Ryan Verdugo's big league debut Tuesday night eerily resembled Jonathan Sanchez's final start a day earlier for the Royals.
That's not what Kansas City was hoping for.
Verdugo, a 25-year-old left-hander, gave up six runs on eight hits and two walks without making it through two innings of a 9-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
Sanchez gave up seven runs in 1 1-3 innings in a loss Monday to the Mariners and was designated for assignment Tuesday.
After retiring the first two batters, Verdugo gave up four straight hits, including Justin Smoak's two-run homer. He failed to get out of the second when he surrendered three more runs on four hits.
''Ryan got the two outs and I thought `Here we go,' and then it kind of caved in on him,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''When he got hurt it was on pitches up. He's basically a two-pitch pitcher and he was able to throw his curveball but he was leaving the fastball up.''
Verdugo and Sanchez were the two pitchers the Royals acquired from the S...