Royals to start Yordano Ventura in Game 2 of ALDS


Royals manager Ned Yost isn’t staying away from Yordano Ventura after his rough Wild Card Game relief appearance, announcing that the 23-year-old right-hander will start Game 2 of the ALDS against the Angels.

Ventura served up a three-run homer to Brandon Moss last night before the Royals came back to beat the A’s. In the regular season he made just one relief appearance, but he was fantastic all year for the Royals with a 3.20 ERA and 159 strikeouts in 183 innings.

Jason Vargas, who spent last season in the Angels’ rotation before signing with the Royals as a free agent, will start Game 1 for Kansas City. Vargas tossed 187 innings with a 3.71 ERA in the regular season, but struggled down the stretch by allowing 18 runs in his final 18 innings.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.