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Ex-Chukar links and notes, Opening Day

Last year, I started an ex-Chukars update on the Sunday Chukars Extra page. But I don’t wait until Sunday to scour for all the latest news. I’ve set up a Google Reader account with loads of sources and write up a running notebook over the week. Most of that never makes the Sunday page.

So since we have this site back, and I figure you’re interested in keeping up with all the latest ex-Chukar news, here’s my first installment. It won’t always be titled “Ex-Chukars links and notes.” But by clicking on the “Ex-Chukars” category in the left-handed menu or a the bottom of the post, you’ll be able to find all the ex-Chukar news.

Let me know what you think of the new feature.

• On the big-league club, Blake Wood (2006 Chukar) tossed a scoreless seventh inning last night to improve to 3-0 and lower his ERA to 2.43. The Royals’ team website has a feature on his mechanical adjustments. Wood and RHP Greg Holland (2007) are part of a three-man rotation for the setup role, the Kansas City Star reports.

• Kansas City starting pitcher Danny Duffy (2010) struck out nine straight in 3.2 innings for the Royals before a calf cramp forced him out of the game. The St. Louis Cardinals did score two runs on three hits and a walk in the first inning.

• 1B and fan favorite Murray Watts (2010) showed up on the opening day roster of the rookie-level Burlington Royals. Burlington is considered a half step below Idaho Falls, where he was a Pioneer League all-star after hitting .279/.389/.506 last season. But the big first baseman struggled in his promotion to Low-A Kane County, hitting .211/.354/.289 in 35 games this spring.

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Moose promoted to K.C.

With the Royals calling up third baseman Mike Moustakas (2007 Chukar) to the big leagues, that makes seven ex-Chukars on the MLB roster.

The seven includes: Moustakas, first baseman/designated hitter Billy Butler (2004 Chukar), first baseman Eric Hosmer (2008), left-handed starting pitcher Danny Duffy (2010), right-handed reliever Blake Wood (2006) and Greg Holland (2007), and left-handed reliever Everett Teaford (2006).

Another ex-Chukar joins Royals

The revolving door on the Kansas City Royals roster continues to benefit former Idaho Falls Chukars as the club called up right-handed reliever Greg Holland on Thursday.

This is the second trip to the majors for Holland, who made his professional debut in Idaho Falls as a closer in 2007. Holland, 25, threw 182/3 innings last summer with the Royals and posted a 6.75 ERA and 23 strikeouts.

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Two ex-Chukars promoted to bigs

A pair of former Idaho Falls Chukars hit the big time Tuesday morning when the Kansas City Royals promoted both Danny Duffy and Everett Teaford to the big leagues to make their professional debuts.

Teaford, who appeared in 15 games as a starting pitcher for Idaho Falls in 2006, made his debut Tuesday, tossing 11/3 innings out of the bullpen. He gave up two hits, one of which was a solo home run to Cleveland’s Asdrubal Cabrera. He also walked a batter.

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Royals call up Eric Hosmer (2008 Chukar)

With the way first baseman and 2008 Idaho Falls Chukar Eric Hosmer was hitting in Triple-A, the Kansas City Royals had no choice. It was time to call him up to the big leagues.

The Royals did just that Thursday, calling up the 2008 third-overall pick from the Omaha Storm Chasers and making him the third ex-Chukar on the Royals’ roster. To make room for him, the Royals sent first baseman Kila Ka’aihue down to AAA. Hosmer is expected to debut today.

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Former Chukars inch closer to bigs

While Major League Baseball’s opening day was a full week ago, opening day for the full-season minor league clubs kicks off today around the country. And it kicks off with ex-Chukars dotting the rosters of the Royals’ affiliates.

In Triple-A, eight ex-Chukars are on the 24-man roster. In AA, it’s more than half, as 15 of the 26 players played in Idaho Falls. And in A-ball, it’s 11 of 28 in High-A and 12 of 25 in Low-A.

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