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Ramirez hits 3-run double in return to Brewers
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Umpires Ted Barrett, left, and Alan Bailey review a call during an exhibition spring training baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Kansas City Royals Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
March 8, 2014, 7:15 pm

PHOENIX (AP) Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run double in the first inning on the first pitch he saw this spring, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Kansas City Royals 7-6 on Saturday.

The third baseman made his first start since having surgery in early January to remove a polyp from his colon. Ramirez went 2 for 2 with a walk and scored a run in his spring debut.

Marco Estrada, making his third start of the spring for the Brewers, gave up three runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings.

Royals right fielder Norichika Aoki, facing the team that traded him during the offseason, had a two-run single in the third inning. Second baseman Christian Colon was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored.

Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke challenged that catcher Martin Maldonado was hit by an 0-2 pitch from John Lamb in the first inning that was called a ball by umpire Allen Bailey.

Within a minute it was determined that the replay was inconclusive.

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