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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals made one of the boldest trades in franchise history two years ago. The Oakland Athletics made a similarly aggressive move just a couple of months ago.
The results of both will be in the starting spotlight Tuesday night.
For the Royals, it's "Big Game James" - James Shields, the centerpiece of a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays that finally pushed the long-downtrodden franchise into the postseason for the first time in 29 years. For the A's, it's Jon Lester - the postseason star of the Red Sox last season who was acquired by Oakland at the trading deadline just for this moment.