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39 Luis Mendoza SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/245 | Birthdate: 10/31/1983 | Birthplace: Veracruz, Mexico | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $532,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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Royals release Luis Mendoza


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2013) The Royals have released pitcher Luis Mendoza so he can sign with the Nippon Ham Fighters, according to the Kansas City Star.

Mendoza had three seasons of arbitration remaning on his Royals contract, but the team allowed him to go back to Japan. Mendoza had a 5.36 ERA in 94 innings with Kansas City. 


Agreement in place to send Luis Mendoza to Japan


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) The Nippon Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball's Pacific League have an agreement in place to bring Royals pitcher Luis Mendoza to Japan, NPBTracker.com reports.

Mendoza has three years of arbitration eligibility remaining in the majors before he's due to become a free agent, but he struggled through 22 appearances (15 starts) in 2013, going 2-6 with a 5.36 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 54:43 K:BB ratio in 94 innings.


Luis Mendoza adjusting to new role


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2013) Royals pitcher Luis Mendoza is adjusting to his role in the bullpen after he was moved out of the rotation recently. Manager Ned Yost thinks Mendoza needed the move after he looked tired in his last few starts, though Mendoza disagreed with that assessment when speaking to MLB.com Friday.

"I don't feel that way," Mendoza said. "Mentally, I feel strong. I've been working hard and my body feels great, but maybe my body feels different than my mind."

Mendoza allowed nine runs in his final two starts before the move was made. He has yet to appear in a game since, as of Friday. He has a 4.87 ERA on the season, in 15 starts. 


Luis Mendoza moved to bullpen


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2013) The Royals pulled pitcher Luis Mendoza from the rotation going forward and will use him in long relief, the Kansas City Star reports Monday. Bruce Chen joins the rotation in Mendoza's place. 

Mendoza was yanked early Sunday against Oakland as he suffered his fifth loss. He's gone 2-5 on the year with a 4.87 ERA, but has a 7.79 ERA over his last four outings with two defeats and no wins. 


Luis Mendoza yanked early vs. Indians


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2013) Royals starting pitcher Luis Mendoza endured his shortest outing of the season as he suffered his fifth loss Sunday afternoon against the A's.

Mendoza (1-2) was yanked after surrendering five runs in the second. He yielded five runs on five hits and two walks while striking out one over 1 2/3 innings of a 10-4 defeat.

Mendoza has allowed nine runs over his last 5 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to make his next start Friday at Cleveland. He is 0-1 with an 8.00 ERA in two starts against the Indians.

Fastball counts 'hurt' Luis Mendoza


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2013) Royals starting pitcher Luis Mendoza lasted only four innings Tuesday against the Indians as his pitch count got up to 86 pitches quickly. Mendoza tied a season-high with four walks.

"I wasn’t able to throw strikes," Mendoza said, per The Kansas City Star. "I don’t think I got hurt with hits. I got hurt with my command. My curveball, especially, I couldn’t throw it for strikes. They just let me throw it. Ball, ball, ball. When I got into a fastball count, I got hurt."


Luis Mendoza not sharp in no-decision


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2013) Royals starter Luis Mendoza gave up four runs over the first four innings and couldn't get any deeper Tuesday in his outing at home against the Indians. Luckily for him, Alex Gordon backed him with a grand slam in the fifth inning.

Mendoza settled happily for the no-decision as he allowed the four runs over four innings and 86 pitches. He walked four batters and struck out two. His ERA is at 4.41 on the season.

The 29-year-old Mendoza has not been able to get deep in games and that continued Tuesday. He'll look to change that trend when he next starts Sunday against Oakland.


Luis Mendoza settles for no-decision


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2013) Royals starter Luis Mendoza pitched a solid game Wednesday at home against the Braves. Unfortunately, his bullpen couldn't hold his lead.

Mendoza left with a 3-0 lead and Bruce Chen and Luke Hochevar combined to give it back in the seventh. Two of those runs were charged to Mendoza, who took the no-decision.

Mendoza gave up two earned runs on five hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and threw 101 pitches. His ERA is 4.16.

The 29-year-old bounced back from taking a loss his last time out. He's routinely pitched well for the Royals with only a 2-4 record to show for it. Mendoza makes his next start Tuesday against Cleveland.

Luis Mendoza falters late


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2013) Royals starter Luis Mendoza, pitching with a balky knee, didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning  Wednesday in Cleveland. But the first hit he gave up was a solo homer to Michael Brantley in the fifth.

