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Becoming Yordano: A journey to the launch point of the Royals’ rocket arm

Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.  

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Royals release spring training schedule for 2015

Pitchers and catchers report to Royals camp on Feb. 19 at their complex in Surprise, Ariz. The full squad is due on Feb. 24. The first game will be March 4 and the Royals will play a two-game exhibition in Houston before the regular season starts on April 6.

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Royals, Jarrod Dyson settle on $1.225 million contract, avoid arbitration

Jarrod Dyson avoided salary arbitration with the Kansas City Royals and settled on a one-year, $1.225 million contract for 2015, according to a person familiar with the situation. The team still has six other arbitration cases to settle: Closer Greg Holland, first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas, outfielder Lorenzo Cain, pitcher Danny Duffy and reliever Kelvin Herrera.

Should Yordano Ventura be the Royals’ opening day starter?

If Yordano Ventura gets the opening day start, it’s an indication that the Royals think he’s confident, able to handle adversity and ready to be a team leader. If the Royals give the opening day start to one of their veterans, it might mean the Royals think Ventura needs to build his confidence and have more success at the big-league level before stepping into that role.

Should Yordano Ventura be the Royals’ opening day starter?

If Yordano Ventura gets the opening day start, it’s an indication that the Royals think he’s confident, able to handle adversity and ready to be a team leader. If the Royals give the opening day start to one of their veterans, it might mean the Royals think Ventura needs to build his confidence and have more success at the big-league level before stepping into that role.

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Billy Butler says he would be ‘more than happy to come back’ to Royals someday

Billy Butler says he doesn’t believe his time with the Royals organization is finished despite signing with the Oakland A’s as a free agent this offseason. “It’s disappointing, but you understand that the game’s a business and I didn’t leave on bad terms,” the designated hitter said Sunday in Springfield as he was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. “I’d be more than happy to come back. That’s home for me.”