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Twins fall to Royals in rubber match

Jason Vargas pitched seven scoreless innings, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Twins in the rubber match of this three-game set from Target Field.

Royals defeat Tigers 11-8

The Kansas City Royals opened a key four-game series with the Detroit Tigers with an 11-8 decision at Comerica Park.

White Sox defeat Kansas City Royals 7-6

Paul Konerko's two-run homer in the fifth helped the Chicago White Sox erase an early five-run deficit and defeat the Kansas City Royals, 7-6.
Colorado falls to Kansas City

Colorado falls to Kansas City

Mike Moustakas' three-run double in the second inning proved to be the difference in the Kansas City Royals' 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.

Kansas City Royals beat Blue Jays 10-7

Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a two- run homer and four RBI to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 10-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Kansas City Royals shut out the Minnesota Twins 5-0

Mike Moustakas stroked a two-run homer in the sixth inning as the Kansas City Royals shut out the Minnesota Twins, 5-0, in the opener of a three-game series.

Kansas City Royals down the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2

Jason Vargas hurled eight-plus strong innings as the Kansas City Royals downed the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-2, in the opener of a three-game set.
Royals reign over Padres in spring training action

Royals reign over Padres in spring training action

Brian Bocock and Whit Merrifield each had an RBI as part of a three-run 10th inning that lifted the Kansas City Royals to a 9-6 win over the San Diego Padres.

MLB: Texas 6, Los Angeles Angels 2

ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Craig Gentry and Geovany Soto each provided two RBI Sunday and Texas forced a wild-card tiebreaker with season-ending 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels 3, Oakland 0

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Jason Vargas went the distance for his second shutout of the season Tuesday in the Los Angles Angels of Anaheim's 3-0 win over AL West champion Oakland.

MLB: Houston 9, Los Angeles Angels 7

HOUSTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Jose Altuve and Matt Dominguez drove in seven runs with two swings of the bat Friday to carry Houston past the Los Angeles Angels 9-7.

MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Los Angeles Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Matt Moore returned to the Tampa Bay rotation Tuesday and pitched the reeling Rays to a welcome 7-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels 2, Tampa Bay 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Jason Vargas allowed two hits in seven innings Thursday in pacing the Los Angeles Angels to a 2-0 victory over Tampa Bay.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels 5, Seattle 1

SEATTLE, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Jason Vargas pitched 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball and Mike Trout hit a two-run homer Saturday in the Los Angeles Angels' 5-1 win over Seattle.

MLB: New York Yankees 14, Los Angeles Angels 7

NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Alfonso Soriano went 3-for-6 with two homers and six RBI Tuesday, powering the New York Yankees over the Los Angeles Angels 14-7.
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Jason Vargas
Seattle Mariners' starter Jason Vargas acknowledges the crowd after ending the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at SAFECO Field in Seattle on July 8, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Bryant)
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Jason Matthew Vargas (born February 2, 1983 in Apple Valley, California) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. He has played parts of two seasons in the major leagues with the Florida Marlins, part of one season in the major leagues with the New York Mets and the last two seasons with the Seattle Mariners.

Vargas was drafted by Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins with the 1,273rd pick in the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft. Jason declined and decided to go to Louisiana State University. As a freshman at LSU, Vargas went 1-1 with a 3.43 ERA in 13 games. However, Vargas decided to transfer out of LSU after the 2001 season to Cypress College for the 2003 season, picking a junior college so he would still be eligible for the draft. He was the Southern California junior college player of the year for his work on the mound and at the plate. However, as the season wore on, his arm slot dropped; and his velocity fell into the mid-80s. That, combined with Vargas' signing bonus demands, depressed his draft stock, so he went undrafted.

Vargas headed to Long Beach State for his senior year. He liked the school's history of producing major league talent and liked the school's hard-nosed mentality even more, especially after getting a recommendation from J.J. Newkirk, who played for Vargas's father, Joe, at Victor Valley High School. Vargas arrived at LBSU with a new work ethic determined to improve upon his year at Cypress College. Vargas also proved a fast learner. At Long Beach, he learned to keep his top half aligned with his lower half over the rubber and not drift toward the plate as he twisted through his delivery. The tweak allowed Vargas to repeat his mechanics and keep his arm higher, which in turn increased the velocity on his fastball and improved the break on his curveball. The new work ethic paid off, and in 2004 Vargas went 7-6 with a 4.14 ERA in 18 games on the mound, while hitting .354 with 14 doubles and five home runs as the team's designated hitter.

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