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Preview: Royals (54-51) at Tigers (57-46)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Comerica Park
Date: June 16, 2014 7:08 PM EDT
  

The Kansas City Royals are riding high on a seven-game win streak, but they can be forgiven if they approach their next series with some caution.

The visiting Royals are 0-5 against the first-place Detroit Tigers this year and have had trouble with Monday night's scheduled starter, the struggling Justin Verlander.

Kansas City (36-32) begins this four-game set trying to cut into Detroit's 1 1/2-game AL Central lead. The Royals are enjoying their longest win streak since a nine-game run July 23-Aug. 1.

The Tigers have outscored the Royals 32-12. Victor Martinez (8 for 19) and Ian Kinsler (9 for 22) have done some of the major damage in the season series for Detroit (36-29), combining for five doubles, two homers and seven RBIs.

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Verlander (6-6, 4.61 ERA) is 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in two starts against the Royals this year, and 17-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 31 in his career versus them.

The right-hander could be vulnerable Monday with his highest ERA in six years. He fell to 1-4 with a 7.39 ERA in his last five outings after giving up a season-high seven earned runs over 5 2-3 innings in Wednesday's 8-2 loss at the Chicago White Sox.

'I mean it is troublesome, yeah, but just need to continue to work on what I've been working on," he said.

Two Royals hitters who figure to trouble him are Billy Butler and Salvador Perez. Butler is a .432 hitter off Verlander and Perez is 12 for 27 with seven doubles and a homer.

Perez is 13 for 34 during a nine-game hitting streak after going 2 for 3 with a three-run homer in Sunday's 6-3 win over the White Sox. Kansas City outscored Chicago 22-6 in sweeping the three-game set.

'We're getting off to early leads,' said first baseman Eric Hosmer, who was 4 for 12 with a homer and five RBIs over the weekend. 'We're giving our pitchers breathing room early. The way they have been throwing for us all year they have been lights out. Now to give them nice breathing room early and get some leads and not let them to be fine with their pitches and let them go out there and let the defense work.'

Detroit is 12-7 against left-handed starters as it gets ready to face Jason Vargas (6-2, 3.30) for the third time this year. Vargas is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in the first two outings, with Kinsler going 4 for 6 with a homer.

Vargas is 2-0 in six road starts with a 1.60 ERA that ranks fifth in baseball.

The Tigers won for the third time in four games, 4-3 over Minnesota on Sunday. Torii Hunter scored the winning run on J.D. Martinez's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.

"It's not over until the last out is made and we kept battling," Hunter said.

Detroit captured the final two games of the weekend set. Victor Martinez was 5 for 8 with three RBIs in those wins and Kinsler was 5 for 10 with three RBIs.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Royals at Tigers
Mon, Jun 16 Final 11 to 8
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Royals at Tigers
Tue, Jun 17 Final 11 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Royals at Tigers
Wed, Jun 18 Final 2 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Royals at Tigers
Thu, Jun 19 Final 1 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 KAN  +130   -165   8.5 
 DET  -140   +145   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 KAN  +131   -160   8.5 
 DET  -141   +140   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 KAN  41%   39%   54% 
 DET  59%   61%   46% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 May 4, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 9 Cover: +100 
 KAN 4 Over: 13 
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 May 3, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 9 Cover: +100 
 KAN 2 Over: 11 
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 May 2, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 8 Cover: +125 
 KAN 2 Over: 10 
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 Apr 3, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 0 Under: 0 
 DET 0 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 2, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 1 Under: 3 
 DET 2 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 31, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 3 Push: 7 
 DET 4 Cover: +100 
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 Sep 15, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 2 Under: 5 
 DET 3 Cover: +100 
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 Sep 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 1 Cover: +117 
 DET 0 Under: 1 
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 Sep 13, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 3 Over: 9 
 DET 6 Cover: +100 
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 Sep 8, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 2 Under: 7 
 KAN 5 Cover: +107 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Monday, Jun 16
 
    Royals at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Angels at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Orioles at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Mets at Cardinals
8:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
    Rangers at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Padres at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Rockies at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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