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32 Chris Young SP
Height/Weight: 6-10/260 | Birthdate: 5/25/1979 | Birthplace: Dallas, TX | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: Princeton | MLB Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 53/29 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Royals' Jeremy Guthrie stays in rotation; Chris Young odd man out


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) 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.


Chris Young gets no-decision for Royals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) 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. 


Royals SP Chris Young takes loss against Cardinals on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/23/2015) 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.


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


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2015) 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.


Royals to open second half with Chris Young, Edinson Volquez


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) 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."


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


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/11/2015) 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.


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


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/7/2015) 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.


Monday's Rays-Royals game postponed due to rain


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Monday's game between the Rays and Royals has been postponed due to inclement weather, the teams announced.

The teams will play a doubleheader Tuesday at Kansas City. Game 1 will feature Matt Moore and Chris Young on the mound. The Rays will call up pitcher Matt Andriese to start Game 2 against  Edinson Volquez, reports the Tampa Bay Times.


Royals SP Chris Young handed tough-luck loss on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Royals right-hander Chris Young was solid in his start against the Twins on Saturday, but Minnesota came out on top in the 2-0 final. Young allowed one run on six hits over 5 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out two. The outing lowered his ERA to 2.64, but dropped his record to 7-4.

The only run Young gave up came on an RBI triple by Danny Santana in the fifth inning. Otherwise, the veteran righty was able to avoid any serious damage against him. Young has allowed fewer than two runs in four of his last six starts.


Royals SP Chris Young shines against the A's on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/27/2015) Royals starter Chris Young was terrific against the A's on Saturday. The right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out four, as he picked up his seventh win of the season.

Young (7-3) gave up an early run in the first, and another in the fifth, but was otherwise able to keep the A's in check all afternoon. 

"I thought he threw great," manager Ned Yost said, per MLB.com. "He gave up two runs -- one on the error on Esky [Alcides Escobar] and then on the error he threw to third. They didn't knock in a run off him.

"He did a good job of making them chase up and then he'd come down. Go down and then chase up. Inside and outside. He was really good today."

This was a solid bounceback effort for Young, who had given up seven runs in his last start. His ERA sits at a nifty 2.71 mark for the season.


Royals SP Chris Young rocked for seven runs in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Royals starting pitcher Chris Young didn't have his best stuff during Sunday's outing against the Red Sox.

Young threw 4 2/3 innings and was rocked as he allowed seven runs on seven hits. He gave up three home runs before being pulled from the game. On top of it all, Young allowed three walks while only striking out two batters.

"It wasn't horrible until the fifth. That's when I lost it," Young said. "I just couldn't execute and they're a hot-hitting club right now. It's a good offensive team. I just fell behind too much in the fifth."

Young, who picked up his third loss of the season, allowed over six runs for the second time this season. He has a 2.83 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings this season.


Royals' Chris Young earns win on mound, at plate


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Royals starter Chris Young won his second straight start, Tuesday over Milwaukee. 

Young moved to 6-2 with seven scoreless innings. He allowed five hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out three. 

Young also helped himself at the plate. He went 2 for 3 with three RBI.

Young became the first Royals pitcher to record three RBI in a game since Steve Busby, on Sept. 20, 1972. No Royals pitcher has had three RBI in a season since 2008.

Young's next start is Sunday, against Boston. 

 


Sunday's Royals-Cardinals game is postponed


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Sunday's game between the Royals against the Cardinals has been postponed due to rain, the Cardinals announced.

The Cardinals were set to send pitcher John Lackey to the mound to go against Chris Young. Lackey will start Monday against the Twins instead.

Young will have his start moved to Tuesday at Milwaukee, while Edinson Volquez will start Monday, reports FOX Sports Kansas City.

No makeup date for Sunday's game has been announced.


Royals SP Chris Young earns fifth win of season Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Royals pitcher Chris Young did not allow a run during Tuesday's game to help send the Royals to a 2-0 win over the Twins.

"He had a disappearing slider," Royals manager Ned Yost said, per MLB.com. "He mixed in some great changeups. There was a lot of easy outs. He just threw great."

Young (5-2) tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings and only allowed one hit during the start. He also struck out two and walked three. His ERA now stands at 2.25.

Tuesday's start was much needed for Young after he surrendered 10 runs in his last two starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Monday at Milwaukee.


Royals SP Chris Young not sharp on Thursday vs. Indians


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/4/2015) Royals pitcher Chris Young struggled in his start and picked up his second loss of the season on Thursday against the Indians. Young lasted five innings, allowing six runs on eight hits. He struck out four and walked two, needing 94 pitches to get through the fifth inning in the rain-shortened 6-2 loss.

"He was OK," Royals manager Ned Yost said, per MLB.com. "He made two pitches that hurt him -- the double to [David] Murphy and the homer to Moss. He did a good job in certain spots."

Young labored through a four-run third and then got touched for two more in the fifth, coming on a Brandon Moss two-run home run . The eight hits and six runs are both season-highs for the veteran right-hander. He's allowed 10 runs over his last two starts.

"You give them credit, too," Young said. "I wasn't as sharp as I wanted to be. When I made good pitches, they kept fouling them off. That's baseball. They were better than me tonight. I wish I could have kept our team closer. Wasn't my night."

Still, Young sports a solid 2.50 ERA on the season. He'll look to get back on track in his next start, scheduled for Tuesday in Minnesota.


