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Smith and Ventura among Royals' cuts

Monday - 3/18/2013, 7:58pm  ET

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Will Smith throws against the San Diego Padres during the first inning in an exhibition spring training baseball game Friday, March 15, 2013, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Left-hander Will Smith and rookie right-hander Yorando Ventura, candidates for Kansas City's final rotation slot, were among seven cuts made by the Royals before Monday night's game against the Texas Rangers.

Smith, 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA while holding opponents to a .179 batting average in four outings, was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. Ventura, a non-roster invitee who has made only six starts above Class A, was reassigned to minor league camp after going 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five outings.

Kansas City also optioned right-hander Nate Adcock and left-hander Everett Teaford to Omaha. Right-handers Brian Sanches, Blaine Boyer and Michael Mariot were reassigned to minor-league camp.

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