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Not so fast, Bruce Chen

The least called penalty in baseball may very well be the 'quick pitch,' which turns out to be exactly what it sounds like.

Apparently, Bruce Chen jumped the gun in his face-off with Chicago third baseman Brent Morel last night, and umpire Mike Everitt was quick to issue an automatic ball against Chen.

We think it's safe to say that the Royals, whose pitchers carry the Majors' fourth worst ERA, need all the strikes they can get.