Saturday, March 7, 2015

Alex Rios Leads Royals past Indians in 11-9 Slug-fest; Tyler Morre Impressive in Nationals' 9-8 Victory

Players of the Day for Friday, March 6, 2015

Grapefruit League

Moore: 5 RBI
The Baseball world has been buzzing about the Washington Nationals' pitching staff, widely regarded as having the best starting rotation in the league, but the Nats have some bats that opposing pitchers are going to have to get past, which is not an easy task, as the Atlanta Braves found out on Friday, dropping a 9-8 decision to Washington.

Tyler Moore, a part-time player each of the last three seasons for the Nationals, proved to be the hitter Braves' hurlers could not get past. Moore delivered a solo homer, an RBI ground out and a bases-loaded triple to tally five RBI in the win.

Rios: .714 BA
Last season, Moore only played in 42 games, drove in 14 runs with four homers, but is hoping to get more playing time with the regulars once the season starts as his minor league options have expired.

Cactus League

Ttoaling 20 runs on 27 hits the Royals and Indians put on an offensive exhibition for the fans at Goodyear Park in Arizona, as Kansas City improved to 3-0 in the Cactus League with a 11-9 victory, while sending the Indians back to .500 with a 2-2 mark.

Once again, it was Alex Rios that did much of the damage, driving in three runs with a 3-for-4 effort, delivering a single, double and his second homer of the Spring.

Rios looks like the perfect fit for the Royals who have their eyes set on the Central Division crown, after falling just a game short last year. In two games this Spring, Rios is 5-for-7 (.714) with two homers, two doubles and six RBI. Not a bad start.

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