Storylines: Royals regain sole possession of first in AL Central
- James Shields lived up to his name of “Big Game James” on Wednesday as he shut out the Detroit Tigers, 3-0. After losing the first two games of the series, the Royals had to win to maintain the top spot in the central. Lorenzo Cain, who is having a great season, went 3-for-4 and even added a triple. It won’t get any easier for the Royals as they will be going into Fenway Park in Boston to face the Red Sox for four games. The Tigers have three games against the Tribe beginning on Friday. The Indians still have an outside chance but probably have sweep Thursday's doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins and win at least two games against the Tigers to maintain position for the second wildcard. The home stretch in the central should be very exciting as the season comes to a close.
- Mike Trout became only the sixth player in MLB history with three 100-run seasons before the age of 23. The most recent was A-Rod.
- Jason Kipnis cannot figure out why he is having such a subpar season. “It’s been a bunch of things. I’ve learned a lot from it. I’ve grown from it. I’ve definitely learned to handle this game, the ups, downs, a lot better.” Kipnis is hitting .248 with 6 HR and 41 RBI. He is hitting .265 for his career.
Other News and Notes
- Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Cuban defector Yasmani Tomas has been cleared by the United States Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) to come to the US. Tomas would be the next biggest Cuban player signed by a team. He is ranked 7th among prospective free agents. He is projected as a power-hitting corner outfielder.
- WEEI radio in Boston reports that manager John Farrell said that Dustin Pedroia will likely sit out the remainder of the season as he gets another hand procedure done.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks are still in search of a GM after firing Kevin Towers last Saturday.
- Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right foot. It will likely sideline him for the remainder of the season.
- Chris Iott of Mlive.com reports that Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has been cleared for lower body workouts. Iglesias has been out since the beginning of the season with shin fractures.
- The Cincinnati Reds have acquired righty’s Kevin Shackleford and Barrett Astin from the Milwaukee Brewers to complete the trade of reliever/closer Jonathan Broxton.
- According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, former catcher and first base coach of the Texas Rangers, Bengie Molina, is a candidate for both the Rangers and Houston Astros managerial spots.
- Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that Hanley Ramirez is not taking this stretch leading up to his free agency very smoothly. He had two errors on Tuesday against the San Diego Padres and refused to talk to reporters after the game.
You win DH today and sweep the Tigers you tie them in the lose column going into Houston.