Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/24/12
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Kansas City Royals left-hander Bruce Chen swears he likes pitching at Fenway Park.

His numbers there, however, reflect a different story.

In 11 career games, including five starts, with The Green Monster looming closely in the left field background, Chen is 1-3 with a 7.00 ERA. His ERA was inflated by a July 27, 2011, start at Boston, a 12-5 loss in which Chen permitted 10 runs, a career worst, in four innings. David Ortiz hit a grand slam off Chen, one of three home runs he allowed that day.

Chen will start Friday against the Red Sox as the Royals' seven-game road trip continues after a day off Thursday. Kansas City lost two of three to the Rays.

After starting the season 0-4, Chen claimed his initial victory of the season May 9 against the Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium, allowing three runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Chen, the Royals' Opening Day starter, has won two of his past three decisions, beating the White Sox both times with a loss to the Orioles.

After winning a dozen games in each of his past two seasons, Chen will be aiming for his 10th victory. The last Royals left-hander to compile double-figure victories for three consecutive seasons was Charlie Leibrandt, who won 11 or more games five straight years, 1984-88.

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