April 23, 2014

Royals pitcher Bruce Chen is a comedian, mentor, translator and major-league survivor

On Thursday, Royals pitcher Bruce Chen can match Mariano Rivera’s record for major-league wins by a Panamanian. Chen, 36, cherishes the potential record, just as he cherishes his endurance. He has played for 10 teams, persisting thanks to his studious nature, dedication to his craft, ability to manipulate a baseball and the genetic gift of being born left-handed. With the Royals, where he is the eldest member of a youthful clubhouse, he doubles as cut-up and conciliator.

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