Cotton dazzles as A's spoil Royals' home opener with 2-0 win

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Kansas City will honor late starter Yordano Ventura in a pregame ceremony, and Ventura's mother, Marisol Hernandez, is throwing out the first pitch.

Ventura died in a auto crash in January at age 25 and the team is honoring him with jersey patches this season that read "ACE 30", his nickname and jersey number, as well as with a clubhouse tribute in his locker. A saxophonist played "Amazing Grace" during a video board display of Ventura on and off the field.

Ventura was killed on the same day as former Major League Baseball infielder Andy Marte.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Royals are -116 money line favorites over the A's, who have odds of +106 to pull off the small upset today in Kansas City. 'This is not easy because everybody is reminded of Yordano.

Ventura died in a auto accident in the Dominican Republic on January 22 at the age of 25.

"There's nothing that helps you prepare for something like this", Yost said.


"He was more than just a teammate to all of us, he was, you know, family", Third Baseman Moose Moustakas said. "It's still heartbreaking to a lot of guys in there". "The wind was blowing out so hard and ball hit that high, it just took off". It's the only thing that's going to heal things, is time'.

Yordano Ventura died in a traffic accident early Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in his native Dominican Republic. The vehicle then flipped over.

I don't think Kansas City can afford to meander through the early going with the ALL Central being so tough and I think they get one here...

Cotton, acquired in the Rich Hill/Josh Reddick deal with the Dodgers at the trade deadline previous year, shut down the Royals with just two hits over seven innings in front of an Opening Day Kauffman Stadium crowd that wanted to be fired up but never got the chance.

Twice he helped the long-downtrodden Royals reach the World Series, beating the Mets in five games to win it in 2015.

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