Royals right-hander to be followed by Ventura, Cueto in Games 2 and 3
By Jeffrey Flanagan
KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Edinson Volquez will get the start for the Royals in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX/Sportsnet) against Marco Estrada and the Blue Jays, and all eyes will be on Volquez when he first faces Josh Donaldson.
Royals manager Ned Yost said on Thursday that he has his top three pitchers set for the ALCS: Volquez, Yordano Ventura and Johnny Cueto for Games 1, 2 and 3.
Volquez and Donaldson clashed during a memorable series at Rogers Centre in late July-early August. Volquez hit Donaldson with a changeup in the first inning, and in Donaldson's next two plate appearances, Donaldson objected to the umpires each time a pitch came remotely inside.
The Royals thought Donaldson's objections were over the top.