Player Notes - Kansas City and Minnesota
Kansas City
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Jeremy GuthrieSPRoyals starter Jeremy Guthrie will start Game 3 of the world Series.Jason Vargas will get the nod in Game 4. Guthrie will face off against Tim Hudson, and also be in like to start a potential Game 7.10/21/2014 6:07:00 PM
Yordano VenturaSPRoyals starter Yordano Ventura will start Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday according to royals.com.Ventura left Game 2 of the ALCS with right shoulder tightness, but the Royals are confident he is ready to go. He has a 4.85 ERA in 13 innings this postseason.10/18/2014 7:23:00 PM
James ShieldsSPRoyals starter James Shields will start Game 1 of the World Series.Manager Ned Yost made the announcement on Saturday, and it should come as no surprise. Yordano Ventura will get the nod in Game 2, and will likely be followed by Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie.10/18/2014 3:44:00 PM
Greg HollandRPRoyals closer Greg Holland selaed the deal for Kansas City in Game 4 of the ALCS.He saved all four games of the series, and has six saves throughout the entire postseason. Kansas City's biggest strength is their bullpen, and they head into the World Series, yet to lose a game in the playoffs.10/15/2014 7:11:00 PM
Jason VargasSPRoyals starter Jason Vargas pitched the Royals into the World Series.He gave up only one run over 5 1/3 innings of work, while allowing two hits and three walks. Vargas struck out six Orioles, and will most likely start Game 4 of the Fall Classic. 10/15/2014 7:08:00 PM
HotEric Hosmer1BRoyals first baseman Eric Hosmer is batting clean up in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Wednesday.With the Royals on the verge of its first World Series trip in nearly 30 years, manager Ned Yost is not changing a thing. He is sticking with the exact same lineup that has won the first seven playoff games this postseason.10/15/2014 2:12:00 PM
Salvador PerezCIn the Royals lineup, catcher Salvador Perez has had the most success against Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez.No one on the Royals has more than 10 at-bats against Gonzalez in their career, but in a small sample size, Perez is 4-for-9 with a home run. Outfielder Norichika Aoki is 1-for-3 versus Gonzalez, however, everyone else that has faced him is hitting below .200.10/15/2014 10:19:00 AM
Greg HollandRPRoyals closer Greg Holland made quick work of the Orioles in the top of the ninth in Game 3 of the ALCS for his third save of the playoffs.It took Holland just six pitches to put the Orioles down in order. It was even more impressive given the fact Holland faced Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz and Steve Pierce. The perfect ninth just put a exclamation point on a superb performance from the Royals pitching staff. Kansas City retired the last 17 batters of the game and did not allow a hit after the third inning.10/15/2014 10:03:00 AM
Jeremy GuthrieSPRoyals starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched five strong innings, allowing one run on three hits in the Game 3 victory over the Orioles.Two of the three hits Guthrie allowed came in the second, and Baltimore scored on J.J. Hardy's double. Nick Markakis led off the third with a single and that was the final Orioles hit of the game. Kansas City is one win away from its first World Series appearance in three decades.10/15/2014 9:57:00 AM
Lorenzo CainCFRoyals center fielder Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Orioles.Cain scored on Alex Gordon's ground-ball out in the fourth inning. That tied the game at one. The Royals scored again in the sixth on a sacrifice fly and won, 2-1.10/15/2014 9:49:00 AM


Minnesota
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Trevor Plouffe3BTwins third baseman Trevor Plouffe underwent surgery to repair his fractured left forearm according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.Plouffe originally thought he wasn't going to need the surgery, but a second opinion convinced him to receive it. He should be ready for spring training.9/29/2014 5:33:00 PM
Joe Mauer1BTwins first baseman Joe Mauer is not a good fantasy start on the last day of the season.Not many are against Tigers pitcher David Price, but Mauer is just 3-for-20 against Price in his career. One of those hits is a double while Mauer also has two RBI, four walks and six strikeouts against the Tiger lefty.9/28/2014 9:53:00 AM
Tommy MiloneSPTwins starter Tommy Milone threw a scoreless inning in his return to the mound on Saturday.Milone had not pitched since Sept. 2 due to shoulder fatigue and a neck injury. He did not receive another start, but the scoreless inning is encouraging. Milone finishes the year with a 6-4 record and 4.19 ERA in 118 innings.9/28/2014 9:18:00 AM
Brian Dozier2BTwins second baseman Brian Dozier goes 2-for-6 with a homer Saturday versus Detroit.It was his 23rd of the year, and now is hitting .244/.347/.419 with 71 RBI. Dozier has made for great value for fantasy owners in 2014.9/27/2014 10:42:00 PM
Eduardo EscobarSS/3BTwins infielder Eduardo Escobar has monster night.Not only did he hit his sixth homer rof the year, but Escobar also had six RBI on a 4-for-5 night. Not a bad way to end a season.9/27/2014 10:40:00 PM
Ricky NolascoSPTwins starter Ricky Nolasco wins sixth game of season.In his final start of 2014, Nolasco went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, and struck out six. It has not been a good year, however (6-12, 5.38 ERA). Nolasco will look to rebound in 2015.9/27/2014 10:38:00 PM
Phil HughesSPTwins starter Phil Hughes turned down an opportunity to pitch this weekend to reach his 210 innings quota and earn a $500,000 bonus according to MLB.com.That's a head scratcher. Hughes pitched eight innings on Tuesday before the game was stopped due to rain, which ultimately left Hughes 1/3 inning short of 210 on the season. Minnesota offered to let him pitch this weekend to receive the bonus, but he turned it down. If you really don't need the money Hughes, I'll take a half a million bucks. In all seriousness, Hughes has been excellent this year, posting a 16-10 record with a 3.52 ERA and 186 strikeouts versus just 16 walks.9/25/2014 5:00:00 PM
Trevor Plouffe3BTwins third baseman Trevor Plouffe tweeted on Thursday that he will not need surgery to repair his fractured left forearm.Plouffe broke his forearm on Wednesday when A.J. Pollock's leg hit his arm on a slide at third base. He will not need surgery but will be in a cast for six-to-eight weeks. We expect him to be fine for spring training next year.9/25/2014 4:20:00 PM
Kurt SuzukiCIt is a small sample size, but Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is a career .400 (4-for-10) hitter against Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer.The catcher also has a home run in his 10 at-bats. Prior to his 0-for-3 on Tuesday, Suzuki had hits in his previous nine games.9/25/2014 10:32:00 AM
Phil HughesSPTwins starter Phil Hughes pitches gem against Arizona.He only needed 96 pitches to get through eight innings. Hughes had five strikeouts and let up only one run, on five hits. He is now 16-10 with a respectable 3.52 ERA.9/24/2014 6:13:00 PM