Major League Baseball: Royals 1, Tigers 0
DETROIT Royals manager Ned Yost ushered a group of reporters out of his Comerica Park office Monday morning, eager to work on his game plan against the Tigers before the teams first matchup of the season.
A lot more defensive shifts, he said, were going to be put into use. About 2,000. More than hed ever wanted to incorporate in the past.
John Williams, the Royals senior director for quantitative analysis, and baseball operations assistant Michael Cifuentes had preached the benefits of shifting the infield alignment to limit base hits for years. The analytics finally won Yost over.