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James Shields, Yordano Ventura tabbed to start for Royals in first two games of World Series

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields.
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields. The Kansas City Star

As the World Series approaches, Royals manager Ned Yost intends to stick with much of the strategy that carried his club here.

He announced his two starting pitchers for the first two games of the series will be the same duo who handled the first two games of the American League Championship Series. James Shields will start game one, and Yordano Ventura will start game two.

The choice of Shields is far from a surprise. Ventura is only slightly curious because Yost appreciates how veterans Jeremy Guthrie and Jason Vargas perform at Kauffman Stadium. Instead, those two will pitch on the road, and Ventura will start at home.

“He’s a good matchup against those guys,” Yost said. “We like him in this park. And that’s what we decided.”

Danny Duffy will remain in the bullpen.

When San Francisco was swept at Kauffman Stadium in early August, Shields pitched one of his finest games as a Royal. He struck out five in a four-hit shutout. Ventura did not face the Giants during that series.

Yost has yet to reveal any details about his 25-man roster. He does not have to release the roster until Tuesday morning. But he did indicate it was likely the team would stick with 11 pitchers against San Francisco. He also said the presence of pinch runner Terrance Gore was “still a necessity.”

“I think opposing managers still look at him as a bit of a game-changer,” Yost said.

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