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Royals tab Danny Duffy to start Opening Day

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Royals manager Ned Yost has announced that Danny Duffy will start on Opening Day for the Royals at home against the White Sox on March 29, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports. This will be Duffy’s second consecutive Opening Day start.

Duffy, 29, finished last season with a 3.81 ERA and a 130/41 K/BB ratio in 146 1/3 innings. The lefty signed a five-year, $65 million extension in January 2017 and will earn $14 million this season.

Dodd adds that Ian Kennedy will pitch out of the No. 2 slot behind Duffy. The rest of the rotation order has yet to be determined.

Noah Syndergaard to disabled list due to hand, foot, and mouth disease

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MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports that Mets starter Noah Syndergaard will be placed on the 10-day disabled list because he contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease. The ailment is more common in children than adults and is caused by Coxsackievirus A16 or Enterovirus 71. According to James Wagner of the New York Times, it is believed that Syndergaard picked up hand, foot, and mouth disease working at a youth camp during the All-Star break.

Syndergaard, 25, started on Friday. He pitched well but lasted only five innings, throwing 84 pitches, because he had diminished velocity and felt tired. He yielded a run on eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts. It was his second start since returning from a DL stint (strained ligament in right index finger) that kept him out between May 26 and July 12.

The Mets expect Syndergaard to need only the minimum 10 days to recover. Corey Oswalt will temporarily take Syndergaard’s spot in the rotation.

In 13 starts this season, Syndergaard owns a 2.89 ERA with 83 strikeouts and 15 walks in 74 2/3 innings.