Mendoza also allowed three runs in the sixth before leaving without getting an out an eventual 6-3 loss. He gave up four earned runs on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts over five innings and took the loss to fall to 2-4 on the year. Mendoza, who has a 4.30 ERA, had allowed two runs in his previous 13 innings before Wednesday. 

Mendoza will likely start Wednesday against Atlanta. 


Luis Mendoza pitching through balky knee


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2013) Royals starter Luis Mendoza is expected to make his next start Wednesday in Cleveand, though he is dealing with a slight knee issue, MLB.com reports.

Mendoza's left knee tends to get a little achy from time to time.

"He's probably going to make his next five starts," manager Ned Yost said, "so just go ahead and write that in."

Mendoza has banged his knee a few times and appeared to tweak it in his win over the Rays Friday. That said, the pitcher says he feels 100 percent.


Luis Mendoza earns second win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2013) Royals starting pitcher Luis Mendoza picked up his second win of the season Friday, holding the Rays to two earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three.

Mendoza gave up both runs in the first inning and cruised through the next five innings before putting two guys on in the seventh and exiting. He has given up three earned runs or less in each of his last eight starts, lowering his ERA to 4.08. He'll face the Indians in Cleveland Wednesday.


Luis Mendoza sharp in no-decision


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2013) Royals starter Luis Mendoza was masterful Sunday at home against the Astros. Unfortunately, he was matched almost pitch-for-pitch by Lucas Harrell. 

Each starter left the game scoreless and each settled for no-decisions. Mendoza went seven shutout innings as he gave up just four hits and a walk. He struck out three over 88 pitches before being replaced by Aaron Crow. His ERA is down to 4.19 with the performance. 

Mendoza (1-3) has now pitched well pretty consistently since the beginning of May. He rebounded from a loss his last time out, but has allowed three or fewer earned runs in seven consecutive outings. Mendoza makes his next start Friday at Tampa Bay. 


Luis Mendoza has early evening in defeat


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2013) Royals starter Luis Mendoza suffered through an early night and a loss Tuesday at home against the Twins. Mendoza lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing a Ryan Doumit solo homer in the fourth inning, RBI singles to  Josh Willingham and Doumit in the fifth.

Mendoza surrendered three runs on seven hits and three walks with a strikeout. He threw 95 pitches.

Mendoza, who has a 4.76 ERA, had four earned runs in his previous three starts combined spanning 16 2/3 innings before Tuesday. But he has not won since May 13. His next start is Sunday against Houston.


Luis Mendoza's solid night wasted


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2013) Royals starter Luis Mendoza handed the ball to his bullpen with a 2-1 lead Wednesday night in Minnesota. He didn't earn a victory. 

Mendoza settled for a no-decision in a solid performance as he gave up just one run on six hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and his only mistake was giving up a solo homer to Matt Holliday in the sixth. 

Mendoza's record remains 1-2 and his ERA drops to 4.63 with the performance. He's recorded back-to-back solid starts with nothing to show for it. Mendoza has given up two runs over his last 10 2/3 innings. He look to keep pitching well in his next start scheduled for Tuesday against Minnesota. 


Luis Mendoza works into and out of trouble in no-decision


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2013) Royals starting pitcher Luis Mendoza allowed just an earned run in five innings Friday against the Angels despite giving up seven hits and walking four. He had a no-decision in the 5-2 loss. He also had two wild pitches and struck out two.

Mendoza had three-straight quality starts heading into Friday and has allowed eight earned runs in 23 innings over his last four starts. He'll draw a road start against the Cardinals Wednesday.


Luis Mendoza settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2013) Royals pitcher Luis Mendoza turned in a solid performance but did not factor into the decision Sunday afternoon against the Athletics.

Mendoza, who made his sixth start of the season, allowed a run-scoring single to Jed Lowrie in the fifth and allowed two sacrifice flies. He was charged with three runs and eight hits over six innings of work. He struck out four and did not issue a walk in a 4-3 defeat.

Mendoza is scheduled to make his next start Friday at home against the Angels. He is 0-1 with a whopping 12.10 ERA in two starts at home.

Luis Mendoza earns first win


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2013) Royals pitcher Luis Mendoza picked up his first win thanks to plenty of run support in Monday's series opener against the Angels. He allowed three runs on six hits over six innings of work in an 11-4 victory.

The right-hander gave up an RBI single to Chris Iannetta in the third for the only damage over his first five frames. Then in the sixth, Anaheim pushed across two more runs.

