- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

SURPRISE, ARIZ. (AP) - Sidney Ponson will get another chance to pitch, this time with the Kansas City Royals.

Coming off two starts for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, Ponson signed a minor league contract with the Royals on Tuesday and was invited to big league camp.

The 32-year-old righty is expected to compete with Brian Bannister, Horacio Ramirez and Luke Hochevar for two open spots in the Royals’ rotation. Gil Meche, Zack Greinke and Kyle Davies appear to have the top three slots.

Ponson pitched for the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees last season. He also has pitched for Baltimore, San Francisco, St. Louis and Minnesota.

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