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Rios silences naysayers with breakout game

Asked later if he had ever taken more enjoyment out of a home run, Rios responded plainly: "It's just good to give the team a little bit of room to play with."

That's it?

"Yeah," Rios said with a smirk, "it was good."

It's been a rough year for Rios, whose offseason free agency produced only a one-year contract. He missed seven weeks of his first season with the Royals early on with a broken left hand, had a surprising bout with chicken pox toward the end and finished the regular season with a .