Shields, Vargas Named Starters For First Two Games

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

James Shields and Jason Vargas will start the Kansas City Royals' first two games of the season in Detroit. Manager Ned Yost also said Saturday that Wade Davis is no longer a candidate for a spot in the rotation.

Davis made 24 starts before being sent to the bullpen last season. Yost said the decision on Davis was made after Luke Hochevar was lost for the season to reconstructive elbow surgery. Left-hander Danny Duffy and rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura are the remaining candidates to fill out the rotation.

Jeremy Guthrie, who led the Royals with 15 victories last year, will start the home opener April 4th against the Chicago White Sox.

Shields, who started the opener last season, was 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA.

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