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Game Thread No. 14: Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros, Apr 15, 2014 7:10 PM CDT

Yordano Ventura takes on Lucas Harrell. Eep.

Bob Levey

Kansas City at Houston, 7:10 PM CDT

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Pitching matchup

Lucas Harrell (0-2, 11.05 ERA, 2.73 WHIP) vs. Yordano Ventura (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.33 WHIP)

Today's Lineups

Norichika Aoki - RF Dexter Fowler - CF
Omar Infante - 2B Alex Presley - RF
Eric Hosmer - 1B Jason Castro - DH
Billy Butler - DH Jose Altuve - 2B
Alex Gordon - LF Chris Carter - 1B
Salvador Perez - C Matt Dominguez - 3B
Mike Moustakas - 3B Robbie Grossman - LF
Lorenzo Cain - CF Carlos Corporan - C
Alcides Escobar - SS Jonathan Villar - SS
Yordano Ventura - RHP Lucas Harrell - RHP

Quote From Series Preivew

These pitchers could not be more different, Ventura and Harrell. Ventura is a fireball pitcher whose main weapon is 80 grade fastball. He recently threw the fastest pitch recorded during a regular-season game in the PitchF/X era at 102.9-mph. His second pitch a 12-6 curveball that he can throw for strikes. His changeup is by no means devastating, but still a difficult pitch when paired with a 98+ fastball.

This will be his fifth career start in the majors, he is 0-1 with a 2.53 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. Ventura's first start was against the Rays, he pitched six inning allowing no runs and striking out six. This will be the first time any Astros hitter faces the young Dominican.

Major League Baseball is celebrating Jackie Robinson Day, each player on both teams will wear the number '42'. Today marks the 67th anniversary of the day Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers.