Volquez will start opener vs. Mets

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SUR­PRISE, Ariz. — Edin­son Volquez will start the Kansas City Roy­als’ opener April 3 against the New York Mets in a re­match of the World Se­ries Game 5, man­ager Ned Yost an­nounced Satur­day.

Matt Har­vey, who started the fi­nal game of the World Se­ries against Volquez, will be the Mets’ starter at Kauff­man Sta­dium.

“When was the last time two start­ing pitch­ers pitched con­sec­u­tive games? Game 5 starters are match­ing up again,” Yost said upon se­lect­ing Volquez.

Volquez, who was 13-9 with a 3.55 ERA last sea­son and lim­ited the Mets to five runs over two starts in the World Se­ries, joked to Yost, “What about Ven­tura?”

Yor­dano Ven­tura, the 2015 open­ing day starter, will start the third game, April 8, against the Min­nesota Twins. Yost said he is push­ing Ven­tura back be­cause he has been battling the flu.

Ian Kennedy, who the Roy­als signed to a five-year US$70-mil­lion con­tract in the off-sea­son, will start the sec­ond game. Chris Young and Kris Medlen will com­plete the ro­ta­tion.

With the Roy­als off three days dur­ing the first week, Yost said he would likely skip Medlen the ini­tial time through the ro­ta­tion.

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