Numbers favor Aoki, Reddick against WC aces

With aces on the mound and two strong bullpens, the AL Wild Card Game has all the makings of a low-scoring affair -- one favorable matchup might be enough to swing the outcome. With that in mind, here's a look at some of the numbers that could make an impact, including some good signs for Nori Aoki and Josh Reddick.

Aces Shields, Lester to tangle as playoffs return to KC

Following 28 long years without the thrill every team covets every year, Kansas City will host its first postseason game since 1985, an October journey that ended with the only World Series title in 59 years of Major League Baseball there. The Royals will host the A's at 8:07 p.m. ET tonight on TBS, featuring a marquee mound matchup between right-hander James Shields (14-8, 3.21 ERA) and A's left-hander Jon Lester (16-11, 2.46 ERA).

Proud Royals fans ‘Rally’ around hometown team

A crowd of 5,000 filed into Kauffman Stadium on Monday to watch the Royals work out and take batting practice in the "Take the Crown Rally" event. It was an unusual scene for a fan base that will experience postseason baseball for the first time in nearly three decades on Tuesday night when the Royals face the A's in the American League Wild Card Game.

Twins, Ryan open up managerial search

The Twins have lost at least 92 games in four straight seasons, but with a loaded farm system on the way and the emergence of several young players, general manager Terry Ryan believes it'll still be an attractive job. He said he'll look both inside and outside the organization for the 13th manager in Twins history.