kauffman stadiumPlayoff baseball is here!

… not that it involves the Chicago Cubs. Yet.

But tonight’s first Wild Card Game – the American League iteration – is not without intrigue. The Oakland A’s feature a guy on the mound who could be the Cubs’ top free agent target, and feature some other guys on the roster who were, until early July, members of the Cubs. And Geovany Soto! So that’s something.

And then there are the Royals, who haven’t been in the playoffs since 1985. Anything can happen in one game (which is the source of both excitement and frustration in these Wild Card Games), so it could be an exciting night.

The Royals throw out James Shields, who could singlehandedly prove that the trade with the Rays two years ago was a good move by dominating tonight. That may be an exaggeration.



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Game Info

Oakland A’s at Kansas City Royals, 7:00 CT on TBS

Game Thread

This is it, folks. Down there. Those comments. Go nuts.

Starting Pitchers

Jon Lester (2.46 ERA, 2.80 FIP, 3.10 xFIP; 4.58 K/BB)

versus

James Shields (3.21 ERA, 3.59 FIP, 3.56 xFIP; 4.09 K/BB)

Oakland A’s Lineup

1. Coco Crisp, CF

2. Sam Fuld, LF

3. Josh Donaldson, 3B

4. Brandon Moss, DH

5. Josh Reddick, RF

6. Jed Lowrie, SS

7. Stephen Vogt, 1B

8. Geovany Soto, C

9. Eric Sogard, 2B

Kansas City Royals Lineup

1. Alcides Escobar, SS

2. Nori Aoki, RF

3. Lorenzo Cain, CF

4. Eric Hosmer, 1B

5. Billy Butler, DH

6. Alex Gordon, LF

7. Salvador Perez, C

8. Omar Infante, 2B

9. Mike Moustakas, 3B




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