Competition heats up for Royals rotation jobs

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SURPRIRSE, Ariz. (AP) -- The candidates to fill the final two spots in the Kansas City Royals' starting rotation are different in just about every way.

Especially in size.

There's 165-pound left-hander Everett Teaford, who was a big part of the bullpen during his debut last season. Right-hander Felipe Paulino, all 270 pounds of him, is beginning his fifth big league campaign. And 22-year-old left-hander Mike Montgomery, a lanky 6-foot-5 hotshot prospect, has never pitched an inning in the majors.

They're joined by Aaron Crow, who made the All-Star game as a reliever last season, and left-hander Danny Duffy, who went 4-8 with a 5.64 ERA over 20 starts last season at the age of 20.