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Royals, Yordano Ventura reach five-year deal
Royals, Yordano Ventura reach five-year deal

Yordano Ventura and the Kansas City Royals reached a $23 million, five-year deal Saturday, two days before the young ace is set to start the opener for the AL champions. With a 100 mph fastball and one World Series win already to his credit, the 23-year-old Ventura committed to the Royals through the 2019 season. Ventura and the Royals host the Chicago White Sox on opening day Monday. The hard-throwing righty dazzled as a rookie last season, going 14-10 with a 3.20 earned-run average. Ventura pitched seven shutout innings of three-hit ball against San Francisco to win Game 6 of the World Series and force a Game 7, which the Giants took. In Game 2, Ventura pitched well into the...