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Royals sticking with Chris Young as Game 4 starter

Chris Young

Kansas City Royals pitcher Chris Young throws during the third inning in Game 1 of baseball’s American League Division Series against the Houston Astros, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

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Royals right-hander Chris Young was needed in relief Tuesday night and came through in a big way with three scoreless, no-hit innings to get the win in Game 1. Despite throwing 53 pitches in the outing Young remains scheduled to start Game 4 against the Mets on Saturday night, manager Ned Yost announced.

Young has filled a dual role for Kansas City all season, starting 18 times and appearing as a reliever 16 times during the regular season. And he’s made two starts and one relief outing in the playoffs while being damn near unhittable.

Yost’s other Game 4 option would be right-hander Kris Medlen, but he hasn’t started a game since October 1 and has pitched just once in a long relief role during the playoffs.

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