|MINNESOTA ( MILONE )|
KANSAS CITY ( GUTHRIE )
|911||MINNESOTA||+135||Ov 8.5,-110||+135||Ov 8,-105|
|912||KANSAS CITY||-145||Un 8.5,-110||-145||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-49||-1||44-39||4.2||0.245||0.316||4.7||0.275||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||4-3||6.9||0.301||0.367||5.7||0.309||0.344|
|vs Left-handed Starters||20-18||+1.8||15-22||3.8||0.265||0.314||4.2||0.254||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0||1-4||3.4||0.223||0.260||3.4||0.236||0.289|
|8/15/2014||NOLASCO(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||5-6||L||+130||8 ev||O||9||5||0||12||7||2|
|8/16/2014||HUGHES(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||4-1||W||+105||7.5 un||U||6||9||1||8||7||1|
|8/17/2014||MILONE(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||6-12||L||+105||8 ev||O||7||4||1||13||5||0|
|8/18/2014||MAY(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||4-6||L||+145||8 ev||O||7||4||0||13||10||0|
|8/26/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||1-2||L||155||8 un||U||5||3||0||5||4||0|
|8/27/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||HENDRIKS(R)||1-6||L||105||7.5 un||U||5||4||1||9||3||0|
|8/28/2014||MILONE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|8/29/2014||MAY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|8/30/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|8/31/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|9/1/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)|| |
|9/2/2014||MILONE(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)|| |
|9/3/2014|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|9/4/2014|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|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)||2-5||L||-110||9.5 un||U||5||2||1||6||3||0|
|8/22/2014||VENTURA(R)||@ TEXAS||LEWIS(R)||6-3||W||-130||9 un||P||9||7||1||6||8||3|
|8/23/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||6-3||W||-120||9 ov||P||8||3||0||7||3||0|
|8/24/2014||VARGAS(L)||@ TEXAS||BAKER(R)||1-3||L||-150||9 un||U||6||6||2||11||11||0|
|8/25/2014||SHIELDS(R)||NY YANKEES||PINEDA(R)||1-8||L||-135||7.5 ov||O||7||5||1||13||6||0|
|9/3/2014|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|MINNESOTA: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The number is staggering. In the past three years, the Minnesota Twins have lost 291 games. Ninety-nine in 2011. Ninety-six each of the last two seasons.|
A team that was once viewed as a model for succeeding and competing with modest financial resources has been an afterthought for too long now. They have finished last in the AL Central twice and were fourth last season.
So the Twins shed their frugal ways in the offseason, shelling out $73 million to bring in Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes to bolster a lagging rotation. They also brought back manager Ron Gardenhire on a two-year deal and moved Joe Mauer from catcher to first base in an effort to protect their franchise player from injury.
''They made a statement: `We don't want to see this again. We don't want to go through this again this summer,''' Gardenhire said.
The Twins said goodbye to longtime first baseman Justin Morneau late last season when general manager Terry Ryan traded him to the Pirates in a stretch-run deal. There weren't many other changes to an offense that has struggled to score runs, but the upgrades to the rotation have given the holdovers some peace of mind that they won't have to score seven runs a game to have a chance to win.
''It's night and day to be honest with you. Terry went out and spent some money on some good arms in Nolasco and Hughes,'' second baseman Brian Dozier said. ''Hughes had a bad year last year but is an All-Star pitcher and I think moving to this park will help him a lot. I think just getting out of New York to be honest with you. ... So we needed to address our pitching staff and Terry did that, and I'm happy about it.''
|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 (MINNESOTA-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Royals Preview* ======================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Minnesota (58-73) at Kansas City (73-58), 8:10 p.m. EDT
With every victory, the Kansas City Royals grow more confident.
Following a second straight comeback win, the Royals look to complete a three-game sweep by handing the visiting Minnesota Twins a fifth consecutive loss Thursday night.
One day after Alex Gordon's two-run homer in the ninth propelled Kansas City (74-58) to a 2-1 victory Tuesday, the Royals scored all their runs in the eighth inning for a 6-1 win.
"That's kind of who we are," manager Ned Yost said. "We're a team that plays with a lot of heart, with a lot of energy and a lot of passion."
Billy Butler and Salvador Perez each had two RBIs as the Royals increased their AL Central lead over Detroit to 2 1/2 games with their 26th win in 34 games and 10th in the last 12 at home.
"We're just living on a high right now," outfielder Jarrod Dyson said. "We're going out and having fun and playing like we're 5 years old."
Kansas City owns a 26-12 run advantage during a four-game winning streak over the Twins (58-74), who have been held to 10 hits in this series.
"We've scored two runs in two games here," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That's not going to win very many games."
Jeremy Guthrie (10-10, 4.32 ERA) has posted a 2.85 ERA while winning five of his last six versus Minnesota. He allowed four runs and struck out seven in seven innings of a 12-6 win at Target Field on Aug. 17.
Though the right-hander tossed a four-hitter during a 13-0 victory last August in his most recent home outing against the Twins, Guthrie is 1-2 with an 8.57 ERA in his last four at Kauffman Stadium.
Guthrie hopes to build on Saturday's start when he allowed a leadoff homer to Shin-Soo Choo and four other hits in eight innings of a 6-3 victory at Texas.
Though Tommy Milone (6-4, 4.08) was tagged for seven runs in 1 1-3 innings against Guthrie and the Royals on Aug. 17, he's 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA at Kansas City.
Milone followed this month's start against the Royals by giving up five runs - three earned - and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings of a 20-6 rout of Detroit on Friday.
The left-hander is 0-1 with an 8.49 ERA in three starts since Minnesota acquired him from Oakland last month.
Butler is 6 for 14 versus Millone while Perez is 3 for 8 with a double.
Joe Mauer is 9 for 25 with three home runs versus Guthrie, but 3 for 21 with six strikeouts in five games at Kansas City this season.
After an announced crowd of 13,847 on Tuesday caused Yost to lament the lackluster turnout, he seemed more pleased with the 17,668 who showed up Wednesday.
In position to reach the postseason for the first time since winning the World Series in 1985, the Royals are on pace to draw about 1.9 million fans - the best single-season mark since 1993.
"I just think it's extremely important that our fans get the opportunity to come out and enjoy this with us," Yost said.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 2:51:41 AM EST|