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Ramirez, Moore tally big homers in win

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Two Royals catchers boomed lengthy home runs in Monday's 16-4 romp over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Too bad nobody had a tape measure.

Max Ramirez pounded a grand slam in the fifth inning, a drive that soared high over the center-field berm at Surprise Stadium. Adam Moore followed Ramirez to the plate, and Moore's ball landed on top the left-field berm and rolled toward the outer fence.

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"I think that ball hit a car in the parking lot, didn't it?" the Royals' Billy Butler said of Moore's homer. "It literally might be one of the furthest balls I've ever seen hit."

The trajectory wasn't quite that far, but it was a blast, Moore's second homer in four games.

"Actually, when I hit it, I knew it was gone, but I didn't pay attention to where it landed," Moore said. "I just got a good pitch inner-half, fastball, 2-1 count and put a good swing on it, and the rest took care of itself."

Neither player was catching Monday. Ramirez took over at first base, and Moore inherited Butler's designated hitter slot. Both are non-roster players currently slotted behind catchers Brett Hayes and George Kottaras, considered the top two candidates to be Salvador Perez's backup.

Last season for Triple-A Omaha, Ramirez hit 17 homers with 77 RBIs and a .300 average, mostly as a DH. Moore split his injury-marred season between Triple-A Tacoma, a Mariners affiliate, and Omaha, and he had six homers in 59 games. Called up by Kansas City in September, he homered in his first at-bat.

Both Ramirez and Moore have seen limited Major League action at 28. They're long shots to make the KC roster.

"It's just four games, but you've got to make them all count," Moore said. "I feel good at the plate, getting pitches I can hit and seeing balls up in the zone. I know I've got to keep this going the rest of the spring."

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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