If Kansas City wins and Detroit loses on Sunday, the Royals will play for the American League Central crown on Monday at Comerica Park. James Shields would start that game on three days of rest, manager Ned Yost revealed before the team played the White Sox. Jason Vargas would start in Tuesday’s Wild Card, if necessary.
The Royals magic number is down to two with four games to play and the Royals appear bound for the Wild Card game against the Oakland A’s. If the two teams post identical records, Kansas City would host. But the matchup should be spectacular. Shields would duel with lefty Jon Lester.