Royals activate Chen to start against Cubs

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Bruce Chen has been activated by the Kansas City Royals to start Friday night against the Chicago Cubs after spending time on the disabled list with a strained back muscle.

Chen was making his first start since May 5, after three minor league outings in which he went 0-1 with an 8.18 ERA. Chen was 4-1 with a 3.59 ERA in seven starts for Kansas City before he was hurt.

The Royals optioned left-hander Everett Teaford to Triple-A Omaha to make roster space for Chen. Teaford had a 2.84 ERA and no decisions in 14 relief appearances.

With Teaford's demotion, the Royals are going with a seven-man bullpen and 12-man pitching staff.