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Royals manager names James Shields, Jason Vargas as starters

Saturday, March 8, 2014 | 6:50 p.m. CST; updated 11:16 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 10, 2014

SURPRISE, Ariz. — James Shields and Jason Vargas will start the Kansas City Royals' first two games of the season at Detroit.

Manager Ned Yost announced opening starters Saturday and said 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 performed Friday.

Yost says 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 on April 4 against the Chicago White Sox.

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


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