Hosmer, Shields top KC players for August

Hosmer, Shields top KC players for August

KANSAS CITY -- First baseman Eric Hosmer was named the Royals Player of the Month and right-hander James Shields was tabbed as Pitcher of the Month for August.

Hosmer led Kansas City and was tied for third in the American League with 40 hits and 20 RBIs. He batted .323 with seven doubles and 14 walks. It was Hosmer's third consecutive Player of the Month honor.

Shields led the Royals in wins and innings -- going 4-1 in six starts (40 1/3 innings). His four wins matched seven other pitchers for second in the AL. Shields also tied for the club lead with 28 strikeouts. The ace right-hander had four starts of seven innings or more, including a 3-0 victory on Aug. 16 against Detroit with seven scoreless innings.

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