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Kansas City Royals vs. Washington Nationals Free Pick - 8/23/13

Washington Nationals (63-64) at Kansas City Royals (64-62)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 23, 2013 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

Gio Gonzalez (L) (7-6) (3.382) vs. Wade Davis (R) (6-9) (5.430)

Kansas City Royals -121 / Washington Nationals +111 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds


The Washington Nationals and Kansas City Royals compete this weekend in KC, trying to move up in the standings.

Washington pulled within a win of .500 this season, beating the Chicago Cubs for the third time in four tries 5-4 on Thursday. The Nats pulled it out 5-4 during 13 innings.

Kansas City Royals vs. Washington Nationals Free Pick - 8/23/13

Washington led 4-0 after seven frames thanks to Ryan Zimmerman's home run, Stephen Strasburg's (6-9, 3.00 ERA) RBI-single, Anthony Rendon's sacrifice fly and Stephen Lombardozzi's HR. Chady Tracy's groundout to Chicago's pitcher got the Nationals game-winning run in.

The Royals were swept away by the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Thursday during 12 innings. Kansas City scored all of their runs during the fifth frame thanks to Emilio Bonifacio's single, Alcides Escobar's sacrifice fly and Jamey Carroll's sac fly. The Royals finished with four fewers hits, 6-10, as well were 2-of-9 With Runners In Scoring Position.

KC turns to Wade Davis (6-9, 5.43 ERA) next. Davis is 2-5 at Kauffman Stadium, narrowly defeating the Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins, yielding two runs during 11 innings. In Davis' five home losses, the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics knocked in 25 runs, 23 earned, during 24.2 frames. Washington is 6-of-24 with two David DeJesus RBIs versus Davis.

The Nats offer Gio Gonzalez (7-6, 3.38 ERA) to the bump on Friday. Gonzalez has lost his last two road starts to the Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers, conceding 12 runs during 10.1 innings.

Gonzalez is 3-3 overall in away appearances, beating the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing three runs during 20 frames. The Royals are 19-of-72 with 13 RBIs, four Billy Butler's, versus Gonzalez. Kansas City and Washington are likely going to be in a meat grinder.

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