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Tim Collins, Jason Vargas added to Royals roster for ALDS, with Raul Ibanez, Jayson Nix off

Raul Ibanez followed through on a double in the fifth inning in front of Minnesota Twins catcher Eric Fryer during a game in July.
Raul Ibanez followed through on a double in the fifth inning in front of Minnesota Twins catcher Eric Fryer during a game in July. The Kansas City Star

Tim Collins has pitched in four games for Kansas City since June 16. The team banished him to Class AAA Omaha due to an inability to command the baseball, and when he returned in mid-September, he did not pitch in high-leverage situations. He finished the season with a career-low strikeout rate (6.4 per nine) and a career-high ERA (3.86).

But he will be on the roster for the American League Division Series against the Angels.

Collins was the lone surprising addition to the team’s roster, which is nearly identical to the one the Royals used in Tuesday’s Wild Card Game against Oakland. The other addition is game one starter Jason Vargas. Outfielder Raul Ibanez and infielder Jayson Nix were left off the roster to make room.

Here is the full, 25-man unit:

PITCHERS (11)

1. LHP Tim Collins

2. RHP Wade Davis

3. LHP Danny Duffy

4. LHP Brandon Finnegan

5. RHP Jason Frasor

6. RHP Jeremy Guthrie

7. RHP Kelvin Herrera

8. RHP Greg Holland

9. RHP James Shields

10. LHP Jason Vargas

11. RHP Yordano Ventura.

CATCHERS (2)

1. Erik Kratz

2. Salvador Perez

INFIELDERS (6)

1. Billy Butler

2. Christian Colon

3. Alcides Escobar

4. Eric Hosmer

5. Omar Infante

6. Mike Moustakas

OUTFIELDERS (6)

1. Nori Aoki

2. Lorenzo Cain

3. Jarrod Dyson

4. Alex Gordon

5. Terrance Gore

6. Josh Willingham

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