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Probable Pitchers

Kansas City Royals @ Los Angeles Angels

, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Jason Vargas, LHP
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    Jason Vargas, last 3 starts
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    Jason Vargas, regular season
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    Jason Vargas, last 5 years vs. LAA
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Career stats

Vargas hit a slide in September, losing three times in his last four starts with a 9.00 ERA. But manager Ned Yost figures Vargas' familiarity with his old team and stadium will help. The lefty held the Angels to one run in 6 1/3 on May 25 in Anaheim.

Jered Weaver, RHP
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    Jered Weaver, last 3 starts
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    Jered Weaver, regular season
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    Jered Weaver, last 5 years vs. KC
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Weaver finally gets a crack at the postseason again, after his Angels missed out the last four years, and fittingly enters the American League Division Series as the bona-fide staff ace. He has a 2.61 ERA in 20 2/3 postseason innings from 2007-09.

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Kansas City Royals @ Los Angeles Angels

, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Yordano Ventura, RHP
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    Yordano Ventura, last 3 starts
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    Yordano Ventura, regular season
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    Yordano Ventura, last 5 years vs. LAA
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Although he was dinged for a three-run homer in a Wild Card relief outing, Ventura has been very effective lately. He went 5-1 with a 2.28 ERA in his last seven starts of the season and led Major League rookies with an opponents' average of .240.

Matt Shoemaker, RHP
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    Matt Shoemaker, last 3 starts
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    Matt Shoemaker, regular season
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    Matt Shoemaker, last 5 years vs. KC
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Shoemaker, coming off a breakthrough rookie season, spent the last two weeks of the regular season rehabbing from a mild left oblique strain he sustained on Sept. 15. But he threw bullpen sessions on Sunday and Tuesday and is feeling good again.

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Los Angeles Angels @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
C.J. Wilson, LHP
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    C.J. Wilson, last 3 starts
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    C.J. Wilson, regular season
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    C.J. Wilson, last 5 years vs. KC
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Wilson is coming off his worst season in five years as a starter, with his highest ERA and walk rate (4.4) in that stretch. But the 33-year-old finished the regular season on a high note, with six innings of one-run ball vs. the Mariners on Sept. 27.

James Shields, RHP
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    James Shields, last 3 starts
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    James Shields, regular season
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    James Shields, last 5 years vs. LAA
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Shields was cuffed for four runs in five-plus innings by the A's in the Wild Card Game on 88 pitches. His only outing against the Angels this year came on May 24 at Anaheim, and he gave up nine hits and four runs in six innings.

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Los Angeles Angels @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
To Be Announced

To Be Announced

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