Ervin Santana heads to the hill tonight for the Royals.
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) -
The Kansas City Royals seek revenge for their series- opening loss to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday when they tangle with them at the O.co Coliseum in the second installment of a three-game set.
Kansas City starter James Shields stifled the A's for much of the night on Friday, but served up a leadoff blast to Josh Donaldson in the seventh that tied the game. Adam Rosales scorched a leadoff homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Oakland to a 2-1 win in the first meeting of the season between these clubs.
"He's pitched great," Royals manager Ned Yost said on Shieds's performance. "Every time he steps on the mound, he competes his heart out. It's just one of those games where we can't give him much support."
Astros take step in the right direction
By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
It may not be the Ryan whom people in Houston had hoped would walk through the door.
But it's a Ryan nonetheless and one who could signal a much-needed turnaround for an Astros organization that just hasn't been able to get out of its way the past few seasons.
On Friday, the Astros named Reid Ryan president of business operations. Ryan, the son of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, fills the position that became open when George Postolos resigned on Monday.