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Hosmer provides boost with 1st spring homer

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Eric Hosmer launched his first home run of the spring, a two-run, 414-foot shot to center field, lifting the Royals to a 3-1 win over the Rockies on Thursday at Surprise Stadium.

Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson bounced back from a shaky first outing and breezed through two innings, retiring all six batters he faced.

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Eric Hosmer launched his first home run of the spring, a two-run, 414-foot shot to center field, lifting the Royals to a 3-1 win over the Rockies on Thursday at Surprise Stadium.

Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson bounced back from a shaky first outing and breezed through two innings, retiring all six batters he faced.

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Anderson, a first-round pick in the 2011 Draft, likely sets up as the Rockies' No. 2 or 3 starter. He threw 29 pitches, 19 for strikes, and struck out three.

Video: COL@KC: Black on Anderson's flawless start vs. Royals

"I definitely had a better idea of where the ball was going to go when the ball left my hand," Anderson said. "As opposed to last time when it left my hand and I was like, 'Ooh, I'm not sure where that's going to be.'"

Meanwhile, right-hander Chris Young and left-hander Travis Wood, battling with Nathan Karns for the Royals' No. 5 spot in the rotation, each worked two scoreless innings.

Wood gave up an infield hit and an unearned run in his second inning of work.

"He changed speeds really good," Royals manager Ned Yost said of Young. "His slider was really good. He moved his fastball around, effectively up. And Wood the same way -- changed speeds and his command was excellent."

Video: COL@KC: Yost discusses Hosmer's strange home run

After the game, Rockies manager Bud Black said he was not sure Hosmer's drive should have been called a homer and he discussed the call with the umpires.

"They called it a home run, but it was not a home run," Black said. "The ball hit the top railing, but the umpires told me it went over the fence and that it hit the grass [berm]. So I said to the umpire, 'How does the ball go 20 feet up in the air when it hits the grass? That's hard grass.'"

Up next for Rockies: Follow the as the Rockies will get a good look at three pitchers competing for the final spot in the rotation -- starting with Jeff Hoffman -- on Friday at 1:05 p.m. MT against the Indians at Goodyear Ballpark. German Marquez and Chris Rusin, who are also in the mix for the job, are scheduled to pitch.

Up next for Royals: Listen live on Gameday Audio as right-hander Ian Kennedy, likely the No. 2 starter this season, makes his spring debut when the Royals travel to Glendale to play the Dodgers on Friday at 2:05 p.m. CT. Right-hander Josh Staumont and his 100-mph fastball also will pitch.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix and covered the Rockies on Thursday. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.

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