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Preview: Royals (54-51) at Blue Jays (59-49)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Rogers Centre
Date: September 01, 2013 1:07 PM EDT
  

While the Kansas City Royals arrived at Rogers Centre enjoying one of their longest winning streaks of the season, they haven't seen their success carry over north of the border.

Kansas City tries to avoid a three-game sweep against the Toronto Blue Jays, who go for a sixth win in seven games Sunday.

The Royals (69-66) had won five straight by a 34-8 margin before failing to generate much offense in Friday's 3-2 loss. They suffered another close defeat Saturday, falling 4-2 after Aaron Crow issued back-to-back bases-loaded walks during Toronto's three-run eighth-inning rally.

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"We can't be coming in and doing that at this time of year," said manager Ned Yost, who was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Will Little. "We've got to command the ball a little better in these crucial situations. Aaron does, anyway."

Sitting in sixth place in the AL wild-card standings, Kansas City has gone 3-10 in the series since the start of last year.

The Blue Jays (62-74) have followed a season worst-tying seven-game losing streak with a 5-1 stretch. R.A. Dickey threw eight strong innings and Jose Reyes collected three hits Saturday.

Ryan Goins has also provided a big spark, hitting safely in each of his first eight career games to match Jesse Barfield's team record set in 1981. The second baseman, who was called up last Thursday, has gone 12 for 30 (.400) with seven runs.

The Blue Jays will try to keep things going against Royals starter James Shields (9-8, 3.14 ERA), who is seeking his major league best-tying 23rd quality start.

The right-hander has been nearly untouchable in his last four starts, going 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA. Shields gave up one run and four hits in 7 1-3 innings in Tuesday's 6-1 victory at Minnesota.

"I've got a ton of quality starts this year and I feel like I've been pitching well all year," he said. "The wins are going to come. I'm not really too worried about it. I'm just going to keep grinding out the rest of the season and hope for the best."

Shields had gone 5-0 with a 0.94 ERA during a six-start stretch against the Blue Jays before throwing a two-hitter in a 3-2 loss April 13. Shields has also gone the distance in his last two starts in Toronto, winning both while allowing a combined one run and striking out 19.

Edwin Encarnacion is 5 for 26 in their matchups, and Rajai Davis is 1 for 11.

The Blue Jays counter with J.A. Happ (3-4, 5.46), who has posted an 8.10 ERA in losing his last two starts. The left-hander yielded five runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings in Tuesday's 7-1 defeat to the New York Yankees.

"I know I can pitch better," he said. "I'm going to try not to think about this one too much, try not to overanalyze it. I felt good, I'm healthy, I'm throwing the ball well. I just need to take that next step."

Happ has won both his career starts against the Royals despite a 4.91 ERA. He surrendered four runs in five innings but earned the win in an 8-4 road victory April 12.

Alcides Escobar is 1 for 10 versus Happ, and Justin Maxwell, Mike Moustakas and Billy Butler are a combined 0 for 12. Butler, hitless in his last 11 at_bats, is 2 for his last 42 against the Blue Jays.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Royals at Blue Jays
Fri, Aug 30 Final 2 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Royals at Blue Jays
Sat, Aug 31 Final 2 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Royals at Blue Jays
Sun, Sep 1 Final 5 to 0
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 KAN  -155   +105   8.5 
 TOR  +145   -125   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 KAN  -155   +105   8.5 
 TOR  +140   -125   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 KAN  78%   39%   55% 
 TOR  22%   61%   45% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Aug 31, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 2 Under: 6 
 TOR 4 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Aug 30, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 2 Under: 5 
 TOR 3 Cover: +105 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 2 Under: 5 
 KAN 3 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 13, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 3 Cover: +125 
 KAN 2 Under: 5 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 12, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 8 Cover: +100 
 KAN 4 Over: 12 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps

 MLB PREVIEWS
 Sunday, Sep 1
 
    Indians at Tigers
1:05 PM EDT
    Orioles at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Blue Jays
1:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Red Sox
1:35 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Pirates
1:35 PM EDT
    Angels at Brewers
2:10 PM EDT
    Mariners at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Twins at Rangers
3:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Athletics
4:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Rockies
4:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Dodgers
4:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Diamondbacks
4:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Braves
5:00 PM EDT
    Mets at Nationals
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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