September 04, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) connects for a double in the third inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Royals Recap: Shields, Gordon Push Streak to 11

We want to introduce something new today for KC Kingdom: a daily recap of the Kansas City Royals game from the day before along with notes from around the AL Central. There won’t be any in-depth, pitch-by-pitch analysis but we will try to provide some quick highlights and note any key performances or moments from each game. We will look for trends in the team play and talk about any news that may arise each night.

Since the first goal for the Royals should be to win their division, we will also mention any noteworthy news for the other teams in the AL Central and try to keep abreast of what is happening with the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, and Minnesota Twins, and how those things might affect the Royals. Hope you enjoy.

The Royals continued their unlikely spring winning streak yesterday, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-1 to raise their record to 11-0-1. Alex Gordon had 3 of Kansas City’s 15 hits, including a gland slam in the 5th. James Shields started the game with 3 scoreless innings.

There was a scare when rookie Diamondback Adam Eaton crashed into third baseman Mike Moustakas on a foiled delayed steal attempt. Moose stayed in the game but had a cut on his lip.

Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain and shortstop Alcides Escobar combined to go 4-6 with 3 runs scored.

Today, Ervin Santana will take the mound against the Seattle Mariners and Felix Hernandez.

AL Central Notes:

Detroit Tigers (6-6) – Victor Martinez has been battling a sore back but it isn’t considered serious. The Tigers continue to look to strengthen one of their biggest weaknesses – the bullpen. Detroit is evaluating any possible closers that may still be available through free agency.

Cleveland Indians (9-5) – The Indians cut veteran Jeremy Hermida on Wednesday.

Chicago White Sox (5-3) – Pitcher John Danks threw pitches from the mound this week to live batters for the first time since last June. He originally was injured last May but tried to return a month later. He never made it into a game as he was shut down with a tendon tear in his shoulder. The Sox rotation is certainly stronger with a healthy and effective John Danks in it. Reliever Jesse Crain will miss some time due to a sore hip.

Minnesota Twins (6-5) – The Twins are trying to decide just who will start in the outfield next to Josh Willingham. Aaron Hicks looks to be the early favorite to man center field and Darin Mastroianni seems to have the edge on rookie Joe Benson for right field.



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