Preview: Twins at Royals

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Wind: ENE 5
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GAME: Minnesota Twins (48-57) at Kansas City Royals (53-52)
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, July 30 - 8:10 PM EST
WHERE: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
LINE: 131, -142 TOTAL: 7


Following a rough start out of the All-Star break, the Minnesota Twins picked right back up where they left off with their solid recent play away from home. The Twins, who continue their three-game road set on Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals, averaged only 2.6 runs while going 3-7 during a 10-game homestand to begin the second half. While Minnesota didn’t break out of its offensive funk in Tuesday’s 2-1 win, it did secure its sixth victory in its last seven games away from home.

The series-opening triumph kicked off a stretch in which the Twins play 13 of 15 on the road as they try to work their way out of last place in the American League Central,. The Royals lost for the second straight time following a five-game winning streak and fell to 4-6 versus Minnesota in 2014 after taking 15 of the 19 meetings last season. Kansas City has scored three or fewer runs in all six of their setbacks against the Twins and is 12-21 in one-run games after leading the American League with 31 such victories a season ago.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), FSN Kansas City

PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Phil Hughes (10-7, 4.10 ERA) vs. Royals LH Danny Duffy (5-10, 2.47)

Hughes was pulled after three-plus innings in his last start against the White Sox on Thursday after Chicago slugger Adam Dunn hit a sharp comebacker off his right shin in the loss. The No. 23 overall pick of the 2004 draft was saddled with his second straight loss after he was charged with two runs on four hits. Hughes notched his first victory of the season on April 20 versus the Royals after giving up three runs in six frames and is 6-2 despite a 5.77 ERA in 10 career appearances (nine starts) against them.

Although counterpart Corey Kluber took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning for Cleveland, Duffy was nearly his equal in Thursday’s 14-inning victory over the Indians. The 25-year-old permitted only two singles and walked a pair over seven frames while striking out seven to escape with a no-decision. Duffy, who is receiving 2.47 runs of support per nine innings – the lowest mark in the majors among pitchers who have worked at least 90 innings – got his last victory before his current four-game winless skid on June 30 against the Twins, allowing one run over 5 2/3 innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Duffy has posted a 0.92 ERA over his last three starts, but is 0-2 over that span.

2. Twins RF Oswaldo Arcia is expected to return to the team on Wednesday after missing Tuesday's contest following the birth of his child.

3. Minnesota  2B Brian Dozier, who went 2-for-3 in the opener to end an 0-for-17 skid, has walked twice in July after drawing 51 over the three-plus months of the season.

PREDICTION: Royals 2, Twins 1

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Minnesota 48-57 W2 24-29 24-28 13-15 21-18 8-15 6-9
Kansas City 53-52 L2 25-27 28-25 14-12 23-25 8-11 8-4

Last Meeting

Minnesota Kansas City
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/29/14 MIN 2 KC 1 .233 0 .651 .161 0 .438

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
MIN K. Suzuki .324 11 .881
KC A. Escobar .438 14 1.189
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
MIN B. Dozier 1 5 3
KC A. Escobar 1 7 6
Pitching ERA Avg K
MIN 2.86 .255 51
KC 3.35 .248 79
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
MIN K. Suzuki .307 93 .758
KC S. Perez .278 102 .741
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
MIN B. Dozier 19 72 48
KC M. Moustakas 13 30 40
Pitching ERA Avg K
MIN 4.30 .244 646
KC 3.70 .262 755

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -110 -110
100
8
Offshore Odds
5Dimes.eu
-140
130
102
7
CarbonSports -153 138
-105
7
GTBets.eu -140 130
-105
7
Top Bet -150 135
-105
7
SBO.ag -149 129
-105
7
BetDSI -149 134
-105
7
Sportsbook -153 138
-105
7
BookMaker.eu -149 134
-105
7
Vegas Odds
LVH -144 134
-115
7
Mirage -160
140
-140
7.5
Station -150 135
-105
7
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Minnesota Overall Kansas City
48-57 W/L 53-52
52-53 RL W/L 59-46
50-50-5 O/U 48-52-5
4.10 Runs For 3.97
4.49 Runs Against 3.99
Minnesota A/H Kansas City
24-28 W/L 25-27
34-18 RL W/L 21-31
24-26-2 O/U 25-26-1
4.04 Runs For 3.65
4.12 Runs Against 4.42