James Shields will start Game 1 of the ALCS for the Royals

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By sweeping the Angels the Royals gave themselves enough days off to align their rotation for the ALCS and manager Ned Yost announced that James Shields will get the Game 1 start.

Shields started the Wild Card Game against the A’s, allowing four runs in five innings, and then tossed six innings of two-run ball against the Angels in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Despite his “Big Game” nickname Shields hasn’t actually been all that effective in the playoffs, going 3-4 with a 4.96 ERA in eight starts, but he’s the no-brainer pick to kick off the ALCS.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

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