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Yordano Ventura | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 6/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Yordano Ventura has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday versus the Twins due to back stiffness.
The stiffness, which is in the middle of Ventura's back, is believed to be a minor issue. Liam Hendriks will be called up from Triple-A Omaha to take the hill against Minnesota, and Ventura will presumably return to the Royals' rotation over the weekend. Aug 26 - 5:39 PM

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Yordano Ventura pitched six innings of one-run ball against the Rangers on Friday.

The win brought Ventura's record above .500, as he moved to 10-9 on the season. The youngster struck out six and walked three while scattering four hits. He holds a 3.40 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in addition to a 125/53 K/BB ratio. He'll take on the Twins next time out.
Aug 23 - 1:24 AM

Yordano Ventura allowed three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings Saturday as the Royals lost to the Twins.

Ventura pitched into the seventh inning and gave up only four hits, but he issued six walks in the mostly-shaky outing. The young right-hander also struggled with his control Monday against the A's and may be hitting a bit of a wall here in mid-August. He'll carry a 9-9 record, 3.48 ERA, and 1.31 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Rangers.
Aug 16 - 9:51 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed two runs and two hits over six innings Monday versus the A's.

Ventura walked four and threw 105 pitches in his six innings, preventing him from lasting long enough to gain a win tonight. The Royals didn't take the lead for good until the bottom of the seventh.
Aug 11 - 11:38 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed two runs on eight hits over six innings in a win against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Ventura punched out eight and issued one free pass. The 23-year-old right-hander went 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA in his first six road starts of the season, but 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA in his last two (against Boston and Tampa Bay). Having improved to 9-8 with a 3.47 ERA and 1.33 WHIP, Ventura hosts Oakland next week.
Aug 7 - 12:49 AM

Yordano Ventura navigated his way through seven innings, yielding only two runs (one earned) en route to his eighth win of the season on Thursday against the Twins.

As he has been at several points throughout the season, Ventura was a bit sloppy with his control, but was otherwise strong. The Twins drew three walks but managed only five hits -- including a solo home run from Danny Santana -- while Ventura struck out seven. The 23-year-old has had a fine rookie campaign, sporting a 3.50 ERA with a 102/39 K/BB ratio. Ventura will toe the rubber in Arizona against the Diamondbacks next week.
Jul 31 - 11:21 PM

Yordano Ventura took a no-decision Friday after yielding four runs (three earned) over 6 1/3 innings against the Indians.

After being knocked around for six runs over 4 1/3 innings last time out, Ventura showed some signs of progress in this one, allowing six hits against one walk and seven strikeouts. An error by Mike Moustakas in the seventh inning eventually allowed the tying run to score. The seven strikeouts from Ventura was his most since May 15. That's nice to see after he didn't strike out one batter in his last outing. He'll bring a 3.63 ERA into a start against the Twins next week.
Jul 26 - 12:37 AM

Yordano Ventura fell to 7-8 after allowing six runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.

The Red Sox were all over Ventura, racking up nine hits and four walks without striking out before chasing him with one out in the fifth inning. Catcher David Ross was responsible for the biggest blow, homering with one on and one out in the fourth inning to make it a 4-0 ballgame. Ventura still has a respectable 3.59 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and an 88/35 K/BB ratio in 107 2/3 innings. He'll look to rebound at home against the Indians on Friday.
Jul 20 - 4:44 PM

Yordano Ventura was terrific in Friday's victory over the Indians, allowing just one run on six hits over 8 1/3 innings.

The rookie right-hander carried a shutout into the ninth inning, before being denied by Michael Brantley's solo blast. He struck out four in the impressive outing while walking a pair. Now 6-7 on the year, he'll bring a terrific 3.07 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 80/27 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's matchup against the Rays in Tampa Bay.
Jul 4 - 10:28 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings but took the loss against the Mariners on Sunday.

Ventura allowed a Mike Zunino homer to lead off the seventh inning, which ended up being the difference in the game. The right-handed struck out six while walking two on the afternoon. The loss snapped his three-game winning streak, and despite pitching well overall he's 5-6 on the season. Ventura has a 3.20 ERA and 1.25 WHIP, and he'll try to get back in the win column against the Angels on Saturday.
Jun 22 - 5:44 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed three runs on eight hits over seven innings in Tuesday's win over the Tigers.

Ventura didn't have to be at the top of his game, as the Royals got to Tigers starter Max Scherzer for 10 runs before the end of the fifth inning. Ventura walked two and struck out four in the win. The 23-year-old is 5-5 with a 3.26 ERA and 1.25 WHIP through 13 starts. He'll look for his fourth straight win when he takes on the Mariners on Sunday.
Jun 17 - 10:41 PM

Yordano Ventura fired seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday in the Royals' 4-1 win over the Indians.

Ventura was sharp in the afternoon outing at home in Kansas City, scattering six hits without walking a batter. He struck out three. The 23-year-old right-hander boasts a 3.20 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 63 strikeouts through his first 70 1/3 innings this season. He'll try to stay in a groove next week in Detroit.
Jun 11 - 5:17 PM

Yordano Ventura improved to 3-5, allowing two runs over six innings as the Royals defeated the Cardinals 3-2 on Thursday.

Ventura won his first game since April 25, having endured a tough May in which he went 0-4 and saw his strikeouts plummet. The flamethrowing right-hander managed only one strikeout on Thursday while allowing seven hits and two walks. Ventura will take a 3.41 ERA and 1.28 WHIP into his next start at home against the Indians.
Jun 5 - 10:44 PM

Yordano Ventura (elbow) made it through another bullpen session Monday without incident.

Good news. Ventura was diagnosed with valgus extension overload in his elbow last week, but he managed to avoid a stint on the disabled list and will return to the Royals' rotation to start Thursday against the Cardinals. The 23-year-old right-hander owns a 3.45 ERA and 59/19 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings over 10 starts this season.
Jun 2 - 5:54 PM

Yordano Ventura (elbow) is scheduled to return to the Royals' starting rotation this Thursday.

Ventura made it through another bullpen session Saturday without experiencing discomfort in his right elbow and is now on track to pitch against the cross-state Cardinals in Kansas City on Thursday night. The young hard-throwing right-hander was diagnosed last week with a valgus extension overload in his elbow. It's something he should be able to pitch through.
Jun 2 - 10:19 AM

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C1Salvador Perez
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3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2Billy Butler
2B1Omar Infante
2Johnny Giavotella
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Jayson Nix
LF1Josh Willingham
CF1Lorenzo Cain
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3Lane Adams
RF1Norichika Aoki
DH1Josh Willingham
2Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
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R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Francisley Bueno
6Scott Downs
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Casey Coleman
10Michael Mariot
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