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Moustakas, three others homer against A's

Mike Moustakas hit his fifth homer of the spring during the Royals' five-run third inning. (AP)
March 27, 2017

MESA, Ariz. -- Mike Moustakas, Paulo Orlando, Brandon Moss and Alcides Escobar homered for the Royals, who tagged A's No. 4 starter Andrew Triggs for eight runs in a 10-3 victory behind an impressive Jason Vargas at Hohokam Stadium on Monday afternoon.Triggs allowed three of the homers, and eight hits

MESA, Ariz. -- Mike Moustakas, Paulo Orlando, Brandon Moss and Alcides Escobar homered for the Royals, who tagged A's No. 4 starter Andrew Triggs for eight runs in a 10-3 victory behind an impressive Jason Vargas at Hohokam Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Triggs allowed three of the homers, and eight hits overall, in just 3 2/3 innings in his second-to-last tuneup before his scheduled April 6 season debut against the Angels. The right-hander also walked a pair of batters and unleashed a wild pitch.

"I think it was a combination of two things," Triggs said. "We went to the well quite a bit working on the changeup, which is something you do as spring is coming to a close. I wanted to get a better feel for that. And, two, you're naturally going to put yourself into less-than-ideal counts if you're working on what's clearly your fourth pitch, and you need fastball command to balance yourself out, and that was mediocre at best, so it was kind of the perfect storm of those two things."
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Vargas, meanwhile, enjoyed a seven-inning outing. The left-hander allowed two runs on seven hits -- including A's prospect Matt Chapman's third homer of the spring -- while striking out five.

Vargas said he's ready for the season.
"At this point, I don't have much choice," Vargas said. "I think I got my work in and ready to go in 10 days or whatever it is."
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Kansas City posted five runs in a third inning that included a solo shot from Moustakas and a two-run homer off the bat of Orlando. Raul Mondesi, awarded the starting second base job Monday, capped the frame with a two-run double.

Moustakas, Escobar and Lorenzo Cain turned in multi-hit games for the Royals.
"We got a lot of guys locked in right now," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It's a good time for that."
Royals up next:The Royals return to Surprise Stadium on Tuesday as right-hander Nathan Karns, the No. 5 starter, will take the mound against the White Sox in a 3:05 p.m. CT start in a game shown live on MLB.TV. Closer Kelvin Herrera and left-hander Travis Wood also are expected to pitch.
Athletics up next: A's fifth starter Raul Alcantara will make his final start in the desert Tuesday in a road matchup with the Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. PT. Right-hander Liam Hendriks is also scheduled to pitch in the game, which will be shown live on MLB.TV.
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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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