Royals' Eric Hosmer back in lineup

Updated: July 29, 2014, 8:57 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Left-hander Jason Vargas peered toward the plate, wound up and delivered a fastball with total confidence, and Eric Hosmer took a massive cut with just as much certainty in his swing, both of which were good news for the Kansas City Royals.

For Hosmer, it was one last test of his bruised hand before he returned to the lineup for Tuesday night's series opener against Minnesota. For Vargas, it was a four-inning simulated game that could be the final hurdle in his return ...

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