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Royals' Anderson hits for cycle in four innings

Mar 19, 2010, 6:04 PM EDT

Former White Sox first-round pick Brian Anderson, currently auditioning for a spot on the Kansas City bench, hit for the cycle and drove in seven runs in the first four innings Friday as the Royals took a 17-0 lead over the Diamondbacks.
Anderson, who would have had a shot at a starting job before Rick Ankiel was signed, appeared to be losing a competition with Mitch Maier for one spot on the Kansas City bench, but he may have reversed his fortunes in the span of an hour and a half.
The 28-year-old doubled and tripled off Arizona starter Billy Buckner, singled off closer Chad Qualls and then hit a two-run homer in the fourth off Clay Zavada.
The homer was his first of the spring. He entered the day with a .273 average and three doubles in 22 at-bats.
Anderson wasn’t the only former White Sox first-round pick having a big game for Kansas City, either. Josh Fields, another player battling for a bench spot, was 3-for-3 with a double and five RBI before being pulled for a pinch-runner.

  1. YX - Mar 20, 2010 at 12:54 AM

    DBacks actually got Bill Buckner to pitch for them? Boy they are in trouble.
    “Mr hoodlums”

  2. JasonC23 - Mar 20, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    All White Sox fans know that if the entire season were to be played in Arizona under Spring Training conditions, Brian Anderson would be a sure-fire Hall of Famer. Please, nobody tell the Royals…

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