|KANSAS CITY ( VENTURA )|
BALTIMORE ( JIMENEZ )
|967||KANSAS CITY||+100||Ov 8.5,-115||+100||Ov 8.5,+105|
|968||BALTIMORE||-110||Un 8.5,-105||-110||Un 8.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-10||-4.6||8-8||3.5||0.250||0.299||3.9||0.238||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||4-3||4.0||0.269||0.306||4.0||0.282||0.337|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-7||+4.4||10-6||5.4||0.286||0.340||4.6||0.271||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.9||6-1||6.6||0.299||0.369||5.9||0.280||0.349|
|4/11/2014||CHEN(L)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||1-10||L||-125||8 un||O||5||7||1||11||9||0|
|4/12/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||NOLASCO(R)||1-7||L||-140||7.5 un||O||6||6||2||6||4||0|
|4/13/2014||VARGAS(L)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||3-4||L||-125||8 un||U||7||4||1||5||5||2|
|4/15/2014||VENTURA(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||4-2||W||-165||8.5 un||U||7||6||1||4||5||1|
|4/16/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||6-4||W||-115||8 un||O||13||9||4||10||12||0|
|4/17/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)||5-1||W||-130||7.5 un||U||9||3||0||5||5||1|
|4/21/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||3-4||L||130||8.5 un||U||6||4||0||11||6||3|
|4/22/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)||8-2||W||-105||7 un||O||13||9||1||9||10||1|
|4/23/2014||VARGAS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||3-5||L||115||7 un||O||10||9||2||11||9||1|
|4/24/2014||CHEN(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||1-5||L||115||7.5 un||U||4||3||1||7||2||1|
|4/25/2014||VENTURA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|4/26/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|4/27/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|5/2/2014|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/14/2014||CHEN(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||7-1||W||+105||8 ov||P||13||7||0||6||5||0|
|4/16/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||3-0||W||-105||8.5 un||U||6||7||0||6||9||1|
|4/18/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||8-4||W||115||7.5 ov||O||15||11||0||11||12||0|
|4/19/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||2-4||L||125||9 un||U||5||7||1||6||3||1|
|4/20/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)||5-6||L||145||8 un||O||12||11||3||8||9||0|
|4/21/2014||CHEN(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||7-6||W||145||8 un||O||10||3||0||11||8||0|
|4/22/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||3-9||L||135||9.5 un||O||8||10||1||9||7||0|
|4/23/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ TORONTO||MCGOWAN(R)||10-8||W||105||8.5 ev||O||12||5||0||16||10||0|
|4/24/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ TORONTO||HUTCHISON(R)||11-4||W||125||9 un||O||14||7||0||7||4||0|
|4/25/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|4/26/2014||CHEN(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|4/27/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|5/2/2014|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|KANSAS CITY: KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - James Shields thinks back to last year, thoughtfully piecing together what was missing from the Kansas City Royals as they made a late push for the postseason.|
The pitching was strong. The offense was coming around. The defense was sublime.
He finally settled on experience.
''These guys that didn't realize or have never been to September, when you're fighting for a playoff spot, now you have that experience,'' Shields said. ''And I think that was one of the things we were lacking last season, the experience. You tend to put too much on your shoulders. And I think the second half we definitely relaxed and put all that aside and had fun and played the game the way we know how to play, and it showed.
''I think with the experience factor now,'' Shields concluded, ''we're ready to go.''
After finishing 86-76 a year ago, and contending into September for the first time in a decade, the Royals have their sets sight squarely on their first playoff appearance since 1985 this year.
Anything less would be a disappointment. Anything less would be a failure.
''Last year was a blast. When the end of the season came in Chicago, nobody wanted to leave,'' first baseman Eric Hosmer said. ''They knew how close we were. We were right there. And it left a good taste in everyone's mouth going into the offseason, knowing how good everyone can be.''
Indeed, the Royals return most of their key players from a year ago, signing left-hander Jason Vargas to replace their only significant loss, starting pitcher Ervin Santana. They also upgraded at their weakest spots, trading for Norichika Aoki to play right field and bat leadoff and signing Omar Infante to settle a second base position that has been a black hole for years.
All of which left the notoriously frugal franchise with a record-setting payroll.
Royals manager Ned Yost hopes all those moves will pay off for a rotation that was among the league's best last year, and an offense that was among the league's worst.
