Game 17 Open Thread - Royals vs. Twins

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Ventura Day.

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The Kansas City Royals will look to record their sixth straight victory when they take on the Minnesota Twins this afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

Yordano Ventura will start his third game of the season for Kansas City. The 22-year-old has impressed in his first two performances, only allowing two runs (one earned) over 13 innings, striking out 13 while issuing three walks. Ventura's starts are quickly becoming must-watch TV.

Phil Hughes will take the mound for Minnesota. Hughes, a popular potential free agent signee for the Royals around these parts, has been all over the place in his first three starts. He has only tossed five innings each time, recording 17 strikeouts but surrendering four earned runs in each game. Hughes owns a 7.20 ERA but sports a 3.74 FIP, which is a nice reminder of how early in the season it is.

Ned Yost is employing the same lineup that he used yesterday afternoon. Josh Vernier of 610 KCSP brings us the Royals batting order:

Still no word on if Brett Hayes is real or just a figment of our imagination.

Kurt Suzuki and Josmi Pinto will switch positions Sunday; Suzuki will be behind the plate with Pinto serving as the Twins' designated hitter. Their official Twitter account tweeted out the lineup:

For those who observe the holiday, have a happy Easter. For all of us Royals fans, have a wonderful Ventura Day.

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