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Left-hander Jason Vargas activated from disabled list, to start for Royals against Yankees

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NEW YORK — Jason Vargas is being activated from the 15-day disabled list and is going to start for the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night against the New York Yankees.

The left-hander hasn't pitched since May 5 because of a flexor muscle strain. He will fill the rotation spot of Danny Duffy, who was placed on the DL Monday with biceps tendinitis.

Left-hander Brandon Finnegan was optioned to Triple-A Omaha to make room for Vargas. Finnegan was recalled Monday and he pitched three hitless innings in relief of Jeremy Guthrie during the Royals' 14-1 loss to New York.

Vargas is 3-1 with a 5.26 ERA in five starts this season.

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