|BALTIMORE ( CHEN )|
KANSAS CITY ( VENTURA )
|963||BALTIMORE||+110||Ov 7.5,+100||+125||Ov 7,+110|
|964||KANSAS CITY||-120||Un 7.5,-120||-135||Un 7,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||17-14||+3.4||15-15||4.4||0.269||0.315||4.4||0.267||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||2-5||3.0||0.248||0.289||4.0||0.244||0.309|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-5||+0.9||5-6||4.0||0.260||0.322||4.4||0.236||0.286|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.9||2-4||4.6||0.281||0.337||2.1||0.205||0.257|
|5/2/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||NOLASCO(R)||3-0||W||105||8.5 un||U||9||6||1||4||6||0|
|5/3/2014||CHEN(L)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||1-6||L||-125||8 ov||U||7||6||2||12||6||0|
|5/4/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)||2-5||L||100||8.5 un||U||8||8||0||10||11||1|
|5/6/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||5-3||W||125||7.5 un||O||11||10||1||6||9||1|
|5/7/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||RAMOS(L)||4-3||W||110||7.5 ov||U||7||4||1||7||8||1|
|5/8/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||3-1||W||160||7 ov||U||9||7||0||9||11||0|
|5/15/2014||CHEN(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|5/16/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|5/17/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|5/18/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|5/20/2014|| ||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|5/21/2014|| ||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)|| |
|5/22/2014|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|5/5/2014||VENTURA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||5-6||L||-120||6.5 un||O||16||11||1||9||6||0|
|5/6/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||3-1||W||100||6.5 un||U||7||8||1||6||4||0|
|5/7/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||8-0||W||-110||6 un||O||14||11||0||8||8||3|
|5/8/2014||DUFFY(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||0-1||L||110||6.5 ov||U||4||4||0||2||5||0|
|5/9/2014||VARGAS(L)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)||6-1||W||-110||7 ev||P||16||9||1||5||6||1|
|5/10/2014||VENTURA(R)||@ SEATTLE||YOUNG(R)||1-3||L||-135||6.5 ov||U||4||3||0||7||6||0|
|5/11/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ SEATTLE||ELIAS(L)||9-7||W||125||7 un||O||12||6||1||11||4||5|
|5/19/2014||VARGAS(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)|| |
|5/20/2014||VENTURA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)|| |
|5/21/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|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.''
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Royals Preview* ========================
By JOHN KOSIK STATS Editor
Baltimore (20-17) at Kansas City (19-19), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Baltimore Orioles have already gotten a glimpse of how good Kansas City Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura can be.
The 22-year-old rookie seeks his first win since beating the Orioles in late April when he takes the mound for the host Royals in Thursday night's opener of a four-game set.
Kansas City (20-19) took two of three against Baltimore (20-18) from April 25-27 as Ventura (2-2, 2.34 ERA) opened the series with eight strikeouts over eight innings in a 5-0 victory. The Orioles got only one runner past second base against Ventura, an undrafted free agent from the Dominican Republic.
"That kid's special, to say the least," said Baltimore's Adam Jones, who went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts against Ventura. "He's got a 95-100 (mph fastball), and his changeup I think is the pitch that keeps people off his fastball. His curveball was filthy.
"I don't like to tip my cap, but the guy's got some good stuff and he went out there and showed it tonight."
Ventura is 0-1 in three subsequent starts, though he pitched well while Kansas City's bats were silent his last time out. He gave up three runs on a pair of homers over 6 1-3 innings of a 3-1 loss to Seattle on Saturday.
"You know, he threw the ball really well," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "The pitch to (Justin) Smoak wasn't a bad pitch, it was down and in that he got the head out on. The pitch to (Dustin) Ackley was a changeup that he drove into the seats. But outside of that, it was OK."
Kansas City's loss in his last start was one of just two for the team over the last eight games. The Royals beat Colorado 3-2 on Wednesday for a sweep of a two-game set as Mike Moustakas hit a three-run double in the second inning.
Scheduled to get the ball for the Orioles is left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (4-2, 3.95), who started Baltimore's only victory against the Royals in the April series at Camden Yards. He allowed two runs in seven innings before the Orioles won 3-2 in 10.
Chen has gone 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA since that outing after working a season high-tying seven innings in a 4-3 victory over Houston on Friday. He gave up two runs with four strikeouts and a walk.
The Orioles also beat the Astros on Saturday but have since lost a season high-tying four straight, including a three-game sweep by Detroit that concluded with Wednesday's 7-5 defeat.
Baltimore finally put some runs on the board after scoring four times in the previous three games. Nelson Cruz hit his 11th home run and Jones went 3 for 5 with an RBI to extend his hitting streak to nine games.
"We're not going to focus on what happened in bad situations," Cruz said. "We're going to focus on whatever we did good on a daily basis, and that can get you going through the season."
Kansas City's Billy Butler is 8 for 15 with two homers and two doubles when facing Chen, while Eric Hosmer is 6 for 14 with a pair of homers.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:49:30 PM EST|