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09/28/11 12:24 PM ET

Knapp named Minors pitching coordinator

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rick Knapp, former Detroit Tigers pitching coach, was named Minor League pitching coordinator by the Royals on Wednesday.

Knapp replaces Mark Davis, the 1989 National League Cy Young Award winner who was the coordinator for one season. Davis will remain in the Royals' organization as a pitching coach.

Knapp, dismissed by the Tigers on July 3 during his third season as pitching coach, was Minor League pitching coordinator for the Minnesota Twins from 1997-2008. He pitched for five seasons in the Rangers' farm system before beginning his coaching career in 1988.

Davis won the Cy Young Award as the Padres' closer and then signed as a free agent with Kansas City, where he spent 2 1/2 seasons (1990-92) of his 15-year Major League career. He served as pitching coach for the Royals' Surprise Rookie league team from 2006-10.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.