Shields almost certain to start ALCS Game 1

Shields almost certain to start ALCS Game 1

KANSAS CITY -- James Shields will start Game 1 of the American League Championship Series for the Royals on Friday at 7 p.m. CT (watch on TBS). Probably.

All starters are "probable starters," but Shields is about as certain a probable as you can get. Royals manager Ned Yost kinda, sorta confirmed suspicions that his ace would go against the Orioles during a media briefing on Monday.

  Date   Recaps Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 10   KC 8, BAL 6 (10 inn.) video
Gm 2 Oct. 11   KC 6, BAL 4 video
Gm 3 Oct. 14   KC 2, BAL 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 15   KC 2, BAL 1 video

Shields started and won Sunday's AL Division Series clincher against the Angels and he would be on normal rest should he get the start on Friday.

"Friday is Shields' fifth day, so I imagine he'll start Game 1," Yost said. "What we do in these situations is we get together as a staff, our front-office baseball people, and we discuss it. We haven't had an opportunity to do that yet to see how it's going to match up.

"I'm almost certain Shields will start Game 1, because he'll be on regular rest, ready to go."

The Royals had Monday off but will hold workouts at Kauffman Stadium at 2 p.m. CT on Tuesday and 11 a.m. CT on Wednesday, before departing for Baltimore.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.