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Ventura shuts down Indians in 7-1 Royals' win


Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on Friday in Cleveland.

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CLEVELAND — Yordano Ventura's dominating performance Friday night produced plenty of superaltives.

"He was extraordinary," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said after the rookie right-hander pitched 8 1-3 stellar innings in the Royals' 7-1 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Ventura (6-7) blanked the Indians on four hits until Michael Brantley hit a leadoff homer in the ninth. He was pulled after Jason Kipnis' one-out single. Ventura allowed six hits and struck out four in the longest outing of his career.

Indians center fielder Michael Bourn had one of the hits off Ventura, a double in the eighth.

"Well he throws ...

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