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Reliever Joseph strikes out the side again


GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Left-hander Donnie Joseph is making quite an impact so far in the Royals' camp.

"Donnie Joseph has yet to face a guy he hasn't struck out all spring," manager Ned Yost pointed out. "Pretty impressive."

Indeed, Joseph struck out the side in the Indians' fifth on Tuesday, dispensing the three batters on the minimum nine pitches. He had fanned all three Rangers he faced on Saturday, throwing 15 pitches.

Joseph, obtained from the Cincinnati organization last year in the trade that sent reliever Jonathan Broxton to the Reds, has piled up a lot of strikeouts in his four Minor League seasons -- 298 in 225 1/3 innings. He has issued 99 walks.

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