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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After twice having Tommy John surgery, Kris Medlen was looking for a team to give him a chance.The defending AL champions were willing to take the gamble.Kansas City announced an $8.5 million, two-year contract Thursday with the former Atlanta right-hander, who missed all of last season and became a free agent when the Braves failed to offer a contract by the Dec. 2 deadline.I think my career is kind of based on not only being given opportunities but also putting myself in position to take advantage of those opportunities, said Medlen, who is on track to join the Royals mid-season. Injury wise it hasnt helped, but I feel like this is another opportunity given to me.Medlen will make $2 million next year and $5.5 million in 2016 and could earn up to $10 million in performance bonuses based on starts and innings. The deal includes a 2017 option with a $1 million buyout.The 29-year-old went 14-12 with a 3.11 ERA in 2013, his only full season as a starter, and went 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his last five starts.Medlen, who hurt his elbow in spring training, also missed most of the 2011 season while he was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.We expect Kris to be more of a second-half guy, Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. Kris is going to want to get out of the gate and go. We have a two-year commitment with him and the bottom line is yeah, we need him to help us win a World Series, but more importantly, we need to have him have another 10-plus years in the big leagues.The 29-year-old Medlen went 15-12 with a 3.11 ERA in 2013, his only full season as a starter. He was at his best late in the season, going 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his last five starts.Medlen was expected to fill a spot in the Braves rotation this past season, but he hurt his elbow in spring training and required surgery. He also had Tommy John surgery late in the 2010 season.Its tough enough going through it once, Medlen said. Its terrible going through it twice.Medlens signing continues an off-season spending spree by the notoriously frugal Royals, who are defending an AL pennant for the first time in 29 years.After declining a $12.5 million option on designated hitter Billy Butler and watching him sign with Oakland, the Royals quickly filled his void by signing Kendrys Morales to a $17 million, two-year deal. The Royals also have a pending $11 million, one-year deal with outfielder Alex Rios, who would replace Norichika Aoki as their primary right fielder.Those two moves should provide a significant power boost to an offence that went through long slumps last season. The signing of Medlen combined with the potential arrival of Edinson Volquez could help to cover the loss of Shields, a workhorse in two seasons in Kansas City.I actually met Kris for the first time today, said Moore, who left the Braves front office just as they were drafting Medlen. I obviously was aware of him as a competitor, as a pitcher prior, but I was not part of that draft on draft day. But I followed his career, obviously he pitched against us twice and weve admired what he does and how he does it for a long time.Royals trainer Nick Kenney said that Medlen already is on a throwing program, but the club would rather take a conservative approach and have him ready for the second half of the season than rush him back and risk another injury.Its going to be drawn out longer on purpose, said Kenney, who hopes to have Medlen ready to face live hitters by April. We feel like there is a lot of upside there.Medlen said he has no problem with the Royals plans to coax him along. In fact, he said one of the biggest things he learned from his first Tommy John surgery was to take things slowly.After all, theres no way to help the Royals return to the post-season if he gets hurt again.Its an obvious risk, Medlen said, but I think Ive put myself in a pretty good spot physically to perform for this team whenever they need me, whenever they decide that time is.The Royals cleared roster space by designating infielder Johnny Giavotella for assignment. Superstar NZ Cheap . The Canadian defensive tackle suffered the injury on Monday and had tests done on Tuesday. He was a potential starter on the defensive line but head coach Mike OShea said he wasnt even thinking about the ratio when he got the news. Adidas NMD R1 NZ .Y. -- A month ago, Syracuse was unbeaten, ranked No. http://www.nmdshoesnz.com/. McCutchen was cut before the series opener against Seattle on Monday night, when Lewis was set for his first start for Texas since July 18, 2012. 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Nadal eventually overcame his 103rd-ranked opponent to reach the third round, rebounding from a surprise loss to Ferrer in the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals. "After losing in the Monte Carlo I wanted to raise my game here," Nadal said. "It just took a while." Eight-time winner Nadal was made to work against the stubborn Ramos, who broke back in the 11th game to force the first-set tiebreaker. Nadal eventually came out on the winning end of a long rally of baseline shots for a 4-2 lead as he went on to take the set. Nadal was steadier after that but still could not shake Ramos. He sealed it after a quick talk with the tournament doctor by breaking his fellow left-hander to win the match. "I had to accept that I was going to be made to work today, that I was not playing at my best level," Nadal said. "But I got through it." Nadal will face Ivan Dodig next after the Croatian dismissed Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-1, 6-4. 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Today, I wanted to maintain my energy and keep it going, which I did for (90) minutes, but any more and it might have been tougher to win," Gabashvili said after winning for the first time on the third try against Ferrer. Ferrer wasnt the only significant player to exit early as third-seeded Fabio Fognini retired to injury while losing 6-0, 4-0 to Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. Eighth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine was also ousted by Spanish player Albert Montanes 7-6 (5), 6-3. Other second-round winners included sixth-seeded Nicolas Almagro and fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes. ' ' '