Sunday, April 12, 2015

Wilson, Angels looking to ace Ventura, Royals

Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson, who quickly put his 2014 second-half struggles behind him with a strong opening start in Seattle, will try to build on that Sunday at Angel Stadium against young Kansas City right-hander Yordano Ventura, and the Royals team that eliminated the Angels in last season's playoffs.
Wilson threw eight shutout innings against the Mariners in a 2-0 victory on Tuesday, allowing just two hits. Ventura, 23, the youngest Opening Day starter in the Majors in 2015, also won, 10-1, over the White Sox. Ventura exited after 81 pitches and 6 1/3 innings because of a right thumb cramp.
In 17 career games (seven starts) against the Royals, Wilson is 4-0 with six saves, and a 3.20 ERA.
Ventura only started once against the Angels in the 2014 regular season, and it was cut short after four innings because of a long rain delay in Kansas City. But he faced the Angels in Anaheim in Game 2 of the American League Division Series, and he left in a 1-1 tie after seven innings. The Royals won in 11 innings, 4-1.
Three things to know about this game
• Ventura is 8-4 with a 3.33 ERA in 16 career road starts. He won his final three road decisions of 2014.
• Wilson didn't make it out of the first inning in ALDS Game 3 vs. the Royals, getting chased by Alex Gordon's three-run double.
• Kansas City DH (and ex-Angel) Kendrys Morales is batting .357 (10 for 28, with one home run) against Wilson. Outfielder Alex Rios has been even better against the left-hander, at .381 (8-for-21, with two homers).

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