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After tragedy, Royals reshape starting rotation in final weeks of offseason

There was no way to prepare for this, no script to follow, no way replace the smile and electric fastball of Yordano Ventura. The Royals entered the offseason needing to fill three open spots in the rotation and then had to replace one after Ventura’s death in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. After the additions of Jason Hammel and Travis Wood, general manager Dayton Moore felt more confident about this year’s starting pitching than he had about any group during his tenure in Kansas City.

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Here’s a first look at the Royals’ roster for spring training

The Kansas City Royals will commence spring training Monday when pitchers and catchers report to the team facility in Surprise, Ariz. The first workout for pitchers and catchers is set for Tuesday, while the rest of the club will report to camp on Thursday before the first full-squad workout on Friday. Here is a look at the Royals’ spring training roster heading into the start of big-league camp. 

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Royals hold private memorial service for Yordano Ventura before FanFest begins

Five days after his death in an early-morning car crash, and three days after his funeral in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic, the Kansas City Royals organization gathered together Friday morning in a private service to remember the life of Yordano Ventura, the right-handed pitcher who left his mark on a franchise and a city. The service was held before the two-day Royals’ FanFest started at Bartle Hall.

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Royals catcher Salvador Perez gets hit by Lorenzo Cains backswing

While taking part in live pitching at spring training on Monday, Kansas City Royals Lorenzo Cain clipped catcher Salvador Perez on the helmet with his backswing.
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Royals catcher Salvador Perez gets hit by Lorenzo Cains backswing 0:40

Royals catcher Salvador Perez gets hit by Lorenzo Cains backswing

Royals Alex Gordon gets chance to play center field 0:50

Royals Alex Gordon gets chance to play center field

Royals Daily: Camp opens, bizarre injury follows 1:26

Royals Daily: Camp opens, bizarre injury follows

Kansas City Royals say goodbye to their 'little brother,' Yordano Ventura 2:25

Kansas City Royals say goodbye to their 'little brother,' Yordano Ventura

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