Royals pitcher Chris Young suffers first loss of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Royals pitcher Chris Young allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings of work in Kansas City's 4-2 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

Young had issues starting in the second inning when he allowed a solo home run to Brian McCann to lead things off. Then in the third, Young served up an 0-1 pitch to Alex Rodriguez, who blasted a three-run home run over the left field wall. 

"It wasn't executed," Young said to MLB.com. "It was the right pitch selection, just not executed. That will happen.

"It's baseball. Some days that's a ground ball or it's taken. I'm not going to read too much into it. So be it."

Young, who also struck out seven with two walks, moved his record to 4-1 in defeat. Young, who now owns a 1.49 ERA, will look to bounce back on Wednesday against the Indians.


Royals' Chris Young making strong case to remain in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Royals veteran pitcher Chris Young turned in another outstanding performance Friday against the Cardinals, improving to 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA in four starts this season.

Young still could head back to the bullpen once Jason Vargas returns from an elbow injury, but manager Ned Yost said it's too early to make any decisions or assumptions

"I'm not even going there," Yost said, per MLB.com. "Nice try, though. When we get to the point where we have to make a decision, we'll do it like we always do. We'll sit down with the coaches, with [general manager] Dayton [Moore] and do what's right."

Young seems fine with whatever role the Royals ask of him.

"It doesn't matter to me," he said. "One thing the bullpen taught me is to make one good pitch at a time, take care of one batter at a time. The numbers all even out through time. I'm not worried or concerned about that. I just like the element of competition of being out there."


Royals SP Chris Young pitches six scoreless innings Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Royals pitcher Chris Young tossed six scoreless innings to earn his fourth win of the season during Friday's 5-0 win over the Cardinals.

Young scattered six hits while striking out two batters and walking two. He lowered his ERA to 0.78 on the season.

Young (4-0) has not surrendered more than one run in any of his four starts this season. His next expected start is set for Wednesday at the New York Yankees.


Royals starting pitcher Chris Young posts another strong start for win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Royals starting pitcher Chris Young (3-0) allowed one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings to grab the win against the Yankees on Friday.

Young had not allowed an earned run in his previous 18 innings before Friday.

The right hander, who's made six relief appearances this season, has now won all three of this starts.

Young will return to the mound for his next start Friday against the Cardinals.

Royals pitcher Chris Young goes six innings in no-decision Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Royals pitcher Chris Young allowed one run, not earned, on three hits in six innings of work in Kansas City's 2-1 win over the Tigers on Sunday in 10 innings, but did not factor into the decision.

Young's only blemish came in the third inning when Anthony Gose reached on a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Ian Kinsler then singled him home for a run. Young, who also struck out three, did not surrender a walk on his 83 pitches.

Young, who remains, 2-0, lowered his ERA to 0.73 in 23 innings of work. He will look to keep rolling Friday against the Yankees.


Royals' Holland may return Tuesday, Young back to bullpen


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Closer Greg Holland (pectoral strain) is targeted to return for the Royals on Tuesday while pitcher Chris Young will return to the bullpen, reports the Kansas City Star.

Holland has been on the disabled list since April 18 with a pectoral strain.

"It felt really good," Holland said. "I was able to make all of my pitches. I didn't execute everything, but I never do."

Young pitched well in his first start of the season on Friday, not allowing a run and fanning nine in five innings of work to take the win against the Tigers.

"We'll have to wait and see if any issues come up tomorrow after this," Holland said. "But I'm pretty confident I'll be ready."


Royals' Chris Young throws five scoreless, K's nine in victory


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) In his first start of the season Royals starting pitcher Chris Young (2-0) did not allow a run and struck out nine in five innings of work to take the win against the Tigers on Friday.

Young lowered his ERA to 1.23 on the season.

Young's next scheduled start has not been announced as of Friday night.

Royals' Yost hopes to start Chris Young Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday that he hopes to start pitcher Chris Young Friday against the Tigers, but Young will remain available out of the bullpen over the next few days, the Kansas City Star reports.

The Royals need a start Friday with Edinson Volquez serving his five-game suspension, as he won't be eligible to make his next start until Saturday. Young has made four appearances out of the bullpen, giving up just two earned runs in 8 2/3 innings while striking out five and walking two.


Royals' Chris Young throws four innings in minor-league game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Royals pitcher Chris Young threw four innings and 64 pitches in a minor-league game Wednesday as he continued to be stretched out for a long-relief role with the team, MLB.com reports.

"It was fine because I did get my work in," Young said. "That was the objective. It's always a little different throwing to minor-leaguers because you never know what to expect. Sometimes, I've done those minor-league games and gotten hammered. Sometimes, I've pitched great. Today was a little of both. I wasn't as sharp as I wanted to be, but there's still time to get better."

Young is unsure of when his next appearance will come.

"I think we're pretty much on schedule," Young said. "I think now I've gotten to the point where if they needed me to go longer [than 60-70 pitches], I could."


Royals' Chris Young bolsters bullpen competition this spring


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Royals pitcher Chris Young is going to make it a difficult decision for manager Ned Yost at the end of spring training. 

"I think the signing fills a pretty big hole," Yost said. "We didn't really have a bona fide guy who can pick up innings. We'll continue to build the best bullpen possible.

"[Young] can be a long guy, and he can also pick up innings from six through eight if you need a day where you need to rest other guys. He can be a pretty dynamic piece to the bullpen."

Young posted a 12-9 record with a 3.65 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 165 innnings in 2014.