American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, June 28th
(All times Eastern)
Kansas City Royals (36-40) at Minnesota Twins (35-40), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - James Shields (2-6, 2.92)
Minnesota - P.J. Walters (2-3, 4.88)
(Sports Network) - Workhorse righty James Shields tries to end a 10-start
winless drought on Friday night when the Kansas City Royals visit Target Field
for the second of four games with the Minnesota Twins.
The former Tampa Bay Rays ace was 2-2 after six starts in 2013, but has since
gone 0-4 in 10 outings in spite of having his earned run average lowered from
3.00 to 2.92.
He defeated the Rays on April 30, then got a no-decision in his next start and
lost four in a row between May 11 and 27, in which the Royals scored just
Kansas City has won each of his last five starts, but Shields has gotten no-
decisions in each while allowing 10 runs in 32 innings.
He is 4-2 in 11 career meetings with the Twins.
For Minnesota, P.J. Walters tries to end a four-start winless skid of his own.
The Alabama native was 2-0 after his initial two starts of the season, but has
since gone 0-3 in four starts.
He was gone after just two-thirds of an inning in his most recent outing on
June 22 in Cleveland, allowing one hit and walking five batters while
surrendering six runs.
Walters was a 4-1 loser to the Twins on June 5 at Kansas City after giving up
three unearned runs in six innings.
He's dropped both career starts against the Royals.
On Thursday, Samuel Deduno tossed seven stellar innings and Justin Morneau
doubled twice and drove in a run as the Twins downed the Royals, 3-1.
Deduno (4-2) continued his success against the Royals by limiting them to one
run on five hits and one walk, improving to 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA in three
career outings against the AL Central rivals.
Oswaldo Arcia and Pedro Florimon each knocked in a run for the Twins, who
survived Glen Perkins' shaky appearance in the ninth to win for just the
second time in six games.
The Royals are also slumping and have lost six of their last eight. Jeremy
Guthrie (7-6) dropped his third straight start by allowing three runs -- two
earned -- on six hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings.
Kansas City has beaten the Twins in five of the seven matchups this season.
06/28 10:44:36 ET