American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, April 13th
(All times Eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (4-6) at Kansas City Royals (6-4), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - R.A. Dickey (0-2, 8.44)
Kansas City - James Shields (1-1, 3.75)
(Sports Network) - A pair of aces acquired in the offseason get together for
the first time on Saturday night when the Toronto Blue Jays visit Kauffman
Stadium for the second of three games with the Kansas City Royals.
Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, who was 20-6 for
the New York Mets last season, makes his third start for the Blue Jays. His
two subsequent outings with his new team haven't gone well, instead resulting
in losses to Cleveland and Boston on April 2 and 7, as Dickey has been touched
for 15 hits and 10 earned runs in just 10 2/3 innings - posting an 8.44 earned
His ERA across 233 2/3 innings for the Mets last season was just 2.73 and he
allowed an opposition batting average of .226, exactly 100 points less than
the .326 clip that the Indians and Red Sox had against him.
Dickey, who was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 1996, pitched for Texas,
Seattle and Minnesota before heading to New York to begin the 2010 season.
He's 1-3 in 10 career meetings with the Royals.
He'll be opposed by righty James Shields, who starts for the third time since
a seven-player deal that sent him from the Rays to the Royals on Dec. 9.
Shields, who was third in AL Cy Young Award voting in 2011, returned to win 15
times in 25 decisions with Tampa Bay last season while working 227 2/3 innings
and posting a 3.52 ERA.
He opened his stint with the Royals with a 1-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox
on April 1, but rebounded for a win on April 7 after allowing four runs in six
innings of a 9-8 victory at Philadelphia.
In 21 career starts against Toronto, he's 11-5 with a 3.24 ERA.
On Friday, Emilio Bonifacio went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored,
while two Toronto relievers combined for four scoreless and hitless innings to
lift the Blue Jays to an 8-4 win.
The Jays overcame a rough start from J.A. Happ (2-0), who picked up the win
despite allowing four runs and three walks in five innings of work. Sergio
Santos pitched a perfect sixth before Aaron Loup picked up his first career
save with three perfect innings.
Jose Reyes picked up two RBI and a stolen base for Toronto before leaving the
game with an ankle injury he suffered while sliding into second base in the
sixth inning. Adam Lind also had two RBI for the Blue Jays, who have won two
"He felt something pop," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons about Reyes.
"It's a nightmare. He's a big part of this team. He's in a lot of ways the
face of this team, so we've got to deal with it. This train keeps moving."
Lorenzo Cain had two RBI for the Kansas City, which had a four-game winning
streak come to an end.
Luis Mendoza (0-1) picked up the loss after yielding eight runs - seven earned
- over 5 2/3 innings.
"We made some plays that weren't so pretty," said Kansas City manager Ned
Yost. "We threw the ball around a little bit, but that happens on occasion.
But you won't see it very often with us."
Toronto won six of eight games between the teams in 2012. The Royals won four
of seven in 2011.
04/13 10:26:53 ET