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Royals' bats sizzled in Arizona

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The Royals finished spring training with a big-league-leading 220 runs scored, and they batted .308.

Their lineup was deep with .300 hitters and even one .400 hitter: Center fielder Melky Cabrera led American League Cactus League hitters with a .478 average. Shortstop Alvides Escobar hit .364, left fielder Alex Gordon .343, first baseman Kila Ka'aihue .397 with seven homers, third baseman Mike Aviles .356 and designated hitter Billy Butler 347.

The Royals' .382 on-base percentage and .512 slugging percentage topped the majors. Their 44 home runs were tops in the majors, too.

But once they begin play for real Thursday against the Angels, those numbers will soon be forgotten.

"We've got talent," Butler said. "It really doesn't matter right now. You have to go out and do it when it counts, the first month. When is last time somebody remembers who won the spring training batting title? I'm not taking anything away from anybody. When the season starts, it's completely different.

"If you remember, we did this last year, too. We hit good in spring training. We did everything right last year. We pitched well. When the season started ... obviously you know what kind of season we had last year, so you've got to translate it to the season and keep it going."

The Royals hit .305 with a .363 on-base percentage and .466 on-base percentage in 31 spring training games last year.

Kansas City then lost 23 of its first 34 regular-season games, and manager Trey Hillman was fired on May 13 and replaced by Ned Yost.

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