KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have signed outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league contract and invited him to big league spring training.
The Royals announced the deal Monday.
The 34-year-old Chavez made his major league debut with the Royals in 2001. The fleet fielder hit .203 with two homers and 12 RBIs in 64 games for Baltimore last season, and played in four postseason games for the Orioles.
Chavez is a career .269 hitter with 26 homers, 229 RBIs and 100 stolen bases in 11 seasons with the Royals, the Montreal-Washington franchise, Philadelphia, the Mets, Seattle, Texas and the Orioles.
BALTIMORE — The Orioles' Kevin Gausman will start Tuesday’s game in Toronto and Chris Tillman will start on Wednesday.
Gausman was passed over for Sunday’s start because the Orioles were concerned he was developing the start of an intercostal muscle injury.
“I think it was more of kind of a cramp, a little bit of a tweak,” Gausman said.
“I feel fine a couple of days later. I just came in a little bit sore. Wanted to get some treatment on it. After a couple of days treatment on it, it feels ready to go. I think it was more tightness than anything.”
Gausman is 8-11 with a 3.57 ERA and a career-high 166 1/3 innings pitched.
“I feel fine, like nothing ever happened,” Gausman said. “I threw a bullpen today, wanted to test it, see how it was feeling, didn’t feel anything, felt good, so ready to go.”
Gausman is excited about starting a crucial game at Rogers Centre.
“The last couple of games are going to be pretty big for us. To go to Toronto, I know the environment is going to be pretty crazy, so that’s kind of what we’re expecting,” Gausman said. “It seems like all the games are really tough crowds, big, good crowds. We usually play better in those games.”
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Arizona Diamondbacks (64-89) vs. Baltimore Orioles (83-71), Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (8-13, 4.66) vs. Wade Miley (8-13, 5.65)
Keys to the Game:
Can Miley build on his last start when he was removed after four shutout innings due to a back cramp?
Can the Orioles score more runs to make it easier on their starting pitchers? The Orioles trail Detroit by a half-game for the second wild-card spot.
News and Notes:
Miley is 1-5 with a 7.55 ERA in nine starts for the Orioles.
Miley pitched for Arizona from 2011-14.
Welington Castillo is 4-for-10 (.400) with a home run against Miley.
Ray is second in the majors with 11.39 strikeouts per nine innings.
Mark Trumbo's 44 home runs are the sixth most in any season for the Orioles.
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