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Yordano Ventura takes on Reds as two-game interleague series begins

Yordano Ventura will start the first game of the Royals' series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Yordano Ventura will start the first game of the Royals' series against the Cincinnati Reds. AP

Here is one thing Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura have in common: In their last three starts, each man has given up 14 earned runs. The difference between the two is Duffy did so in 9 2/3 innings. Ventura yielded that total across 18 1/3 frames.

So while Duffy may be pitching for his spot in the rotation in his next outing, Ventura is not considered in danger. But his performance has still been troubling. He has a chance to snap his skid on Tuesday night when Cincinnati comes to Kauffman Stadium.

Here are the pitching matchups for this two-game series:

Tuesday, 7:10 p.m.: Yordano Ventura (2-3, 5.36 ERA) vs. Johnny Cueto (3-3, 2.93 ERA).

Wednesday, 7:10 p.m.: Jeremy Guthrie (3-2, 5.44 ERA) vs. Jason Marquis (3-3, 6.63 ERA).

FROM THE STAR

1. The Royals will get a good look on Tuesday at Johnny Cueto, who could be a highly coveted commodity on the trade market.

2. From Sunday: Edinson Volquez authored another chapter in his improbable renaissance.

3. Also from Sunday: Vahe Gregorian wrote a column on the difficulty of sitting Salvador Perez.

THE ROYALS’ PLAYOFF PERCENTAGE (ACCORDING TO BASEBALL PROSPECTUS)

46.3 percent

HERE IS SOME ROCK MUSIC

“Stranger/Lover” by Ibeyi.

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