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Preview: White Sox (8-8) at Royals (7-7)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium
Date: August 22, 2013 8:10 PM EDT
  

Despite a disappointing season, the Chicago White Sox are in the midst of their longest winning stretch of the year.

The Kansas City Royals, meanwhile, must find a way to get back on track to remain a serious playoff contender.

Looking for a sixth consecutive victory, the White Sox try to end James Shields' recent run of success and complete their first road sweep of the Royals in four seasons Thursday night.

Chicago (51-74) is well out of postseason contention, but it's won 11 of 16 since a season-high 10-game slide. It's been almost a year - Aug. 20-26 - since the White Sox won six straight overall.

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They haven't swept a series at Kansas City since May 29-31, 2009.

The Royals (64-61), meanwhile, have totaled 18 runs while losing four straight and seven of nine. They are 6 1/2 back of the final AL wild-card spot and 9 1/2 behind Detroit in the Central.

"We have just not played well," said slugger Billy Butler, one of the few Royals to hit with a .379 average his last 15 games. "We're in a tough stretch and we're just not hitting."

After being held to two runs in the first two games of the set, Kansas City hopes to provide Shields (8-8, 3.19 ERA) some support.

Though the right-hander ranks near the bottom of the majors receiving an average 3.61 runs of support, he's 4-1 with a 3.00 ERA in his last five starts. He allowed three hits and overcame four walks in seven innings of a 3-0 victory at Detroit on Friday.

"I've been pitching well all season," said Shields, who has recorded quality starts 20 of the 26 times he's taken the mound. "I've got a lot of quality starts. That's what I care about, not wins and losses.'

Shields' current run of a success began July 26, when he allowed eight hits over seven scoreless innings of a 5-1 victory at Chicago. He's yielded five runs in 26 innings while going 1-1 in four starts against the White Sox in 2013.

Chicago starter Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66) gave up two runs in seven innings of that loss to Shields last month. Though the left-hander is 0-2 in his last five starts versus Kansas City, he's posted a 3.16 ERA during those outings.

He helped the White Sox snap their season-high 10-game road slide Friday while yielding two runs and striking out seven in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-2 victory at Minnesota.

"(I) tried to come in and attack earlier, throw strikes to every single one of the batters, and thankfully everything worked out," said Quintana, who gave up five runs in five innings against the Twins in his previous start.

Batting .462 (6 for 13) against Shields, Chicago's Dayan Viciedo clubbed his second career grand slam and had three hits in Wednesday's 5-2 victory.

Viciedo is hitting .184 in August, but .350 (7 for 20) with two homers and seven RBIs in five games at Kauffman Stadium this season.

Kansas City's Mike Moustakas is 7 for 16 with two homers against Quintana, and had an RBI on Wednesday. However, he's 0 for 8 with four strikeouts in his last three versus Chicago.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
White Sox at Royals
Tue, Aug 20 Final 2 to 0
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
White Sox at Royals
Wed, Aug 21 Final 5 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
White Sox at Royals
Thu, Aug 22 Final 4 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHW  +155   -145   7.5 
 KAN  -165   +125   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHW  +160   -140   7.5 
 KAN  -180   +120   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHW  28%   20%   18% 
 KAN  72%   80%   82% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Aug 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 5 Cover: +155 
 KAN 2 Under: 7 
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 Aug 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 2 Cover: +165 
 KAN 0 Under: 2 
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 Jul 28, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 4 Cover: +100 
 CHW 2 Under: 6 
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 Jul 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 1 Cover: +150 
 CHW 0 Under: 1 
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 Jul 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 5 Cover: +100 
 CHW 1 Under: 6 
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 Jun 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 6 Over: 13 
 KAN 7 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 3 Cover: +112 
 KAN 2 Under: 5 
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 Jun 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 9 Cover: +123 
 KAN 1 Over: 10 
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 May 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 2 Cover: +127 
 KAN 1 Under: 3 
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 May 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 5 Over: 11 
 KAN 6 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Thursday, Aug 22
 
    Diamondbacks at Reds
12:35 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Marlins
12:40 PM EDT
    Twins at Tigers
1:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Rockies at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Braves at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Pirates at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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