February 21, 2014 5:33 PM

Shields, Vargas don’t hold back against three top Royals hitters

The cry echoed through the mostly empty complex, a product of a sneaky two-seam fastball from Royals starter Jason Vargas and an ill-fated swing from first baseman Eric Hosmer. “Oww,” Hosmer yelled. The event occurred during an early-day session of live batting practice Friday, which pitted Vargas and James Shields against three qualified hitters, a 20-minute glimpse into the readiness of their rotation.

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