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Preview: Royals (52-49) at Indians (51-51)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Progressive Field
Date: June 18, 2013 7:05 PM EDT
  

Kansas City's pitchers have sparked the team's return to the .500 mark.

Right at the head of that effort has been Ervin Santana, who will look to lead the Royals to a winning record for the first time in exactly a month with a victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

"It's important to get to .500, but now it's more important to move past that," manager Ned Yost said.

Kansas City (34-34) has won 11 of 13 behind a pitching staff that has posted a 1.69 ERA during its run while holding opposing hitters to a .217 average.

"We've been playing good baseball and we're enjoying it," designated hitter Billy Butler said. "We're more confident now than we were when we started 17-10.'

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It was more of the same Monday, as the Royals held the Indians (34-35) to six hits. James Shields overcame four walks to allow one run in six innings, and the bullpen took care of the rest in Kansas City's 2-1 victory. Royals' relievers have allowed two runs over their last 37 innings.

Santana (5-5, 2.74 ERA) will look to win his third straight start. He hasn't walked a batter over his past two games and has the fourth-best strikeouts-to-walks ratio in the majors.

He failed to pick up a win for over a month as Kansas City tallied just nine runs over six of his starts - all losses for the team - but in his last two outings, the Royals have scored 17 to help Santana even his record. The right-hander surrendered five hits and an unearned run over 7 2-3 innings of a 10-1 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Before winning his last two starts, Santana's last win came against Cleveland on April 27, when he tossed seven scoreless innings with no walks and five strikeouts in a 3-2 victory. He's allowed one run over 14 innings to win his past two against the Indians.

Santana has held Cleveland's Carlos Santana to 3 hits in 14 at_bats, while Mike Aviles has yet to muster a hit against him in 10 at_bats.

Cleveland's once-prolific offense has struggled of late. After finishing third in the majors with 146 runs in May, the Indians are tied for 20th with 53 runs in June. Cleveland has yet to surpass six runs this month after doing so 10 times in May. Even second baseman Jason Kipnis saw his 10-game hitting streak, during which he batted .432, snapped in Monday's loss.

Hoping to provide a spark, the Indians on Tuesday recalled Lonnie Chisenhall from Triple-A Columbus. Chisenhall began the season as Cleveland's starting third baseman, but he struggled and was optioned to the minor leagues on May 13 after batting just .213 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 26 games.

He batted .390 with six homers and 26 RBIs in 27 games at Columbus after being sent down. Chisenhall will bat seventh Tuesday.

The Indians' offensive struggles are rough news for Ubaldo Jimenez (5-4, 4.79), who has received just 17 runs of support over his last six starts.

Jimenez went 12 starts without a win before allowing three hits over seven innings in a 9-0 victory at Kansas City on April 29.

"It felt really good,' Jimenez said. "When I saw the run on my fastball, I said, `We have to take advantage of that.'"

Jimenez will want to be careful with Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, who has tagged him for five hits, including two home runs, in 11 at_bats.

Cleveland will again be without first baseman Nick Swisher, who is dealing with a sore shoulder and is not expected back until Friday at the earliest.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Royals at Indians
Mon, Jun 17 Final 2 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Royals at Indians
Tue, Jun 18 Final 3 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Royals at Indians
Wed, Jun 19 Final 3 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 KAN  -110   +155   7.5 
 CLE  +100   -175   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 KAN  -110   -220   7.5 
 CLE  +100   +180   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 KAN  76%   15%   29% 
 CLE  24%   85%   71% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jun 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 2 Cover: +100 
 CLE 1 Under: 3 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 29, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 9 Cover: +138 
 KAN 0 Push: 9 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 28, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 10 Cover: +120 
 KAN 3 Over: 13 
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 Apr 28, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 0 Over: 9 
 KAN 9 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 2 Under: 5 
 KAN 3 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 0 Under: 0 
 KAN 0 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 29, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 1 Under: 6 
 KAN 5 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 5 Cover: +100 
 CLE 3 Over: 8 
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 Feb 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 4 Cover: +105 
 CLE 1 Over: 5 
 Tools:   Recaps

 MLB PREVIEWS
 Tuesday, Jun 18
 
    Rays at Red Sox
1:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Braves
1:10 PM EDT
    Orioles at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    Rockies at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Mets at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Pirates at Reds
7:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Marlins at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
    Mariners at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Padres at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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