Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/15/14
Kansas City Royals (65-54) at Minnesota Twins (54-65)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Danny Duffy (L) (6-9) (2.599) vs. Ricky Nolasco (R) (5-7) (5.903)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +134 / Kansas City Royals -144 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, FS-North
The Kansas City Royals clash with the division rival Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Friday night.
The Royals have risen again to take away first in the AL Central from the Tigers but the question is can they hold on to it this time. Kansas City will be holding on to their spot another day after upending the Athletics 7-3 on Thursday. Starter James Shields held the A's to three runs on seven hits over six innings in a no decision effort while five relievers held serve. Kansas City piled up 12 hits with Norichika Aoki and Billy Butler each driving in a pair of runs. This game was up for grabs until the Royals scored five times in the 7th. The Royals send lefty Danny Duffy to the hill to squareoff with Minnesota for the second time in 2014. Duffy has some great numbers but lacks for support with record of 7-10 despite a 2.57 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.
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Minnesota has been doing a little winning the past week although it won't help them get to the postseason. That time has come and gone despite victories in three of four after a 3-1 decision at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday. Starter Kyle Gibson came up big on the mound with the lone run scored on six hits over 7.2 frames to lift his record to 11-9. The offense did their damage on eleven hits eith Joe Mauer connecting on his third homer while Kenny Vargas led the way with a pair of RBI's. Ricky Nolasco is scheduled to open the series on the mound against visiting Minnesota on Friday. Nolasco has really struggled on the season with a 5-7 record in 18 outings with an ERA just south of six.
Kansas City is the hottest team in the game and they have to keep winning to keep the Tigers at bay. Duffy doesn't always win despite great numbers but I'll still back him and the Royals...