|SEATTLE ( YOUNG )|
KANSAS CITY ( VARGAS )
|919||SEATTLE||+130||Ov 8.5,+100||+155||Ov 8.5,-105|
|920||KANSAS CITY||-140||Un 8.5,-120||-165||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||18-11||+8.8||11-15||3.9||0.239||0.278||3.3||0.228||0.287|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.1||1-5||4.0||0.281||0.337||2.6||0.225||0.265|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-26||-2.8||28-23||4.4||0.265||0.314||4.1||0.257||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.5||5-2||6.4||0.326||0.369||3.7||0.266||0.320|
|6/7/2014||ELIAS(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||7-4||W||145||7 un||O||11||6||0||5||3||0|
|6/8/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||5-0||W||-115||6.5 un||U||10||9||0||4||5||1|
|6/9/2014||RAMIREZ(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||3-0||W||182||7 un||U||7||5||0||5||10||0|
|6/10/2014||IWAKUMA(R)||NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)||2-3||L||-140||7 un||U||7||7||0||8||5||0|
|6/11/2014||YOUNG(R)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||2-4||L||+175||6.5 ov||U||6||3||1||10||8||0|
|6/12/2014||ELIAS(L)||NY YANKEES||WHITLEY(R)||3-6||L||-115||7 ov||O||7||6||0||10||8||1|
|6/16/2014||YOUNG(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||5-1||W||+115||7 ov||U||7||9||1||5||5||0|
|6/17/2014||ELIAS(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||6-1||W||-125||7 un||P||8||7||0||4||3||1|
|6/18/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||1-2||L||-135||6 un||U||7||8||0||6||4||1|
|6/19/2014||RAMIREZ(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||HAHN(R)||1-4||L||135||7 ev||U||8||8||0||6||5||1|
|6/20/2014||IWAKUMA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||7-5||W||130||7 ov||O||12||7||0||14||9||0|
|6/21/2014||YOUNG(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|6/22/2014||ELIAS(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|6/28/2014|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|6/7/2014||DUFFY(L)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||8-4||W||-115||8 ev||O||12||7||0||8||6||0|
|6/8/2014||SHIELDS(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||2-1||W||-125||7.5 un||U||5||2||0||8||9||0|
|6/13/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||7-2||W||120||7.5 un||O||12||9||0||7||11||0|
|6/14/2014||DUFFY(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||9-1||W||-130||8.5 un||O||16||7||1||7||8||1|
|6/15/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||6-3||W||-150||8 ov||O||8||6||0||12||13||0|
|6/16/2014||VARGAS(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||11-8||W||130||8.5 ev||O||17||10||0||13||7||2|
|6/17/2014||VENTURA(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||11-4||W||135||8 un||O||15||7||1||10||5||1|
|6/18/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ DETROIT||SMYLY(L)||2-1||W||120||8.5 ev||U||9||5||1||5||5||1|
|6/19/2014||DUFFY(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||1-2||L||145||8 ov||U||6||5||1||4||2||0|
|6/23/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|6/24/2014||DUFFY(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|6/25/2014||SHIELDS(R)||LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)|| |
|6/27/2014||VARGAS(L)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|6/28/2014|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|SEATTLE: SEATTLE (AP) - Robinson Cano was just the start. The Seattle Mariners didn't stop with one major splash in trying to catch up with the best in the AL West.|
Even so, there remain many questions about whether Seattle's additions as a whole can improve a team coming off a 71-win season.
The moves made by Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik were in hopes of improving the Mariners and solidifying his own future after a shaky offseason that started with Eric Wedge's decision not to return as manager.
Lloyd McClendon is getting his second shot as a major league manager nine years after he was last leading a club in Pittsburgh. Along with Cano, Seattle signed outfielder Corey Hart, closer Fernando Rodney and traded for designated hitter Logan Morrison.
Despite those moves, there remain concerns about the depth of Seattle's rotation beyond ace Felix Hernandez and whether players the Mariners have been waiting for to finally pop can establish themselves as reliable, everyday starters.
Yet the Mariners believe they will be competitive in one of baseball's toughest divisions.
''We're ready to win. That's what it's all about,'' Hernandez said. ''We're ready to win ballgames in Seattle. We're ready to be in the playoffs, we're ready to do that.''
|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 (SEATTLE-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Royals Preview* =========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Seattle (37-36) at Kansas City (39-33), 2:10 p.m. EDT
Three days after notching their longest winning streak in 20 years, the Kansas City Royals are on the brink of their first three-game slide in more than three weeks.
They may need Jason Vargas to cool off Robinson Cano's bat in order to avoid that fate Saturday against the Seattle Mariners.
Kansas City's 10-game winning streak - snapped Thursday in a 2-1 loss at Detroit - marked the club's longest since a 13-game run in 1994. However, the Royals (39-34) trail the Tigers again by a half-game in the AL Central after dropping their second straight Friday night, losing 7-5 to Seattle in front of their first sellout crowd at Kauffman Stadium since opening day.
"It was great to see the crowd come out, obviously a sellout. We love it when the fans come out," said starter James Shields, who was charged with five runs in seven innings. "We didn't get a win for them tonight, but hopefully they keep coming out and we'll get some wins here."
The Royals haven't dropped three in a row since losing four straight May 25-28.
Brad Miller hit the go-ahead homer in the ninth against closer Greg Holland, who had thrown 15 2-3 scoreless innings over his previous 14 appearances. Miller is 7 for 17 over his last five games.
The Mariners (38-36), who had lost seven of 10, also got two hits and two RBIs from Cano, who is batting .419 with 15 RBIs during a 21-game road hitting streak. His .389 average in 35 games since May 10 trails only Jose Altuve (.399) for the best in baseball.
Kansas City, meanwhile, squandered a bases-loaded situation with one out in the eighth and finished 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position. The Royals are 4 for 22 in those situations over their last three games after batting .441 in the first nine games of their winning streak.
They're hoping to bounce back with a strong performance from Vargas (7-2, 3.25 ERA), who is 3-0 with a 2.31 ERA in his last five starts. The left-hander limited Detroit to two runs in seven innings of an 11-8 victory Monday.
Vargas is 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA in four starts against the Mariners, for whom he pitched from 2009-2012. He beat them May 9 in Seattle with seven scoreless innings in a 6-1 victory, though Cano is 10 for 23 against him.
Mariners starter Chris Young (6-4, 3.40) bounced back from back-to-back losses to throw six shutout innings in a 5-1 win over San Diego on Monday. The six victories are his most since he won seven in 2008 with San Diego, while his 3.40 ERA is his second-best in a season in which he's started at least five games.
Young defeated Kansas City on May 10 with one of his best performances, yielding one run and three hits over eight innings in a 3-1 victory.
Alex Gordon was 2 for 5 on Friday, rejoining Kansas City's lineup after missing his first game of 2014 with flu-like symptoms Thursday. He's 8 for 19 over his last four contests.
Eric Hosmer is batting .378 over his last 11 matchups with Seattle after going 2 for 5 on Friday, while Billy Butler has hit .474 during a nine-game hitting streak overall.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 7:26:56 PM EST|