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Ned Yost played coy last week when revealing the slotting for his starting rotation. He declined to say when Bruce Chen would pitch during the Royals’ first week of the season.
But with Opening Day less than three weeks away, Chen is lined up to pitch in the fifth game. That opens up the third spot for either Yordano Ventura or Danny Duffy. Ventura is scheduled for that day right now, pitching after Jason Vargas.
Yost explained his thought process on Wednesday morning. But Vargas and Chen are left-handed, command specialists. Yost does not want to stack two similar pitchers on back-to-back days.
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