Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, May 13th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (23-17) at Kansas City Royals (18-19), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Franklin Morales (3-2, 5.18)
Kansas City - James Shields (4-3, 2.70)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Owner of the fewest home runs in the majors, the Kansas
City Royals got some power from a pair of unlikely sources to earn a series
split over the weekend.
The Royals hope for another surge on Tuesday evening when they kick off a
nine-game homestand that begins with two straight contests against the
Kansas City has connected on just 16 home runs this season, just two more
than the Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu, and Mike Moustakas is the club's
current leader with four homers.
The Royals, though, got two big home runs from Alcides Escobar and Johnny
Giavotella in Sunday's 9-7 win over the Seattle Mariners to earn a split of
the four-game set.
Escobar connected on a grand slam for the shortstop's second homer of the
season and 20th of his career, while Giavotella smacked a three-run shot for
the fourth longball of his career.
"You don't really expect your shortstop and second baseman to hit grand slams
and three-run homers, but there's a lot of good signs out there," said Royals
manager Ned Yost.
Though he will take as much as he can get tonight, James Shields didn't need
much run support in his last outing and will try to secure a second straight
victory tonight for the Royals.
The right-hander logged seven scoreless innings to beat the San Diego Padres
8-0 on Wednesday, scattering seven hits and two walks while striking out four.
It was an excellent rebound effort from Shields, who had been tagged for eight
runs (7 earned) and 12 hits over 6 1/3 frames of an 8-2 setback to Detroit in
his previous start.
The 32-year-old stands 4-3 with a 2.70 earned run average this season and will
face the Rockies for the second time in his career. The first meeting came
back on June 15, 2007 in Colorado while with Tampa Bay, and Shields suffered a
loss for giving up five runs, six hits and two homers over six innings.
Colorado is looking to bounce back tonight following a 4-1 setback to the
Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. It gave the Rockies a setback in three of their
last four as well as the club's first series loss since dropping two of three
to San Francisco on April 12-14.
With left-hander Jorge De La Rosa having his start pushed back to Friday due
to lower back spasms, Franklin Morales will move up to start this opener for
Morales has allowed 13 runs over his last three outings, going 1-1 in that
span. The 28-year-old lefty is coming off a 5-0 loss to Texas on Thursday
after giving up five runs (4 earned) on six hits and three walks in six-plus
Now 3-2 with a 5.18 ERA on the year, Morales will make his first career start
versus the Royals and fifth appearance. He has posted a 3.60 ERA in the four
previous relief outings without a decision.
The Rockies have won four of their last six versus the Royals, winning three-
game sets in both 2010 in Kansas City and 2011 at home.
05/13 10:44:37 ET