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Kansas City RoyalsOFFICIAL GAME NOTES
Kansas City Royals @ Baltimore OriolesOriole Park at Camden Yards - Thursday, October 9, 2014
American League Championship Series - Off DayTBS, KCSP Radio (610 Sports) & ESPN Radio
UPCOMING SCHEDULEGame #2 - Saturday, October 11 @ Baltimore Orioles: RHP Yordano Ventura (0-0, 1.29) vs. TBA, 3:07 p.m. (CDT), TBS, ESPN Radio & 610 Sports
Sunday, October 12: Off day in Kansas City (Royals work out at 2 p.m.)Game #3 - Monday, October 13 vs. Baltimore Orioles: TBA vs. TBA, 7:07 p.m. (CDT), TBS, ESPN Radio & 610 SportsGame #4 - Tuesday, October 14 vs. Baltimore Orioles: TBA vs. TBA, 7:07 p.m. (CDT), TBS, ESPN Radio & 610 Sports
This series is being broadcast on KCSP Radio (610 Sports) and the Royals Radio Network with Royals Hall of Famer Denny Matthews, Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart, while Don Free controls the dials as the producer/engineer...the ALCS is being televised nationally on TBS with Ernie Johnson Jr., Cal
Ripken Jr., Ron Darling and Matt Winer...every game is also being broadcast nationally on ESPN Radio with Jon Boog Sciambi and Chris Singleton.
THE 2014 KANSAS CITY ROYALS POST-SEASON GUIDE IS AVAILABLE ON-LINE AT MLBPRESSBOX.COMROYALS SWEEP THEIR WAY TO ALCS--The Royals used an eight-run outburst with Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas each plating multiple runs with one swing, while James Shields tossed 6.0 quality innings as Kansas City finished off a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with an 8-3 triumph last Sunday night at Kauffman Stadium...KC advances to its first American League Championship Series since 1985, where it will take on Eastern Division champion, Baltimore, in a best-of-seven set beginning tomorrow at Camden Yards...last Sunday, it was early offense that propelled Kansas City...after Mike Trout had given the Halos the lead with a solo shot in the top of the first, Gordon responded with a two-out bases clearing double, giving the Royals the lead for good...Hosmer followed with a two-run homer in the third, while Moustakas added his second roundtripper of the series in the fourth...Shields earned his first Postseason win since the 2008 World Series, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits over his 6.0 innings, while the Royals bullpen recorded the final nine outs...it was Kansas Citys first sweep in a postseason series since the 1980 ALCS, when it won three-straight from the Yankees to advance to the franchises first World Series.
MEDIA SCHEDULE--The Royals will have multiple media opportunities on the eve of Game 1 of the American League Championship Series:12:45 p.m. - Royals players media availability (Club Level at Camden Yards)1:45 p.m. - Royals Game 1 starting pitcher James Shields press conference (Interview Area)2 p.m. - Royals manager Ned Yost press conference (Interview Area) 2 p.m. - Royals work out
HISTORY WITH THE BIRDS--The Royals and Orioles have never met in postseason play, despite extensive postseason history in the 1970s and 80s...in fact, in the first 17 years that each league played a Championship Series (beginning in 1969), there were only three years (1975, 1981, 1982) where neither franchise played for the A.L. Pennant...KC is looking to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1985, while the Os are seeking their first A.L. pennant since 1983.
POSTSEASON WINNING STREAK--Its been 29 years in the making, but the Royals have now reeled off seven consecutive postseason victories...Kansas City pulled the curtain on the 1985 World Series with St. Louis by winning Game 5 in Busch Stadium and then returning home for victories over the Redbirds in the final two affairs at The K...KC opened its return to postseason play on September 30 this season with a 12-inning win over the As in the Wild Card Game and then won consecutive 11-inning contests in Anaheim, while they finished off the Halos last Sunday in Kansas City.
ROOKIES PLAYING BIG ROLES--Three Kansas City rookies played large roles in the American League Division Series, as right-handed pitcher Yordano Ventura, left-handed pitcher Brandon Finnegan and outfielder Terrance Gore made their presence felt...Ventura started Friday nights game and tossed 7.0 quality innings, becoming just the third Royals rookie to start a postseason game, joining Bret Saberhagen (1984 vs. Detroit) and Mike Jones (1981 vs. Oakland)...Finnegan made a pair of scoreless appearances in the series, earning the victory in Game 2...he became the youngest pitcher (21 years, 172 days) to win a postseason game for KC, passing Saberhagen, who won Game 3 of the 1985 World Series at 21 years, 194 days...he was also just the fifth pitcher to record his first Major League win in the postseason and first since David Price in 2008...Gore did not have an at bat in the series, but stole a pair of bases as a pinch runner against the Angels and also had one vs. Oakland in the A.L. Wild Card Game.
