So how do you explain this? The Royals were dead, and then they weren’t. Then they were really dead, and then they weren’t. Down four runs. Oakland ace Jon Lester on the mound. A quiet stadium waiting for the end. “Unreal,” said Brandon Finnegan.
There were some hard feelings between Gerry Davis and the A’s during a pair of games last month. Oakland lost 2-0 to the Angels and afterward some of the A’s players complained that Davis made a “crybaby face” toward their dugout.
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.