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MLB : ATS Matchup
Monday 8/11/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore
+1.5  -210

-1.5  +175



OAKLAND (72 - 45) at KANSAS CITY (63 - 53)
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Monday, 8/11/2014 8:10 PM
Board OpeningLatest
967OAKLAND-125Ov 7,-110-110Ov 7,-115
968KANSAS CITY+115Un 7,-110+100Un 7,-105
OAKLAND - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games72-45+10.657-534.90.2500.3243.50.2330.289
Road Games32-24+4.426-244.80.2400.3073.70.2400.299
vs Right-handed Starters49-33+5.138-384.90.2500.3243.50.2330.289
Past 7 Games5-2+1.43-44.00.2310.3363.40.2380.293
Grass Games70-41+13.157-485.00.2540.3273.50.2320.288
Night Games46-28+7.138-325.00.2510.3263.60.2340.289
OAKLAND - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.90.2500.324117405310153411180.0354143980269844927610967
Road Games4.80.2400.307562003480166540.032531964152838551375127
Righty Starters4.90.2500.324822832707238760.033753125483859661507047
OAKLAND - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games2.891.083358.3119115294279429621-15261268.4%
Road Games2.751.1191775554148155015112-513668.4%

KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games63-53+3.552-594.10.2630.3103.90.2520.309
Home Games30-27-5.527-293.80.2530.3014.20.2650.320
vs Right-handed Starters46-37+2.540-394.30.2630.3083.80.2530.311
Past 7 Games7-0+7.62-56.00.3000.3332.10.2210.250
Grass Games59-50+249-564.10.2620.3093.80.2520.308
Night Games42-32+5.733-374.30.2650.3093.70.2500.309
KANSAS CITY - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.10.2630.31011639881050298710.02438267688102771114668545
Home Games3.80.2530.301571864472138320.022011263185434346304432
Righty Starters4.30.2630.308832857750220510.023221884857754275396332
KANSAS CITY - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.211.2713251271162822113131820-1236980%
Home Games4.181.3811688078162137017012-422484.6%
OAKLAND - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
7/28/2014CHAVEZ(R)@ HOUSTONOBERHOLTZER(L)3-7L-1808.5 unO980720
7/29/2014SAMARDZIJA(R)@ HOUSTONFELDMAN(R)7-4W-1858 ovO1190640
7/30/2014HAMMEL(R)@ HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L)1-8L-1308 unO451860
8/1/2014GRAY(R)KANSAS CITYGUTHRIE(R)0-1L-2257.5 unU580440
8/2/2014LESTER(L)KANSAS CITYVARGAS(L)8-3W-1707 unO9201081
8/3/2014KAZMIR(L)KANSAS CITYSHIELDS(R)2-4L-1657 unU4101470
8/4/2014SAMARDZIJA(R)TAMPA BAYCOBB(R)3-2W-1357 unU10182671
8/5/2014HAMMEL(R)TAMPA BAYSMYLY(L)3-0W-1257.5 unU10100793
8/6/2014GRAY(R)TAMPA BAYHELLICKSON(R)3-7L-1907 evO43113110
8/7/2014LESTER(L)MINNESOTAPINO(R)3-0W-2757 ovU790341
8/8/2014KAZMIR(L)MINNESOTAGIBSON(R)6-5W-2157 unO661721
8/9/2014SAMARDZIJA(R)MINNESOTAMAY(R)9-4W-2407.5 unO1012112111
8/10/2014HAMMEL(R)MINNESOTAHUGHES(R)1-6L-1757.5 unU6711080

KANSAS CITY - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
7/29/2014SHIELDS(R)MINNESOTAGIBSON(R)1-2L-1957.5 unU552780
7/30/2014DUFFY(L)MINNESOTAHUGHES(R)3-2W-1557 unU970791
7/31/2014VENTURA(R)MINNESOTACORREIA(R)6-3W-2107.5 ovO8327112
8/1/2014GUTHRIE(R)@ OAKLANDGRAY(R)1-0W2057.5 unU440580
8/2/2014VARGAS(L)@ OAKLANDLESTER(L)3-8L1607 unO1081920
8/3/2014SHIELDS(R)@ OAKLANDKAZMIR(L)4-2W1557 unU1470410
8/5/2014DUFFY(L)@ ARIZONAMILEY(L)12-2W-1307 ovO1551560
8/6/2014VENTURA(R)@ ARIZONACOLLMENTER(R)4-3W-1457.5 ovU54012110
8/7/2014GUTHRIE(R)@ ARIZONANUNO(L)6-2W-1158.5 unU1150750
8/8/2014VARGAS(L)SAN FRANCISCOBUMGARNER(L)4-2W-1157 evU7211283
8/9/2014SHIELDS(R)SAN FRANCISCOHUDSON(R)5-0W-1457 ovU930440
8/10/2014DUFFY(L)SAN FRANCISCOLINCECUM(R)7-4W-1557.5 unO1070890
8/18/2014 @ MINNESOTA  
OAKLAND: OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Before the season has even begun, the Oakland Athletics are dealing with a devastating injury that could affect their chances of chasing a third straight AL West title.
Right-hander Jarrod Parker, who had been the projected opening day starter, was lost to a season-ending elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery - his second such procedure.
Like every year with this low-budget club, somebody always seems to step in and fill the void. Whether that will be enough for Bob Melvin's bunch in a much-improved division is to be determined.
Even before Parker went down, Oakland considered its club an underdog despite winning the last two AL West crowns.
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.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (OAKLAND-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Athletics-Royals Preview* ==========================


Oakland (72-44) at Kansas City (62-53), 8:10 p.m. EDT

Another extended winning streak has the Kansas City Royals in position to possibly hold the AL Central lead this late in a season for the first time in 11 years.

The Royals might have the chance to do so with an eighth consecutive victory Monday night against the major league-leading Oakland Athletics.

Kansas City's 7-4 win over San Francisco, coupled with the Detroit's 6-5, 19-inning loss at Toronto on Sunday left the Royals (63-53) one-half game behind the first-place Tigers.

Eight games out of first July 21, Kansas City has since won 15 of 18. Winners of 10 straight in June, the Royals have recorded two winning streaks of seven or more in a season for the first time since 1985 - the last year they made the playoffs.

Detroit, meanwhile, has dropped 11 of 19.

A Royals victory Monday and a Detroit loss at Pittsburgh would leave them atop the division this late for the first time since August 29, 2003.

"I like the way we're playing," Kansas City manager Ned Yost told MLB's official website. "I've got a lot of confidence in those guys.

"I've had a lot of confidence in them even when they weren't producing like they're doing now because I knew it would come somewhere down the road.

Kansas City began the month by taking two of three at Oakland (72-45).

In the opener, Oakland's Sonny Gray (12-5, 2.87 ERA) allowed a homer to Raul Ibanez and two other hits while striking out seven in seven innings of a 1-0 loss Aug. 1.

"He's got good stuff and I didn't feel like waiting around too long," Ibanez said after that contest.

That outing was the last of a stellar stretch where the right-hander allowed five earned runs over 42 innings to go 5-1 before he gave up seven runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 7-3 defeat to Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

"He's able to wiggle out of some jams, which he typically does. (On Wednesday it), just wasn't the case," manager Bob Melvin said. "We just probably haven't seen a game out of him like this."

Alex Gordon went 0 for 3 against Gray this month, but is batting .357 with three homers and six RBIs in eight games since. Gordon and Salvador Perez each hit two-run homers Sunday as the Royals won their fifth straight at home.

"Gordy is swinging the bat well because he is seeing the ball well and putting good swings on it," Yost said.

Kansas City's Yordano Ventura (9-8, 3.47) has allowed three earned runs over 13 innings to win his last two starts. He gave up two and struck out eight in six innings of a 4-3 victory at Arizona on Wednesday.

Facing Oakland for the first time, the right-hander returns home where he is 3-2 with a 2.65 ERA in his last six starts.

The A's scored 18 runs while winning the first three at home against Minnesota, then fell 6-1 in the finale of the four-game set Sunday.

Stephen Vogt, who had the lone RBI, went 5 for 14 with two home runs and five RBIs against the Twins after going 0 for 21 in his previous six games. That included an 0-for-11 series against the Royals.

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