Royals vs. Orioles Kansas City makes its first trip to the ALCS in 29 years, facing the Baltimore Orioles for the first time in postseason play. The Royals took 4 of 7 meetings from the Os during the regular season, including a pair of wins here. KC trails in the all-time series, 202-260, including a 90-140 deficit in Baltimore and 36-59 at Camden Yards:Date Site Score WP LP Att.4/25 @ Bal W, 5-0 Ventura Jimenez 22,4784/26 @ Bal L, 2-3 (10) Britton Duffy 34,9414/27 @ Bal W, 9-3 Shields Gonzalez 38,3685/15 KC L, 1-2 Chen Ventura 12,4555/16 KC L, 0-4 Tillman Guthrie 25,9855/17 KC W, 1-0 Duffy Norris 24,0645/18 KC W, 8-6 Shields Jimenez 22,692
Championship Series10/10 @ Bal 10/11 @ Bal10/13 KC10/14 KC10/15 KC (if necessary)10/17 @ Bal10/18 @ Bal
TOMORROWS STARTING PITCHERS: TBA vs. RHP James Shields (1-0, 4.91) 2014 2013 Career 2014 2013 CareerTBA - - - Major League Record - - -James Shields vs. Orioles 2-0 - 11-7 Major League Record 14-8 (3.21 ERA) 13-9 114-90
JAMES SHIELDS makes his ninth career postseason start and third of this years postseason...hes made 26 regular season starts against the Orioles, earning a pair of wins vs. the Os this season, including a 9-3 triumph here on April 27...he was acquired as the centerpiece of a 7-player deal from Tampa Bay on December 9, 2012. BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN--James pitched in Kansas Citys last postseason game, last Sunday evening, earning an 8-3 series-clinching victory over the Angels at Kauffman Stadium...the win was Shields first in postseason play since a 4-2 triumph over Philadelphia in Game 2 of the 2008 World Series...he tossed 6.0 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts, firing 105 pitches last Sunday...his 6.0 innings represented his longest playoff outing since he tossed a career-best 7.1 frames on October 8, 2008, in a 2-0 Division Series loss to Boston...his 6 strikeouts matched a postseason-best, marking the fourth time hes done that in his career and second time this season, also fanning 6 against the As in the American League Wild Card Game on September 30. VS. THE ORIOLES--Shields is 11-7 in 26 regular season outings vs. Baltimore, posting a 3.52 ERA (69 ER in 176.1 IP) and a .250 opponents average...he faced the Os twice this season, earning wins on April 27 (9-3) in Baltimore and May 18 (8-6) in Kansas City...in his outing at Camden Yards, he tossed 7.0 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. IN THE POSTSEASON--Big Game James has made eight previous starts in the postseason, having worked for Tampa Bay in 2008, 2010 and 2011...he started the first postseason game in Rays history on October 2, 2008, winning Game 1 of the ALDS over Chicago (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER)...Shields tossed 5.2 shutout innings in Game 2 of the 2008 World Series against Philadelphia, notching the only Rays win to date in the Fall Classic...hes 3-4 overall, posting a 4.91 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 45.1 innings (25 ER)...Shields is the sixth Royals pitcher to make three starts or more in a single postseason. WORKHORSE--James made 34 starts for a second straight year, tying for the big league lead...he finished fourth in the A.L. with 227.0 innings, topping the 200.0 mark for an eight consecutive season, which ties Justin Verlander for the second-longest active streak in the Majors, behind only Mark Buehrle (14-straight seasons)...Shields leads the Majors with 1785.2 innings since the start of 2007, just ahead of Felix Hernandez (1785.1) and Verlander (1780.2). ROAD HOUSE--Juego G led the American League with 10 road victories this season, posting a 2.97 ERA (41 ER in 124.1 IP) and holding opponents to a .243
average in his 19 starts away from The K...he went 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA with 7 walks and 46 strikeouts in 55.0 innings after July 7...hes 7-2 with a 3.81 ERA and a .238 opponents average all-time at Camden Yards...James is 59-47 with a 4.00 ERA all-time on the road, including 20-5 with a 2.52 ERA with the Royals...his 20 road wins over the last 2 years are tied for second-most in the Majors.
James Last Win:September 10 @ Detroit (7.0 IP, 3-0 over Rick Porcello)
James Last Loss:September 20 vs. Detroit (6.2 IP, 1-3 to Max Scherzer)
James Strikeout High:15, October 2, 2012 vs. Baltimore (9.0 IP, 1-0 loss to Miguel Gonzalez)
James Last Complete Game & Shutout:August 9 vs. San Francisco (9.0 IP, 5-0 over Tim Hudson) - 22nd career CG & 9th shutout
Shields vs. OriolesPlayer AVG. AB H HR RBINelson Cruz .190 21 4 1 3Alejandro De Aza .167 30 5 0 3Ryan Flaherty .000 6 0 0 0J.J. Hardy .278 18 5 0 0Nick Hundley .000 3 0 0 0Kelly Johnson .125 16 2 0 0Adam Jones .304 46 14 1 6David Lough .500 4 2 0 0Nick Markakis .296 71 21 2 8Jimmy Paredes .000 3 0 0 0 Jonathan Schoop .167 6 1 0 0Delmon Young .214 14 3 0 2
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