Game of the Day: Yankees at Royals

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New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals
(-136,
7.5)

The Kansas City Royals are winners of 24 of their last 31 games
and have advanced to the top spot in the American League
Central. The New York Yankees, who visit the Royals for a
one-game makeup Monday, are winners of four straight as they
try to stay in contention for a postseason spot. The Yankees
begin a stretch with 22 of the next 31 games against teams
owning winning records.

The Yankees needed walk-off wins in two of the three games over
the weekend to beat one of the worst teams in the AL in the
Chicago White Sox and has not won a series on the road against
a current winning team since taking three straight at Seattle
from June 10-12. The Royals took two of three from the Yankees
from June 6-8 before the finale of the four-game series was
postponed until Monday. Kansas City’s offense has scored six or
more runs in each of its last seven wins and totaled four home
runs over the weekend in Texas.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN, YES (New York), FSN
Kansas City

LINE HISTORY: The LV Superbook opened the
Royals as -136 home favorites. The total opened 7.5.

INJURY REPORT: Yankees – LF Brett Gardner
(Doubtful, ankle). Royals – 1B Eric Hosmer (15-day DL,
hand).

COVERS POWER RANKINGS:
Yankees (-162), Royals (-185).

WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “While the Pinstripes having
enjoyed good success against the Royals of late, winning eight
of the last twelve contests, the makeup of these two squads has
changed dramatically this season. In Shields, Kansas City owns
a legitimate staff ace, one who has enjoyed success against the
Bronx Bombers, going 8-2 with a 2.19 ERA his last ten home team
starts. Shields is also an eye-popping 15-3 in his last
eighteen overall team starts during the month of August. With
his counterpart Michael Pineda still being limited to a
conservative pitch count following his lengthy return off the
DL, look for Pineda’s August woes (1-5 career team starts) to
continue tonight.” Covers
Expert Marc Lawrence
.

WAG WAR: Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka’s
wife Mai Satoda and Royals OF Alex Gordon’s wife Jamie.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees RH Michael Pineda
(2-2, 2.05 ERA) vs. Royals RH James Shields (12-6, 3.28)

Pineda has made two starts since coming off a stint of nearly
four months on the disabled list and picked up right where he
left off. The 25-year-old held Baltimore and Houston to a total
of three runs and six hits in 11 innings but did not factor in
the decision in either outing. Pineda is still building his
stamina and has yet to record an out in the seventh inning or
later this season.

Shields posted his sixth straight quality start Tuesday by
holding Colorado to two runs on nine hits in six innings while
striking out six. The free agent to be owns 16 strikeouts
against three walks in his last three turns and owns a 3.23 ERA
in 11 home starts in 2014. Shields faced New York at home June
8 and yielded only an unearned run in six innings while
striking out eight to grab a win.

TWEET BEAT:

TRENDS:

* Yankees are 4-0 in their last four overall.
* Royals are 8-1 in their last nine home games.
* Under is 5-0-1 in Pineda’s last six starts overall.
* Yankees are 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Kansas City.

COVERS CONSENSUS: 68 percent of wagers on
Covers Consensus are backing the Royals.

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