Alex Gordon, Jason Vargas, Mike Moustakas help Royals blank Twins

These were the Royals of the preseason promise. Stellar pitching, outstanding defense and hitting that was timely and powerful added up to a 5-0 Royals victory over the Twins that worked on every level. Start with pitcher Jason Vargas, who delivered yet another solid outing. He hadn’t surrendered more than two runs in any of his previous three starts and was better on Friday...
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Jason Vargas: Lucky or Good?

by John Viril— Pundits snickered when Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore signed 31-year-old pitcher Jason Vargas to a 4-year $32 million contract. Most agreed that Vargas was a useful innings eater, and that the average salary was fair market value in 2014, but that Moore had overpaid by at least one, if not two, more guaranteed years than was necessary. Right now, Dayton Moore...

Twins come up empty against Kansas City

The Minnesota Twins' offense had surprised a lot of people through the first few weeks of the season. A lineup that wasn't expected to score many runs entered Friday's game against the Royals with the second-most runs in baseball. That is, until Minnesota ran into Kansas City starter Jason Vargas. For the first time all season, the Twins were held scoreless in Friday...
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Flanny's Five: Royals giving away far too many outs via DPs and caught stealing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A nice bounce-back series against the lowly Astros won't mean as much if the Royals fail to take care of business this weekend against the Twins. The Royals are gambling a bit with Jason Vargas and Bruce Chen going back-to-back Friday and Saturday -- something the Royals said they wanted to avoid because of their similar pitching styles. It won't affect...
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Vargas will try to help Royals slow down Twins, avoid sweep

While they've had strong performances in the early going despite injuries, the Minnesota Twins' bats have really come alive during a visit from the Kansas City Royals. In manager Ron Gardenhire's likely return to the dugout, the Twins will next try to power their way to their first series sweep over their AL Central rivals in nearly three years Sunday afternoon. Josh...
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A strong start from SP Jason Vargas has him on top of our weekly must adds

Jason Vargas (SP, KC): Vargas is the first Royals pitcher since Zack Greinke in 2008 to begin the year with consecutive starts of at least 7IP and no more than one run allowed. Greinke finished in the top 10 in ERA and top five in WAR for pitchers in 2008. Numbers don’t lie. I’m not the only one who likes Vargas this week, just ask Chris Meaney. Ryan Cook (RP, OAK): According...
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Infante hurt as Escobar, Vargas lead Royals over Rays 4-2

The collision of a baseball and the human head invokes an instantaneous horror, the sort of fear that caused Royals manager Ned Yost to break into sweat in 60-degree weather. The worry coursed through the Royals dugout in an instant, a reaction catalyzed by the impact of an 89-mph fastball and the left side of second baseman Omar Infante’s jaw. Infante fell to the dirt in the...
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Vargas, Escobar lead Royals to 4-2 win over Rays

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jason Vargas took a shutout into the ninth inning, Alcides Escobar hit a three-run double and the Kansas City Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 Monday night in a game that included two significant injuries. Rays starter Matt Moore (0-2) came out in the fifth inning with a sore left elbow. The All-Star lefty grimaced after throwing a pitch to Norichika Aoki and...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
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Jason Vargas brings calm approach to Royals’ starting rotation

On the mound, when the game starts to spiral, Jason Vargas focuses on his breathing. Impassivity is his crutch. A racing pulse is his enemy. As a boy growing up with a baseball coach for a father, he learned the importance of composure. As a major-leaguer trying to compete with a fastball in the upper-80s, he learned its necessity. “There was just a pace about him,” said Troy...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Vargas tires in 5th, Royals edge Padres 9-6 in 10

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Jason Vargas cruised through four innings before allowing two home runs in the fifth during the Kansas City Royals' 9-6 victory over the San Diego Padres in 10 innings Sunday. Jedd Gyorko's first-inning single was the only hit off Vargas until Yonder Alonso's leadoff homer. It was the second earned run given up by Vargas in 14 innings this spring. Three...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

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