Originally written May 23, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
After spending his first night as a major-leaguer in the bullpen, left-hander Will Smith make a spot start for the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in the series finale at Yankee Stadium. Smith was promoted from Class AAA Omaha, where he was 1-3 with a 4.01 ERA in nine starts. He had allowed 65 hits and 13 walks while striking out 37 in 51 2/3 innings. "We want to see what Will Smith can do," manager Ned Yost said. "His numbers aren't like eye-popping, but he's been throwing better. He developed a slider last year, and he's starting to put it all together. He's got a lot of maturity and composure." Smith wasn't needed in long relief Tuesday in the Royals' 3-2 loss to the Yankees, so he will start against New York in place of right-hander Luis Mendoza. In his final two Pacific Coast League starts, Smith gave up three earned runs and 14 hits in 14 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one. Smith was 13-9 with a 3.85 ERA last s...
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