|KANSAS CITY ( DUFFY )|
COLORADO ( )
|929||KANSAS CITY||-125||Ov 9.5,-110||-120||Ov 9.5,-105|
|930||COLORADO||+115||Un 9.5,-110||+110||Un 9.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||20-17||+3||15-21||3.9||0.267||0.315||4.2||0.255||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.8||5-2||6.0||0.306||0.348||3.7||0.231||0.277|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-19||-1.8||14-18||4.3||0.270||0.324||4.9||0.287||0.359|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||5-2||5.3||0.302||0.365||5.1||0.265||0.328|
|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||NOLASCO(R)||6-5||W||-140||8 ev||O||12||7||2||9||5||0|
|8/16/2014||VENTURA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)||1-4||L||-115||7.5 un||U||8||7||1||6||9||1|
|8/17/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ MINNESOTA||MILONE(L)||12-6||W||-115||8 ev||O||13||5||0||7||4||1|
|8/18/2014||VARGAS(L)||@ MINNESOTA||MAY(R)||6-4||W||-155||8 ev||O||13||10||0||7||4||0|
|8/19/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ COLORADO||MATZEK(L)||7-4||W||-140||9.5 ov||O||11||8||1||11||10||0|
|8/20/2014||DUFFY(L)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|8/22/2014||VENTURA(R)||@ TEXAS||LEWIS(R)|| |
|8/23/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|8/24/2014||VARGAS(L)||@ TEXAS||MIKOLAS(R)|| |
|8/25/2014||SHIELDS(R)||NY YANKEES||PINEDA(R)|| |
|8/27/2014|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|8/6/2014||LYLES(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||13-4||W||+115||9.5 ov||O||16||4||0||8||5||0|
|8/7/2014||FLANDE(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||2-6||L||-120||10.5 un||U||7||6||1||8||2||0|
|8/8/2014||MATZEK(L)||@ ARIZONA||ANDERSON(R)||3-5||L||105||8 un||P||9||7||2||8||9||1|
|8/9/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||4-14||L||-105||8 un||O||6||5||2||15||2||1|
|8/10/2014||MORALES(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||5-3||W||145||8.5 un||U||9||7||2||8||10||0|
|8/11/2014||LYLES(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||HAHN(R)||3-4||L||155||6.5 un||O||5||5||1||8||7||0|
|8/12/2014||FLANDE(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)||1-4||L||115||7 un||U||6||6||0||6||5||1|
|8/13/2014||MATZEK(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||3-5||L||140||6.5 ov||O||10||8||0||10||7||0|
|8/14/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)||7-3||W||-125||9 ov||O||10||6||0||6||3||1|
|8/19/2014||MATZEK(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||4-7||L||+130||9.5 ov||O||11||10||0||11||8||1|
|8/20/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|8/24/2014||BERGMAN(R)||MIAMI|| || |
|8/25/2014||MATZEK(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||PEAVY(R)|| |
|8/26/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|8/27/2014|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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.
|COLORADO: DENVER (AP) - Justin Morneau wears Larry Walker's old number and is stepping in for Todd Helton.|
Just so it's clear, though: He doesn't expect to be the next Walker and certainly isn't trying to make Colorado Rockies fans forget all about Helton, the everyday first baseman in the Mile High City since 1997.
Morneau can only be himself, a slick fielder who's a four-time All-Star and former AL MVP.
That's not too bad, either.
Still, the Rockies wouldn't mind if Morneau channeled a little bit of those two Colorado icons to help them get back to the postseason. But that's a lot of cleats to fill, especially when it comes to Helton, the franchise's leader in virtually every offensive category.
Morneau's goals are more modest: Slide seamlessly into to this potent lineup, one that includes good friend and reigning NL batting champion Michael Cuddyer, along with Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.
The 32-year-old Morneau knows the comparisons to Helton are inevitable. No. 17 spent 17 seasons in purple pinstripes, endearing himself to the community. The team will honor Helton on Aug. 17 when they retire his number (although Helton's first send-off will be hard to top, when the club gave him a horse in his last home game).
''From the outside looking in, it looks like I'm coming in to replace him,'' said Morneau, who wears No. 33 because of Walker, his boyhood idol. ''But that's not my thought process. My thought process is to just come in and be me and do what I can do.''
Cuddyer thinks Morneau will fit in just fine.
''If you think about the guy you're replacing, you're already not doing yourself a good service,'' said Cuddyer, who was teammates with Morneau in Minnesota. ''He respects (Helton), but he also understands he has to go out there and be himself.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Royals-Rockies Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Kansas City (69-55) at Colorado (49-75), 8:40 p.m. EDT
If the Kansas City Royals are to continue their surge, they likely must find a way to end Jorge De La Rosa's current success at Coors Field.
Looking for a fourth consecutive victory, the AL Central-leading Royals try to prevent the Colorado Rockies' left-hander from winning his sixth straight home start Wednesday night.
Omar Infante had four hits with four RBIs and James Shields threw six solid innings as Kansas City (70-55) won for the 22nd time in 27 games, 7-4 at Colorado on Tuesday. Owners of a two-game lead over second-place Detroit, the Royals have won 11 of 13 on the road during stretch and extended their interleague winning streak to seven games.
Infante, who had three doubles, was 4 for 37 with no doubles and two RBIs in his previous nine games. However, he's hitting .432 with 10 RBIs in his last nine against Colorado (49-76).
"Omar's swing is so simple, it's not a lot of moving parts," said manager Ned Yost, whose team is 15-4 versus the NL. "He can get on a streak in a hurry."
The Royals own a 31-15 scoring advantage during a four-game winning streak against the Rockies, but could be in for a stiff challenge versus De La Rosa (12-8, 4.32 ERA).
While the left-hander is 4-6 with a 5.35 ERA in 13 road starts, he's 8-2 with a 3.30 ERA in 12 at home. He's posted a 2.97 ERA during a home winning streak that reached five straight starts Thursday after giving up three runs in seven innings of a 7-3 victory over Cincinnati.
De La Rosa, who has lasted at least six innings in 10 straight starts overall, tweaked his Achilles while batting in that contest but expects to pitch.
"It was bothering me a little bit," he said. "But I was able to keep pitching in pain."
De La Rosa, who was with the Royals for part of 2006 and all of 2007 before being dealt to Colorado, faced them one other time and allowed two earned runs in 4 2-3 innings of a 7-3 loss at Kansas City in 2008.
Infante is 4 for 10 against him.
Kansas City's Danny Duffy (8-10, 2.60) opened August by winning three straight starts but has a 3.71 ERA over that span. The Royals have scored 23 runs in those contests, including five while he gave up two earned runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 6-5 victory at Minnesota on Friday.
In the left-hander's only previous start against the Rockies in 2011, he was roughed up for five runs and nine hits in five innings of a 9-0 loss at Coors Field.
Justin Morneau has faced Duffy the most of any Rockie, but is 1 for 8 with two strikeouts. Morneau batted .432 during a 10-game hitting streak that ended with his 0-for-4 night Tuesday.
Colorado's Drew Stubbs and Nolan Arenado each had three hits with a homer and combined for three RBIs.
Stubbs is 7 for 11 with two doubles, two home runs and six RBIs in the last three games. Arenado is 6 for 11 against the Royals this season.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 11:11:23 AM EST|