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Preview: Indians (79-73) at Royals (83-68)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 4
Venue: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium
Date: July 27, 2014 2:10 PM EDT
  

After coming out of the All-Star break with four straight losses, the Kansas City Royals have once again found their stride.

They're now in a position to finish off a four-game home sweep of the Cleveland Indians and extend their winning streak to six in Sunday's series finale.

After a 7-5 win Saturday in which they came back from five runs down after the second inning, the Royals (53-50) have won six straight at home against Cleveland (51-53) and nine of 10 dating to July 3, 2013.

Billy Butler homered for a second straight game after leaving the yard just three times in his first 100 games of the season.

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"I've never been a guy that's usually gotten distance," Butler said. "I caught the last two pretty good. Maybe I'm starting to figure it out and starting to put the barrel on it."

For the Indians, Carlos Santana continued his strong week with a third consecutive multihit effort. He's homered three times in two games and is 11 for 20 with seven extra-base hits in his last five, but six losses in seven games have left Cleveland 2 1/2 back of Kansas City for second in the AL Central.

On the mound, the Royals will be looking for more promising work from Bruce Chen, who has kept them in both of his starts since returning to the rotation on July 13. Chen (2-2, 5.80) has allowed three runs in 10 1-3 innings, including a run and five hits over five innings while earning the decision in Tuesday's 7-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

The left-hander had one of his worst starts this season at Cleveland on April 24, yielding five runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings of a 5-1 loss. He's 6-4 with a 4.71 ERA in 13 career starts against the Indians.

Michael Brantley is 11 for 21 against Chen, while slumping Jason Kipnis - 2 for 21 over his last five games - is 0 for 9.

The potential return of Asdrubal Cabrera and some consistency from Danny Salazar could help the Indians salvage a game against their division foes. The club has set a Sunday return for Cabrera, who has been sidelined since experiencing back spasms Monday.

Salazar (2-4, 5.12 ERA) takes his second turn in the rotation since being recalled for Tuesday's 8-2 win over Minnesota. The right-hander earned the win and held the Twins to a run and six hits while striking out six in five innings.

Combined with the last four starts from his previous big league stint this season, the 24-year-old is 2-1 with a 3.29 ERA after going 0-3 with a 7.85 mark in his first four outings.

Manager Terry Francona is hoping for more of the same to bring Salazar in line with his 3.12 ERA over 10 starts a season ago.

"I'll tell you what: That was more of the stuff we had come to appreciate last year," Francona told MLB's official website. "If he's gonna pitch like that, and move forward with it - man, what a shot in the arm for us."

The next step is improving against the Royals, who have beaten Salazar in two career matchups while hanging a 6.97 ERA on him. Eric Hosmer (4 for 6) and Butler (3 for 5) have each collected a pair of doubles against him.

Hosmer, though, has been held out of the starting lineup five times in the last six games due to a bruised right hand.

Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was scratched from Saturday's lineup because of an illness.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Indians at Royals
Thu, Jul 24 Final 1 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Indians at Royals
Fri, Jul 25 Final 4 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Indians at Royals
Sat, Jul 26 Final 5 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Indians at Royals
Sun, Jul 27 Final 10 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CLE  +100   -200   8 
 KAN  -110   +170   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CLE  +104   -200   8 
 KAN  -114   +170   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CLE  30%   26%   45% 
 KAN  70%   74%   55% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 26, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 5 Over: 12 
 KAN 7 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 25, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 4 Over: 10 
 KAN 6 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 24, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 1 Under: 3 
 KAN 2 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 6, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 1 Under: 5 
 CLE 4 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 5, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 3 Over: 10 
 CLE 7 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 4, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 7 Cover: +100 
 CLE 1 Over: 8 
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 Jun 11, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 1 Under: 5 
 KAN 4 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 10, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 5 Over: 14 
 KAN 9 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 24, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 1 Under: 6 
 CLE 5 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 23, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 3 Over: 8 
 CLE 5 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Sunday, Jul 27
 
    Blue Jays at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Reds
1:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Phillies
1:35 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Rays
1:40 PM EDT
    Indians at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    Mets at Brewers
2:10 PM EDT
    White Sox at Twins
2:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Tigers at Angels
3:35 PM EDT
    Orioles at Mariners
4:10 PM EDT
    Pirates at Rockies
4:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Braves
5:05 PM EDT
    Athletics at Rangers
7:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Giants
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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