''It's going to be a lineup that has offensive sequence from one to nine. You're not going to have any dead spots,'' Yost said. ''You're not going to get something going and then bam, run into a wall and have to get going again. At least, I hope not. I don't think so.''
So with more experience and an upgraded lineup, Kansas City enters its season opener Sunday at Detroit with boundless enthusiasm.
|BALTIMORE: BALTIMORE (AP) - The transformation of the Baltimore Orioles clubhouse under manager Buck Showalter is complete.|
No longer do the Orioles hope to win. They expect it.
When Showalter took over in July 2010, he inherited a team with the worst record in the majors. Having gone without a winning season since 1997, Baltimore could only hope Showalter's knack for orchestrating quick turnarounds would take hold in a town that had switched its allegiance from baseball to football.
By 2012, the Orioles were back. Baltimore won 93 games, beat Texas in the wild-card matchup and took the New York Yankees to the limit before falling in the AL division series.
After missing the postseason last year, the Orioles are poised for a return. They maintained the nucleus of a team that went 85-77 and was in contention to the final week, then added right-handed starter Ubaldo Jimenez and slugger Nelson Cruz to an already potent lineup that led the majors in home runs in 2013.
''When you have talent, you have confidence,'' right fielder Nick Markakis said. ''Put them together and good things usually happen. We've got that right now. We know we have a good team and we're going to roll with it.''
Although Jimenez and Cruz didn't come aboard until after the start of spring training, Showalter never wavered in his belief that the Orioles would challenge the defending champion Boston Red Sox and retooled Yankees in the AL East.
''I felt that way whether or not we added Nelson and Jimenez,'' he said. ''That's a poor reflection on me and my staff if we thought we needed more to win.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Royals-Orioles Preview* ========================
By ELI KABERON STATS Writer
Kansas City (10-10) at Baltimore (10-10), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Ubaldo Jimenez has struggled to keep the ball in the park, but when he takes the mound for the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night to open a three-game series against the visiting Kansas City Royals, he will face the team worst equipped to take advantage of his struggles.
The Orioles (11-10) have lost all four games the veteran right-hander has started, in large part because of his knack for allowing home runs. Jimenez (0-3, 6.75 ERA) has given up five, with his 2.11 homers per nine innings the third-most in the AL.
The struggle with the long ball is quite a surprise, given Jimenez allowed one homer in his last 12 starts spanning 78 1-3 innings with Cleveland in 2013.
The good news is that for as bad as Jimenez has been at allowing home runs, the Royals (10-11) have been even worse at hitting them. Kansas City has gone deep nine times, the fewest in the majors.
Kansas City lost for the fourth time in five games Thursday, managing an unearned run in falling 5-1 at Cleveland.
"You look at our offense today and say we stunk," left fielder Alex Gordon said. "That's how it was."
The Royals will turn to rookie Yordano Ventura (1-1, 2.65) to try to get back in the win column. Ventura was roughed up his last time out, allowing four runs and six hits while walking four in four innings of an 8-3 loss to Minnesota.
The right-hander walked three in his first 13 innings of the season.
"He really struggled on repeating his mechanics. On days when he's going to be off, he's going to be off on his command," manager Ned Yost said. "When he is off and when he has trouble, he flies open and drops his arm slot a little bit which creates kind of an upward appearance of the ball. When he's good, he stays closed and is strong downhill."
Ventura will have to deal with a Baltimore lineup that has been rolling of late, totaling 21 runs and 26 hits in back-to-back wins. The heart of the order did most of the damage in Thursday's 11-4 victory at Toronto, as Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Matt Wieters had two hits apiece and combined for 10 RBIs.
Baltimore has scored 10 or more runs in consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 14-15, 2008, against Cleveland and Detroit.
"We're going to hit," Jones said. "That's how our lineup is designed. Our lineup is scary and it's fun to see it click the last couple of nights."
Cruz has driven in 16 runs during a seven-game RBI streak in which he's hitting .414 with four homers.
"I know he's got something to prove," Wieters said. "We really like how he fits into our lineup."
Jimenez made five starts against Kansas City in 2013, going 2-0 with a 2.83 ERA while allowing one home run in 28 2-3 innings. Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is 8 for 22 (.364) with two homers when facing Jimenez.
The Orioles have won 11 of the last 17 meetings in Baltimore.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 3:36:57 PM EST|