By: Jon Van Pelt
The Royals look to bounce back after the 2 game split with the New York Mets as they open the first Weekend series at the K with the Minnesota Twins. On the rubber tonight for KC the young star Yordano Ventura will make his season debut, going up against former Royal, Ervin Santana. Ventura is looking to keep the momentum he had built up in the second half of last season going, after struggling out of the gate last season. The line up also looks to get the bats going again after being held to just three hits and no runs in Tuesday’s loss to the Mets.
In Saturday’s match up, Royals off-season acquisition, Ian Kennedy will make his Royals debut going up against lefty Tommy Milone. This should be the first appearance of the season for Royals right-fielder Paulo Orlando, as it will be the first lefty the team has faced this year. Left handed hitter Raymond Fuentes will have played the position through the first three games, and is platooning with Orlando while Jarrod Dyson is on the DL.
Sunday’s game, which would have been Chris Medlin’s first start of the year has been changed and he will now pitch Tuesday in Houston. Due to not having pitched since Sunday, the Royals will return to their ace Edinson Volquez to take the hill in the final game of the home-stand, going up against Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco.
Both teams were in contention for the division at the middle of the year last season, until Kansas City all but ran away with the division. Look for this series to be an extremely tight set of games as both are hungry to come out on top this year.