Kansas City's Ace returned to the mound on Tuesday after a month on the disabled list with an oblique strain.
Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy only allowed two runs in the first inning and struck out four in 5 2/3 innings.
"He looked great,” Royals' Manager Ned Yost said. “The first inning he was getting his tempo and timing and after that he really settled down."
Duffy told the media after the game that it all fell back into place but this outing meant more to him than proving he hadn't lost a step. He says he played for a 15-year-old in his hometown who recently lost his life.
"There was this kid back in Lompoc, CA, who lost his life last week, Noah Scott. I want to dedicate this performance to him,” Duffy said. “He lost a battle with Leukemia and he fought his butt off. So, this is all for his family right there."
Whether it's his family, friends, or teammates, Duffy is seemingly always putting others first. That's a big reason why is teammates are glad he has returned to the field
"To have him back in the rotation is big for us," Royals' infielder Whit Merrifield said.
"That's a big boost right there,” Royals' first baseman Eric Hosmer said. “We were going through some tough times when we lost him but now you add him back to the staff and things are looking really good for us."
Those tasked with filling in for Duffy have helped the Royals make up ground in the American League Central race, but having the man leading the staff back, adds a massive boost to the team’s starting rotation.
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