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Royals pick Edinson Volquez to start opener against Mets

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The World Series champion Kansas City Royals have named their Opening Day starter -- Edinson Volquez, who will face the New York Mets in a rematch of Game 5.

Manager Ned Yost announced the decision Saturday for the April 3 game at Kauffman Stadium.

Matt Harvey, who started the final game of the World Series against Volquez, will be the Mets' starter.

Volquez went 13-9 with a 3.55 ERA last season.

Ian Kennedy will start the second game.

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

Chris Young and Kris Medlen will complete the rotation.