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Preview: Tigers (7-6) at Royals (8-7)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium
Date: July 20, 2013 7:10 PM EDT
  

Justin Verlander has continued his domination of the Kansas City Royals this season but has yet to earn a win against them.

Verlander will try to change that while helping the Detroit Tigers start turning around their lackluster record in this year's series Saturday night.

Verlander is 15-2 with a 2.56 ERA in 25 career starts against Kansas City and has posted a 0.64 ERA in his two matchups this season. The Tigers' bullpen, though, has failed to hold on to leads in both games, and he's received a total of five runs of support.

Verlander pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out eight in his most recent meeting with the Royals on June 12, but Drew Smyly and Jose Valverde combined to give up two runs in the ninth in a 3-2 loss in 10 innings.

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In the final game before the All-Star break Sunday, Verlander (10-6, 3.50 ERA) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in a 5-0 win over Texas.

He's hoping a change in routine will help him earn another victory. Verlander has had only one throwing session since his last start in order to help him rest.

"I think it's going to rejuvenate him," pitching coach Jeff Jones told the team's website. "It's been a battle for him. He's worked as hard as you can work trying to figure some things out.

"We've spent a lot of time in the video room working on various things that he's gotten away from that he's done in the past. I think he's starting the throw the ball really well."

The Tigers (52-43) were shut out for the seventh time this year in their return from the break Friday. They produced a season-low two hits in a 1-0 defeat to Kansas City (44-49).

Billy Butler's RBI single in the first inning was all the Royals needed to snap a five-game skid. After going 13-5 in last season's series, the Tigers are 2-4 against Kansas City in 2013.

"I did not know that was going to be enough," Butler said. "It was a pitcher's duel, old-fashioned."

Jeremy Guthrie (8-7, 4.25) will try to help his team win consecutive games with another strong home start against Detroit. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.29 ERA in his last three matchups with the Tigers at Kauffman Stadium.

Guthrie gave up two runs over 6 1-3 innings in a 3-2 win there June 10, his only meeting with Detroit this season.

Unlike Verlander, Guthrie wasn't sharp in his final start before the break. He gave up five runs over seven innings in a 5-3 loss in Cleveland last Saturday.

Four of those runs came on one swing from Lonnie Chisenhall in the sixth inning. The grand slam was the 22nd homer that Guthrie has allowed this season.

"Jeremy was really good, really good tonight," manager Ned Yost said. "I thought that inning just kind of developed."

The performance dropped the right-hander to 1-4 with a 5.80 ERA in his last six starts. Guthrie is 0-1 with an 11.42 ERA in his last two home outings after going 5-1 with a 2.79 ERA in his first six this season.

Butler has more hits off Verlander than any other batter, going 24 for 57 (.421) with two homers and 10 RBIs.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Tigers at Royals
Fri, Jul 19 Final 0 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Tigers at Royals
Sat, Jul 20 Final 5 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Tigers at Royals
Sun, Jul 21 Final 4 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Orioles at Royals
Mon, Jul 22 Final 9 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 5
Orioles at Royals
Tue, Jul 23 Final 2 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 6
Orioles at Royals
Wed, Jul 24 Final 3 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 7
Orioles at Royals
Thu, Jul 25 Final 1 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  -185   -115   8.5 
 KAN  +165   -105   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  -200   -130   8.5 
 KAN  +170   +110   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  91%   89%   39% 
 KAN  9%   11%   61% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 0 Under: 1 
 KAN 1 Cover: +125 
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 Jun 12, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 2 Under: 5 
 KAN 3 Cover: +110 
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 Jun 11, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 3 Cover: +100 
 KAN 2 Under: 5 
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 Jun 10, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 2 Under: 5 
 KAN 3 Cover: +130 
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 Apr 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 8 Cover: +161 
 DET 3 Over: 11 
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 Apr 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 5 Over: 12 
 DET 7 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 0 Under: 0 
 DET 0 Cover: +100 
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 Oct 3, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 1 Cover: +100 
 KAN 0 Under: 1 
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 Oct 2, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 2 Under: 6 
 KAN 4 Cover: +115 
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 Oct 1, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 6 Cover: +100 
 KAN 3 Push: 9 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Saturday, Jul 20
 
    Rays at Blue Jays
1:05 PM EDT
    Phillies at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Yankees at Red Sox
4:05 PM EDT
    Braves at White Sox
4:05 PM EDT
    Pirates at Reds
4:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Royals
7:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Brewers
7:10 PM EDT
    Indians at Twins
7:10 PM EDT
    Mariners at Astros
7:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Cardinals
7:15 PM EDT
    Orioles at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Cubs at Rockies
8:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Angels
9:05 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Giants
9:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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