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Yordano Ventura opens series for Royals in St. Louis

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura (30) throws during Saturday's baseball game against the Texas Rangers on June 6, 2015 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura (30) throws during Saturday's baseball game against the Texas Rangers on June 6, 2015 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

Once again, the state of Missouri looks down upon the rest of baseball. The Royals own the best record in the American League. The Cardinals are tops in the National League. The two clubs will get together for three games this weekend at Busch Stadium.

Kansas City took two of three during the first leg of the season series. They will not face Michael Wacha, who shut them down in the final game at Kauffman Stadium.

Here are the pitching matchups for the three-game series:

Friday, 7:10 p.m.: Yordano Ventura (3-5, 4.62 ERA) vs. Jaime Garcia (1-3, 2.67 ERA).

Saturday, 3:10 p.m.: Jeremy Guthrie (4-3, 5.82 ERA) vs. Lance Lynn (4-4, 3.07 ERA).

Sunday, 1:15 p.m.: Jason Vargas (5-2, 4.10 ERA) vs. John Lackey (4-4, 3.74 ERA).

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Alex Gordon says the Royals aren’t currently talking to him about a contract extension.

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57.7 percent.

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“Dusty Rhodes” by Lotus Plaza.

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