Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/27/12
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The Kansas City Royals got another first-hand glimpse of what it would be like if they had a solid rotation from top to bottom.

After Luke Hochevar pitched a shutout Monday, Bruce Chen limited the Tampa Bay Rays to two runs (one earned) in seven innings in an 8-2 win Tuesday.

Chen restricted the Rays to five hits and held Tampa Bay scoreless in his final five innings before turning over a 4-2 advantage to Aaron Crow in the eighth.

"I'm trying to keep up with Luke," Chen said. "He has been on fire. Pitching is contagious. Hopefully, we can put a bunch of good starts together."

The Royals need a string of good starts from someone not named Chen or Hochevar, the latter of whom apparently has turned around his season with 16 2/3 scoreless innings in his past two starts.

The bottom three spots in the rotation, however, have been an abyss.

Vin Mazzaro, Luis Mendoza and Jonathan Sanchez were all rocked in the weekend series against the Cardinals, making premature exits and not giving the Kansas City offense much of a chance.

Mazzaro was subsequently demoted to the bullpen, and Everett Teaford will be promoted from Class AAA Omaha to start Wednesday's series finale against Tampa Bay.

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