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Paulino impresses in Royals debut

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If first impressions are lasting impressions, Felipe Paulino certainly made an excellent initial impression on the Royals.

The Royals acquired Paulino for cash considerations from the Rockies and he joined the club in time for the Friday night game at Texas. In the Royals' 12-7 14-inning victory, Paulino held the Rangers to one single in 4 1/3 scoreless innings, walked none and struck out three. The extra-inning victory snapped the Royals' five-game losing skid.

Paulino's past numbers were unimpressive. He was 0-4 with a 7.36 ERA in 18 bullpen appearances this season with the Rockies, who designated him for assignment Sunday. In four years in the majors, he had a 6-25 record with a 5.93 ERA.

Paulino, 27, spent the previous three seasons starting with the Astros before the Rockies moved him to the bullpen this year.

"He has three swing-and-miss pitches," Royals manager Ned Yost said, "His slider, changeup and two-seamer are all above average. We're looking at him as a guy who can improve. We like his arm."

If Paulino improves on his performance against the Rangers, he could move into the Kansas City rotation. That's a possibility Royals Yost is not ruling out.

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