|KANSAS CITY ( DUFFY )|
BOSTON ( )
|919||KANSAS CITY||+105||Ov 8.5,-110||+100||Ov 8,-110|
|920||BOSTON||-115||Un 8.5,-110||-110||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-34||-4.5||35-31||4.3||0.268||0.314||3.9||0.256||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||3-3||3.3||0.285||0.322||5.4||0.293||0.347|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-18||-6.2||14-18||4.1||0.250||0.326||4.9||0.262||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2||5-2||5.4||0.302||0.369||3.6||0.252||0.290|
|7/5/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CLEVELAND||HOUSE(L)||3-7||L||105||8 un||O||12||8||0||14||9||0|
|7/6/2014||DUFFY(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||1-4||L||145||7 un||U||4||4||0||10||6||0|
|7/7/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||6-0||W||120||7 un||U||14||10||0||4||5||1|
|7/8/2014||VARGAS(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||3-4||L||-115||7 un||P||13||11||0||8||8||0|
|7/9/2014||VENTURA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||5-4||W||110||6.5 un||O||11||11||0||8||11||1|
|7/18/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||4-5||L||110||8 un||O||12||8||1||10||8||2|
|7/19/2014||DUFFY(L)||@ BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)|| |
|7/20/2014||VENTURA(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|7/21/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|7/22/2014||CHEN(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)|| |
|7/23/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|7/26/2014|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|7/7/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)||0-4||L||-210||10 un||U||2||5||0||6||1||0|
|7/8/2014||WORKMAN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||3-8||L||-170||9.5 ov||O||10||9||2||12||6||0|
|7/9/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||5-4||W||+105||7.5 ov||O||9||7||1||10||4||0|
|7/10/2014||LESTER(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-3||W||-160||8 un||U||3||3||0||10||8||0|
|7/11/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)||8-3||W||-130||7.5 un||O||12||6||1||7||10||1|
|7/12/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||2-3||L||-130||8.5 un||U||13||9||1||8||7||0|
|7/13/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||11-0||W||-130||8 ev||O||16||11||0||3||3||3|
|7/18/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||5-4||W||-120||8 un||O||10||8||2||12||8||1|
|7/19/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|7/20/2014||LESTER(L)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|7/21/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ TORONTO||HUTCHISON(R)|| |
|7/22/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)|| |
|7/23/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|7/24/2014|| ||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)|| |
|7/25/2014||LESTER(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|7/26/2014|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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.
|BOSTON: BOSTON (AP) - Last season was one to remember for fans of the Red Sox - and one to forget for the players.|
Soon after Boston's third World Series championship in 10 years, that bearded bunch decided to put it behind them and focus on what they must do to keep winning.
''It was a dream come true last year,'' pitcher Jake Peavy said. ''It's a new year. I think that's been a slogan of ours on the text messages that we've been exchanging with the guys, `Hey turn the page, it's a new year, it's 2014.' We haven't done anything and, obviously, some teams in our division got awfully better.''
The Red Sox won't be sneaking up on them, not after rebounding from a 69-93, last-place finish in the AL East to a 97-65 record, a 28-win improvement.
''You've got the bull's-eye on your back,'' second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. ''You want to get everybody's best, so I think it's going to be a fun challenge for everybody.''
John Farrell's disciplined, businesslike approach worked in his first year as Boston's manager. That, and the influx of players to improve the toxic clubhouse chemistry, made the one season under the animated Bobby Valentine seem like a distant memory.
Those players, including Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino, return. The Red Sox lost center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the New York Yankees then signed Grady Sizemore as a possible replacement. Sizemore missed the last two seasons with knee and back injuries that required surgery but has had a healthy, productive spring training.
''In this group, no one's going to let anybody sit back and relax,'' Pedroia said. ''We're always going to push each other and make sure that we're respecting the game and playing the game the right way. If we do that, we should be all right.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Royals-Red Sox Preview* ========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Kansas City (48-46) at Boston (43-52), 7:10 p.m. EDT
So far, the All-Star break hasn't hampered the Boston Red Sox's momentum, and it didn't solve the Kansas City Royals' issues on the mound.
The Red Sox seek a sixth win in seven games Saturday night against the Royals at Fenway Park.
Boston (44-52) may be in the AL East cellar, but has won five of six to move within percentage points of fourth-place Tampa Bay.
That strong stretch continued Friday with Xander Bogaerts and Jonny Gomes hitting two-run homers in the sixth inning to help the Red Sox rally for a 5-4 win in the series opener.
Four of Boston's 10 hits went for extra bases, and the team is hitting .304 while averaging 5.8 runs over the past six games, dramatic increases from its season marks of .247 and 3.9, respectively.
"The way that guys fought back that was sort of reminiscent of last year," winning pitcher Clay Buchholz said.
The Red Sox could be poised for another strong offensive showing with the Royals (48-47) having dropped seven of 10 behind a 5.17 ERA from the starting rotation.
Danny Duffy (5-9, 2.76 ERA) will try to keep Boston's bats in check, something he's struggled to do in the past. The left-hander is 0-1 with a 7.07 ERA in three career starts against the Red Sox with Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli combining to go 8 for 15 with five doubles, one triple and a homer in their matchups.
Duffy, though, has a 2.83 ERA in 13 games since joining the rotation - the lowest of any Royals starter.
He was sharp in his final start before the All-Star break, limiting Detroit to two runs - one earned - over six innings in a 2-1 loss July 11.
Duffy's only start at Fenway was one he'd rather forget. He was tagged for six runs and six hits with three walks over 3 2-3 innings in a 13-9 loss on July 26, 2011.
"My rookie year, that was a tough one," Duffy told MLB's official website. "It's been a long time, but I've come a long way since then. They were a pretty different team back then, too. So, I'm just looking forward to getting out there and executing my game plan."
Clutch hitting continues to be a problem for the Royals, who are batting .283 over the past 10 games but only .208 with runners in scoring position.
Kansas City will get its first look at Rubby De La Rosa (2-2, 2.89), who wasn't at his best in his final appearance before the break. In his first major league start in nearly three weeks, the right-hander allowed three runs and six hits - two homers - over five innings July 9 before Boston rallied for a 5-4 home win over the Chicago White Sox.
The right-hander had tossed 14 straight scoreless innings while winning his first two starts at Fenway.
De La Rosa served up solo homers to Billy Butler and Justin Maxwell in one inning of relief on Aug. 8, 2013, in his only appearance against the Royals.
Pedroia is batting .369 in his last 16 games, and he's a career .355 hitter versus Kansas City.
Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer had three hits and two RBIs on Friday and is batting .429 during a 14-game hitting streak,
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 5:20:54 AM EST|