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Tiger softball earns Tuesday sweep -3/3/2015, 7:45 PM

Season ends for FHSU men -3/3/2015, 10:20 AM

Claflin great Jackie Stiles inducted into NFHS Hall of Fame -3/3/2015, 10:19 AM

KU's Big 12 streak one for the ages -3/3/2015, 10:10 AM

FHSU's Keehn wins second MIAA title in track -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Wessel continues to spark Shockers -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Ronda Rousey's fast work, like at UFC 184, a big draw -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Minnie Minoso's love of baseball never waned -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

FHSU wrestling sending four to nationals -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Kansas State rallies late to put away Iowa State -3/1/2015, 9:33 AM

No. 8 Kansas holds on to defeat Texas, 69-64 -3/1/2015, 9:31 AM

Wichita State captures MVC crown by beating Northern Iowa -3/1/2015, 9:30 AM

Ellis' Younger cruises through Friday at 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Hays High's Deterding second in 4A -3/1/2015, 9:58 AM

Norton wins title with backside points -3/1/2015, 9:36 AM

Hoxie's Porsch repeats in 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:43 AM

FHSU splits at Northeastern State -3/1/2015, 9:41 AM

HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:40 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:37 AM

Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

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Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

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Panama-born Chen closing in on retired Rivera

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Panama-born Chen closing in on retired Rivera

Published on -4/11/2014, 10:29 AM

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By Randy Covitz
McClatchy-Tribune
Royals pitcher Bruce Chen will never be confused with retired Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.
Chen’s a lefty starter; Rivera was a righty reliever and closer. Chen’s a crafty off-speed pitcher who gets hitters out with his guile. Rivera threw a nasty cut fastball that was so un-hittable, he’ll be in the Hall of Fame in five years.
But Chen, a native of Panama, shares a place alongside Rivera in the record books that he takes particular pride in.
Chen, who starts tonight when the Royals open a three-game series at Minnesota, leads all Panamanian-born pitchers in major-league starts with 219 and in innings with 1,483.2. And with 80 career victories and 1,107 strikeouts, Chen needs three wins and 67 strikeouts to overtake Rivera for the top spot in both categories.
“Mariano Rivera, here in the United States is known as the best closer of all time,” said Chen, “but in Panama, he’s known as the best pitcher ever. People look up to Mariano ... my family, everyone.
“When I was younger and Mariano was in the big leagues, I used to train with him, and all the professional baseball players trained together. So for me to be able to surpass a guy so big ... even though he was a closer, I feel like this is a big accomplishment.”
In fact, only Rivera, with 1,115 appearances, and former Royal reliever Juan Berenguer with 490, have pitched in more big-league games among natives of Panama than Chen’s 386. Rivera, of course, also posted a major-league record 652 saves — or 651 more than Chen.
Chen, 36, hopes younger Panamanian pitchers follow his lead.
“Records are made to be broken,” Chen said, “and obviously the save record is going to be hard to break. But you want other Panamanians to push that. You want to have a Panamanian who strikes out 3,000 batters ... or maybe somebody who gets 250 wins.
“But as long as we keep building it up, there’s going to be someone, maybe this kid Randall Delgado with the Diamondbacks ... or maybe there’s a kid in Panama watching me or Delgado pitch and says, ‘I want to play,’ and maybe that’s the new kid who is going to break all the records.”
Though he came away with no decision, Chen is coming off a strong first start of the season in the Royals’ 4-3 win over the White Sox last Saturday. He pitched 6.1 innings and left with a 3-1 lead after allowing six hits, and an unearned run while striking out seven with no walks.
“I was throwing all my pitches for strikes, and Salvador Perez did a really good job of calling the game, making sure we changed speeds,” Chen said. “And my defense, also. I really pounded that strike zone because I trusted my defense ... the guys behind me were making really good plays.”
A year ago this time, Chen, the Royals’ pitcher of the year in 2010, was the odd man out of the rotation after the club acquired James Shields, Wade Davis and Ervin Santana. Chen, who initially lost a battle with Luis Mendoza for the fifth spot in the rotation, began the season in the bullpen and would often go more than a week between appearances.
Chen would come to the ballpark never knowing whether he’d work that day. Now he knows he’ll be handed the ball every fifth day.
“I always wanted to help this team win,” he said of 2013. “Last year was kind of different. There were times I went 12 days without pitching, then I would pitch and go another seven days without pitching ... it was tough. But the way I saw it, I’m trying to help the bullpen. If they gave me their innings, I’m taking innings away from other guys who needed to stay sharp.”
Chen went 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA over 33.2 innings in the first half of the season before moving to the rotation in July. In his first six starts, he led the majors with a 0.93 ERA and .144 opponents’ batting average from July 12 to Aug. 13.
“We felt we’d put Brice in the pen, and if we needed him at the halfway point, he’d be strong and ready to finish the season strong, and that’s exactly what happened,” manager Ned Yost said.
It wasn’t as easy as it looked.
“The fact I didn’t throw that many innings, people said, ‘Yeah, you’re fresh,’ but actually it takes a toll on your arm,” said Chen, who would finished the season with an overall mark of 9-4 and a 3.27 ERA. “I didn’t go into the rotation for three months ... when you’re used to throwing one inning, maybe two innings, and you go over to start and throw five, six innings, and then five days later you have to throw five, six, seven innings, and 100 pitches, those first three starts, my arm was in shock.
“My arm had to get stronger as the season went along. I didn’t feel better until the last month of the season when my arm got adjusted.”
Chen was a free agent at the end of 2013, and when was assured of a shot at remaining in the rotation, he signed a $4.25 million contract for a sixth season with the Royals.
“We didn’t sign him to be a pen guy,” Yost said.
Chen had other offers, but he likes Kansas City. His wife Mary is from the area, and he believes in the direction the club is heading.
“Now that I know I’m going to be starting,” Chen said, “I can help this team win from the starting rotation.”
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