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    Royals SP Chris Young strikes out five against Twins

    Royals starting pitcher Chris Young tossed 6 1/3 innings on Friday, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out five and not factoring into the decision in the win over Minnesota.Young made 16 of his 34 appearances in 2015 out of the pen, but showed the ability to be effective when starting games off, surrendering a single run on four hits in 11.1 innings in his final two outings, both starts. He's a safe bet to return to the bullpen for the Royals in the playoffs, but the the lanky, soft-tossing righty likely performed well enough in 2015 for a team to take a flyer on him for 2016.

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    Royals pitcher Chris Young receives win in Sunday's start

    Royals pitcher Chris Young earned his 11th win of the season Sunday, striking out a pair and walking just one while no-hitting the Indians through five innings. A truly special start could have been in the cards for the soft-tossing veteran, but he had been coming out of the bullpen of late and left the game after throwing just 68 pitches. Young will remain in the starting rotation to finish out the season, and he will pitch Friday against the Twins.

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    Royals pitcher Chris Young to start Sunday's game

    Royals pitcher Chris Young will receive the start for the Royals on Sunday, Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports. While the official reasoning behind his insertion into the rotation Sunday hasn't been announced, it seems likely that he will just replace Jeremy Guthrie in the rotation following another bad outing (eight earned runs on nine hits over 2 1/3 innings) from Guthrie on Tuesday against the Mariners. It's unclear how the rotation will unfold the next time through, but the Royals will only need one more start from the fifth spot before the postseason begins and they can shrink the rotation to four.

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Royals' Jeremy Guthrie stays in rotation; Chris Young odd man out

    The Royals will make a tweak to their starting rotation as they aim to make another deep postseason run this year. Starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (7-7) will keep his spot in the rotation, while Chris Young (8-6) will head to the bullpen as the odd man out, according to The Kansas City Star. Neither have been especially sharp as of late -- Young has a 5.11 ERA with 11 walks and seven home runs allowed in his last five starts; Guthrie sports a 5.58 ERA with nine walks and five home runs allowed in his previous five outings.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Chris Young gets no-decision for Royals

    Royals starter Chris Young failed to last five innings for the second straight start, as he took a no-decision against Cleveland on Tuesday. Young allowed a run in 4 2/3 innings. He allowed five hits, walked three and struck out five. Young threw 96 pitches in the game, his most since June 27.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Royals SP Chris Young takes loss against Cardinals on Thursday

    Royals starter Chris Young was bitten by the longball in his outing against the Cardinals on Thursday. The veteran right-hander allowed four runs in just three innings. He gave up five hits and a walk while striking out a batter, needing 68 pitches to get through the third. Young, who drops to 8-6 on the year, was staked to an early 2-0 lead in this one. But a pair of two-run homers (Randal Grichuk in the second inning and Matt Carpenter in third) was Young's undoing in the 4-3 loss. Young got off to a blazing start this season, posting a 2.11 ERA over his first eight starts. But things have gone down-hill since then. Over his last seven starts, he has a 5.50 ERA.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Royals SP Chris Young improves to 8-5 in win over White Sox

    Royals starting pitcher Chris Young allowed two runs on three hits and four walks in five innings during a 4-2 win in the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox. He struck out four. Young held Chicago off the scoreboard until Geovany Soto led off the bottom of the third inning with a home run to tie the game at 1. The veteran right-hander allowed a two-out solo home run to Adam Eaton in the bottom of the fifth inning, which tied the game at 2. However, the Royals went ahead in the top of the sixth inning, which allowed Young to pick up the win and improve to 8-5. Young won for the first time in four July starts.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Royals to open second half with Chris Young, Edinson Volquez

    Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday he will go with pitchers Chris Young and Edinson Volquez during the day-night doubleheader against the White Sox on Friday, reports MLB.com. Yost added that he was comfortable with his rotation moving forward into the second half of the season. "I don't need to see much improvement because I'm the one who is dictating how far they go," Yost. "I've taken these guys out of games after the sixth inning when they obviously could have gone farther because we have such a dynamic bullpen."

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Royals SP Chris Young saddled with fifth loss of 2015 on Saturday

    Pitching on three days' rest, Royals right-hander Chris Young posted a quality start for the third time in has last four appearances, but he failed to pick up a win in his third straight start on Saturday. Young allowed three runs on five hits over six-plus innings, walking two and striking out five in the 6-2 loss to the Blue Jays. The big blow to come against Young was a two-run home run by Edwin Encarnacion in the fourth inning to give the Jays a 2-1 lead. Young started the seventh inning, but allowed the first man to face him to reach before being pulled from the game. That runner would eventually come around to score, representing the third run on Young's ledger. "I thought Chris threw the ball great; one pitch [to Encarnacion], and it really wasn't a horrible pitch," manager Ned Yost said, per MLB.com. "When he first hit it, I wasn't sure if it was going to get out. But he hit it enough to get it out of the ballpark." Young (7-5) finishes the first half of the season with an even 3.00 ERA, as he has been a pleasant addition to the Royals' pitching staff so far in 2015.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Royals SP Chris Young strikes out five in no-decision Tuesday

    Royals right-hander Chris Young allowed four runs on five hits over six innings in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Royals. Young walked one and struck out five, as he took a no-decision in the 9-5 walk-off victory. Young gave up a solo home run to James Loney in the second inning to open the scoring. Then Evan Longoria launched a two-run shot as part of a three-run fourth inning. Young left the game with the score tied 4-4. Young's ERA rose to 2.89 with this performance. Tuesday was just the third time in has last seven starts that he has allowed more than one earned run.