Monday October 13th, 2014

Kansas City Royals pitcher Jason Vargas will start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Baltimore Orioles, Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday.

Yost had hinted that the left-hander Vargas would "probably" start Game 4, but he made it official on Sunday. Vargas' start Tuesday night in Kansas City could come in a potential pennant-clinching game, as the Royals lead the series 2-0 after two wins on the road. 

Game 3 is Monday night in Kansas City, where Royals righthander Jeremy Guthrie will match up against Orioles' lefty Wei-Yin Chen. Baltimore has not yet confirmed a starter for Game 4. 

The 31-year-old Vargas hasn't pitched since Game 1 of the ALDS against the Los Angeles Angels on Oct. 2. He limited the Angels to two runs over six innings in what ended up being a 3-2 victory for the Royals in 11 innings. 

Vargas was 11-10 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in the regular season. He had 128 strikeouts and 41 walks in 187 innings.

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-Brett LoGiurato

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