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By ALAN ESKEW
Associated Press
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Luke Hochevar is a paradox.
The top pick in the 2006 amateur draft, Hochevar had an 8-0 record and a 2.38 ERA in the 13 starts he made that Kansas City won, according to STATS LLC. He was 0-16 with an 8.47 ERA in the 19 of his starts the Royals lost.
He wasn't streaky, either. He won consecutive starts just once, against Houston and Tampa Bay in mid-June. Hochevar didn't lose three in a row until his final outings of the season.
Manager Ned Yost says the team needs Hochevar to ``consistently be a productive performer every five days.''

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