Found April 06, 2013 on Fox Sports Kansas City:
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(AP) -- When John Lannan takes the mound at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday night, he may breathe a sigh of relief knowing that his opponent will not be the Philadelphia Phillies. After spending his first six major league seasons getting roughed up by Philadelphia while pitching for the NL East rival Washington Nationals, Lannan makes his Phillies debut against the visiting Kansas City Royals. Lannan went 42-52 with a 4.01 ERA in 134 starts for Washington, but he was 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA in six appearances in 2012 while spending most of his time at Triple-A Syracuse. The Nationals failed to tender him a contract, and the Phillies signed the left-hander to a one-year, 2.5 million deal Dec. 19. "It's a great opportunity," Lannan said. "I feel like the Phillies have a great shot of winning the NL East and going to the World Series." Lannan is surely happy about not having to face Philadelphia anymore. He went 3-13 with a 5.53 ERA in 19 matchups, posting a 2-5 ...
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