Kansas City Royals Notes, Quotes 2009-09-07

--RHP Luke Hochevar, the first selection in the 2006 draft, is 0-6 with an 8.12 earned run average in nine starts since a July 25 victory over the Rangers, when he struck out 13.

--LHP Dusty Hughes made a spectacular big league debut Sunday. He gave up a single to Torii Hunter, the first batter he faced in relief of RHP Luke Hochevar in the fourth inning. That was the lone hit he allowed. He struck out five Angels in 4 1/3 scoreless innings, while walking two and hitting a batter.

BY THE NUMBERS: .194 -- Royals batting average (19-for-98) with the bases loaded.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're dropping like flies." -- Royals manager Trey Hillman, on injuries to OF Jose Guillen, RHPs Gil Meche, Brian Bannister and Kyle Farnsworth, 2B Alberto Callaspo and LHP John Bale all withinthe past week.

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Added: September 7, 2009