Meche goes against Perkins in Kauffman Stadium

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gil Meche takes the mound for Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night, and the Royals hope he's up to speed.

Meche (4-7) has been ineffective since he threw a career-high 132 pitches in a complete-game 5-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 16. In his latest start he could get his fastball no better than about 86 mph, and the Royals were concerned he might be fatigued.

Meche is set to face Minnesota left-hander Glen Perkins (3-4) Wednesday night as the Royals wrap up a 3-game series with the Twins.

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