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Royals' Teaford set for spot start Wednesday

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Manager Ned Yost is revising the Kansas City Royals' rotation in part because of a doubleheader last Saturday.

Left-hander Everett Teaford, who threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday against the Minnesota Twins after Luke Hochevar failed to make it out of the second inning, is penciled in to start Wednesday against the Texas Rangers.

It will be Teaford's fifth start. Yost said right-hander Vin Mazzaro likely would follow Teaford to the mound Wednesday. Yost labeled it a "'pen day."

Hochevar will start Thursday in the series finale against the Rangers.

Rookie left-hander Will Smith, who is 0-3 in his past three starts, will be skipped a start. Smith has allowed 11 earned runs on 26 hits and six walks in 14 2/3 innings (6.75 ERA) in the three-start span. Yost said Smith would work out of the bullpen until his next start.

Yost said he would start Luis Mendoza, Bruce Chen and Jeremy Guthrie for a weekend series at Chicago because they've been "real effective" against the White Sox.

Chen gave up four homers and six runs in six innings Monday in the Royals' 8-4 loss to the Rangers.
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