|CLEVELAND ( MCALLISTER )|
KANSAS CITY ( GUTHRIE )
|971||CLEVELAND||+115||Ov 8.5,-110||-105||Ov 9,-110|
|972||KANSAS CITY||-125||Un 8.5,-110||-105||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-33||+2.4||40-29||4.8||0.262||0.328||4.4||0.259||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||3-5||-1.7||2-6||3.6||0.222||0.298||3.2||0.232||0.286|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-35||-2.5||36-34||4.3||0.266||0.313||3.8||0.253||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||1-6||2.7||0.236||0.298||2.6||0.210||0.295|
|7/12/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)||2-6||L||-185||9 ev||U||6||7||0||8||4||0|
|7/13/2014||BAUER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||3-2||W||-165||8.5 ev||U||9||10||0||11||12||1|
|7/18/2014||BAUER(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||9-3||W||155||8.5 ov||O||14||7||1||11||8||0|
|7/19/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ DETROIT||VERHAGEN(R)||6-2||W||-135||8.5 ov||U||12||6||0||7||5||1|
|7/19/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||5-2||W||175||8.5 un||U||8||9||0||5||7||0|
|7/20/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ DETROIT||SMYLY(L)||1-5||L||110||9 ev||U||4||5||0||9||6||0|
|7/21/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||JOHNSON(L)||3-4||L||-110||9.5 un||U||8||8||0||9||6||2|
|7/22/2014||SALAZAR(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PINO(R)||8-2||W||-135||9 un||O||11||6||0||9||10||0|
|7/23/2014||BAUER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||SWARZAK(R)||1-3||L||-135||8.5 un||U||5||6||1||8||6||1|
|7/24/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||1-2||L||110||7 ev||U||7||10||1||5||1||0|
|7/25/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||4-6||L||110||8 ov||O||7||6||1||10||4||1|
|7/26/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|7/27/2014||SALAZAR(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|8/1/2014|| ||TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|8/2/2014|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|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)||7-1||W||-145||9 un||U||14||14||0||8||10||2|
|7/23/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-1||W||100||7.5 un||U||10||10||1||6||5||1|
|8/1/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)|| |
|8/2/2014|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|CLEVELAND: CLEVELAND (AP) - Jason Kipnis didn't want it to end. He had plenty of company.|
After the final out ended the club's magical, turnaround season so jarringly last October, Kipnis, who made his first All-Star team in 2013 and a few of his teammates lingered in the dugout and watched as Tampa Bay's players celebrated their 4-0 win in the AL wild-card playoff game.
One and done. Hardly the finish Cleveland wanted.
And once again, the city would remain without a major sports championship, a drought approaching its 50-year anniversary.
But despite their brief postseason appearance in manager Terry Francona's first year, the Indians intend to play in October again - and again.
''We don't want it to be a fluke,'' Kipnis said. ''We don't want to be a one-trick pony. We want to be at the top and we want to stay there.''
Hoping to build off their unexpected 92-win campaign, the Indians enter 2014 confident they can not only contend this season, but go even further.
During spring training in Arizona, first baseman Nick Swisher, who also serves as the club's high-energy hype man, handed out ''Unfinished Business'' T-shirts to his teammates.
The Indians aren't satisfied.
''Last season, hopefully, was a steppingstone that we needed to get us going in the right direction,'' Swisher said. ''Last year was that amazing year to get us in the right mind frame to say, `Hey, we can do this. We are a team. And people need to start recognizing it.'''
Cleveland had to win its final 10 games just to make the playoffs. The late-season kick wouldn't have been necessary if the Indians had played more consistently, and more evenness has been a focus for Francona, who feels his club has the makings to do something special again.
''I love our team,'' said the AL's manager of the year. ''I love coming to the ballpark and watching them play. They are easy to like because they try hard. When you can show up with a group of guys and you respect the way they go about things it makes the challenging times more fulfilling. We know we can do it now. We've got to try and go do it better.''
|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 (CLEVELAND-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-Royals Preview* ========================
By JON PALMIERI STATS Editor
Cleveland (51-51) at Kansas City (51-50), 7:10 p.m. EDT
It wasn't long ago that the Kansas City Royals ascended to the top of the AL Central behind their longest winning streak in two decades.
While their current run is far more modest, it has at least given them sole possession of second place.
The Royals seek a fifth consecutive win overall and sixth straight at home against the sputtering Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.
A 10-game win streak last month moved Kansas City (52-50) atop the Central, but four losses in a row followed to make its stay there a very short one. The Royals were unable to win more than two straight over the next month before taking the final two games on the road against the White Sox and the first two of this four-game set.
Pinch-hitter Billy Butler hit a two-run homer - just his fourth this season - in the eighth inning and Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas went back to back in the second to lift Kansas City to a 6-4 victory Friday.
Butler was batting just .200 in his previous 20 games with three extra-base hits and two RBIs.
"It does give you a shot of confidence," Butler said. "I've got a lot of confidence with a bat in my hand anyway. It definitely helps. Hopefully, I build off that."
The Royals have outscored the Indians 28-13 during a five-game win streak at Kauffman Stadium and won eight of nine meetings there.
Carlos Santana provided most of the offense for Cleveland, recording his first multi-homer game this season and three RBIs. He's 9 for 16 (.563) with five extra-base hits in his last four contests.
The Indians (51-52) have lost five of six while batting .200 and totaling 18 runs - including eight in one game.
They'll try to send Jeremy Guthrie (5-9, 4.56 ERA) to a fourth straight losing start for the first time in three years.
The right-hander was much sharper in his last outing Monday after posting a 15.75 ERA in his previous two, but he had the misfortune of being opposed by White Sox ace Chris Sale and allowed three runs and five hits over six innings in a 3-1 loss.
Guthrie has lost both starts this season against the Indians, allowing 10 runs and 21 hits in 10 1-3 innings. He's 4-5 with a 5.14 ERA in 10 career starts versus Cleveland, the team he broke into the majors with in 2004.
This is a very favorable matchup for several Indians. Jason Kipnis is 10 for 17 (.588) with two homers and two doubles against Guthrie, while Lonnie Chisenhall (8 for 15) and Santana (8 for 19) have taken him deep once.
Kipnis' average against Guthrie is his highest against any pitcher he's faced more than 10 times.
Cleveland turns to Zach McAllister (3-5, 5.28), who will be pitching on seven days' rest. He's been solid in two starts since spending time in the minors while also recovering from a back injury.
The right-hander allowed four runs and seven hits over 12 1-3 innings in those two July outings, and limited Detroit to one run and three hits in 5 1-3 innings last Saturday before leaving without a decision in a 5-2 victory.
McAllister turned in a quality start in a 4-3 victory over Kansas City at Progressive Field on April 21, improving to 2-2 with a 4.94 ERA in four career meetings.
Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was held out of the starting lineup for the fourth time in five games Friday due to a bruised right hand.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 3:12:41 PM EST|