||2||1||2||1||0||0||0||1.000|
|Nick Ahmed, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Cliff Pennington, SS||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||.250|
|Chris Owings, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|John McDonald, 2B||2||0||1||2||0||1||1||.333|
|Alfredo Marte, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|2B - Rod Barajas (2, Dwyer)|
|RBI - Rod Barajas (1), John McDonald 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - John McDonald 2 (2)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|E - Matt Davidson (1, Throwing), Gerardo Parra (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Randall Delgado (L,0-1)||1||6||5||4||0||0||0||36.00|
|Eury De La Rosa||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|HBP - Kottaras (by Eury De La Rosa)|
|WP - Eury De La Rosa (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Randall Delgado 34-21, Joe Paterson 11-7, Robert Anderson 39-26, Steve Garrison 32-19, Eric Smith 8-6, Eury De La Rosa 19-11, Michael Bolsinger 23-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randall Delgado 1-2, Joe Paterson 2-1, Robert Anderson 3-3, Eric Smith 3-0, Michael Bolsinger 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Randall Delgado 9, Joe Paterson 3, Robert Anderson 12, Steve Garrison 8, Eric Smith 3, Eury De La Rosa 4, Michael Bolsinger 7|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Jarrod Dyson, CF||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.429|
|a- Luis Durango, PH-CF||2||1||0||0||1||0||3||.000|
|Chris Getz, 2B||3||2||2||0||0||0||0||.333|
|b- Irving Falu, PH-2B||2||0||0||0||0||2||4||.286|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||.143|
|c- Max Ramirez, PH-1B||2||1||1||4||0||1||1||.375|
|Billy Butler, DH||3||2||2||3||0||0||0||.286|
|d- Adam Moore, PH-DH||2||1||1||1||0||0||0||.500|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||3||1||2||2||0||0||0||.571|
|e- Brandon Wood, PH-3B||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.125|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||3||1||2||1||0||0||1||.571|
|Endy Chavez, RF||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Xavier Nady, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.167|
|Willy Taveras, LF||2||1||1||1||0||0||0||.375|
|Elliot Johnson, SS||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.333|
|Christian Colon, SS||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.167|
|Brett Hayes, C||2||2||1||0||1||0||1||.500|
|George Kottaras, C||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.667|
|a-walked for Dyson in the 5th|
|b-struck out for Getz in the 5th|
|c-homered for Hosmer in the 5th|
|d-homered for Butler in the 5th|
|e-struck out for Moustakas in the 5th|
|2B - Chris Getz (1, Delgado), Billy Butler (1, Anderson), Jeff Francoeur (1, Anderson)|
|3B - Willy Taveras (1, Bolsinger)|
|HR - Max Ramirez (1, Garrison), Adam Moore (2, Garrison)|
|RBI - Eric Hosmer (3), Max Ramirez 4 (5), Billy Butler 3 (3), Adam Moore (2), Mike Moustakas 2 (2), Jeff Francoeur (2), Willy Taveras (1), Elliot Johnson (2), Christian Colon (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Max Ramirez 4 (5), Billy Butler 2 (2), Adam Moore (1), Mike Moustakas (1), Willy Taveras (1), Elliot Johnson (1), Christian Colon (1)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Jeff Francoeur 1|
|DP - Johnson-Getz-Hosmer|
|E - Jarrod Dyson (1, Misplayed grounder), Chris Getz (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Chris Dwyer (W,1-0)||1.2||1||3||2||3||1||0||10.80|
|Nate Adcock (H,2)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Noel Arguelles (H,1)||2||3||1||1||1||2||0||4.50|
|J.C. Gutierrez (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Blaine Boyer (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||9.00|
|Sugar Ray Marimon (H,2)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.50|
|WP - Noel Arguelles (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Dwyer 40-21, Nate Adcock 25-15, Noel Arguelles 31-20, J.C. Gutierrez 11-6, Blaine Boyer 12-8, Sugar Ray Marimon 13-7, Atahualpa Severino 15-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Dwyer 2-1, Nate Adcock 2-2, Noel Arguelles 3-0, J.C. Gutierrez 1-1, Blaine Boyer 2-1, Sugar Ray Marimon 1-2, Atahualpa Severino 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Chris Dwyer 8, Nate Adcock 6, Noel Arguelles 9, J.C. Gutierrez 3, Blaine Boyer 3, Sugar Ray Marimon 3, Atahualpa Severino 3|
|Attendance - 2617|
|Game Time - 2:54|
|Temperature - 64|
|Umpires - Home - Jordan Baker, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Jonathan Saphire, Third Base - Cory Blaser|