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Bruce Chen into Royals' rotation

Updated: July 8, 2013, 6:21 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The Kansas City Royals are making a switch in their rotation, moving Bruce Chen into a starting role and shifting Luis Mendoza to the bullpen.

Manager Ned Yost said Monday before the Royals faced the Yankees that this was the plan all along if Mendoza struggled.

A 15-year veteran, Chen won 23 games as a starter for Kansas City the past two seasons. But Yost said it made sense to use Mendoza in the rotation when Chen was roughed up in spring training.

Mendoza, though, ...

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