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Yordano Ventura to start minor-league game for Royals on Saturday

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura (30) walks into the dugout after giving up three four runs in two innings during the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians spring training baseball game at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz., on Monday.
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura (30) walks into the dugout after giving up three four runs in two innings during the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians spring training baseball game at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz., on Monday. The Kansas City Star

The Royals are easing into the final fortnight of the Cactus League. The team departs for an exhibition series in Houston in 14 days, and by then the team should have some clarity on its bullpen competition. Here are the pitching probables for the next three days:

Thursday vs. Rockies

1. Jason Vargas

2. Greg Holland

3. Wade Davis

4. Yohan Pino

5. Brian Flynn

Friday at San Diego

1. Chris Young

2. Jason Frasor

3. Luke Hochevar

4. Ryan Madson

5. Jandel Gustave

6. Louis Coleman

Saturday at White Sox

1. Joe Blanton

2. Franklin Morales

3. Brandon Finnegan

4. Brian Flynn

Jeremy Guthrie will pitch in a minor-league game on Friday. Yordano Ventura will pitch in a minor-league game on Saturday.

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