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Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins - 4/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Twins (0-2) at Kansas City Royals (1-1)

MLB Baseball: Friday, April 8, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

T Milone (0-0) (0.00) vs. Y Ventura (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Kansas City Royals -135 / Minnesota Twins +125 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Twins look for their first victory of the season as they head into Kauffman Stadium to take on the reigning World Series champions, the Kansas City Royals.

The Twins continue their road trip in Kansas City on Friday as they face off against the defending world champions in a set with the Royals and they will kick things off by sending Ervin Santana to the mound who will face off against Yordano Ventura. The Twins were swept in the three game set at Camden Yards this week and while they held the Orioles high powered offense in check as they only allowed 11 runs through games, they couldn’t muster anything offensively of their own and scored a measly two in each of the three games. Minnesota isn’t expected to do a whole lot this season but they do have some nice pieces in place moving forward and getting a full year out of Miguel Sano should leave many in the Twin Cities excited as he has some of the best raw power in baseball. Minnesota is 0-6 in their last six games dating back to last season but have fared well with Santana on the road as they are 4-1 in his last five starts away from Target Field and they will need him to be on point in this one against a loaded Royals lineup.

Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins - 4/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Kansas City split their season opening series with the New York Mets and will look to get back in the win column on Friday as they start another set with the Twins. The Royals picked up where they left off on opening night and look as dangerous as ever heading into this season as they have most of their key pieces back, are lethal at the plate hitting for contact and for power, and have one of the best defensive teams in the Major Leagues. The Royals are 5-0 in their last five contests against the AL Central and are 35-17 in their last 52 contests in which Ventura starts and while he had some inconsistency about his game a season ago which forced him to bounce back and forth to AAA I think he is ready to make a move to be a force on the mound this season and that starts tonight. The Royals should cruise here as the Twins are in trouble. 

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Kansas City Royals -135

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