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Francoeur impressed with Royals' ability to score runs

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Maybe the Royals will use their off day on Monday to catch their breath. In the last two games -- a 13-2 victory over the Giants, followed by a 17-11 romp over the Angels -- they've combined for 38 hits and 30 runs.

On Sunday, right fielder Jeff Francoeur was just a single shy of the cycle after hitting a triple, double and home run in four at-bats. After the home run, manager Ned Yost took him out of the game.

"I thought he did good enough," Yost said. "I was glad to see Frenchy is getting his timing, he's starting to swing the bat well."

The Royals lead the Majors with a .347 average this spring, and are second in runs scored with 112 (although the Mariners, with 113, have played one more game).

"We've got big guys that can drive the ball and hit home runs," Francoeur said. "I'm not saying we're going to jack three home runs a game, but there's no reason that we can't go out and score runs. That's what we need -- drive the ball in the gap -- especially in Kansas City where we have a huge park -- and score some runs."

In terms of Spring Training home runs, the Royals have 15, which ranks 15th out of 30.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for
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