Ventura all smiles after first start

'It felt pretty great,' righty says after pitching 2 scoreless innings

Ventura all smiles after first start

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura breezed through his first Spring Training start, firing two scoreless innings on Friday night against the Padres.

Ventura gave up just one hit, a double to right field by Matt Kemp. He struck out one and walked none. The Royals lost, 3-1, putting them at 0-3 for the spring.

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"It felt pretty great," Ventura said. "My body, my arm, everything was good."

Ventura threw 32 pitches, 20 for strikes, and was consistently down in the zone.

What was working?

"Everything," Ventura said, smiling. "My mechanics were good. I throw every pitch down at the knees. I worked on my changeup more than my curveball. Maybe next start I'll work more on my curveball.

"When I throw my fastball and changeup, it was good location, outside and inside. It worked today."

Ventura appeared eager for the regular season to start.

"I'm ready to go," he said. "I'm working hard for my team and my teammates. And I'm ready for the season."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.