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Preview: Athletics (83-65) at Royals (82-66)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium
Date: August 13, 2014 8:10 PM EDT
  

Having cooled off the Kansas City Royals for the moment, the Oakland Athletics now hope Scott Kazmir can get back on track.

Plagued by one poor inning in each of his last two outings, the All-Star left-hander tries to avoid losing a fourth straight start to the Royals on Wednesday night.

Josh Donaldson homered twice and had four RBIs and Brandon Moss added four hits as Oakland (73-46) pounded out a season-high 20 to snap Kansas City's eight-game winning streak with an 11-3 victory Tuesday.

The loss was the fourth in 20 games for the Royals (64-54), who remain a half-game ahead of second-place Detroit in the AL Central.

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'We play 162 of these and you take them for what it's worth," losing pitcher Jeremy Guthrie said.

Owners of the majors' best record, the A's helped Jon Lester improve to 3-0 with his new club by breaking out after totaling three runs and nine hits while losing the previous two.

'It helps when you have contributors up and down the lineup,' Donaldson said. 'We believe that it's going to happen more times than not."

Kazmir (13-4, 2.73 ERA) has posted a 6.39 ERA while splitting two starts since going 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA in his previous five.

The first of those two came Aug. 3 versus Kansas City, when he allowed 10 hits total and all four runs in the fifth inning while lasting six in a 4-2 home defeat. Kazmir has a 6.60 ERA in his last three against the Royals.

He followed that performance by giving up all five runs during a seventh inning he never finished in a 6-5 victory over Minnesota on Friday.

Kazmir, though, has allowed three runs on two homers over 17 1-3 innings to go 2-0 in his last three road outings. However, he is 0-2 with a 7.56 ERA in four at Kansas City since posting his only win in nine starts at Kauffman Stadium on June 2, 2010.

Josh Willingham went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts Tuesday in his first game since Kansas City acquired him from Minnesota on Monday.

"I'm going to try to mix in, do my part and try not to get in the way too much," he told MLB's official website.

Willingham, who hit .210 with 12 homers and 34 RBIs in 68 games for the Twins, is 3 for 17 with two doubles and seven strikeouts versus Kazmir.

After allowing seven runs - four earned - in 4 1-3 innings of an 8-3 loss at Oakland on Aug. 2 in his return from missing almost a month following an appendectomy, Jason Vargas (8-5, 3.48) gave up two runs and nine hits in five innings while not factoring in the decision of a 4-2 win over San Francisco on Friday.

"He's just still not quite sharp after his surgery," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "My whole focus was to get him through the fifth inning ahead or at least tied."

Donaldson is batting .406 in his last nine games, but is 1 for 20 with a homer against the left-hander.

Kansas City's Billy Butler is 4 for 19 against the A's this season, but 10 for 29 versus Kazmir.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Athletics at Royals
Mon, Aug 11 Final 2 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Athletics at Royals
Tue, Aug 12 Final 11 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Athletics at Royals
Wed, Aug 13 Final 0 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Athletics at Royals
Thu, Aug 14 Final 3 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 OAK  -110   +145   7 
 KAN  +100   -165   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 OAK  -110   +145   7 
 KAN  +100   -165   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 OAK  63%   47%   59% 
 KAN  37%   53%   41% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Aug 12, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 OAK 11 Cover: +100 
 KAN 3 Over: 14 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Aug 11, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 OAK 2 Under: 5 
 KAN 3 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 3, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 4 Cover: +150 
 OAK 2 Under: 6 
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 Aug 2, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 3 Over: 11 
 OAK 8 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 1, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 1 Cover: +205 
 OAK 0 Under: 1 
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 Mar 14, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 OAK 9 Over: 18 
 KAN 9 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 12, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 3 Cover: +110 
 OAK 1 Over: 4 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Wednesday, Aug 13
 
    Red Sox at Reds
12:35 PM EDT
    Twins at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    White Sox at Giants
3:45 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Indians
4:05 PM EDT
    Rockies at Padres
6:40 PM EDT
    Yankees at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Pirates at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Nationals at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Indians
7:35 PM EDT
    Rays at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Brewers at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
    Athletics at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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