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Royals win appeal of Kendrick homer

Royals win appeal of Kendrick homer

KANSAS CITY -- Gil Meche entered Thursday night's game with a lower ERA than is shown in the official averages.

Just before his start against the Orioles, the Royals announced they had won their appeal of a scoring decision in last Friday night's 4-1 loss to the Angels in Anaheim.

Royals right fielder Jose Guillen was given an error and the Angels' Howard Kendrick lost a home run when official scorer Mel Franks' decision was reversed unanimously by a five-member panel appointed by Major League Baseball.

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In the sixth inning, Kendrick was given an inside-the-park homer on a fly ball that glanced off Guillen's glove at the right-field line and bounced away. Two runs scored on the play.

The ruling was overturned on the basis of videotapes showing Kendrick pausing at first base and Guillen's quotes saying he should have caught the ball, which were submitted by Royals vice president Mike Swanson.

"We needed some good news," said Swanson, cognizant of the Royals' 0-5 record on the trip.

As a result, the two runs charged against Meche became unearned and his ERA dropped from 4.43 to 4.01. It also erased the only home run he had allowed this season.

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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