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Royals to try Pena as setup man

Updated: July 26, 2009, 5:54 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tony Pena Jr. has hit like a pitcher for the past two years, so the Kansas City Royals plan to convert him to one.

Pena, who was the Royals' shortstop on Opening Day in 2007 and 2008, has hit .156 with 62 strikeouts and eight walks in 276 at-bats the last two years. He was designated for assignment July 16 with a .098 average and one extra-base hit.

After clearing waivers, the Royals outrighted him Friday to Triple-A Omaha, but instead of reporting to the Pacific ...

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