|CLEVELAND ( HOUSE )|
KANSAS CITY ( DUFFY )
|971||CLEVELAND||+140||Ov 7.5,-120||+150||Ov 8,+100|
|972||KANSAS CITY||-150||Un 7.5,+100||-160||Un 8,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||20-20||-0.1||14-25||3.7||0.246||0.307||4.0||0.244||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.2||1-6||4.0||0.287||0.330||2.4||0.230||0.299|
|vs Left-handed Starters||20-19||+0.4||16-22||3.9||0.266||0.316||4.4||0.256||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.2||2-5||2.6||0.234||0.292||4.7||0.276||0.324|
|8/19/2014||BAUER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||7-5||W||-115||8.5 un||O||11||4||0||8||5||1|
|8/20/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||NOLASCO(R)||5-0||W||-110||8.5 un||U||11||6||1||6||9||0|
|8/21/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)||1-4||L||-135||7 ov||U||5||5||0||8||7||1|
|8/26/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||8-6||W||140||8 ev||O||14||8||0||10||4||1|
|8/27/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||2-3||L||-180||7.5 ov||U||7||6||0||10||8||0|
|8/28/2014||CARRASCO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||3-2||W||-120||8.5 un||U||9||10||2||6||6||0|
|8/29/2014||SALAZAR(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||6-1||W||130||7.5 un||U||13||8||0||9||12||1|
|8/30/2014||BAUER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||3-2||W||130||7.5 ev||U||9||6||1||9||16||1|
|8/31/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|9/2/2014||CARRASCO(R)||DETROIT|| || |
|9/5/2014|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|9/6/2014|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|9/7/2014|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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|
|9/5/2014|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|9/6/2014|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|9/7/2014|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Cleveland (68-64) at Kansas City (74-59), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Paced by slugger Carlos Santana, the Cleveland Indians continue to keep the pressure on the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals.
With Santana hoping to build on another solid offensive night at Kauffman Stadium, the surging Indians try to hand the Royals a third consecutive defeat and keep James Shields from winning a fourth straight start against them on Saturday night.
Winners in 12 of 17 following Friday's 6-1 victory, third-place Cleveland (69-64) is 4 1/2 games behind Kansas City, which has totaled 16 runs while losing four of six.
Santana hit a two-run shot for his sixth homer in the last four games at Kansas City. He's homered in each of those four, and is batting .442 with seven home runs and 14 RBIs during an 11-game overall hitting streak against the Royals (74-60) this season.
"I hope the streak continues," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "That's a nice swing. He can get streaky with his homers."
Santana has totaled 13 of those RBIs while going 14 for 26 in seven games at Kansas City.
"I have teams, Minnesota, Kansas City, I have good sense when I come here," he said.
Santana is batting .276 with a home run and two doubles in 29 at-bats versus Shields (12-7, 3.45 ERA), who has a 1.80 ERA with 26 strikeouts over 20 innings in his last three starts versus Cleveland. He gave up an earned run and fanned nine in six innings of an 8-2 win at Cleveland on April 22.
The right-hander posted a 2.04 ERA while going 4-2 over a nine-start stretch prior to giving up six runs and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings of an 8-1 home loss to the New York Yankees on Monday.
"For the last month or so, I think I've been pitching pretty well, for the most part," Shields told MLB's official website. "I had a little hiccup (Monday), but that's part of the game."
Kansas City's Alcides Escobar had four hits Friday after going 3 for 22 in his previous six contests. He's 11 for 24 against the Indians at home this season.
Though Cleveland's Trevor Bauer (5-7, 4.18) is 4-2 with a 3.07 ERA in 11 home starts, he's 1-5 with a 5.81 ERA in nine road contests.
The right-hander allowed five runs in 4 2-3 innings of a 7-5 win at Minnesota on Aug. 19, then rebounded by giving up four hits and striking out nine in six-plus scoreless innings of a 3-1 home victory over Houston on Sunday.
"He'll go through spurts where he throws three or four balls in a row, but you look up and he's throwing a lot of strikes," Francona said. "He has periods where he kind of loses what he's doing, but he really competes. He gets mad at himself when he doesn't do what he wants."
In Bauer's only other outing against the Royals on June 11, he gave up three runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 4-1 loss at Kauffman Stadium.
Omar Infante is 0 for 2 against Bauer, and could be available after missing four straight contests with a sore shoulder.
He's 0 for 11 in his last three home games versus Cleveland.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 1:54:22 AM EST|