Sunday Insider: Central Intelligence

  • Updated: June 23, 2013 - 9:16 AM

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields walks off the field after getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the third inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Monday, June 17, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Don’t be too quick to judge the James Shields trade a failure, just because the righthander is 2-6 for the Royals. Shields leads the American League in quality starts with 13 and has a 2.71 ERA. The problem? In seven of those 13 starts, the Royals have scored two runs or less.

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The White Sox’s fall to last place has been tough on their biggest booster.

“It’s been hell on me,” broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I’ve said fewer words in a 68-game period than I ever have in my career. Because it’s been [horrible] baseball.”

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There could be another Triple Crown in Detroit, and this one isn’t Miguel Cabrera’s.

The Tigers lead the AL in hitting (.281), are second in pitching (3.62 ERA) and third in fielding percentage (.990). Only once since 1948 — the 2001 Mariners — has a team managed to lead its league in all three.

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Cleveland righthander Justin Masterson is third in the AL in strikeouts (110), but that’s not his predominant method of retiring hitters. Masterson has induced more ground balls, 170, than any AL pitcher, though many turn into hits.

“When I make a good pitch and a ball goes through,” he said, “I have the confidence to get the next guy.”

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Cleveland - LP: C. Carrasco 6 FINAL
Detroit - WP: K. Lobstein 8
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta 5 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: A. DeSclafani 2
Washington - LP: G. Gonzalez 2 FINAL
Miami - WP: D. Haren 6
Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: C. Archer 5
Atlanta - LP: T. Cahill 4 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: J. Williams 5
Boston - LP: W. Miley 7 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: B. Norris 18
St. Louis - LP: L. Lynn 3 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: M. Blazek 6
Kansas City - LP: K. Herrera 2 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: D. Robertson 3
Kansas City 3 Bottom 7th Inning
Chicago WSox 5
Texas 2 Bottom 5th Inning
LA Angels 0
Houston 5 Top 4th Inning
Oakland 2
Los Angeles 0 Bottom 4th Inning
San Diego 1
Pittsburgh 2 Bottom 3rd Inning
Arizona 0
San Francisco 0 Postponed
Colorado 0
Minnesota 2 Bottom 4th Inning
Seattle 0
NY Mets - J. Niese 7:05 PM
NY Yankees - N. Eovaldi
Cleveland 101 FINAL
Boston 93
LA Clippers 69 3rd Qtr 3:45
San Antonio 68
Toronto 5:30 PM
Washington
Houston 8:00 PM
Dallas
St. Louis 1 3rd Prd 18:59
Minnesota 3
Montreal 5:00 PM
Ottawa
Los Angeles 0 1st Half 44:55
Red Bull New York 0
Toronto FC 6:00 PM
Orlando City
Portland 8:30 PM
Seattle
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