When James Shields is on top of his game, few can match his dominance on the mound. Such was the case Thursday, when the Royals right-hander fanned 12, including seven straight, in a 5-1 win over the Astros.
With his pitching staff clicking and the Rays’ offense sputtering, Yankees manager Joe Girardi hopes that this may be a good time to reverse some of the team’s fortunes at the Trop as Hiroki Kuroda takes on Erik Bedard on Friday night.
Two teams play for 14 innings one night. It takes one of them walking 15 guys, the last two by a backup infielder, for the other team, the one that made two errors in the first inning, to win. And the night after walkapalooza, two of the best left-handers in the game, Jon Lester and Chris Sale, team up to make imaginations race.
James Shields led Kansas City to a 5-1 win over Houston at Minute Maid Park on Thursday, completing a three-game sweep of the Astros.
Kansas City placed center fielder Lorenzo Cain on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a left groin strain after Cain was injured trying to beat out a grounder in Wednesday night’s win over the Houston Astros.
The Red Sox had slugger Mike Napoli back in the cleanup hole and closer Koji Uehara back in the bullpen for Thursday night’s finale of a three-game series against the White Sox.
As the late Jim Fregosi used to say, sometimes you have to learn how to lose a game. White Sox manager Robin Ventura has passed that course. Ventura took one for his team on Tuesday night, when he wound up using infielder Leury Garcia as a pitcher in a game that was tied at 4 in the 14th inning.
When Joe Nathan talked about dead arm last week, he also talked about how quickly it can come back to life. That resuscitation seems to have started with his second save of the season on Thursday.
Shin-Soo Choo went deep in the second inning, and small ball led by a pair of Leonys Martin sacrifice bunts propelled the Rangers to an 8-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday afternoon.