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Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians (-109,
The Kansas City Royals are looking safe to secure at least a
berth in the wild-card race, but are once again turning their
sights to the American League Central crown. The Royals will
try to keep the pressure on the Detroit Tigers when they
visit the Cleveland Indians for the second of a three-game
series on Tuesday. Kansas City is one game behind the Tigers
in the Central while sitting two games up on the Seattle
Mariners for the second AL wild card.
Cleveland is not ready to give up its own postseason dreams
and is 3 1/2 games behind the Royals for that coveted second
wild card. The Indians briefly got the deficit down to 2 1/2
when they closed out the completion of a suspended contest
before Monday’s regularly-scheduled game but failed to take
another bite out in a 2-0 loss in the nightcap. Cleveland is
down to the final five contests of its regular season and has
two more chances to cut into the Royals before closing out
the campaign against the Tampa Bay Rays.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, FSN Kansas City,
SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland)
Pinnacle Sports opened the Indians as -113 home faves but
that is now -109. The total has held at 7.
INJURY REPORT: Royals – 2B Christian Colon
(Out indefinitely, finger). Indians – RF Ryan Rayburn (Out
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Royals (-171), Indians (-161)
WEATHER: Temperatures in the low-60s with
clear skies. Wind bill blow in from right field at 5 mph.
WAG WAR: Eric Hosmer’s girlfriend Kimberly
Figueroa and Drew Stubbs’ rumored girlfriend Samantha Steele.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals RH Yordano Ventura
(13-10, 3.19 ERA) vs. Indians RH Danny Salazar (6-7, 4.02)
Ventura dominated through seven innings against Chicago on
Wednesday, striking out seven while allowing one run on three
hits to earn a win. The 23-year-old has permitted three or
fewer earned runs in each of his last 10 starts and has
picked up the win in four of the last five. Ventura yielded
one run in a season-high 8 1/3 innings at Cleveland on July
Salazar has been nearly as strong as Ventura of late and
struck out nine while surrendering one run in 7 1/3 innings
without getting a decision at Houston on Thursday. The
Dominican allowed one or no earned runs in four of his last
six turns. Santana last faced the Royals on July 27, when he
picked up a win while yielding three run on seven hits in
* Under is 4-0 in the last four meetings.
* Royals are 6-2 in Ventura’s last eight road starts.
* Indians are 7-1 in their last eight games as a
* Under is 19-7-1 in umpire Ed Hickox’s last 27 games behind
COVERS CONSENSUS: 55 percent of bettors are behind
the visiting Royals.