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Game of the Week: Royals vs. Tigers May 10th

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Matchup:

The American League Central rivals will find themselves meeting again after a four game series this past weekend, this time in “Tiger Town”. With both teams going undefeated in the first week of the season and will continue to battle for the division title into the Fall. It will be interesting to see if the Tigers can bounce back in this next division series after a rough outing last weekend in Kansas City.

Last Season:

Detroit Tigers:

With their first season with a new manager, the Detroit Tigers went 90-72 and won the AL Central. Their playoff hopes were crushed early as they were swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Division Series.

Kansas City Royals:

The Royals finished second in the AL Central with a 89-73 record, just one game behind the Tigers, securing them an AL Wildcard spot and a playoff berth for the first time in nearly three decades. In the first round of the playoffs the Royals swept the LA Angels of Anaheim, and then defeated the Orioles to earn a trip to the World Series. The Royals then lost to the San Francisco Giants in Game 7, falling short of the Championship.

Managers:

Tigers:

Brad Ausmus became the Manager of the Detroit Tigers on November 3, 2013 after Jim Leyland  stepped down. The 2014 season was Ausmus’ first experience with being a Manager in the MLB, his prior to joining the Tigers he was the Special Assistant to Baseball Operations with the San Diego Padres until 2013. Ausmus was a catcher in the Majors playing for the Padres, Tigers, Astros and Dodgers throughout his career, he was selected to the 1999 MLB All-Star Game and a three time Gold Glove Award Winner.

Royals:

Ned Yost is the current manager of the Kansas City Royals. He was selected for the job in May 2010 and in 2013 led the Royals to their first winning season in ten years. In 2014 Yost and the Royals made it to the playoffs for the first time in nearly thirty years and was a finalist for the 2014 Manager of the Year.

Key Additions/Subtractions:

Tigers:

In the 2014 offseason, the Tigers lost RHP Max Scherzer (Nationals), traded pitcher RHP Rick Porcello to the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, Torii Hunter  was also signed by as a free agent by the Minnesota Twins. At the trade deadline in July of 2014 the Tigers traded LHP Drew Smyly to the Tampa Bay Rays for Cy Young Award Winner LHP David Price.  Although Detroit lost a few big names last season, they also gained a few players that they hope will make their World Series goals become a reality. RHP Shane Greene was acquired by the Tigers in a three team trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees. Greene, who was drafted by the Yankees in 2009 was promoted to the Majors in July and went 5-3 as a starter which included two big wins over the Tigers. Along with Greene being added to the starting rotation, as was RHP Alfredo Simon who was traded to Detroit from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Jonathon Crawford and Eugenio Suarez. Another trade the Tigers made was for outfielder Anthony Gose from the Toronto Blue Jays for second baseman Devon Travis.

Royals:

After their run in the World Series, the Royals lost their Ace RHP James Shields who went to the Padres, first baseman and DH Billy Butler who signed with the A’s and outfielder Nori Aoki who signed with Giants in the offseason. Throughout the offseason, the Royals acquired outfielder Alex Rios who was a free agent after playing with Rangers, RHP Edinson Volquez who was free agent after playing with the Pirates, free agent first baseman and DH Kendrys Morales and free agent RHP Kris Medlen a free agent who played with the Braves.

Top Prospect:

Tigers:

The top prospect in the Detroit Tigers organization is right fielder Steven Moya. The six foot seven Moya was signed by the Tigers in 2008 and actually made his MLB debut in September 2014. Moya is currently playing with the Triple-A Toldeo Mud Hens, after not even being ranked in the organization’s top ten list last year, Moya is now number 1.

Royals:

Shortstop Raul Mondesi is the top prospect in the Kansas City Royals organization. Mondesi was signed by the Royals in July 2011 and is currently playing with the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

 

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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