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51 Jason Vargas SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/215 | Birthdate: 2/2/1983 | Birthplace: Apple Valley, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Kansas City | College: Long Beach State | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $8,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 72/39 | Average Draft Position: 213.20
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Jason Vargas wins Game 4, sends Royals to World Series


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas earned a win in Wednesday's series-clinching victory, allowing one earned run on just two hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 2-1 win over the Orioles in Game 4 of the ALCS.

Vargas (1-0) was staked to a 2-0 lead after the first inning, and the only damage he surrendered came on a third-inning solo home run. The Royals head to the World Series for the first time in 29 years on the strength of eight straight postseason wins, following up a Wild Card victory with sweeps of the Angels and Orioles.


Royals to go with Jason Vargas for Game 4


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) The Royals will go with Jason Vargas for Game 4, according to MLB.com.

With the move, both James Shields and Yordano Ventura will receive an extra day of rest. Vargas started Game 1 of the ALDS, giving up two runs over six innings in the win. He posted a 3.71 ERA over 187 innings during the regular season.


Royals going with Jason Vargas as Game 1 starter in ALDS


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels, according to The Kansas City Star. Vargas was 11-10 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 30 starts during the regular season.

Jason Vargas struggles Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas had a tough start Wednesday against the Indians. 

Vargas allowed four runs on four hits over four innings. He struck out one and walked three during the outing. Vargas ran into trouble immediately. After getting two quick outs, Vargas gave up a single and a walk in the first inning. Yan Gomes stepped to the plate and belted a three-run homer, giving Vargas the early deficit. Vargas would settle in over the next three innings, but was pulled in the fifth after hitting a batter. That run would come around to score, and was charged to Vargas.

Vargas didn’t go five innings, so he wasn’t eligible for a win. He picked up the no-decision.


Jason Vargas gets knocked around Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas lasted just 3 1/3 innings Friday.

Vargas allowed five runs on nine hits over 3 1/3 innings. He struck out one and did not issue any walks during the outing. Vargas found himself in trouble in the first inning. After a leadoff single, Vargas gave up a run-scoring double to Miguel Cabrera. Victor Martinez drove in Cabrera, adding to the damage. Eugenio Saurez would add to the fun, driving in the third run of the inning. In the second inning, Torii Hunter would add a run on a double. After a quiet third, Vargas gave up his final run in the fourth. Ian Kinsler doubled in the final run given up by Vargas. He was pulled from the game at that point. 

With the loss, Vargas dropped to 11-10. He’ll take on the Indians in his next start. 


Royals move Jeremy Guthrie back in rotation; Jason Vargas, James Shields up


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) The Royals have shuffled their rotation for an upcoming series against the Tigers, as The Kansas City Star reports Jeremy Guthrie has been moved back from Friday to Sunday. That means Jason Vargas will pitch Friday to open the series, followed by James Shields Saturday. 

Jason Vargas can't make lead hold up


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) Though Jason Vargas had his struggles on Sunday against the Red Sox, he pitched well enough to hand a one-run lead over to the Royals' bullpen in the sixth inning. He did leave two baserunners on for reliever Aaron Crow to strand, but instead, Crow loaded the bases and then coughed up a decisive grand slam to Daniel Nava. That left Vargas as the losing pitcher in the Royals' 8-4 defeat.

Vargas was charged with five earned runs on four hits (including a three-run homer by Xander Bogaerts) and a walk over 5 1/3 innings. He tied a season high with eight strikeouts.

Heading into his next start with an 11-9 record and 3.41 ERA, Vargas will now face the Tigers on Saturday.


Jason Vargas surrenders four runs in loss vs. Tigers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas took a loss Tuesday, giving up four earned runs on six hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 4-2 defeat against the Tigers.

Vargas (11-8) allowed a run on a sacrifice fly in the first inning, and the Tigers were able to tack on two runs on a second-inning blast and another run on a solo home run in the fifth. Vargas had allowed just one home run in his last nine starts before the Tigers smacked two Tuesday. He owns a 3.25 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 118:37 K:BB ratio in 174 1/3 innings. Vargas is slated to face the Red Sox Sunday.


Jason Vargas picks up the win Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas turned in a strong start Wednesday against the Rangers.

Vargas allowed six runs over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out five and did not issue any walks during the outing. Vargas did a good job limiting the damage during the start. Two base runners reached during the second inning, but Vargas managed to pitch around the trouble. Vargas was solid after that, not allowed more than two base runners until his final inning. After getting two outs in the seventh, Vargas gave up two consecutive singles. He was pulled at that point. 

With the win, Vargas improved to 11-7. He’ll take on the Tigers in his next start. 


Jason Vargas drops another decision Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas was not at his best Friday night against the Indians, dropping to 10-7 on the season. The left-hander was charged with four runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out five over six innings of work.

Over his last four starts covering 28 innings, Vargas has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 3.27 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 25 starts (162 1/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against Texas.

Jason Vargas walks four in loss vs. Rangers Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas took a loss Sunday, giving up three runs (two earned) on 11 hits and four walks in six innings and striking out three in his team's 3-1 defeat against the Rangers.

It's a wonder Vargas (10-6) didn't give up more runs after putting 15 runners on base in six innings of work. He managed to deliver his third straight quality start but still ended up taking a loss. Vargas owns a 3.17 ERA and 102:34 K:BB ratio in 156 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Indians Friday.


Jason Vargas picks up 10th win Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas turned in a strong start against the Twins Monday.