Mendoza, who threw 101 pitches, also struck out six while not walking a batter.

His next start is scheduled for Sunday against the A's.

Luis Mendoza struggles in defeat


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2013) Royals starter Luis Mendoza never had a lead Wednesday in Baltimore as he suffered his second defeat at the hands of the Orioles. Mendoza is now 0-2 on the year with a 6.38 ERA. 

Mendoza surrendered five runs -- three earned -- on five hits and three walks over six innings. He threw 93 pitches and 54 went for strikes. Mendoza struck out two and surrendered a two-run home run to J.J. Hardy in the second inning. 

The 29-year-old has given up nine earned runs on 12 hits -- four homers -- over his last two starts spanning 10 innings. With only 16 Ks over 24 innings, Mendoza has really struggled this season. He'll get a chance to turn things around Monday in Anaheim against the Angels. 


Luis Mendoza skipped again in rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2013) Royals pitcher Luis Mendoza will be skipped in the rotation following the postponement of Tuesday's game against the Tigers. Mendoza was originally scheduled to start Wednesday.

Mendoza has not pitched in a game since April 12. He's expected to spend his down time in the bullpen until he preps for his next start, presumably Monday at home against the Indians, according to MLB.com.

"Of course I want to pitch, I want to play," Mendoza said. "Now with the off-days and the rainout, I've just got to take it easy and just wait for my chance to pitch."

Mendoza is 3-1 with a 4.50 ERA in his last five appearances (four starts) against the Indians.

Luis Mendoza to start Wednesday


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2013) Luis Mendoza will return to the starting rotation Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Mendoza was skipped the last time through the Royals rotation and will make his first start since April 12 as a result. Mendoza has allowed eight earned runs on nine hits over 11 2/3 innings.


Luis Mendoza falls off in second start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2013) As sharp as Royals pitcher Luis Mendoza was in his first start, he was that much off the mark Friday against the Blue Jays.

Mendoza was tagged for five runs in the first three innings on his way to eight runs  -- seven earned -- allowed in five-plus innings of work. Mendoza allowed seven hits and three walks while striking out just two in 5 2/3 innings.

Mendoza was chased from the game in the sixth inning after a pair of walks, a double and a wild pitch. The poor outing was enough to cost Mendoza the game in an 8-4 loss. His ERA rose to 6.17, while his record dropped to 0-1.

Mendoza will try to bounce back in his next start, Friday against the Red Sox. Mendoza has allowed 17 earned runs in nine career innings against the Red Sox. 


Luis Mendoza will be skipped after Friday start


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2013) The Kansas City Royals will send Luis Mendoza to the mound on Friday against Toronto, but will then skip his next turn, MLB.com reports. The team has three off days over an eight-day period starting Monday. 

Mendoza's next turn through the rotation would have come Tuesday in Atlanta to begin a two-game series. However, Jeremy Guthrie and Wade Davis will start in those games. The rotation will then begin again with James Shields on his regular five days' rest. 


Luis Mendoza solid in season debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2013) Royals starter Luis Mendoza turned in a solid performance, but could not factor in the decision in his season debut Saturday against the Phillies.

Mendoza cruised through the first four innings before yielding a run-scoring single to Ben Revere in the fifth for his only damage of the night. He gave up just one run on two hits in six innings of work in a 4-3 defeat. He also walked three and struck out seven in 92 pitches.

The right-hander, who has a 1.50 ERA through his first outing, is slated to pitch again Friday at home against Toronto. He went 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two starts against the Blue Jays last season.

Luis Mendoza rocked after being named to rotation


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2013) One day after being named to the Royals rotation, starter Luis Mendoza was rocked by the Brewers, surrendering six runs (four earned) on 10 hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings while taking the loss.

"Most of the hits were ground balls, and that’s what I was looking for," Mendoza told the Kansas City Star. "That means my ball is moving down. The hits (on ground balls), that’s part of the game."

The outing gives Mendoza a 2.70 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 12 2/3 innings this spring.


Luis Mendoza earns starting job


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2013) Another sterling spring performance has paid off for pitcher Luis Mendoza. Boasting a tidy 0.82 ERA over three Cactus League appearances, Mendoza was awarded the final spot in the Royals' starting rotation Tuesday. The proclamation will bump Bruce Chen to the bullpen to open the regular season.

Mendoza, who also sported a 0.47 ERA over eight games last spring, went 7-9 with a 4.19 ERA in 25 games as a starter last year.