Royals' James Shields to start Game 1 of ALCS on Friday

Monday October 6th, 2014

Kansas City Royals right-hander James Shields will start Game 1 of the team's American League Championship Series against the Baltimore Orioles, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.

Shields allowed two earned runs over six innings in the Royals' Game 3 win over the Los Angeles Angels in the ALDS on Sunday.

Shields' other postseason start came against the Oakland Athletics in the American League Wild-Card Game; he yielded four earned runs over five innings.

Over 227 innings this season, Shields has posted a 3.21 ERA with 180 strikeouts and 44 walks. The Royals' starters for subsequent ALCS games have not been revealed.

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It is expected that the Orioles will start Chris Tillman in Game 1.

The 32-year-old Shields will have four days of rest before taking the mound in Game 1 on Friday at Camden Yards.

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