Saturday September 6th, 2014

Royals starter Danny Duffy left Saturday's game against the Yankees after only one pitch with what the team called left shoulder soreness.

The 25-year-old was replaced by Liam Hendriks.

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Duffy grimaced after the first pitch to Jacoby Ellsbury. Manager Ned Yost and the team's trainer came out to check on him.

Duffy is 8-11 with a 2.42 ERA in 29 appearances this season (23 starts). He began the season as a reliever before moving into the rotation in May.

In four big-league seasons, Duffy is 16-21 with a 3.65 ERA. He missed most of the 2012 and 2013 seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.

Kansas City (78-61) entered play on Saturday having won four in a row and held a 2.5-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central.

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- Chris Mascaro

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