Originally written on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 9/28/13
Having secured their highest win total in 24 years, the Kansas City Royals are likely more optimistic about the future than in any other recent season. The hard-throwing Yordano Ventura would appear to be a part of that. The right-hander will seek his first major league win in his third career start Saturday night against the Chicago White Sox. Kansas City won't end its 28-year playoff drought but there might be some high hopes for the Royals next season after they reached 85 wins for the first time since 1989. After a one-run victory in the series opener, Kansas City (85-75) had few problems dispatching the lowly White Sox (62-98) on Friday. Billy Butler hit a two-run double in the first inning on his way to a three-hit night and Emilio Bonifacio also drove in a pair of runs. "We feel like our organization has made great progress," manager Ned Yost said. "We got to experience what it was like playing deep into September in a playoff race and it was great experience." Ventura ...
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