|KANSAS CITY ( CHEN )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( CARROLL )
|967||KANSAS CITY||-110||Ov 9,-110||-120||Ov 9,+100|
|968||CHI WHITE SOX||+100||Un 9,-110||+110||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-35||-5.5||35-32||4.2||0.267||0.313||3.9||0.255||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5||1-6||1.9||0.242||0.286||3.6||0.256||0.318|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-13||+4.3||12-14||4.3||0.259||0.300||4.2||0.246||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||2-5||4.1||0.272||0.340||4.1||0.265||0.317|
|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)||1-2||L||120||8 un||U||5||7||1||6||6||1|
|7/20/2014||VENTURA(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||0-6||L||145||7.5 un||U||4||6||1||9||10||0|
|7/21/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||1-3||L||160||7 ov||U||8||6||1||6||8||0|
|7/22/2014||CHEN(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)|| |
|7/23/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|7/29/2014|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|7/8/2014||DANKS(L)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)||8-3||W||160||9.5 ov||O||12||6||0||10||9||2|
|7/9/2014||SALE(L)||@ BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)||4-5||L||-115||7.5 ov||O||10||4||0||9||7||1|
|7/10/2014||QUINTANA(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||3-4||L||150||8 un||U||10||8||0||3||3||0|
|7/11/2014||NOESI(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||4-7||L||205||7.5 ov||O||8||6||2||10||7||0|
|7/12/2014||CARROLL(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||6-2||W||175||9 ev||U||8||4||0||6||7||0|
|7/13/2014||DANKS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)||2-3||L||155||8.5 ev||U||11||12||1||9||10||0|
|7/21/2014||SALE(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||3-1||W||-170||7 ov||U||6||8||0||8||6||1|
|7/22/2014||CARROLL(R)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|7/23/2014||QUINTANA(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|7/24/2014||NOESI(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)|| |
|7/25/2014||DANKS(L)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|7/26/2014||SALE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||JOHNSON(L)|| |
|7/27/2014||CARROLL(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PINO(R)|| |
|7/29/2014|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|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.
|CHI WHITE SOX: CHICAGO (AP) - From rock bottom last season to contention this year? The Chicago White Sox see no reason why it can't happen.|
They're ready to put last season's 99-loss wreck behind them and make a jump at least back to respectability, if not a run at the AL Central title.
They see a team with solid pitching, a new slugger in Jose Abreu and renewed vigor. Now, all they have to do is back it up.
''You have to pitch, you have to hit, you have to score,'' said manager Robin Ventura, entering his third season. ''You have to play defense. You have to do all of them in our division. Detroit has won it the last few years. They have a combination of everything. Unless you do that, you're not going to be close. We proved that last year.''
They had the pitching part down last season. The rest? Well, that's where things got dicey.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Royals-White Sox Preview* ==========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Kansas City (48-49) at Chicago (47-52), 8:10 p.m. EDT
If Kansas City native Scott Carroll is to win a third straight outing for the Chicago White Sox, he'll likely need to pitch better than when he's previously faced his hometown team.
Riding back-to-back scoreless starts, the rookie right-hander looks to help the White Sox hand the visiting Royals a fifth consecutive defeat Tuesday night.
Carroll (4-5, 4.19 ERA) allowed 12 runs and 17 hits in 11 innings to lose his first two starts after returning to the rotation late last month, but has yielded three hits without a run over 11 2-3 to win the last two.
"Guys know I'm a sinkerball pitcher, and I'm going to continue to be aggressive with the sinkerball," Carroll told MLB's official website. "When I'm able to throw my curveball and split-changeup for strikes, it keeps them off balance. You mix in a cutter, and it definitely gives them something to look at and be ready for."
Carroll appears healthy enough to take the mound after a back issue forced him to leave July 12 at Cleveland, when he gave up two hits in five innings of a 6-2 victory.
"The back has been feeling good," he said. "The All-Star break was a good time to let the body heal up and get some time off."
Carroll, 3-5 with a 5.14 ERA in nine career starts, yielded six runs and eight hits in four innings of a 7-6 win at Kansas City (48-50) on May 19. He also gave up a run and seven baserunners in three innings of relief during a 7-2 home loss to the Royals on June 13.
A winner in three of four since the All-Star break, Chicago (48-52) snapped a four-game skid to Kansas City with a 3-1 victory on Monday. Adam Eaton had two hits, Adam Dunn drove in two runs and Chris Sale pitched seven solid innings for the White Sox, who are one game behind the third-place Royals and nine back of AL Central-leading Detroit
Eaton is batting .452 (14 for 31) in his last eight games, and is 8 for 13 in the last four against the Royals.
Teammate Jose Abreu is batting .388 during a 12-game hitting streak, and .347 while hitting safely in 30 of 31 contests.
He's 1 for 3 with a strikeout versus Bruce Chen (1-2, 6.46), who is 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA in his last four starts against the White Sox. The left-hander allowed a run in 6 1-3 innings while not factoring in a 4-3 victory over Chicago on April 5.
In his third appearance after missing two months with a lower back injury and his first start since April 24, Chen gave up two runs over 5 1-3 innings before the Royals put up five in the seventh of a 5-2 win over Detroit on July 13.
Kansas City has scored 17 runs while losing seven of eight. It's recorded one run or none five times during that span, and totaled two in the last three.
"We've got to find some offense somewhere," manager Ned Yost said.
Eric Hosmer is batting .413 during a 16-game hitting streak, but could miss a second straight game with a bruised hand. He's 2 for 2 versus Carroll.
The Royals' loss Monday was just their second in 12 games at U.S. Cellular Field.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 5:21:01 AM EST|