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Jason Vargas | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/2/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Jason Vargas surrendered three runs over four-plus innings in a no-decision as the Royals fell to the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.
The 31-year-old left-hander was hittable from the start, as the Giants were able to scratch out a first-inning run and tacked on one more in the third inning. Vargas gave up a lead-off double to Joe Panik to begin the fifth inning before manager Ned Yost lifted him from the game. On 82 pitches, Vargas yielded the three runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. It's likely the last start Vargas will make until next season, though he could pitch in relief at some point for the Royals in Games 5, 6, and potentially 7. Sun, Oct 26, 2014 12:08:00 AM

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Jason Vargas will start in Game 4 of the World Series against the Giants on Saturday.

Jeremy Guthrie will get the nod for Game 3. Vargas has allowed three runs with an 8/4 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings over two starts this postseason. He'll face Ryan Vogelsong.
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 03:59:00 PM

Jason Vargas limited the Orioles to one run over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in Game 4 of the ALCS.

The Royals could have gone with staff ace James Shields in this one because of Monday's rainout, but they stuck by Vargas and he delivered, yielding just two hits over his five-plus frames. Royals manager Ned Yost wisely went to the bullpen in the top of the sixth inning and the KC relief corps was again dominant, finishing off the ALCS sweep. The Royals are headed to their first World Series in 29 years.
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 07:20:00 PM

Jason Vargas remains the Royals' scheduled starter for Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday.

The Royals could have pushed James Shields up to start on regular rest following Monday's rainout, but manager Ned Yost has decided to stick with Vargas. The veteran left-hander allowed just two runs over six strong innings in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 06:17:00 PM

Jason Vargas was officially named the Royals' ALCS Game 4 starter on Sunday.

Manager Ned Yost had indicated that they were leaning towards Vargas in Game 4, and now he's made it official. Jeremy Guthrie will get the ball in Game 3 on Monday as Kansas City looks to take a 3-0 lead in the series.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 02:41:00 PM

Royals skipper Ned Yost said Saturday that Jason Vargas would "probably" start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles.

With Jeremy Guthrie taking the hill in Game 3 and Vargas on tap for Game 4, Danny Duffy will continue to be a weapon available out of the bullpen. Vargas allowed just two runs over six strong innings in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 02:48:00 PM

Jason Vargas pitched six solid innings, yielding just two runs, in Thursday's 3-2, extra-innings win over the Angels in Game 1 of the ALDS.

Vargas was taken deep twice -- by Chris Iannetta in the third and by David Freese in the fifth -- but thankfully they were both solo shots and he only yielded one hit and one walk otherwise. Royals manager Ned Yost elected to leave the lefty in in the sixth to face Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick with a runner on, but he got bailed out when Norichika Aoki made a nice catch on Kendrick's drive to the warning track. Vargas will start again in Game 5 if he's needed.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 01:30:00 AM

Jason Vargas will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels on Thursday.

Vargas, who pitched for the Angels in 2013, had a 3.71 ERA across 30 starts this season with Kansas City. Danny Duffy was the likely alternative for the Game 1 assignment. The rest of the rotation for the series has yet to be announced.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 03:47:00 PM

Jason Vargas gave up four runs in four innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Indians.

It was Vargas's fourth straight poor outing, the first three of which resulted in losses. As of Sept. 3, he was 11-7 with a 3.14 ERA. Now he's finishing the regular season 11-10 with a 3.71 ERA. The Royals are going to have a tough call if they advance to the ALDS; after ace James Shields, Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura clearly look like the Royals' best starters right now. If the Royals start both youngsters, it'd leave just one spot for Vargas or Jeremy Guthrie. But that's almost surely how they need to play it.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 10:55:00 PM

Jason Vargas was knocked around in Friday's loss to the Tigers, allowing five runs on nine hits over just 3 1/3 innings.

Vargas struck out one and didn't issue a walk in the abbreviated outing. The Tigers jumped on him early in this one, pushing three runs across in the first, one in the second and another in the fourth to eventually chase the veteran southpaw. He has been a valuable member of the Royals rotation, registering a 3.59 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 183 innings. He'll do battle against the Indians in Cleveland in his final regular season start on Wednesday.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 12:28:00 AM

Jason Vargas allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.

Two big swings, only one of which came while Vargas was still in the game, proved the difference. Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer off Vargas in the third inning, and after allowing two hits in the sixth Vargas exited ahead of a Daniel Nava grand slam. It was an unfortunate result on what was an otherwise good day for Vargas -- he struck out eight while giving up just four hits all day. Vargas will take on the Tigers on Saturday.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 06:40:00 PM

Jason Vargas allowed a pair of home runs in Tuesday's loss to the Tigers, yielding four runs over 5 1/3 innings.

Rajai Davis hit a two-run home run in the second inning and J.D. Martinez added a solo blast in the fifth. Other than that, Vargas was okay, giving up six hits and a trio of walks while striking out six. He was coming off of 6 2/3 scoreless frames in his last start -- not exactly the follow-up he envisioned. Vargas has a 3.25 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 118/37 K/BB ratio. The Red Sox await him in Sunday's home start next.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 11:25:00 PM

Jason Vargas shut out the Rangers for 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in the Royals' 4-1 victory.

Vargas walked none, but he still needed 102 pitches to get 20 outs, causing the Royals to turn to the bullpen for the last seven. It was good enough to end a quick little two-game skid for the left-hander. Vargas has now had five starts this season in which he hasn't given up a run. Last year, he had four. In 2012, it never happened once.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 02:31:00 AM

Jason Vargas fell to 10-7 on the year after allowing four runs over six innings Friday against the Indians.

Vargas gave up 10 hits in the loss and three out of the four runs scored in the third inning. He has now lost back-to-back starts, allowing six runs on 21 hits and four walks over 12 innings in the process. The southpaw now owns a 3.27 ERA on the year and will look to get back on the winning side when he faces the Rangers next week.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 01:11:00 AM

Jason Vargas allowed 11 hits and three runs -- two earned -- over six innings in a loss to the Rangers on Sunday.

Vargas was fortunate to escape with as little damage as he did, as the left-hander also walked four to go with his 11 hits allowed. Even with the loss, Vargas is 10-6 with a 3.17 ERA through 24 starts. He'll take on the Indians in his next start on Friday.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 06:57:00 PM

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