Royals-Tigers game postponed by rain
Now the series between the Royals and Tigers takes on a new
level of intrigue.
Wade Davis against Max Scherzer on Wednesday. James Shields
against Justin Verlander on Thursday.
Those pitching matchups came about because Kansas City and
Detroit were rained out Tuesday night. That was supposed to be the
opener of a three-game series between the up-and-coming Royals and
the defending AL Central champions from Detroit.
There was no makeup date announced, so the teams will instead
play only two games this week. Both bumped their Tuesday starters
to Wednesday – Davis for Kansas City and Scherzer for Detroit. The
Royals will then skip Luis Mendoza in the rotation, leaving Shields
to pitch Thursday. Verlander will take the mound that day, too,
after originally being scheduled for Wednesday.
The rainout gave Kansas City its fifth day off in nine days. The
Royals had a game at Boston on Friday postponed because of the
manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
The Royals also had a scheduled day off Monday, and then the
postponement in Detroit.
”It feels almost like getting at-bats for the first time in
spring again,” Kansas City designated hitter Billy Butler said.
”Except these ones count. I’m sure in their own respect it’s
affecting the pitchers, too.”
Butler homered Sunday in the second game of a doubleheader
against Boston – and the Royals haven’t played since.
”The more at-bats you get, the more comfortable you are, and
we’re not getting them at all,” he said.
Kansas City is 10-7 and hoping to unseat the Tigers atop the
division. The Royals sent prospect Wil Myers to Tampa Bay in the
offseason, acquiring Shields and Davis from the Rays. So far,
Shields is 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA, and Davis is 2-0 with a 2.25
”Our pitching’s been much improved, our defense has been very,
very solid,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. ”Offensively, we still
haven’t hit our stride, but are scoring enough runs to win
ballgames. I like our energy.”
Davis’ performance is particularly encouraging for the Royals.
He is making the transition back to being a starter after pitching
in relief last year for Tampa Bay.
”I’ve been very impressed,” Yost said. ”That’s why we got him
– because we knew he’d be able to do that.”
Detroit has lost four straight, falling to 9-9. Yost didn’t want
to put too much emphasis on this early series.
”We just came off a big series in Boston, one of the hottest
teams in baseball,” he said. ”We played the Atlanta Braves, one
of the hottest teams in baseball – stopped streaks on both of those
teams. I think we’ve got enough confidence in ourselves. We come in
”We know it’s a long year. We know we’ve got a lot of games,
but we’ve got confidence in each other. Offense has confidence in
the pitching, the pitching has confidence in the defense and the
offense. It’s just a good combination.”