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So much to be learned about Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, which makes his starts all the more thrilling

The problem with the Royals’ Yordano Ventura, who makes his seventh major-league start Friday in Baltimore, is that nobody knows. This is the wonder in watching him pitch. It is also the danger. The thrill. The fear. Baseball is a world where everything is calculated, by computer or by intuition, and Ventura doesn’t fit any of the formulas. He is the size of a high school sophomore and throws a baseball, literally, harder than anyone on earth. What can you make of a guy like this?

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Judging the Royals

The Royals lose quick

There’s a saying in baseball: if you’re going to lose, lose quick. Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes after Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber threw the first pitch of the game to Nori Aoki, he threw the last pitch of the game to Alex Gordon. Kluber is another sinker/slider guy and one look at the scorebook tells you he had the sinker working on Thursday; only two fly ball outs. The Royals were either pounding the ball in the ground or striking out for most of the day.

The Royals beat themselves

If the other team beats you, tip your cap—they earned it and you can live with that. But if you beat yourself, you gave the game away. Those losses are much tougher to take.

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Thursday’s lineups for Royals vs. Indians

For the first time this season, Royals catcher Salvador Perez has the day off. The Royals look to split a four-game set with Cleveland, with the series finale starting at 11:05 a.m. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City. Here are the lineups as Bruce Chen (1-1, 6.60 ERA) faces Corey Kluber (1-2, 5.40 ERA):

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Why did George Brett remain a Royal forever? ‘Why not?’

The idea seems preposterous these days. A player builds a Hall of Fame career — and never leaves his original, small-market team. In other words, a George Brett career. When Brett stepped down as the Royals’ interim hitting coach last week, he addressed the notion of longevity and loyalty to a franchise with a question. “Where was I going to go?”

Meet Paul Schaal, the third baseman George Brett replaced

When George Brett incurred some nuisance back problems in the late stages of his career with the Royals, he sought relief from a chiropractor in Overland Park. It turned out to be the man whose job Brett took in 1973. Paul Schaal laughs as he remembers what he said back then: “You took my job from me at third base, remember that? Here’s what I’m going to do to get even.”

Royals break out of offensive slump with 8-2 win over Indians

The elements clicked into place for the Royals in an 8-2 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. Mike Moustakas crushed a three-run homer. Alcides Escobar and Jarrod Dyson manufactured a run for the second night in a row. Billy Butler came a few feet shy of his first homer of the season, instead settling for an RBI double. Eric Hosmer went 4-for-5 with two doubles, three runs and an RBI.

Royals fall to Indians 4-3 in second consecutive loss

Jeremy Guthrie served up a pair of two-run home runs and the Royals offense stayed dormant in a 4-3 loss to the Indians on Monday night. The Royals (9-9) have now dropped two in a row after peeling off a five-game winning streak last week.

Yordano Ventura struggles as Royals lose 8-3 to Twins

On Sunday, fresh off his first big-league victory last week, Yordano Ventura reminded observers of that fact he is only 22. Ventura stumbled through only four innings in an 8-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins. The Royals saw their five-game winning streak snapped and their budding young right-hander humbled.

Girardi doesn't expect fine for pushing camera

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi doesn't expect to be fined for pushing a television camera to keep it from showing pitcher Michael Pineda walking in the tunnel from the team's dugout to the clubhouse on Wednesday night.

Twins turn back Rays in 12 innings

Lou and Silvana Colabello traveled from Milford, Mass., - an hour outside of Boston - to watch their son Chris play on Wednesday. It just happened to be Silvana's birthday.

Gordon Beckham's return is no help to White Sox

During his weeks revisiting the minor league experience, taking long bus rides to Southern League games, White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham didn't face too many pitchers like the one that greeted him Thursday at Comerica Park.