Gordon, Francoeur homer, Royals beat Indians

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 29, 2013 at 5:54 pm •  Published: March 29, 2013
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Francoeur and Johnson homered in the fifth.

"I only gave up three hits — three home runs," Jimenez said. "Two of them they were bad pitches, but the ball flies here. If I let it a little bit up, then it's a home run here."

Jimenez won 19 games in 2010 and 15 in 2009 for the Colorado Rockies, but has a 13-21 record with a 5.32 ERA in 42 starts with the Indians.

The Indians acquired Jimenez in a trade on July 31, 2011, and he acknowledged it has been a frustrating two seasons.

"I'm a human being," Jimenez said. "Especially coming to a team that traded for you because and they wanted you to help them. I'm not able to do anything for them. It definitely gets to your mind. When is this going to end? When am I going to start doing what I'm supposed to do?"

Jimenez, who went 9-17 with a 5.40 ERA last season, said he is confident he will have a much better 2013.

"Definitely I am, no doubt," he said.

NOTES: Yost said before the game INF Miguel Tejada made the club as a utility player. Tejada, 38, was the 2002 AL MVP, but did not play in the majors last year. He hit .239 in 91 games with San Francisco in 2011, the last time he was in the big leagues. He came to camp as a non-roster invitee with a minor league contract. ... George Kottaras won the Royals' backup catching job over Brett Hayes, who accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Omaha after clearing waivers. ... While the Royals broke camp and headed to Chicago after the game for a Monday opener with the White Sox, the Indians have one spring training game left. They will start RHP Brett Myers against Cincinnati on Saturday. Myers has struggled in five exhibition starts, going 1-3 with an 11.25 ERA and giving up 33 hits and 22 runs in 16 innings.

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