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MLB BASEBALL

Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Sunday when the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals meet at Kauffman Stadium.

The Tigers will give the ball to starter Doug Fister in this one. Righthander Fister is 7-5 this season with a 4.02 ERA.

It'll be James Shields toeing the rubber for the Royals in this contest. Righthander Shields is 4-6 with a 3.21 ERA so far this season.

Last time out for Detroit, they were a 6-5 loser as they battled the Royals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Royals at +175 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Current streak:
Detroit has lost 2 straight games.
Kansas City has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Detroit: 52-44 SU
Kansas City: 45-49 SU

Detroit most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Chi White Sox are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

Kansas City most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Baltimore are 4-6
After playing Detroit are 6-4
After a win are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit's last 7 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Detroit is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing at home against Detroit
Kansas City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing Detroit
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit

Next up:
Detroit at Chi White Sox, Monday, July 22
Kansas City home to Baltimore, Monday, July 22