March 8, 2014 4:58 PM

James Shields to start opening day, Guthrie to pitch Royals’ home opener

On Saturday, Royals manager Ned Yost bestowed an honor on James Shields that had long been expected, choosing Shields to take the ball on March 31 in Detroit. The other choices were far more interesting. Yost picked Jason Vargas as his No. 2 starter. He tabbed Jeremy Guthrie for the home opener on April 4.

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