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Royals give rotation a youthful injection

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The Royals rotation got younger and a lot more inexperienced this week.

Left-hander Danny Duffy, 22, made his big-league debut Wednesday, going four innings in a no-decision against the Rangers.

Right-hander Nate Adcock, 23, will make his first major league start Saturday afternoon against the Cardinals after beginning the season in the bullpen. He is a Rule 5 draft pick from the Pirates, and before this year, he had never pitched above Class A.

In 27 games, 26 of them starts, last season for Class A Bradenton, Adcock was 11-7 with a 3.38 ERA, allowing 131 hits in 141 1/3 innings.

He estimated there were about a 100 fans in the stands for his previous start, while there could be a crowd of 30,000-plus for his start at Kauffman Stadium against the cross-state rival Cardinals.

Since Adcock is not stretched out, he will likely be limited to 60-65 pitches against St, Louis.

Duffy and Adcock moved into the rotation after left-hander Bruce Chen and right-hander Kyle Davies were placed on the disabled list.

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