Later this month Jon Lester and James Shields will be free agents looking for bigtime money. Tonight they attempt to pitch their teams into the American League Divisional Series against the LA Angels.

The Oakland A's vs the Kansas City Royals. One game winner-take-all wildcard game tonight on Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket. Live coverage starts at 7:30pm.

One interesting lineup change for the A's and who knows what effect it could have on Lester - Geovany Soto will catch him. Not Derek Norris who had worked well with Lester down the stretch.

Manager Bob Melvin thinks Soto can keep the Royals running game in check better than Norris. KC led the majors in stolen bases with 153.

Remember a year ago, Lester had David Ross as his personal catcher as the Red Sox rode to a world series title.