Josh Reddick and Martin Maldonado clubbed two-run homers in the fourth inning as the Astros beat the Royals 6-3 in an exhibition game in Kansas City.
Starter Lance McCullers Jr. limited the Royals to one run and four hits over five innings, while striking out six with no walks. McCullers will pitch Saturday against the Mariners, his first regular season start in nearly two years after undergoing elbow surgery. Houston and KC will meet again today. Manager Dusty Baker said Ryan Pressly would likely handle closing duties when the season begins while Robert Osuna works into game shape.
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