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Royals Sign 2 To Minor League Deals

Associated Press - January 17, 2014 4:40 am

Chris Colabello hit a two-run home run, R.A. Dickey threw seven shutout innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 in testy matchup Sunday, taking three of four from the AL's top team.

Chris Colabello hit a two-run home run, R.A. Dickey threw seven shutout innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 in testy matchup Sunday, taking three of four from the AL's top team.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Royals have signed former All Star pitcher Brad Penny and veteran reliever Guillermo Mota to minor league contracts that include invitations to spring training.

The team announced the moves Wednesday. Pitchers and catchers report to camp February 14 in Surprise, Arizona.

The 35 year old Penny, whose best years came with the Los Angeles Dodgers, is trying to resurrect his career after missing last season to rest his right shoulder. Penny was 0-1 with a 6.11 ERA in 2012 with the San Francisco Giants.

Mota has been with seven different clubs, most recently the Giants. The right hander is 39-45 with a 3.94 ERA over 14 seasons. He’s coming off a 100 game suspension for a second positive drug test. His agent says it was for clenbuterol found in children’s cough syrup.