|OAKLAND ( GRAY )|
KANSAS CITY ( VENTURA )
|967||OAKLAND||-125||Ov 7,-110||-110||Ov 7,-115|
|968||KANSAS CITY||+115||Un 7,-110||+100||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-33||+5.1||38-38||4.9||0.250||0.324||3.5||0.233||0.289|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.4||3-4||4.0||0.231||0.336||3.4||0.238||0.293|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-37||+2.5||40-39||4.3||0.263||0.308||3.8||0.253||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7.6||2-5||6.0||0.300||0.333||2.1||0.221||0.250|
|7/28/2014||CHAVEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||3-7||L||-180||8.5 un||O||9||8||0||7||2||0|
|7/29/2014||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)||7-4||W||-185||8 ov||O||11||9||0||6||4||0|
|7/30/2014||HAMMEL(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||1-8||L||-130||8 un||O||4||5||1||8||6||0|
|8/1/2014||GRAY(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||0-1||L||-225||7.5 un||U||5||8||0||4||4||0|
|8/2/2014||LESTER(L)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||8-3||W||-170||7 un||O||9||2||0||10||8||1|
|8/3/2014||KAZMIR(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-4||L||-165||7 un||U||4||1||0||14||7||0|
|8/4/2014||SAMARDZIJA(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-2||W||-135||7 un||U||10||18||2||6||7||1|
|8/5/2014||HAMMEL(R)||TAMPA BAY||SMYLY(L)||3-0||W||-125||7.5 un||U||10||10||0||7||9||3|
|8/6/2014||GRAY(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||3-7||L||-190||7 ev||O||4||3||1||13||11||0|
|8/11/2014||GRAY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|8/12/2014||LESTER(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|8/13/2014||KAZMIR(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|8/14/2014||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|8/15/2014||HAMMEL(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)|| |
|8/16/2014||GRAY(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|8/17/2014||LESTER(L)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|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)||7-4||W||-155||7.5 un||O||10||7||0||8||9||0|
|8/15/2014||DUFFY(L)||@ MINNESOTA||MAY(R)|| |
|8/16/2014||VENTURA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)|| |
|8/17/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ MINNESOTA||MILONE(L)|| |
|8/18/2014|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|OAKLAND: OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Before the season has even begun, the Oakland Athletics are dealing with a devastating injury that could affect their chances of chasing a third straight AL West title.|
Right-hander Jarrod Parker, who had been the projected opening day starter, was lost to a season-ending elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery - his second such procedure.
Like every year with this low-budget club, somebody always seems to step in and fill the void. Whether that will be enough for Bob Melvin's bunch in a much-improved division is to be determined.
Even before Parker went down, Oakland considered its club an underdog despite winning the last two AL West crowns.
|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 (OAKLAND-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Athletics-Royals Preview* ==========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Oakland (72-44) at Kansas City (62-53), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Another extended winning streak has the Kansas City Royals in position to possibly hold the AL Central lead this late in a season for the first time in 11 years.
The Royals might have the chance to do so with an eighth consecutive victory Monday night against the major league-leading Oakland Athletics.
Kansas City's 7-4 win over San Francisco, coupled with the Detroit's 6-5, 19-inning loss at Toronto on Sunday left the Royals (63-53) one-half game behind the first-place Tigers.
Eight games out of first July 21, Kansas City has since won 15 of 18. Winners of 10 straight in June, the Royals have recorded two winning streaks of seven or more in a season for the first time since 1985 - the last year they made the playoffs.
Detroit, meanwhile, has dropped 11 of 19.
A Royals victory Monday and a Detroit loss at Pittsburgh would leave them atop the division this late for the first time since August 29, 2003.
"I like the way we're playing," Kansas City manager Ned Yost told MLB's official website. "I've got a lot of confidence in those guys.
"I've had a lot of confidence in them even when they weren't producing like they're doing now because I knew it would come somewhere down the road.
Kansas City began the month by taking two of three at Oakland (72-45).
In the opener, Oakland's Sonny Gray (12-5, 2.87 ERA) allowed a homer to Raul Ibanez and two other hits while striking out seven in seven innings of a 1-0 loss Aug. 1.
"He's got good stuff and I didn't feel like waiting around too long," Ibanez said after that contest.
That outing was the last of a stellar stretch where the right-hander allowed five earned runs over 42 innings to go 5-1 before he gave up seven runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 7-3 defeat to Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
"He's able to wiggle out of some jams, which he typically does. (On Wednesday it), just wasn't the case," manager Bob Melvin said. "We just probably haven't seen a game out of him like this."
Alex Gordon went 0 for 3 against Gray this month, but is batting .357 with three homers and six RBIs in eight games since. Gordon and Salvador Perez each hit two-run homers Sunday as the Royals won their fifth straight at home.
"Gordy is swinging the bat well because he is seeing the ball well and putting good swings on it," Yost said.
Kansas City's Yordano Ventura (9-8, 3.47) has allowed three earned runs over 13 innings to win his last two starts. He gave up two and struck out eight in six innings of a 4-3 victory at Arizona on Wednesday.
Facing Oakland for the first time, the right-hander returns home where he is 3-2 with a 2.65 ERA in his last six starts.
The A's scored 18 runs while winning the first three at home against Minnesota, then fell 6-1 in the finale of the four-game set Sunday.
Stephen Vogt, who had the lone RBI, went 5 for 14 with two home runs and five RBIs against the Twins after going 0 for 21 in his previous six games. That included an 0-for-11 series against the Royals.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 4:40:53 AM EST|