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MLB : ATS Matchup
Saturday 4/20/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
KANSAS CITY  SHIELDS )
 
BOSTON  BUCHHOLZ )
+1.5  -170

-1.5  +150
+125

-135

8un
 
3
Final
4

KANSAS CITY (8 - 6) at BOSTON (11 - 4)
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Saturday, 4/20/2013 1:10 PM
JAMES SHIELDS (R) vs. CLAY BUCHHOLZ (R)
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
967KANSAS CITY+135Ov 8,-110+125Ov 8,-105
968BOSTON-145Un 8,-110-135Un 8,-115
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPRunsAvgOBP
All Games8-6+2.45-94.00.2650.3093.40.2310.283
Road Games4-4+0.83-54.20.2590.3043.60.2510.291
vs Right-handed Starters6-3+2.83-64.30.2810.3162.90.2270.279
Past 7 Games4-3+1.23-43.30.2610.2903.30.2060.264
Grass Games8-6+2.45-94.00.2650.3093.40.2310.283
Day Games6-2+4.82-64.20.2790.3312.70.2590.291
KANSAS CITY - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABHEBHR/ABRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games4.00.2650.309144751263650.015530831092159109
Road Games4.20.2590.3048278722030.0133185575110255
Righty Starters4.30.2810.3169310872740.013816483639594
KANSAS CITY - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games3.341.11432.3121223513422-26185.7%
Road Games5.221.25820.712121759271-23175%

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPRunsAvgOBP
All Games11-4+7.18-75.00.2570.3302.80.2090.283
Home Games4-2+1.41-53.30.2010.2692.50.1720.264
vs Right-handed Starters8-2+6.17-36.00.2740.3442.90.2100.281
Past 7 Games6-1+53-44.40.2430.3132.00.1840.269
Grass Games9-3+5.66-64.70.2560.3272.70.1950.279
Day Games6-1+5.22-54.90.2370.3151.60.1750.243
BOSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABHEBHR/ABRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games5.00.2570.3301551313246140.037356137151071021110
Home Games3.30.2010.2696184371450.031917493293266
Righty Starters6.00.2740.344103519638120.0358389811756287
BOSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games3.431.07544.7171731717513-25362.5%
Home Games4.501.25016881238192-21233.3%
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
KANSAS CITY - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/6/2013MENDOZA(R)@ PHILADELPHIALANNAN(L)3-4L1008 unU640352
4/7/2013SHIELDS(R)@ PHILADELPHIAHAMELS(L)9-8W1107 unO13801580
4/8/2013SANTANA(R)MINNESOTACORREIA(R)3-1W-1459 unU950870
4/9/2013GUTHRIE(R)MINNESOTAPELFREY(R)7-4W-1508.5 unO1351870
4/10/2013DAVIS(R)MINNESOTAHENDRIKS(R)3-0W-1508.5 unU9927121
4/12/2013MENDOZA(R)TORONTOHAPP(L)4-8L+1008 unO543840
4/13/2013SHIELDS(R)TORONTODICKEY(R)2-3L-1357.5 unU890210
4/14/2013SANTANA(R)TORONTOMORROW(R)3-2W-1208.5 unU1091760
4/16/2013GUTHRIE(R)@ ATLANTAMEDLEN(R)3-6L1657 unO981953
4/17/2013DAVIS(R)@ ATLANTAMINOR(L)1-0W1557.5 unU851650
4/20/2013SHIELDS(R)@ BOSTONBUCHHOLZ(R) 
4/21/2013SANTANA(R)@ BOSTONDEMPSTER(R) 
4/23/2013GUTHRIE(R)@ DETROITSCHERZER(R) 
4/24/2013DAVIS(R)@ DETROITVERLANDER(R) 
4/25/2013SHIELDS(R)@ DETROITSANCHEZ(R) 
4/26/2013SANTANA(R)CLEVELANDKAZMIR(L) 
4/27/2013 CLEVELAND  

BOSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/6/2013LACKEY(R)@ TORONTOHAPP(L)0-5L1309 unU240861
4/7/2013LESTER(L)@ TORONTODICKEY(R)13-0W1158 unO1560780
4/8/2013BUCHHOLZ(R)BALTIMORECHEN(L)3-1W-1459 ovU520570
4/10/2013DEMPSTER(R)BALTIMOREARRIETA(R)5-8L-1409 unO532640
4/11/2013ACEVES(R)BALTIMORETILLMAN(R)2-3L-1259 unU8809100
4/13/2013LESTER(L)TAMPA BAYPRICE(L)2-1W-1208 unU780671
4/14/2013BUCHHOLZ(R)TAMPA BAYCOBB(R)5-0W-1358.5 unU850351
4/15/2013DEMPSTER(R)TAMPA BAYHELLICKSON(R)3-2W-1458.5 unU430430
4/16/2013DOUBRONT(L)@ CLEVELANDJIMENEZ(R)7-2W-1158 unO680690
4/17/2013ACEVES(R)@ CLEVELANDMASTERSON(R)6-3W1208 unO15100761
4/18/2013LESTER(L)@ CLEVELANDMCALLISTER(R)6-3W-1208 ovO970641
4/20/2013BUCHHOLZ(R)KANSAS CITYSHIELDS(R) 
4/21/2013DEMPSTER(R)KANSAS CITYSANTANA(R) 
4/22/2013DOUBRONT(L)OAKLANDGRIFFIN(R) 
4/23/2013ACEVES(R)OAKLANDCOLON(R) 
4/24/2013LESTER(L)OAKLANDANDERSON(L) 
4/25/2013BUCHHOLZ(R)HOUSTONHUMBER(R) 
4/26/2013DEMPSTER(R)HOUSTONBEDARD(L) 
4/27/2013 HOUSTON  
KEY GAME INFORMATION
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Royals-Red Sox Preview* ========================

By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer

Kansas City (8-6) at Boston (11-4), 1:10 p.m. EDT

The Boston Red Sox have plenty of reasons to look forward to taking the field at Fenway Park this weekend.

None more than the chance to help their hometown heal from one of the most tragic events in the city's history.

With slugger David Ortiz expected to make his season debut and Clay Buchholz hoping to remain undefeated, the Red Sox try for a seventh consecutive victory Saturday against the Kansas City Royals in their first home game since the Boston Marathon bombings.

Shortly after the Red Sox (11-4) won 3-2 over Tampa Bay in Monday's annual Patriots Day game, two bombs exploded near the downtown finish line of the Boston Marathon. The alleged act of terrorism killed three people, injured more than 170 and jarred the collective hearts of a city and nation.

On Friday night, the Red Sox and Royals (8-6) hoped to provide another element in the healing process for the city of Boston, but the game was postponed with the area on lockdown as various local and national law enforcement agencies searched for the second suspect tied to the bombings.

"You would much rather play, but there are bigger things at stake here than baseball," Royals infielder Elliot Johnson tweeted Friday according to MLB's official website.

Though that was suspect was finally apprehended Friday night, a makeup date for the series opener has yet to be announced. Saturday's contest remains as scheduled.

"It's going to be great," said Jon Lester, who pitched seven strong innings in Boston's 6-3 win at Cleveland on Thursday. "Maybe for a couple of hours it can get back to being Boston and watching a baseball game and not thinking about all the other things. Hopefully, we'll be able to do that."

Though the Royals have dropped seven of 10 at Fenway Park, they also are looking forward to Friday's contest.

"It's going to be a lot of fun to go into that city and play in that town when it means more than just playing baseball," Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas told MLB's official website. "It's going to be nice to go into a town and be able to help people out."

During their three-game sweep of Cleveland, the Red Sox put a symbolic jersey in their dugout that had "BOSTON 617 STRONG" on the back. They'll likely do the same with a home jersey at Fenway and have the Red Sox logo "B" with the word "Strong" under it on the Green Monster.

Red Sox fans can certainly find comfort in their team's start after missing the postseason the last three years. Boston leads the AL East and can win seven straight for the first time since 2011.

That success came without Ortiz, who started on the disabled list with an Achilles injury that limited him to 90 games in 2012. The slugger went 4 for 20 during a rehab assignment that ended Thursday when he homered for Triple-A Pawtucket.

"He feels good about where he's at, and all things are pointing to his return," manager John Farrell said.

Ortiz has batted .371 with five homers and 23 RBIs in his last 16 games versus Kansas City.

Buchholz (3-0, 0.41 ERA), meanwhile, has thrown 18 scoreless innings since allowing his only run - a homer at Yankee Stadium on April 3. He's yielded 11 hits and struck out 23 in 22 innings overall.

The right-hander, who took a no-hitter in the eighth Sunday versus Tampa Bay, ultimately allowing two hits and fanning 11 in the 5-0 win, will try not to get caught up in the emotion of a special day.

"I'm going to try to keep my emotions under wraps as much as possible," he told the Red Sox's official website. "Given the circumstances, it's going to be a day that's in pursuit of recovery for everyone who had to face losses."

Buchholz is 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA against the Royals, but has not faced them since 2010.

Kansas City counters with James Shields (1-2, 3.43), who went 2-9 with a 5.86 ERA at Fenway for Tampa Bay. However, he allowed four hits in 8 1-3 innings of 1-0 win at Boston last season.

The right-hander gave up three runs, two on a homer, and one other hit in nine innings of a 3-2 loss to Toronto on Saturday.

Lorenzo Cain had three hits and Jeff Francoeur the RBI in Kansas City's 1-0 win over Atlanta on Wednesday.

Cain is batting .424 in his last nine games, but is 2 for 15 with a homer and six strikeouts at Fenway.


Last Updated: 10/31/2014 4:20:32 PM EST


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