Athletics, Royals set rosters for AL wild-card

3 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, September 30 2014 Sep 30, 2014 Tuesday, September 30, 2014 1:19:00 PM CDT September 30, 2014 in Baseball
By: The Associated Press and KOMU Digital Staff

KANSAS CITY (AP) - Royals manager Ned Yost went with a nine-man pitching staff and Oakland counterpart Bob Melvin opted to keep eight pitchers for their AL wild-card game Tuesday night.

The winner advances to face the Los Angeles Angels in the division series Thursday.

The Royals are sending James Shields to the mound to start their first postseason game in 29 years. He'll be backed by one of the strongest bullpens in baseball, which includes left-hander Brandon Finnegan, the club's first-round pick out of TCU just this year.

Here is the starting line-up for the Royals:

1. SS - Alcides Escobar
2. RF - Nori Aoki
3. CF - Lorenzo Cain
4. 1B - Eric Hosmer
5. DH - Billy Butler
6. LF - Alex Gordon
7. C - Salvador Perez
8. 2B - Omar Infante
9. 3B - Mike Moustakas

The Athletics will start Jon Lester. He'll be backed by an equally stout bullpen and an offense that includes slugger Adam Dunn, making his first postseason appearance after playing 2,001 regular-season games for five clubs over 14 seasons.

Here is what the starting line-up for the Athletics:

1. CF - Coco Crisp
2. LF - Sam Fuld
3. 3B - Josh Donaldson
4. DH - Brandon Moss
5. RF - Josh Reddick
6. SS - Jed Lowrie
7. 1B - Stephen Vogt
8. C - Geovany Soto
9. 2B - Eric Sogard

The game can be seen tonight beginning at 7 p.m. CT on TBS.

Editor's Note: This article has been edited to include information on rosters and starting line-ups as announced by the two teams.

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