American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, August 6th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (48-61) at Kansas City Royals (57-52), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Andrew Albers (0-0, 0.00)
Kansas City - James Shields (6-7, 3.08)
(Sports Network) - Lefty Andrew Albers makes his major-league debut on the
mound Tuesday night when the Minnesota Twins visit Kauffman Stadium for the
second of three games with the host Kansas City Royals.
The 27-year-old Albers was a 10th-round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in
2004 out of the University of Kentucky and pitched one season in the San Diego
system, going 1-0 in five appearances in Single-A.
He appeared in 40 games as a reliever for an independent team in Quebec in
2010, then latched on with the Minnesota organization and spent 2011 in Fort
Myers and New Britain before again splitting 2012 between Single-A and Double-
Triple-A Rochester of the American Association was his home for 22 starts
before the call-up, and Albers was 11-5 with a 2.86 earned run average through
132 1/3 innings with 116 strikeouts.
He also pitched for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic this spring.
"From just listening to (Rochester manager) Gene Glynn talk and guys that know
him from around here, he's a competitor, a great guy for the club, a great
clubhouse presence," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.
"He doesn't have a lot of velocity, but he really knows how to pitch. He can
cut the ball in hard and locate the baseball."
He's opposed by Kansas City's James Shields, who has picked up four of his
victories on the season over his last seven starts.
The veteran workhorse was 2-6 with a gaudy 2.92 ERA through his initial 16
starts of 2013, but has since gone 4-1, including a 7-2 defeat of Minnesota
in his last start on Aug. 1.
In that game, his 13th career meeting with the Twins, Shields went six
innings, allowed five hits and two runs and struck out four batters in
improving to 6-2 against Minnesota.
He's just 1-4 in 10 home starts this season, his first in Kansas City, and is
3-5 in 14 career outings at Kauffman Stadium.
On Monday, Jeremy Guthrie tossed his second career shutout as the Royals
dismantled the Twins, 13-0, in the opener.
Guthrie (12-7) scattered four hits and a walk while striking out seven to
reach the 12-win plateau for the first time in his career. The right-hander
also tossed a shutout on May 4 earlier this season.
Eric Hosmer went 3-for-5 with a homer and five RBI, while Billy Butler, Mike
Moustakas and Alcides Escobar finished with two RBI apiece for the Royals, who
are 14-3 since the All-Star break.
Kevin Correia (7-8) was touched for six runs on seven hits in just two
The Royals won 10 of the first 13 meetings between the teams in 2013,
including four in a row from June 30-Aug. 1.
08/06 10:28:59 ET