Royals Rotation One Short Headed into Season

5 years 7 months 1 week ago March 16, 2011 Mar 16, 2011 Wednesday, March 16 2011 Wednesday, March 16, 2011 4:52:00 PM CDT in Sports
Source: The Associated Press
By: Paige Pauley

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals will open the season with a four-man rotation because of three off days in early April.

Right-handers Luke Hochevar and Kyle Davies and left-handers Jeff Francis and Bruce Chen have all but locked up those first four spots.

The leading candidates for the fifth spot are Vin Mazzaro, who was acquired in a November trade with the Oakland Athletics, and Sean O'Sullivan, who was obtained last July in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels.

Both could open the season in the minors.

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