Strictly business: Why the Royals picked Yordano Ventura over Johnny Cueto

The Game 1 playoff start given to Yordano Ventura was supposed to be Johnny Cueto’s role, you remember. But the ace is no longer the ace because this is a business relationship between the Royals and Cueto, who will be a free agent after the season. Ventura, however, is in a long-term relationship with the Royals.

This week's circulars

The Kansas City Royals held a pep rally at Kauffman Stadium for fans on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, two days before they open the 2015 postseason with Game 1 of the American League Division Series.