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Saturday 7/19/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore
+1.5  -175

-1.5  +155



KANSAS CITY (48 - 47) at BOSTON (44 - 52)
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Saturday, 7/19/2014 7:10 PM
Board OpeningLatest
919KANSAS CITY+105Ov 8.5,-110+100Ov 8,-110
920BOSTON-115Un 8.5,-110-110Un 8,-110
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games48-47-6.145-454.10.2650.3124.00.2560.312
Road Games26-22+4.423-214.50.2730.3163.70.2440.303
vs Right-handed Starters36-34-4.535-314.30.2680.3143.90.2560.311
Past 7 Games2-5-3.23-33.30.2850.3225.40.2930.347
Grass Games44-44-7.642-424.10.2630.3114.00.2560.311
Night Games30-29-3.429-264.20.2700.3154.10.2570.314
KANSAS CITY - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.10.2650.312953286870242550.023632255598065489546733
Road Games4.50.2730.316481753478132310.022001123054035251303310
Righty Starters4.30.2680.314702422649182400.022771614026247466335221
KANSAS CITY - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.631.303265.61171072391910725715-1226778.8%
Road Games2.511.206129.344361068501227-810566.7%

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games44-52-19.239-543.90.2470.3184.30.2580.312
Home Games24-26-12.219-303.80.2530.3284.20.2580.312
vs Left-handed Starters16-18-6.214-184.10.2500.3264.90.2620.319
Past 7 Games5-2+25-25.40.3020.3693.60.2520.290
Grass Games42-48-1736-513.80.2480.3194.20.2580.313
Night Games32-35-10.429-363.90.2530.3244.40.2660.318
BOSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games3.90.2470.318963281809257700.0235134377430714103608959
Home Games3.80.2530.328501677425141300.021781873831637856404734
Lefty Starters4.10.2500.326341173293103230.02134133284826738243231
BOSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.341.274282.7114105270259027814-1722971%
Home Games3.401.252161.46561150115215311-89660%
KANSAS CITY - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
7/5/2014GUTHRIE(R)@ CLEVELANDHOUSE(L)3-7L1058 unO12801490
7/6/2014DUFFY(L)@ CLEVELANDKLUBER(R)1-4L1457 unU4401060
7/7/2014SHIELDS(R)@ TAMPA BAYODORIZZI(R)6-0W1207 unU14100451
7/8/2014VARGAS(L)@ TAMPA BAYHELLICKSON(R)3-4L-1157 unP13110880
7/9/2014VENTURA(R)@ TAMPA BAYCOBB(R)5-4W1106.5 unO111108111
7/10/2014GUTHRIE(R)DETROITSMYLY(L)4-16L-1158 ovO9621990
7/11/2014DUFFY(L)DETROITSANCHEZ(R)1-2L+1158.5 unU1191551
7/12/2014SHIELDS(R)DETROITPORCELLO(R)1-5L-1258 evU6611150
7/13/2014CHEN(L)DETROITVERLANDER(R)5-2W+1208.5 evU1080950
7/18/2014SHIELDS(R)@ BOSTONBUCHHOLZ(R)4-5L1108 unO12811082
7/26/2014 CLEVELAND  

BOSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
7/5/2014LESTER(L)BALTIMOREGONZALEZ(R)3-2W-1358.5 evU983541
7/5/2014LACKEY(R)BALTIMOREJIMENEZ(R)4-7L-1609 unO66216110
7/6/2014PEAVY(R)BALTIMOREGAUSMAN(R)6-7L-1309 unO158216110
7/7/2014BUCHHOLZ(R)CHI WHITE SOXCARROLL(R)0-4L-21010 unU250610
7/8/2014WORKMAN(R)CHI WHITE SOXDANKS(L)3-8L-1709.5 ovO10921260
7/9/2014DE LA ROSA(R)CHI WHITE SOXSALE(L)5-4W+1057.5 ovO9711040
7/10/2014LESTER(L)CHI WHITE SOXQUINTANA(L)4-3W-1608 unU3301080
7/11/2014LACKEY(R)@ HOUSTONFELDMAN(R)8-3W-1307.5 unO12617101
7/12/2014PEAVY(R)@ HOUSTONOBERHOLTZER(L)2-3L-1308.5 unU1391870
7/13/2014BUCHHOLZ(R)@ HOUSTONPEACOCK(R)11-0W-1308 evO16110333
7/18/2014BUCHHOLZ(R)KANSAS CITYSHIELDS(R)5-4W-1208 unO10821281
7/24/2014 @ TORONTOSTROMAN(R) 
7/26/2014 @ TAMPA BAY  
KANSAS CITY: KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - James Shields thinks back to last year, thoughtfully piecing together what was missing from the Kansas City Royals as they made a late push for the postseason.
The pitching was strong. The offense was coming around. The defense was sublime.
He finally settled on experience.
''These guys that didn't realize or have never been to September, when you're fighting for a playoff spot, now you have that experience,'' Shields said. ''And I think that was one of the things we were lacking last season, the experience. You tend to put too much on your shoulders. And I think the second half we definitely relaxed and put all that aside and had fun and played the game the way we know how to play, and it showed.
''I think with the experience factor now,'' Shields concluded, ''we're ready to go.''
After finishing 86-76 a year ago, and contending into September for the first time in a decade, the Royals have their sets sight squarely on their first playoff appearance since 1985 this year.
Anything less would be a disappointment. Anything less would be a failure.
''Last year was a blast. When the end of the season came in Chicago, nobody wanted to leave,'' first baseman Eric Hosmer said. ''They knew how close we were. We were right there. And it left a good taste in everyone's mouth going into the offseason, knowing how good everyone can be.''
Indeed, the Royals return most of their key players from a year ago, signing left-hander Jason Vargas to replace their only significant loss, starting pitcher Ervin Santana. They also upgraded at their weakest spots, trading for Norichika Aoki to play right field and bat leadoff and signing Omar Infante to settle a second base position that has been a black hole for years.
All of which left the notoriously frugal franchise with a record-setting payroll.
Royals manager Ned Yost hopes all those moves will pay off for a rotation that was among the league's best last year, and an offense that was among the league's worst.
''It's going to be a lineup that has offensive sequence from one to nine. You're not going to have any dead spots,'' Yost said. ''You're not going to get something going and then bam, run into a wall and have to get going again. At least, I hope not. I don't think so.''
So with more experience and an upgraded lineup, Kansas City enters its season opener Sunday at Detroit with boundless enthusiasm.
BOSTON: BOSTON (AP) - Last season was one to remember for fans of the Red Sox - and one to forget for the players.
Soon after Boston's third World Series championship in 10 years, that bearded bunch decided to put it behind them and focus on what they must do to keep winning.
''It was a dream come true last year,'' pitcher Jake Peavy said. ''It's a new year. I think that's been a slogan of ours on the text messages that we've been exchanging with the guys, `Hey turn the page, it's a new year, it's 2014.' We haven't done anything and, obviously, some teams in our division got awfully better.''
The Red Sox won't be sneaking up on them, not after rebounding from a 69-93, last-place finish in the AL East to a 97-65 record, a 28-win improvement.
''You've got the bull's-eye on your back,'' second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. ''You want to get everybody's best, so I think it's going to be a fun challenge for everybody.''
John Farrell's disciplined, businesslike approach worked in his first year as Boston's manager. That, and the influx of players to improve the toxic clubhouse chemistry, made the one season under the animated Bobby Valentine seem like a distant memory.
Those players, including Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino, return. The Red Sox lost center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the New York Yankees then signed Grady Sizemore as a possible replacement. Sizemore missed the last two seasons with knee and back injuries that required surgery but has had a healthy, productive spring training.
''In this group, no one's going to let anybody sit back and relax,'' Pedroia said. ''We're always going to push each other and make sure that we're respecting the game and playing the game the right way. If we do that, we should be all right.''
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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


Kansas City (48-46) at Boston (43-52), 7:10 p.m. EDT

So far, the All-Star break hasn't hampered the Boston Red Sox's momentum, and it didn't solve the Kansas City Royals' issues on the mound.

The Red Sox seek a sixth win in seven games Saturday night against the Royals at Fenway Park.

Boston (44-52) may be in the AL East cellar, but has won five of six to move within percentage points of fourth-place Tampa Bay.

That strong stretch continued Friday with Xander Bogaerts and Jonny Gomes hitting two-run homers in the sixth inning to help the Red Sox rally for a 5-4 win in the series opener.

Four of Boston's 10 hits went for extra bases, and the team is hitting .304 while averaging 5.8 runs over the past six games, dramatic increases from its season marks of .247 and 3.9, respectively.

"The way that guys fought back that was sort of reminiscent of last year," winning pitcher Clay Buchholz said.

The Red Sox could be poised for another strong offensive showing with the Royals (48-47) having dropped seven of 10 behind a 5.17 ERA from the starting rotation.

Danny Duffy (5-9, 2.76 ERA) will try to keep Boston's bats in check, something he's struggled to do in the past. The left-hander is 0-1 with a 7.07 ERA in three career starts against the Red Sox with Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli combining to go 8 for 15 with five doubles, one triple and a homer in their matchups.

Duffy, though, has a 2.83 ERA in 13 games since joining the rotation - the lowest of any Royals starter.

He was sharp in his final start before the All-Star break, limiting Detroit to two runs - one earned - over six innings in a 2-1 loss July 11.

Duffy's only start at Fenway was one he'd rather forget. He was tagged for six runs and six hits with three walks over 3 2-3 innings in a 13-9 loss on July 26, 2011.

"My rookie year, that was a tough one," Duffy told MLB's official website. "It's been a long time, but I've come a long way since then. They were a pretty different team back then, too. So, I'm just looking forward to getting out there and executing my game plan."

Clutch hitting continues to be a problem for the Royals, who are batting .283 over the past 10 games but only .208 with runners in scoring position.

Kansas City will get its first look at Rubby De La Rosa (2-2, 2.89), who wasn't at his best in his final appearance before the break. In his first major league start in nearly three weeks, the right-hander allowed three runs and six hits - two homers - over five innings July 9 before Boston rallied for a 5-4 home win over the Chicago White Sox.

The right-hander had tossed 14 straight scoreless innings while winning his first two starts at Fenway.

De La Rosa served up solo homers to Billy Butler and Justin Maxwell in one inning of relief on Aug. 8, 2013, in his only appearance against the Royals.

Pedroia is batting .369 in his last 16 games, and he's a career .355 hitter versus Kansas City.

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer had three hits and two RBIs on Friday and is batting .429 during a 14-game hitting streak,

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