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MLB : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 4/24/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
+1.5  -130

-1.5  +110



KANSAS CITY (10 - 7) at DETROIT (9 - 9)
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Wednesday, 4/24/2013 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
973KANSAS CITY+225Ov 7.5,-110+160Ov 7.5,+105
974DETROIT-245Un 7.5,-110-170Un 7.5,-125
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games10-7+4.26-114.00.2640.3093.40.2330.291
Road Games6-5+2.64-74.20.2580.3063.50.2490.301
vs Right-handed Starters8-4+4.64-84.20.2750.3143.00.2310.291
Past 7 Games4-3+22-53.00.2560.2943.00.2150.280
Grass Games10-7+4.26-114.00.2640.3093.40.2330.291
Night Games3-4-14-33.90.2450.2814.10.2010.285
KANSAS CITY - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.00.2640.3091758015347100.0266381121311119111411
Road Games4.20.2580.30611383993180.02442684107014497
Righty Starters4.20.2750.314124151143890.02492477682137136
KANSAS CITY - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.351.16540.3151529618503-38280%
Road Games4.711.29128.7151523614352-35271.4%

DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games9-9-3.211-64.40.2720.3354.10.2480.313
Home Games4-2+0.75-06.70.3490.4134.30.2610.320
vs Right-handed Starters8-6+0.19-54.60.2790.3393.70.2430.303
Past 7 Games3-4-1.84-33.10.2250.2954.00.2570.304
Grass Games9-9-3.211-64.40.2720.3354.10.2480.313
Night Games2-2-0.32-23.00.2430.3013.70.2480.289
DETROIT - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.40.2720.3351867618443120.02796413291621741412
Home Games6.70.3490.4136218761450.024024342595064
Righty Starters4.60.2790.339145191453680.0263471058123152107
DETROIT - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.531.35859.7303050331761-43350%
Home Games4.861.50016.79915110170-11150%
KANSAS CITY - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
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)3-4L1258 unU1071761
4/21/2013SANTANA(R)@ BOSTONDEMPSTER(R)4-2W1408 unU850870
4/21/2013GUTHRIE(R)@ BOSTONWEBSTER(R)5-4W1408 unO971991
5/1/2013 TAMPA BAY  

DETROIT - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/10/2013PORCELLO(R)TORONTOBUEHRLE(L)6-8L-1359 unO11901281
4/11/2013FISTER(R)TORONTOJOHNSON(R)11-1W-1358 unO16110990
4/12/2013SCHERZER(R)@ OAKLANDCOLON(R)3-4L-1157.5 evU1271860
4/13/2013VERLANDER(R)@ OAKLANDANDERSON(L)7-3W-1307 unO10607100
4/14/2013SANCHEZ(R)@ OAKLANDPARKER(R)10-1W-1308 ovO14110361
4/16/2013FISTER(R)@ SEATTLEHARANG(R)6-2W-1607.5 unO12100430
4/17/2013SCHERZER(R)@ SEATTLEHERNANDEZ(R)2-1W-1156.5 evU711011102
4/18/2013VERLANDER(R)@ SEATTLEIWAKUMA(R)0-2L-1606.5 unU550960
4/19/2013SANCHEZ(R)@ LA ANGELSHANSON(R)1-8L-1208.5 unO101211680
4/20/2013PORCELLO(R)@ LA ANGELSRICHARDS(R)0-10L1009 ovO4501440
4/21/2013FISTER(R)@ LA ANGELSWILSON(L)3-4L1058 evU101328100
5/1/2013 MINNESOTA  
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Royals-Tigers Preview* =======================

Kansas City (10-7) at Detroit (9-9), 7:05 p.m. EDT

The Kansas City Royals are in an unfamiliar position atop the AL Central and hope to make a big statement against the two-time defending division champions.

That may be difficult in a place that has given them fits lately, though the Detroit Tigers are hardly playing well.

Wade Davis will try to help the Royals end their seven-game skid in Detroit in the opener of this rain-shortened series Wednesday night when he opposes Max Scherzer, whose Tigers look to avoid a fifth straight loss.

Kansas City (10-7), which hasn't won a division title since 1985, had dropped four of six before coming through with a doubleheader sweep in Boston on Sunday. Following a 4-2 victory in the opener, Billy Butler hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning and Lorenzo Cain walked with the bases loaded in the 10th of a 5-4 win in the second game.

That was the last time the Royals played. With three scheduled days off and rain Tuesday providing a second postponement since Friday, Kansas City has been off five of the past nine days.

"It feels almost like getting at-bats for the first time in spring again," Butler said. "Except these ones count. I'm sure in their own respect it's affecting the pitchers, too."

Butler's team didn't have many good at-bats in losing its final seven games at Comerica Park last season, hitting .216 with seven walks and 67 strikeouts. Kansas City has lost 12 of 15 in Detroit and now looks to avoid its longest losing streak there since dropping 14 straight between 1987 and 1990.

The Tigers went 13-5 against the Royals last season but enter this three-game set having lost four straight. They've scored six runs in 54 innings over their last five games while batting .191, having suffered a three-game sweep to the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend.

"We have no excuses," said right fielder Torii Hunter, who was hitting .418 before going 1 for 7 in the last two games.

Hunter is 3 for 7 with two doubles against Davis (2-0, 2.25), but the right-hander enters this matchup having thrown 12 scoreless innings over his last two outings while striking out 13.

Scherzer (1-0, 2.84) also is coming off a pair of impressive starts, with 23 strikeouts over 14 innings as he limited Oakland and Seattle to two earned runs.

Scherzer is 12-2 with a 2.58 ERA in his last 23 starts - including the 2012 playoffs - and went 2-0 in three starts against the Royals last season as he gave up four runs over 17 innings.

Should the Tigers (9-9) wind up in a situation where they need a save Wednesday, they'll turn to a familiar face. Detroit on Tuesday agreed to a one-year contract with Jose Valverde, who saved 84 games for the Tigers over the past two seasons.

Detroit was ready to let Valverde leave as a free agent after his poor postseason, but he never signed elsewhere and the Tigers brought him back on a minor league deal. Valverde pitched three scoreless innings at Class-A Lakeland.

Detroit may not need Valverde, whom manager Jim Leyland said would start closing immediately, if Davis pitches like he did in his first career start at Comerica. Davis surrendered home runs to Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila and gave up five runs over six innings while not receiving a decision in a 7-6 loss for Tampa Bay in 2011.

Cabrera and Avila are a combined 4 for 17 against Davis, but each hit was a homer.

Victor Martinez has gone 1 for 9 against him while Austin Jackson is 1 for 8, and that duo is a combined 1 for 33 during Detroit's four-game skid.

Catcher Salvador Perez is 5 for 7 with a double and two homers versus Scherzer while Alex Gordon has gone 7 for 18.

Last Updated: 3/22/2017 7:04:48 PM EST

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