|SAN FRANCISCO ( LINCECUM )|
KANSAS CITY ( DUFFY )
|927||SAN FRANCISCO||+135||Ov 7.5,-115||+145||Ov 7.5,-105|
|928||KANSAS CITY||-145||Un 7.5,-105||-155||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||19-20||-0.7||12-24||3.5||0.233||0.291||3.5||0.249||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||2-4||3.7||0.260||0.318||3.3||0.254||0.286|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-37||+1.5||39-39||4.2||0.262||0.307||3.8||0.253||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.6||2-5||5.4||0.297||0.323||2.7||0.227||0.247|
|7/27/2014||PEAVY(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||3-4||L||+115||7 un||P||7||5||2||6||7||0|
|8/1/2014||VOGELSONG(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||5-1||W||105||7 un||U||9||6||0||2||0||1|
|8/2/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)||2-4||L||115||6.5 ev||U||6||5||0||4||1||0|
|8/3/2014||BUMGARNER(L)||@ NY METS||COLON(R)||9-0||W||-125||6.5 un||O||11||4||1||2||3||0|
|8/4/2014||HUDSON(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||4-3||W||-130||7 un||P||9||10||1||9||8||0|
|8/5/2014||LINCECUM(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||3-4||L||115||8 ov||U||6||8||0||8||6||1|
|8/6/2014||VOGELSONG(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||7-4||W||120||7.5 ov||O||14||12||1||13||10||0|
|8/7/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||1-3||L||115||8.5 un||U||8||9||0||9||7||0|
|8/8/2014||BUMGARNER(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||2-4||L||105||7 ev||U||12||8||3||7||2||1|
|8/9/2014||HUDSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||0-5||L||135||7 ov||U||4||4||0||9||3||0|
|8/10/2014||LINCECUM(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|8/12/2014||VOGELSONG(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|8/13/2014||PEAVY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)|| |
|8/17/2014|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|8/1/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||1-0||W||205||7.5 un||U||4||4||0||5||8||0|
|8/2/2014||VARGAS(L)||@ OAKLAND||LESTER(L)||3-8||L||160||7 un||O||10||8||1||9||2||0|
|8/3/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||KAZMIR(L)||4-2||W||155||7 un||U||14||7||0||4||1||0|
|8/5/2014||DUFFY(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||12-2||W||-130||7 ov||O||15||5||1||5||6||0|
|8/6/2014||VENTURA(R)||@ ARIZONA||COLLMENTER(R)||4-3||W||-145||7.5 ov||U||5||4||0||12||11||0|
|8/7/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ ARIZONA||NUNO(L)||6-2||W||-115||8.5 un||U||11||5||0||7||5||0|
|8/8/2014||VARGAS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||4-2||W||-115||7 ev||U||7||2||1||12||8||3|
|8/9/2014||SHIELDS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)||5-0||W||-145||7 ov||U||9||3||0||4||4||0|
|8/10/2014||DUFFY(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|8/15/2014||DUFFY(L)||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|8/16/2014||VENTURA(R)||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|8/17/2014|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|SAN FRANCISCO: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - From every slot in a talented, experienced rotation to the back end of the bullpen and in between, to the starting fielders and the role players on the bench, it's hard to find a member of the San Francisco Giants pleased with his 2013 season.|
A year after winning the World Series, the Giants finished 10 games under .500, third in the NL West and they missed the playoffs.
''We don't even have to have the conversation, a lot of the guys know it,'' right-hander Matt Cain said. ''We didn't pitch the way that we wanted to.''
As the Giants begin a new year, they will try to keep up with the big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers and regain the grip they had on the NL West when the club won World Series championships in 2010 and `12 - even if everybody expects the Dodgers to be the team to beat.
''You do try to reflect back and try to learn from what happened last year and how you can get better,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ''You move forward, that's what we had to do. There are some things we'll talk about in the spring, mistakes that we made last year. Also, hopefully guys come in with an attitude, that they weren't happy with what happened the year before and want to get back on track.''
Buster Posey certainly doesn't want to spend too much time thinking about last season.
''That's probably how everybody feels. There's a bad taste in a lot of guys' mouths,'' Posey said. ''We want to come out and focus on winning ballgames.''
|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 NL PREVIEW (SAN FRANCISCO-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Giants-Royals Preview* =======================
San Francisco (62-54) at Kansas City (61-53), 2:10 p.m. EDT
Billy Butler has been sizzling for the Kansas City Royals during their six-game win streak.
Danny Duffy surely would appreciate it if Butler's hot hitting continues Sunday.
Duffy owns the lowest run support average at home in the majors as he opposes the San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum in this three-game series finale.
Kansas City (62-53) has pulled within 1 1/2 games of first-place Detroit in the AL Central race thanks in part to Butler, who is 12 for 23 with two homers, four doubles and six RBIs over his last six games.
He had a three-run homer as part of a four-hit effort Tuesday in a 12-2 rout at Arizona in which Duffy (6-10, 2.39 ERA) earned his first win in six starts by yielding one run in five innings.
"Our pitching has picked us up all year and for us to give Duffy some support like that, especially a guy we haven't been giving any to, was big for us," Butler said.
Duffy is limiting opponents to a .189 average at home for baseball's fourth-best mark. The left-hander is 1-4 with a 2.66 ERA in eight starts at Kauffman Stadium, where he has a 1.14 run support average.
Left-handed hitters are batting .146 against Duffy, who has never faced the Giants. He hasn't faced anyone available for San Francisco, who used three lefty-hitting batters in Saturday's 5-0 defeat.
Lincecum (9-7, 4.22) is 0-2 with a 7.40 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break, giving up three runs over six innings and not factoring in the decision in Tuesday's 4-3 loss at Milwaukee. This will be his first look at numerous Royals hitters - including Butler, Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain - while Raul Ibanez is 1 for 16 against him.
The right-hander's lone start against Kansas City came in 2008, when he surrendered five runs over five innings and did not get a decision in an 11-10 loss.
His batterymate is expected to be rookie Andrew Susac, with Buster Posey likely to serve as the designated hitter.
San Francisco (62-55) has totaled three runs while striking out 28 times during its three-game slide. The Giants haven't scored in their last 15 innings, losing 4-2 on Friday.
Duffy has a tough act to follow after James Shields tossed a four-hitter Saturday. Alex Gordon homered in the Royals' ninth win in 10 games, giving him two homers and four RBIs in his last three.
"They're playing very well," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the Royals. "When you play good teams you have to play your best ball. Last night we let it get away. Tonight we just ran into a well-pitched game."
Bochy said Brandon Crawford would have the rest of the weekend off, with the shortstop sitting out Saturday due to a 2-for-25 slide. Rookie Matt Duffy is expected to get a second straight start in Crawford's place.
The Giants are 33-25 on the road for the NL's second-best mark and have yet to be swept away from home. They are 2-6 all-time in Kansas City.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 7:19:30 AM EST|