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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Royals general manager Dayton Moore is on a conference call with reporters. He says he talked to Yordano Ventura just before Christmas. "He told me he was going to win 18 games this year -- and 10 of them were going to be complete games," Moore said.

Logan Couture @Logancouture

Such a crazy good talent. Rest In Peace Yordano Ventura. A villain to so many rival fans, out of jealousy because he wasn't a BlueJay

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Yordano Ventura was part of an impressive run of starts by Kansas City Royals pitchers in an improbable ALDS series win over the Houston Astros in 2015. Ventura, Edinson Vólquez and Johnny Cueto each struck out eight batters in Games 3, 4 and 5 of that series, one off the franchise record for a postseason game (Dennis Leonard). The Royals faced elimination in Games 4 and 5 of the ALDS, and went on to win the World Series over the New York Mets.

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On Oct. 22, 2014, Yordano Ventura became the first rookie to start a World Series game at any position for the Kansas City Royals. On April 6, 2015, Ventura became the second-youngest opening day starter in franchise history.

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Andy Marte played his final career MLB game on Aug. 6, 2014, against the Kansas City Royals. He appeared as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning, facing Greg Holland, and struck out to end the game. The winning pitcher for the Kansas City Royals that day was Yordano Ventura, who allowed two runs in six innings as a starter.

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Yordano Ventura made his MLB debut for the Kansas City Royals in 2013 at 22 years old. He made three career World Series starts, including a win in Game 2 of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants.