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Ventura toxicology report won't be made public

The toxicology report on Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura won't be released to the public following his death last month in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic.


Patrick Abrahams ESPN Producer 

SportsCenter's hot air balloon view from above Surprise Stadium - the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers

Patrick Abrahams ESPN Producer 

View from above Surprise Stadium. The Spring training home of the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals

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3dJerry Crasnick

The Yordano Ventura you never knew

Yordano Ventura had a reputation as a hothead. But the late Royals ace had a softer side -- whether he was mentoring other Spanish-speaking players or spending time with kids with cancer.

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4dDan Szymborski

Offseason moves didn't help Royals

It doesn't appear that any of Kansas City's major winter acquisitions, including Brandon Moss, will provide as much production as the players whom they're being asked to replace.

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LHP Wood, Royals finalize 2-year, $12M deal

The Royals have finalized a two-year, $12 million contract with left-handed pitcher Travis Wood, who was 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA last season with the Chicago Cubs.

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4dKeith Law

Prospects who can make a major impact in 2017

Andrew Benintendi and Dansby Swanson have already produced in the majors, but they're not the only prospects who can help their clubs this season.

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5dJerry Crasnick

Royals honor Ventura as spring training starts

The Kansas City Royals wore black patches with the inscription "Ace 30" in white lettering in honor of 25-year-old pitcher Yordano Ventura, who died in a car crash.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Royals are wearing this uniform patch in honor of Yordano Ventura this spring.

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6dBradford Doolittle

Players with something to prove: Kyle Zimmer

Formerly regarded as one of the game's best pitching prospects, injuries have prohibited the now 25-year-old from making his major league debut. This could be the year, though, as he is expected to be ready for spring training.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Travis Wood's preference is to start, and he's likely to get that opportunity in Kansas City after signing a two-year contract with the Royals. Wood joins a rotational mix that already included Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Vargas, Jason Hammel, Nate Karns and Chris Young, so manager Ned Yost will have some decisions to make at the back end as Kansas City's camp gets under way in Arizona.

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Reliever Maness, Royals agree to minor league deal

Reliever Seth Maness has agreed to a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals and will report to big league spring training with a chance to earn a job in their rebuilt bullpen.

Royals plan to honor Ventura's legacy (1:01)

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas get in some early work at Royals camp. The topic of conversation: the Patriots stunning Super Bowl victory over the Falcons.

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New Royal Hammel reflects on Ventura's death

The Royals have announced their $16 million, two-year contract with Jason Hammel, a move designed to shore up the starting rotation after the death of Yordano Ventura.

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12dJim Bowden

Final offseason grades for all 30 teams

A mega-deal involving an ace? Both teams get an A. Whiff badly as one AL Central team did? That's an F. Here's our hot stove report card for 2017.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2617th
On Base Percentage.31226th
Slugging Percentage.40024th
Earned Run Average4.2117th
Quality Starts68Tied-21st

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