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Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers Free Pick 9/22/13

Texas Rangers (84-70) at Kansas City Royals (81-73)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

Alexi Ogando (R) (6-4) (3.375) vs. James Shields (R) (12-9) (3.328)

The Line: Kansas City Royals -133 / Texas Rangers +123 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Southwest

The Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers face off on Sunday as they close out their series in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Royals have their playoffs hopes clinging to life by a thread and they took a serious hit as they lost on Saturday to the Rangers. Eric Hosmer hit a home run and Emilio Bonifacio and Mike Moustakas each had hits as the Royals scored one run on five hits. Starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie allowed seven hit sand three runs over 6.0 innings to take the loss. For Sunday’s game, the Royals start James Shields, who is 12-9 with a 3.33 ERA for the season and 2-1 with a 6.62 ERA in his last three starts.

Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers Free Pick 9/22/13

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The Texas Rangers stayed within a half of a game of the leaders in the A.L. Wildcard race by getting the win in K.C. on Saturday. Craig Gentry had three hits, Adrian Beltre had two hits, and Alex Rios and Ian Kinsler had hits as the Rangers scored three runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher Matt Garza allowed five hits and a run, while striking out five over 8.0 innings to get the win and Joe Nathan earned the save. For Sunday’s game, the Rangers start Alexi Ogando, who is 7-4 with a 3.15 ERA for the season and 2-1 with a 3,86 ERA in his last three starts.

Kansas City is 5-2 in their last seven home games, 17-9 in their last 26 games, and 16-5 in Shields’ last 21 starts. Texas is 10-24 in their last against a team with a winning record, 3-9 in their last 12 games, and 7-3 in Ogando’s last 10 starts. Texas is 31-14 in the last 45 meetings of these two.

This one fits right into Shields’ wheelhouse and look for him to come up big and get the win for the Royals. 

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