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Chen reaches 10-year milestone on Opening Day

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CHICAGO -- Royals pitcher Bruce Chen officially became a 10-year man on Opening Day.

It takes 172 days on a Major League roster to record one year of service time and Chen entered Monday's game with nine years, 171 days accumulated in 14 difference Major League seasons.

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To mark the occasion, pitcher Kelvin Herrera made up a placard reading "Ten Years of Service" with the obligatory smiley face and taped it to the front of Chen's shirt.

How long did it take Chen to do it?

"Ohhhhh, I started playing when I was 16," he said.

Chen, 35, signed out of Panama with the Braves in 1993.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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