Royals 3, Tigers 0
James Shields and Danny Duffy were too much for the Detroit
Shields allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings and was
part of a combined four-hit shutout in Kansas City’s 3-0 win over
the Detroit Tigers on Friday night to give the Royals a sweep of a
Kansas City won the first game 2-1 as Duffy took a no-hitter
into the sixth inning and pitched a combined two-hitter.
”Huge day for us. Shields came back and, basically, matched the
outing that Duffy had,” said Eric Hosmer, who homered in each
Royals pitching held the Tigers to a run and six hits combined
in the two games.
”You play 18 innings against a team like that and give up one
run, you’re doing something special,” Kansas City manager Ned Yost
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he isn’t worried about his AL
”It’s not a concern. We got what we got. It’s pretty simple,”
he said. ”Both teams got great pitching, and we didn’t must enough
The Royals gained two games on Detroit to move within 6 1/2
games of the Tigers.
”We wanted to come in here and make a statement against these
guys,” Yost said.
Shields (8-8) won his fourth game in his past five starts. He
walked four and struck out one.
”Tonight I was pounding the strike zone but just missing with
some of my pitches,” Shields said. ” … I’ve been pitching well
all season. I’ve got a lot of quality starts. That’s what I care
about, not wins and losses.”
The Tigers threatened against Shields in the second and third
In the second, a walk to Andy Dirks and Brayan Pena’s single
gave Detroit runners on first and second with one out.
But Shields got both Ramon Santiago and Jose Iglesias to hit
pop-ups to the shortstop to get out of the inning.
But the biggest potential rally came in the third when the
right-hander walked Austin Jackson to lead off the third inning and
Torii Hunter singled him to second.
But Shields retired the next three hitters, using mostly his
Miguel Cabrera was retired on weak roller to Shields between the
mound and first base on which the runners moved up to second and
But Prince Fielder hit a short fly ball to left fielder Alex
Gordon. Despite Jackson’s speed, it wasn’t nearly deep enough for
him to score.
Shields then got Victor Martinez to line out to right to end the
”It’s huge, especially with their lineup and who was coming
up,” Shields said. ”You’ve got Miggy, Fielder and Victor, whose
one of the hottest hitters in the league … and Miggy, the best
hitter in the league.”
Luke Hochevar pitched a perfect eighth and Greg Holland worked
the ninth, allowing a hit, for his 34th save. He had saves in both
games of the doubleheader.
Jose Alvarez (1-3), called up from Triple-A Toledo to make the
start, took the loss. He gave up two runs and five hits in 5 2/3
innings, walking three and striking out five.
Alvarez’s only big mistakes came in the third with two outs. He
walked Jamey Carroll and Hosmer followed with his second home run
of the day, that gave the Royals a 2-0 lead. Hosmer blasted
Alvarez’s 1-1 change-up deep into the right-field stands for his
”I felt good, but I made one big mistake,” Alvarez said. ”I’m
here to win games for this team, and I didn’t do that, so I’m
Alvarez was replaced by Jeremy Bonderman with two outs in the
sixth. Bonderman got the final out of that inning and the first two
outs of the seventh before being replaced by Phil Coke and Al
Carroll’s sacrifice fly in the seventh made it 3-0. It was an
unearned run off Bonderman, whose throwing error on an attempted
pickoff throw sent Chris Getz from first to third. He scored on the
Duffy (1-0) beat Justin Verlander in the opener.
Duffy was called up from Triple-A Omaha to make his second big
league start of the season, and didn’t allow a hit until Cabrera’s
hard-hit, two out single in the sixth.
”I was glad that they finally got one, honestly, because I just
wanted to pitch,” said Duffy, who underwent Tommy John surgery.
”I wanted to protect this arm.”
Kelvin Herrera replaced Duffy in the seventh and retired the
side in order. Aaron Crow worked the eighth and allowed Santiago’s
pinch-hit home run leading off the inning. Crow got the next three
”Would have liked to have been able to accomplish two things,
win and keep the bullpen fresh,” Verlander said. ”Just didn’t
happen that way. Felt like I threw the ball well. Just their guys
pitched extremely well, which is they’ve done all year.”
Verlander (12-9) allowed two runs and seven hits in eight
innings. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.
”Our pitching was terrific tonight, both of them,” Leyland
said. ”I’m certainly not going to nitpick what they did.”
Kansas City made it 2-0 on consecutive doubles leading off the
seventh by Justin Maxwell and Emilio Bonifacio.
NOTE: With two outs in the second inning of the first game,
Bonafacio hit a soft liner that Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias
reached to his right to catch on the backhand. The ball popped out
of his glove back over Iglesias head, but he twisted his body to
catch it for the inning’s final out. … In the eighth, Bonifacio,
playing center field, and right fielder David Lough collided after
Bonifacio made a running catch of Cabrera’s long drive on the
warning track in deep right-center. … It was the Royals’ first
doubleheader sweep in Detroit since Aug. 5, 1984. … Royals
manager Ned Yost said third baseman Mike Moustakas, who has been
out since leaving Monday’s game with a tight calf, would do some
work on the field on Friday to assess his progress. … The Royals’
Billy Butler continued his mastery of Verlander in the first game.
Butler was 2 for 3 to run his career mark against the Tigers’ star
to 27-for-62 (. 435). … Saturday’s scheduled starters are Wade
Davis (6-9, 5.29 ERA) for Kansas City against Doug Fister (10-6.
3.60) for Detroit.