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Daniel Richard Duffy

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Danny Duffy was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 3rd round of the 2007 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Rick Schroeder and made his pro debut that summer.

After losing his first two major league decisions, Duffy earned his first major league win for the Royals on June 14, 2011, beating the Oakland A's on the road, 7-4. He pitched six innings that day, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. He made 20 starts altogether, with a record of 4-8, 5.64 and 87 strikeouts in 105 1/3 innings. He made the Royals's staff again out of spring training in 2012 and was showing signs of improvement in the early going, posting a record of 2-2, 3.90 after 6 starts with 28 Ks in 27 2/3 innings. However, on May 13th, he was removed from a start against the Chicago White Sox after making only 13 pitches. He underwent an MRI on his elbow the next day, and the results were not good: the test showed a torn ligament, a prelude to season-ending Tommy John surgery performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum on May 18th, the same day as teammate Blake Wood.

Duffy made his return to the majors with a start against the Minnesota Twins on August 7, 2013. He gave up 2 runs in 3 2/3 innings that day and had a no-decision, but in his second start on August 16th, in the first game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers, he was brilliant. Squaring off against Justin Verlander, he did not give up his first hit until the 6th inning, and left after 6, having given up only that one hit and three walks. Three relievers then completed the game with one inning of work each, and he was given credit for the Royals' 2-1 win. He ended up making 5 starts for the Royals, with a record of 2-0, 1.85 in 24 1/3 innings.

He pitched the best game of his career on May 17, 2014, when he took a perfect game into the 7th inning of a start against the Baltimore Orioles. Adam Jones ended the bid with a single with two outs in the 7th, and he was taken out after allowing a lead-off hit to Nelson Cruz in the 8th. He needed to be good, because the Royals' sputtering offense only gave him a single run, which relievers Wade Davis and Greg Holland managed to make stand for a 1-0 win. On September 6, 2014, he had to leave a start against the Mew York Yankees after making only one pitch, a ball to lead-off hitter Jacoby Ellsbury, after experiencing shoulder pain. It was the first time in team history a starter had failed to complete at least one batter, and the first time since Rick Reed on July 22, 1992 that a starter had failed to retire anyone.

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