April 1, 2014 4:30 PM

Jason Vargas brings calm approach to Royals’ starting rotation

During the offseason, the Royals granted Jason Vargas, a 31-year-old lefty, a four-year, $32 million deal, the second-largest ever lavished upon a pitcher in franchise history. Those who know him all hit upon similar themes: His competitiveness, his on-mound serenity and his reliability. Vargas makes his first start as a Royal on Wednesday at Comerica Park.

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