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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals wrapped up their most successful spring training in team history with one final win.

Alex Gordon, Jeff Francoeur, Elliot Johnson and Roman Hernandez homered as the Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Friday.

The Royals finished 25-7-2, the best exhibition record in the majors.

"There's a lot to like about this team," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "I think we've got a great defense. I think our starting pitching is going to be a focal point and a strong asset to our club. Our relief pitching has always been dynamite in my mind."

"I think where we're at offensively now is more the team I envisioned it to be. A team that can score runs, that can drive the gaps and can hit the ball over the fence. I love the chemistry. I love the makeup. I love the enthusiasm that we have in our clubhouse," he said.

The Royals finished with a Cactus League-leading .335 batting average and 230 runs.

"For me, this could be the very first time I'm leaving spring training or had a team where I feel really, really good about every aspect of it. It's a nice feeling," Yost said.

The Royals also left Arizona with no serious injuries. This was in contrast to last March when closer Joakim Soria needed season-ending Tommy John surgery and starting catcher Salvador Perez required knee surgery that sidelined him until late June.

Jeremy Guthrie, who will be the Royals' No. 3 starter, allowed one run and six hits in four innings. He pitched out of trouble in the second and third innings by inducing Jason Kipnis and Lou Marson to ground into double plays.

"I thought Jeremy was ready to open the season," Yost said. "I thought he was very sharp with all of his pitches and he made big pitches when he got guys on to turn double plays. The defense did a great job behind him. He's ready to go. We're ready to go. Everybody on the club is ready to go."

Ubaldo Jimenez, who had not allowed a home run in his first 25 1-3 innings this spring, yielded a home run to Gordon on his second pitch. It was Gordon's team-leading eighth home run and he finished with a .438 batting average.

Francoeur and Johnson homered in the fifth.

"I only gave up three hits - three home runs," Jimenez said. "Two of them they were bad pitches, but the ball flies here. If I let it a little bit up, then it's a home run here."

Jimenez won 19 games in 2010 and 15 in 2009 for the Colorado Rockies, but has a 13-21 record with a 5.32 ERA in 42 starts with the Indians.

The Indians acquired Jimenez in a trade on July 31, 2011, and he acknowledged it has been a frustrating two seasons.

"I'm a human being," Jimenez said. "Especially coming to a team that traded for you because and they wanted you to help them. I'm not able to do anything for them. It definitely gets to your mind. When is this going to end? When am I going to start doing what I'm supposed to do?"

Jimenez, who went 9-17 with a 5.40 ERA last season, said he is confident he will have a much better 2013.

"Definitely I am, no doubt," he said.

NOTES: Yost said before the game INF Miguel Tejada made the club as a utility player. Tejada, 38, was the 2002 AL MVP, but did not play in the majors last year. He hit .239 in 91 games with San Francisco in 2011, the last time he was in the big leagues. He came to camp as a non-roster invitee with a minor league contract. ... George Kottaras won the Royals' backup catching job over Brett Hayes, who accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Omaha after clearing waivers. ... While the Royals broke camp and headed to Chicago after the game for a Monday opener with the White Sox, the Indians have one spring training game left. They will start RHP Brett Myers against Cincinnati on Saturday. Myers has struggled in five exhibition starts, going 1-3 with an 11.25 ERA and giving up 33 hits and 22 runs in 16 innings.

 
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Kansas City

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Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, DH2010000 .222
   a- Ryan Raburn, PH-DH2000001 .341
   b- Ronny Rodriguez, PH-DH1000011 .111
Michael Brantley, LF2020000 .370
    Logan Vick, LF2010111 .250
Jason Kipnis, 2B3010002 .179
    Matt Antonelli, PR-2B1000001 .333
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B2110001 .407
    Erik Gonzalez, 3B2000012 .333
Mike Aviles, SS3010001 .290
    Luis Hernandez, SS0000100 .178
Drew Stubbs, RF2010000 .267
    Tyler Booth, RF2000011 .000
Lou Marson, C3011001 .313
    Omir Santos, C1000011 .375
Matt Carson, CF3000003 .222
    Jordan Henry, CF1010000 .600
Jesus Aguilar, 1B3010020 .333
   c- Todd Hankins, PH1000011 .000
Totals36111128  
a-flied out for Bourn in the 5th
b-struck out for Raburn in the 9th
c-struck out for Aguilar in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jason Kipnis (3, Collins), Drew Stubbs (4, Guthrie), Lou Marson (1, Gutierrez)
RBI - Lou Marson (2)
Team LOB - 10
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez (L,2-2) 4.2333353 4.80
Rich Hill 1.1000030 3.86
Nick Hagadone 1.1111001 0.93
Jerry Gil 0.2211110 3.97
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 85-53, Rich Hill 16-11, Nick Hagadone 15-10, Jerry Gil 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 6-3, Nick Hagadone 1-3
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 20, Rich Hill 4, Nick Hagadone 5, Jerry Gil 5
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF1111000 .438
    Elliot Johnson, LF2111011 .273
    Roman Hernandez, LF11110001.000
Alcides Escobar, SS2000011 .290
    Alex McClure, SS1000100 .600
Billy Butler, DH1000100 .316
    Brian Fletcher, PR-DH2110011 .500
Mike Moustakas, 3B2000011 .394
    Anthony Seratelli, 3B-1B2000001 .179
Salvador Perez, C2000001 .379
    George Kottaras, C1000110 .297
Lorenzo Cain, CF1000000 .450
   a- Jarrod Dyson, PH-CF3011011 .295
Jeff Francoeur, RF2111010 .266
    Yem Prades, RF2000012 .000
Miguel Tejada, 1B2000010 .333
    Angel Franco, 3B1000000 .167
Chris Getz, 2B0000100 .450
    Whit Merrifield, 2B2000000 .500
Totals3056549  
a-grounded out for Cain in the 4th
Batting
HR - Alex Gordon (8, Jimenez), Elliot Johnson (2, Jimenez), Roman Hernandez (1, Hagadone), Jeff Francoeur (3, Jimenez)
RBI - Alex Gordon (17), Elliot Johnson (9), Roman Hernandez (1), Jarrod Dyson (6), Jeff Francoeur (14)
2-OUT RBI - Elliot Johnson (3), Jarrod Dyson (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Getz-Tejada, Escobar-Getz-Tejada, Merrifield-McClure-Seratelli
E - Jeremy Guthrie (1, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Guthrie 4611010 4.09
Tim Collins (W,2-0) 1100120 11.42
J.C. Gutierrez (H,11) 1100000 4.15
Aaron Crow (H,4) 0.2100000 4.50
Luke Hochevar (H,4) 0.1100000 7.07
Kelvin Herrera (H,6) 1000120 0.00
Greg Holland 1100030 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 56-38, Tim Collins 25-14, J.C. Gutierrez 9-7, Aaron Crow 3-3, Luke Hochevar 3-2, Kelvin Herrera 17-12, Greg Holland 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 7-3, J.C. Gutierrez 2-1, Aaron Crow 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 17, Tim Collins 5, J.C. Gutierrez 4, Aaron Crow 2, Luke Hochevar 2, Kelvin Herrera 4, Greg Holland 4
Game Information
Attendance - 6865
Game Time - 2:24
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Joel Hospodka, First Base - Stephen Barga, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Kellen Levy