Royals sign Soria to contract extension

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MIAMI (AP) -- Joakim Soria and the Kansas City Royals agreed to a
three-year contract extension on Saturday, which includes club
options for three more years that could keep the closer with the
club through 2014.
Soria allowed a run for the first time this season on Friday
night, a two-run homer by the Marlins' Jeremy Hermida, but struck
out Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu for his 11th save. Soria threw
16 2-3 scoreless innings to start the season, one-third shy of the
Royals record.
He carried a 1.04 ERA into Saturday night's game at Florida.
The right-hander, who turns 24 on Sunday, was picked up when the
San Diego Padres left him unprotected in the 2006 winter meeting
draft (Rule 5). He had a 2.48 ERA last year, third among major
league rookies, and was 17-for-21 in save chances.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
APNP-05-17-08 1912CDT


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