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Luke Hochevar Dazzles in Outing

AP - April 30, 2013

Is Luke Hochevar finally putting it together? After a rough start to the season which saw Hochevar put together a dismal 0 - 3 record with a 5.79 ERA, he was brilliant in tonight's outing against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Luke pitched 8 scoreless inning allowing 3 hits and no walks to go with 11 strikeouts in the Kansas City Royals 3 - 0 win.

"I think Hochy has finally figured it out," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "I knew it was only a matter of time. You don't have talent like he does without eventually putting it all together. This is a good reward for our patience with Luke. I am glad that we didn't give in to the pressure to get rid of a pitcher of this talent."

The Rays were off balance all night against Hochevar's wide array of pitches, managing 3 seeing eye singles and only forcing 83 pitches.

"The guy was devastating tonight," said Devil Rays star Evan Longoria. "When he pitches like that there's not much you can do other than tip your cap to the guy."

Yost continued, "I think Luke will be able to build on this outing and I expect him to be one of the better pitchers in the league the rest of the season."

Luke Hochevar Dazzles in Outing

AP - July 8, 2013

Is Luke Hochevar finally putting it together? After a rough season so far which has seen Hochevar put together a dismal 3 - 9 record with a 5.47 ERA, he was brilliant in tonight's outing against the New York Yankees with a complete game shutout, allowing only 1 double to go with 14 strikeouts on 97 pitches in the Kansas City Royals 5 - 0 win.

"I think Hochy has finally figured it out," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "I knew it was only a matter of time. You don't have talent like he does without eventually putting it all together. This is a good reward for our patience with Luke. I am glad that we didn't give in to the pressure to get rid of a pitcher of this talent."

The Yankees only hit of the night was an opposite field double by Derek Jeter. No other batter managed to reach base, and only 3 Yankees had a 3-ball count.

"The guy was devastating tonight," said Yankees rookie star Wil Myers. "When he pitches like that there's not much you can do other than tip your cap to the guy."

Yost continued, "I think Luke will be able to build on this outing and I expect him to be one of the better pitchers in the league the rest of the season."

Luke Hochevar Dazzles in Outing

AP - September 16, 2013

Is Luke Hochevar finally putting it together? After a rough season which has seen Hochevar put together a dismal 5 - 13 record with a 5.84 ERA, he was brilliant in tonight's outing against the Cleveland Indians with a complete game shutout, scattering 4 hits to go with 10 strikeouts on 101 pitches in the Kansas City Royals 2 - 0 win.

"I think Hochy has finally figured it out," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "I knew it was only a matter of time. You don't have talent like he does without eventually putting it all together. This is a good reward for our patience with Luke. I am glad that we didn't give in to the pressure to get rid of a pitcher of this talent."

The Indians never advanced a runner to second base, managing only 4 singles and no walks.

"The guy was devastating tonight," said Indians star Shin-Soo Choo. "When he pitches like that there's not much you can do other than tip your cap to the guy."

Yost continued, "I think Luke will be able to build on this outing and I expect him to be one of the better pitchers in the league next season after he figures it all out."

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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