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MLB BASEBALL

Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays

The Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at Rogers Centre.

The Royals will give the ball to starter James Shields in this one. Righthander Shields is 9-8 this season with a 3.14 ERA.

Shields's opponent in this one will be JA Happ. The Blue Jays lefthander has a 5.46 ERA to go along with a 3-4 record this season.

Last time out for Kansas City, they were a 4-2 loser as they battled the Blue Jays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jays at -117 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Current streak:
Kansas City has lost 2 straight games.
Toronto has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Kansas City: 69-66 SU
Toronto: 62-74 SU

Kansas City most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Seattle are 2-8
After playing Toronto are 2-8
After a loss are 2-8

Toronto most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Arizona are 2-7
After playing Kansas City are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Toronto's last 9 games at home
Toronto is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games

Next up:
Kansas City home to Seattle, Monday, September 2
Toronto at Arizona, Monday, September 2