Originally written on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 3/16/12
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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Luis Mendoza continues to make his case for a rotation spot. Mendoza allowed one run and two hits and struck out seven in 4 2-3 innings Friday and Chris Getz drove in three runs and the Kansas City Royals defeated a Milwaukee Brewers split squad 9-4 Friday. Mendoza did not allow a hit until Aramis Ramirez led off the fifth with a single. "He pitched extremely well, on the attack, good action on his pitches, had a tremendous changeup," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He's been dynamite every time out. Good for him. That's what he needs to do and he's doing it." Mendoza, a 28-year-old right-hander, posted sub-2.00 ERAs in the final three months of the regular season with Triple-A Omaha. He was the Pacific Coast League 2011 pitcher of the year, going 12-5 with a league-best 2.18 ERA. He went 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in two big leagues starts after a September promotion. "It's a big opportunity for me," Mendoza said. "I just try to show them I can help the team. I...
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