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KC Royals’ Alex Rios has X-ray on left hand after getting hit by pitch vs. Twins

Royals right fielder Alex Rios looks out at Twins pitcher J.R. Graham after being hit on the wrist during the eighth inning of Monday’s baseball game in Minneapolis. The Royals won 12-3.
Royals right fielder Alex Rios looks out at Twins pitcher J.R. Graham after being hit on the wrist during the eighth inning of Monday’s baseball game in Minneapolis. The Royals won 12-3. AP

Alex Rios left the Royals clubhouse early Monday evening with a brace on his left hand. He was headed to a local hospital to undergo an X-ray after getting hit by a pitch in a 12-3 victory over the Twins.

"I’m going to guess I’m going to be good," Rios said.

Rios was removed from the game after Minnesota reliever J.R. Graham hit him with a 93-mph fastball to drive in a run. Manager Ned Yost indicated trainer Nick Kenney "was pretty encouraged" with Rios’ results in a strength test after he left the game, but the Royals wanted an additional examination.

Rios experienced difficulty in 2014 because of a bruised right thumb.

He became the 12th Royal to be hit with a pitch in 2015. The high volume of incidents irks Yost. Rios came to the plate with the bases loaded because Twins reliever Brian Duensing had just hit his old college teammate, Alex Gordon.

"You’re always tired of it," Yost said. "It’s a situation where you know obviously, bases loaded, they’re not trying to . . . But guys are going to have to start exhibiting better command. It was, what, two more today?

"Yeah, we’re getting tired of it."

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