Vargas allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out three and walked one. Vargas’ only blemish was a solo home run. After opening the game with six straight scoreless innings, Vargas gave up his only run in the seventh. Oswaldo Arcia managed to muscle a 2-2 pitch out to right for the solo shot. Other than that, Vargas did a great job keeping the Twins off the bases. 

With the win, Vargas improved to 10-5. He’ll take on the Rangers in his next start. 


Jason Vargas tosses complete game shutout Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas tossed a complete game shutout Wednesday against the Athletics. 

Vargas gave up three hits during the performance. He struck out four and did not issue any walks. Vargas threw just 97 pitches during the start. Two of the three hits given up by Vargas came in the first inning. After that, he was dominant. The win brings Vargas to 9-5 on the year. His next start will come against the Twins. 


Jason Vargas allows two runs in no-decision vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas didn't factor into Friday's decision, allowing two earned runs on nine hits in five innings and striking out five in his team's 4-2 victory over the Giants.

Vargas received a 2-0 lead by the time he took the mound in the bottom of the first, but he gave both runs back in the third inning and eventually left the start with the game still tied. It was a nice rebound effort after surrendering seven runs in his previous outing. Vargas owns a 3.68 ERA and 92:29 K:BB ratio in 134 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the A's Wednesday.


Jason Vargas battered after four perfect innings


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Pitching for the first time in nearly a month, Royals pitcher Jason Vargas ran out of gas early Saturday, in an 8-3 loss to the A's.

Vargas pitched well for the first four innings, retiring the first 12 batters he faced heading into the fifth inning. Unfortunately, he hit a wall from that point on, as the A's tagged him for seven runs before he was removed with one out down in the inning.

Vargas was charged with seven runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings in the game, while striking out five batters. He took the loss to fall to 8-5 on the season, while his ERA rose to 3.69 heading into his scheduled start against the Giants Friday. 


Jason Vargas brought off DL for Saturday start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) The Royals officially activated pitcher Jason Vargas from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, ahead of his scheduled start against the Athletics.  

Vargas has been out since July 8 after undergoing an appendectomy. He had a 3.31 ERA and 8-4 record in 19 starts before the surgery. 


Jason Vargas making return Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas has been cleared to return to the rotation, and will make his first start in nearly a month Saturday in Oakland.

Vargas has recovered fully from an appendectomy, and made a simulated start Tuesday, which convinced the team he was ready to return. He had a 3.31 ERA in 125 innings prior to the injury.  


Jason Vargas could return to rotation this weekend


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas may rejoin the rotation Saturday and face the A's, MLB.com reports.

Vargas has been sidelined since July 8 while recovering from an appendectomy. He threw 60 pitches in four innings during a simulated game Tuesday and said the session went well. Vargas owns a 3.31 ERA and 82:29 K:BB ratio in 125 innings.


Jason Vargas to throw again Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas (appendectomy) threw a simulated game Saturday and will throw another one Thursday, according to MLB.com. 

"Every day that I threw, there were big progressions as far as how I felt each time," Vargas said. "I think I got over that hurdle the last time I got off the mound, and [Saturday], I was just pretty much focused on executing pitches and it went all right."


Jason Vargas to throw simulated game Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas threw a side session on Wednesday and is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Saturday, as he continues to work his way back from an appendectomy, MLB.com reports Thursday. Vargas has been sidelined since July 8. He is 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA and 82:29 K:BB ratio in 125 innings.

Bruce Chen set to start Sunday in place of Jason Vargas


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Veteran left-hander Bruce Chen is set to start Sunday for the Royals against visiting Cleveland, again in place of Jason Vargas, who is still recovering from an appendectomy.

Chen filled in quite admirably Tuesday night by yielding one run in five innings against the White Sox and earning the victory.


Jason Vargas unlikely to return Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that it's "unlikely" pitcher Jason Vargas will return from the disabled list Sunday, the Kansas City Star reports.

Vargas has been out since July 8 while recovering from an appendectomy, but it was believed he may be ready to return Sunday after completing a 20-pitch bullpen session yesterday. However, it looks like he'll be sidelined for a little while longer. Vargas is 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA and 82:29 K:BB ratio in 125 innings.


Jason Vargas throws 20-pitch bullpen session Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas completed a 20-pitch bullpen session Monday, the Kansas City Star reports.

Vargas has been sidelined since July 8 while recovering from an appendectomy. If all goes well his rehab this week, the pitcher could return to the Royals as soon as Sunday. Vargas is 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA and 82:29 K:BB ratio in 125 innings.


Jason Vargas may be back with Royals next week


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Royals left-handed starter Jason Vargas could return to the rotation as soon as next week, the Kansas City Star has reported.

Vargas has been rehabbing after undergoing an appendectomy on July 9. He is on track for a short bullpen session Wednesday. Pitching coach Dave Eiland has indicated that Vargas might need only two or three such sessions to complete his comeback.


Jason Vargas throws from 110 feet Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas threw again Saturday from as far as 110 feet, MLB.com reports.

"Vargy threw again today, did good, and he'll take tomorrow off," manager Ned Yost said Saturday. "We'll probably look to get him throwing Monday and Tuesday, and probably a little bit off the mound on Wednesday, so he's making progress."

Vargas is recovering from a July 9 appendectomy, and the team doesn't yet know whether he'll need a rehab assignment before returning to the rotation. He's 9-4 with a 3.31 ERA and 82:29 K:BB ratio in 125 innings.