Yordano Ventura exited Friday’s start early due to right hand weakness

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Royals starter Yordano Ventura lasted only three innings in Friday night’s start against the Cardinals due to weakness in his right hand, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. It’s a vague description of the injury, so presumably we’ll learn more after the game. The right-hander gave up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two.

The first-place Royals don’t exactly have the most intimidating starting rotation, so if they were to lose Ventura for an extended period of time, one imagines they would become active in the trade market for a starting pitcher. Ventura hasn’t been having much success this year, owning a 4.68 ERA with a 54/21 K/BB ratio over 67 1/3 innings.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.