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MLB BASEBALL

Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals

Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Friday when the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals meet at Kauffman Stadium.

The Tigers will give the ball to starter Anibal Sanchez in this one. Righthander Sanchez is 12-7 this season with a 2.68 ERA.

Sanchez's opponent in this one will be James Shields. The Royals righthander has a 3.03 ERA to go along with a 10-8 record this season.

Last time out for Detroit, they were a 20-4 loser as they battled the Red Sox on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Sox at -119 were rewarded, while the 24 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Kansas City was a 7-6 winner at home against the Mariners. Bettors on Kansas City at -166 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (13) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Current streak:
Detroit has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Detroit: 81-59 SU
Kansas City: 73-67 SU

Detroit most recently:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing Kansas City are 5-5
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Kansas City most recently:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing Seattle are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Detroit's last 8 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Detroit's last 11 games when playing Kansas City
Detroit is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kansas City's last 8 games when playing at home against Detroit
Kansas City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games

Next up:
Kansas City home to Detroit, Saturday, September 7