James Shields open to staying in Kansas City beyond 2014

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Per ESPN’s Jim Bowden, starter James Shields hasn’t discussed an extension with the Royals but is opened to staying in Kansas City beyond 2014 if the option should present itself. Shields will earn $13.5 million in the last year of a four-year extension signed in 2008 while with the Rays.

Shields, who turns 32 years old in December, came over to the Royals along with Wade Davis and Elliot Johnson on December 9 last year in the Wil Myers trade. He finished with a 3.15 ERA in a league-leading 228.2 innings of work, helping the Royals finish above .500 (86-76 to be exact) for the first time since 2003.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.