Infante, Shields named Royals Player, Pitcher of the Month for April

KANSAS CITY, MO (May 1, 2014) - The Kansas City Royals announce that second baseman Omar Infante is the Royals Majestic Player of the Month for April, while right-handed starter James Shields is the club's Pitcher of the Month. The player award is determined by a combined fan and media vote, with the pitcher award voted on by local media.

Infante entered today leading Major League second basemen with 19 RBI. The total is the highest by any Royals second baseman in March and April, with the previous high 14 by Cookie Rojas (1973) and Bip Roberts (1996).

Shields entered today fourth in the American League in ERA (2.03) and opponents batting average (.196). His 41 strikeouts in March and April rank third all-time in Royals single-season history. Shields has won his last three starts, all on the road, including April 17 at Houston, when he recorded 12 strikeouts.

Fans have the opportunity to vote for the Royals Majestic Player of the Month throughout the season by visiting area Kansas Sampler and Rally House locations or the Royals Majestic Team Store at Kauffman Stadium. Participating fans will automatically be entered to win a VIP Experience package which includes an apparel prize pack, tickets to a Royals game and the opportunity to present the Player of the Month award.