Royals sticking with Chris Young as Game 4 starter

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Royals right-hander Chris Young was needed in relief Tuesday night and came through in a big way with three scoreless, no-hit innings to get the win in Game 1. Despite throwing 53 pitches in the outing Young remains scheduled to start Game 4 against the Mets on Saturday night, manager Ned Yost announced.

Young has filled a dual role for Kansas City all season, starting 18 times and appearing as a reliever 16 times during the regular season. And he’s made two starts and one relief outing in the playoffs while being damn near unhittable.

Yost’s other Game 4 option would be right-hander Kris Medlen, but he hasn’t started a game since October 1 and has pitched just once in a long relief role during the playoffs.

Brewers sign Gio Gonzalez

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have signed Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez will get a $2 million base salary with $2 million in potential performance bonuses.

Gonzalez was excellent for the Brewers down the stretch last season, posting a 2.13 ERA over his final five regular season starts. While it’s not likely he can replicate that, given how terrible Milwaukee’s rotation has been thus far — they have a 5.74 ERA as a group this season — he can’t hurt.

Not a bad landing pad for a guy who had to settle for a minor league deal with the Yankees before being released over the weekend.